About Camp Fernwood in Poland, ME

Research has shown that a sense of belonging is essential for the healthy development of self-esteem and resilience in children. Camp provides a unique environment for children to form meaningful bonds and important connections with their peers and counselors. Through the close relationships they build, campers learn the key skills needed for healthy social and emotional development, like communication, teamwork, problem solving, and conflict resolution. At Fernwood, we believe that a sense of belonging is the single most powerful force in life that promotes health, joy and morality. Our camp experience allows and teaches children how to connect on a deeper level, fostering emotional growth and enabling them to live more “joyful” lives. We know that camp is an essential part of a child’s journey to becoming a happy and well-adjusted adult.

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What kind of kids we support

  • Girls only


  • Food option available
  • Lake
  • Sleeping cabins
  • Laundry

Programs at Camp Fernwood in Poland, ME

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Arts Program

Tucked in a meandering path by the lake at camp is the Fernwood arts village. Individual workshops specializing in Fashion Design, Printmaking, Ceramics, Woodworking, Photography and Silver Jewelry are popular creative destinations. Campers are encouraged to use creativity and imagination in the creation of unique masterpieces.

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Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, and now even skurfing oh my! the combination of a great lake with 5 inboard ski boats, a solid and safe program for all levels (beginner to advanced) and nearly 20 experienced instructors creates an environment where even novice skiers/boarders learn to feel confident quickly, and are given plenty of opportunities to practice and advance.

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Horseback Riding

As avid equestrians themselves, Fernwood’s directors have very carefully crafted a horseback riding program based first on safety and suitability, but also on the fun. The horses in our camp riding program are owned by Fernwood and are trained year-round by our experienced full-time equestrian staff.

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Maine is the ideal setting for out-of-camp adventures! Each week on Trip Day our girls mountain climb, flat and white water canoe, rock climb, camp, sail, ride bikes and sight see at points of interest in the northern New England area. They enjoy new experiences, and challenges under the supervision of our qualified staff.

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Using professional 35mm cameras, campers are introduced to the art of still photography. They learn first the basic concepts of composition and light, complete assignments to help them learn different photographic techniques, and refine photos through digital imaging. As second level of black and white film developing and dark room printing is also available.

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Location and contact information

48 Camp Fernwood Ln, Poland, ME, 04274