Established in 1949, Center Day Camp has offered a traditional Maine summer camp experience for campers on the wooded shores of Lake Sebago for over 60 years. Just 20 minutes west of Portland, Center Day Camp sits on 27 spectacular acres of woods, fields and shoreline. Generations of campers have spent their days lakeside, forming life-long friendships, learning new skills, and experiencing the magic of camp. CDC is a non-denominational Jewish day camp that welcomes campers ages 5 - 15 of all faiths, while exploring Jewish traditions. Center Day Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association.
All Center Day Camp campers will build confidence by making new friends, exploring new interests, discovering new abilities and learning new skills.
Center Day Camp fosters a strong sense of belonging and connection. All are welcome, and everyone at camp is valued and celebrated. Counselors stress kindness, respect and character in everything that they do. Our grounding and history as a Jewish camp means that our programs offer a unique focus on universal values like integrity, honesty, responsibility, caring for one another and for the earth. We are a child-centered program that seeks to support children as they build confidence, make new friends, explore new interests, discover their abilities and learn new skills.
The JCA is accredited through the American Camp Association. We are members of Maine Summer Camps and JCC Camps. Our staff are trained in safety, including CPR; our waterfront staff is Red Cross certified, and we have a certified Emergency Medical Technician on site during camp hours.
CDC Offers high-quality facilities, including:
- Over 600 feet of lakefront
- Regulation-size soccer field
- Regulation-size Little League baseball field
- Nature trails throughout the property
- Outdoor amphitheater
CAMPER AGE GROUPS
Scouts (Entering Kindergarten and 1st grade): The youngest Campers at CDC are introduced to camp with programming that is gentle, supportive and designed to harness their natural excitement and curiosity. Our goal is to engage them in ways that turn them into lifelong campers! Unit Leaders and Counselors for this group are specifically trained in working with the K-1 age group, and the camper/counselor ratio is also higher at this age. Campers move through a structured and consistent curriculum of activities, with age-appropriate options that allow them to enjoy every aspect of camp at their own pace.
Pioneers (Entering grades 2-3): Pioneers are often some of our most dedicated Camp musicians and storytellers; they learn Camp songs and lore that they will remember all their lives. Trips to “Lollipop Island” and other special activities connect Pioneers to the magic of the camp environment, and activities allow them to explore their interests and learn all kinds of new things; first overnights are a great chance to learn how to pitch a tent, make a campfire and sleep under the stars!
Guides (Entering grades 4-5): Guides are offered increased levels of responsibility at Camp, as they build interpersonal skills and grow in proficiency in swimming, boating, sports and other activities. Guides are well as more off-campus trips, and multiple overnights over the course of the summer. They also are able to make more choices about their schedules. Guides are full of energy and are often particularly enthusiastic about outdoor activities, from sports to gardening.
Explorers (Entering grades 6-7) and Quests (Entering grades 8-9): As our oldest groups of campers, Explorers and Quests have the opportunity engage in great trips and special activities scheduled regularly throughout the summer, including three overnight trips. They also have significant amounts of choice regarding their daily schedule so they may spend time developing skills in the areas that they particularly enjoy.