How to Enroll for a Summer at ALC

We encourage all families who wish to enroll their child for the upcoming season at ALC, to do so by using our myCampMinder system. If you are not comfortable filling out the electronic form, you may also download our current enrollment form as a PDF by clicking here:  Enrollment Form 2014

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at the  office [winter (207)799-3005, summer (207)785-2400] or email us at explore@alfordlakecamp.com

We look forward to seeing you next summer!

alc072812_359We had to share this with you!  Read what one of our campers wrote for a school assignment. 

A school essay written by ALCer -  12 years old and a 5th summer ALCer!

“A PLACE I CALL HOME”

A few years ago, I was introduced to a magical place in Hope, Maine.  This location is what I consider to be my second home.  It is a spot where I can think and say what I want, whenever I want.  It is a place where I can express my previously undiscovered talents and let my outer shell shed.

I am the second generation to experience this special world.  My mom and aunt went there before me.  I go, excited to continue the girl side of a family tradition.  Though it is a tradition, it is a fun and cheerful one.  Every time I go, the people change.  There are always new friends to share memories with.  This hidden gem is my camp, Alford Lake Camp.

During the time that I spend at camp, I become much more mature and independent.  The directors encourage us to reach out to new girls and to try things outside our comfort zone.  Though I arrive with my old friends and sister, I leave with a bunch of newly made friends to keep in touch with.

I started going to sleep away camp when I was eight years old.  I was scared and nervous to be without my parents for seven weeks, but when I got there I was greeted with a smile and hug.  So, in the comfort of being in a place with girls just like me, I came back to camp for two more years after that.  I am going there again this summer, happy to see my old friends and excited to make some new ones.

This past summer was the most meaningful, memorable and fun summer for me.  I was given the gift of having the perfect tent!  In previous summers, my tent was located on a bright, sunny slope.  This summer, however, my tent was next to the lake visited by both bald eagles as well as loons.  Most nights, I watched the sun set over a glistening reflection of the sky.

Every year at camp I learn something about life.  The lessons that I learn usually help me to be a better person.  This year, I learned one of the most important life lessons and/or keys to happiness is putting yourself third.  Putting yourself third means to put your community first.  You must consider the needs of the largest group before your own.  Put family or friends second.  When friends are sad, I determine if there is anything I can do to help them feel better.  Lastly, I am third.  When the needs of the community and family are met, consider your own needs.  For instance, if somebody is crying, would you walk away and think about what dress you would wear to graduation?  So, I pondered being third for a while and in the second half of summer.  I decided on my own to be the shoulder for others to lean on.  I was always there for somebody when they were upset or homesick.

Also, I learned that when one is in a play, it doesn’t matter what part you get, even if you get the smallest role.  You WILL be accepted and wanted and you will have a lot of work and fun doing scenes.  So, I learned to never give up and keep pushing myself.  I learned this because I have never gotten a lead part in a real play, but I was always there to help out in a minor role, making sets or even on crew.

Each of life’s lessons helps me to be a better person.  So every year I think about the summer waiting ahead of me with a smile on my face but butterflies in my stomach.