Camp Med-o-Lark is New England's Premier Performing Arts Summer Camp
Camp Med-o-Lark and the Little Boats of Washington Pond
The magic of Camp Med-o-lark begins in the mists of myth. This myth is not 1000s of years old, of course; it happens to be more like six, or seven, or even eight years old. You know, already distant memory. As new owners of Nightingale House on Washington Pond, we were chatting with neighbors about the wonderful lake community, and we wanted to know more about this camp that sits about ¼ turn around the lake from us (very roughly speaking). We never visit the house in the high season as we always have it rented out, and so we had yet to see the camp grounds full of life and screaming, happy, utterly free-from-school children. What was the nature of this camp? Did it fit well with the lake community, or was there friction with their camp goals (help children have as much fun as possible) and the broader ‘lake house’ goals held by the community of homeowners (enjoy my piece of magic away from the city).
It is nothing more than a whisper of memory, a passing on of “someone told me, who told *them*, but the magic of the camp exists, for me, in the story of the Little Boats. As I understand it, and this is all hearsay, at the end of the summer, the camp does, or did, host a special ‘Master Music” camp week, focused on musical training and development, to the level of bringing up musicians and conductors from Boston for talented teens to have the opportunity to work with. As the week drew to a close, the camp offered up a late afternoon concert held for the only audience available: all those staying in their lake homes. And the lake community embraced it. People climbed into their little boats and rowed out close to shore, with dozens of vacationers sitting in their boats and listening to the symphony.
And that’s it. It’s as simple as that. I don’t even know if that retelling of it is true, or if it continues to happen each August. But I am so taken with this camp that offers symphonies in the forest, a partnership between teens, professionals, and holidaymakers in their shorts and flip flops. It is so wonderfully casual, so authentically American, and myth or not, it shows how successful life can be with the camp community living on the lake.
Camp Med-o-Lark & Nightingale House on Washington Pond
We are not authorities on the subject, but from what we understand, Camp Med-o-Lark is one of New England’s premier performing arts camps. We have walked the grounds out of season, and it is a stellar location for children to spend their summer. We feature it here because we believe that Nightingale House can be a perfect “Maine Vacation” destination for families looking to have their kids go to camp. Your children can stay at Camp Med-o-Lark, you can stay a short but meaningful distance away at Nightingale House, and you can structure week long stays or weekend stays (as available), or just be at the cabin as camp wraps up to have some quality time together after you’ve all had a little R&R apart. There’s lots of ways to utilize the house and it’s proximity to the camp, but we wanted to make sure families know it can be here as a resource or some kind of jumping off point.
Camp Med-o-Lark Details
Camp Med-O-Lark is a co-ed summer camp for children ages 8-16 based on Washington Pond in Washington, Maine. According to their own site, Med-o-Lark offers “a complete selection of watersports includes wakeboarding, knee boarding, wake surfing, water skiing, kayaking, crew rowing, canoeing, sailing with sunfish and lasers, synchronized swimming and much more! Sports offerings include, horseback riding, tennis, soccer, martial arts, ropes course, fencing, mountain biking, archery, volleyball, yoga, pilates ultimate frisbee, fishing and more.”
Video: The last campfire, summer 2013, Camp Med-o-Lark
Med-o-Lark At a Glance
(for kids ages 8-16)
Camp & Grounds
Cabins: 20 (recently renovated)
Each cabin is equipped with at least two individual hot water showers, toilets and sinks.
Programs: All Elective. Campers design their days.
Buffet style meals at each sitting.
Salad bar and veggie options at lunch and dinner.
Fresh fruit available all day.
Med-O-Lark seeks to supplement the home and school in providing children a fun, safe environment for social, mental and physical development. Med-O-Lark’s philosophy is that children thrive through individual choice and self-expression.
Most Unexpected Offering:
Camp med-o-lark brings a little bit of the “big top” to maine every summer with our circus arts program. our brand new circus arts facility features the same extremely safe setup as real circuses allowing campers to “fly” on the same equipment as real acrobats and circus artists. our program features instruction in many thrilling circus acts including tumbling, trapeze, flying trapeze, double trapeze and more.