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Taking the Family to Camp

New Trend: Vacationing at a Family Camp

Move over Mickey - a unique twist on the summer family vacation has been around for over a decade but is quickly catching on as the ultimate in family bonding experience. Vacationing at a Family Camp is a new trend thats appeal can't be overstated, yet most practical, free-time adoring adults don't quite grasp the idea of going to camp with their kids. Family camps (think grown-up-friendly summer camp with one-week-long sessions, comfortable beds and good food) are known for wholesome, unplugged, old-fashioned fun, and are becoming a popular option for the typical modern-day, overscheduled family.

Parents and kids, busy going from school to soccer games to dance lessons to scout meetings to tutoring, want a chance to unwind in a pristine setting far removed from the daily grind. And families really like the idea once exposed to it, with camps averaging a fifty percent return rate.

Family Camp is one of the fastest growing segments in the camp industry. This alternative vacation choice gives overscheduled families a chance to slow down, unwind, reconnect and try something new. Medomak Camp, located in the mid-coast region of Maine, is one of the first original Family Camps and has been a leader in this industry. Medomak has been in the camp business for over a century and for the last decade has dedicated their eight week summer season exclusively to Family Camp.

Archery, arts & crafts, photography, lakeside activities, and campfires every night are just the beginnings of activities offered each week. How does the thought of a chef preparing three healthy hearty meals a day sound? We’re not talking about your traditional camp food. Think lobster, mussels, and homemade muffins replete with fresh picked blueberries, pancakes or cobbler enhanced with more of those blueberries, salads made from just picked vegetables from the camp garden…

Worried about sagging tents, blowing up air mattresses or sleeping on the cold, hard ground? Worry no more. Clean pine cabins equipped with rocking chairs, queen and twin size mattresses and box springs, reading lights and private bathrooms with hot showers offer welcome creature comforts. Adirondack chairs strategically placed outside each cabin in the sunshine entice you to enjoy a good book or a glass of wine before dinner.

Mom and Dad "campers" at Medomak Camp say that the main reason they come back is that they leave content and relaxed, like they just had a "real" vacation; a feeling strangely absent after a week at the beach or Disney World. As for Medomak's kid campers, their biggest complement is that they don't want to leave camp at the end of the week.

For more information about Medomak's Family Camps (one of the first in the nation and an original in the camping world), visit or call 1-866-MEDOMAK.

(Source: Medomak Camp)