Our Beautiful Location
This is heaven... and if it's not, then it's in the same zip code. - HVC Parent
Our beautiful summer camp in Maine provides a multitude of opportunities on 350-acres of meadows, classic Maine woodland, and a large private lake. Acres of pasture and miles of trail support our thriving equestrian and animal care programs.
Hidden Valley’s serenity and open space are a lovely gift that has always stayed with me. - HVC Former Camper
Our nights are clear and bathe us in starlight...
Our privately-owned waterfront provides the perfect spot for a summer swim or windsurfing...
I am sure that I am one of the many hundreds of former campers who dreamt of moving to Maine – or perhaps moved to Maine – because of their time at HVC. I think that Hidden Valley’s serenity and open space are a lovely gift that has always stayed with me. - HVC Alumni
Hidden Valley Camp is a participant in the Maine Youth Camp Sustainability Initiative. Many summer camps in Maine are striving to reduce their carbon imprints and use aspects of the camp experience to teach children about the many ways in which individuals and groups can conserve and recycle resources.
- Our dining hall limits food waste and delivers what is left to a local pig farm
- Campers and staff recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metals. (Our town has one of the highest recycling rates in the State.)
- Campers participate in environmental community service projects each summer.
- We have installed energy efficient lighting in all buildings.
- Our two organic gardens use HVC compost and produce some of the vegetables used at camp.
- We've installed motion sensitive lighting at night.
- Lumber for construction at camp is harvested and milled right here at HVC.
- We purchase local produce where possible.
- Our HVC shopping bags mean that camp shoppers do not need to use plastic ones when procuring supplies.
- Peter's participation on the local Planning Board has us deeply involved in local land use, stewardship and preservation issues.
- Campers can choose to engage in community service projects that support local farmers.
- Hidden Valley teen campers have planted over 2,000 trees at Acadia National Park.
- Our pool is warmed via solar panels that heat water passively in 14 miles of tubing on a solar field.
The camping tradition in Maine has long connected children to the natural world through experiences that promote simple living in an outdoor setting. Maine Summer Camps is committed to sustainability practices among member camps, believing that our summer communities must promote this lasting legacy.
Forward-looking Maine camps recognize that our children will soon become stewards of the planet. The lessons they learn and practice while at camp will influence their communities and beyond.
We were very impressed with the facility, grounds, lake, good vibes, quiet, very friendly, inviting, warm – a good feel for Peter & Meg – they knew our kid. - HVC Parent
Summertime, oh, summertime, pattern of life indelible, the fade-proof lake, the woods unshatterable, the pasture with the sweet fern and the juniper forever and ever...
- E.B. White