Center Day Camp Will Not Open for Summer 2020


Dear Center Day Camp Families,


With great disappointment, we write to share that Center Day Camp will not open for the summer of 2020.


Sometimes being part of a community means giving up experiences and traditions we love for the greater good and the future of one another and our program. It is because camp is such a positive, affirming experience for our campers that we have made the decision not to open this year. The limits and restrictions that would be placed on our campers and counselors would so significantly change our program that it would bear little resemblance to the hive of activity, joyful energy, exuberance and learning that characterizes Center Day Camp.  In making this decision, we join many programs throughout Maine and around the country that have come to the same conclusion.


It is understandable for campers, staff, and families to be upset – we share the grief and loss that you may be feeling. We will miss spirited Gaga games and three-legged races on the upper ball fields, putting on amazing theater performances, staying up way too late on overnights, and swimming lessons in our beautiful lake. Camp is a place of growth, discovery, and acceptance, and we are so sorry we’ll be missing out on those experiences this summer. Sharing this news will pose different challenges for every family, and we’re here to support you. We’ve included the following article from Dr. Daniel Klein, child psychologist who sits on the board of Tamarack Camps, to help with what your campers might be going through.


Although our traditional experience won’t be taking place, we remain committed to making use of CDC’s beautiful property and offering new creative ways to safely invite campers and their families to CDC this summer. These may include “Family Camp” opportunities for families to spend the day enjoying camp activities and maybe camping out for overnights; “Center Day Camp in a Box” with activities delivered right to your door, and “Virtual Camp” classes and experiences. If you are interested in one or more of these options, please fill out this form, as we look forward to building these offerings to begin as soon as possible in June.


Over the next two weeks, we will process refunds for families who had signed up for this summer. Please let us know here know how you’d like to handle the refund. If you are able, please consider a donation to support Center Day Camp’s continued strength and capacity to remain a treasured resource into the future.


We are so grateful to be a part of a community that has such a passion and dedication for summer camp. We are confident that when Center Day Camp does return, we will do so together with you, continuing the proud legacy of quality, meaningful programming that has been a hallmark of Center Day Camp over the last 70 years.




Chris Thurston
Center Day Camp Director


Molly Curren Rowles
JCA Executive Director


  1. Andrew Shulman on May 26, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Center Day Camp was a vital place in my life . First as a camper and then as a counselor.

    My heart breaks for you all as you make a difficult and painful decision to not operate for summer 2020 – the loss is great for so many.

  2. Ellen R Assante on June 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    I am sad for all who will miss the richness of CDC.

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