Programs For Teens

Hidden Valley Camp, established in 1948 on 350 acres near the Maine coast, hosts dynamic, creative programs for young people from around the world. Peter and Meg Kassen, HVC directors since 1988, have developed Hidden Valley Teen opportunities, recognizing that young people and their families value...

  • Small groups in which participants have a voice.
  • Challenges that safely go beyond teens' typical comfort zone.
  • Recognition of everyone's unique interests and accomplishments.
  • Understanding of teens' emerging capacity to know their strengths and pursue their goals.
  • Community ideals which foster productive relationships with peers and the larger world.
  • Guidance from gifted, "cool," well-prepared role models.
  • Amazing experiences that can only occur in a camp environment.

Hidden Valley is the only place on earth where I could truly be me. It gave me so much confidence. I was liked for who I was. - HVC Teen Camper

Most of all, getting a teen girl away from her computer and phone, and away from the crazy peer pressure of image was so great for Nora. We live in the city where it's hard to turn off all the external messages about how to be. Being in the woods with friends and in this beautiful setting was obviously very restorative for Nora. She grew up a little bit. She came back smiling-- and glowing! - Older Camper Parent

Hidden Valley Alive

HV Alive is our camp’s advanced program in the arts for teenagers. Create your own artists colony right here in the camp's 150-year-old restored farm cottage, Deer Meadows. HV Alive provides in-depth opportunities to explore the visual arts through pottery, stained glass, photography, and other media. We design group projects ranging from gallery installations to stage productions. We also visit galleries and studios to learn about the lives of local artists. Shakespeare plays, musical productions, the Dance Festival at Bates College and more. Read more here.

Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso  

Hidden Valley Adventures

The complete Maine outdoor experience includes a wilderness canoe trip, rock climbing and mountain biking in Acadia National Park, whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River, sea kayaking, and a trip to Quebec City. Our adventurers are based in a log cabin on the summit of Hidden Valley's Ledge Mountain, overlooking our lake. From this beautiful site, campers experience exciting and challenging individual and group adventures.
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It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. - Bilbo Baggins 

Hidden Valley Community

The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession. - Mark Twain

Imagine a month to improve your leadership skills and use them to make important contributions to your community. Hidden Valley Community embraces a simple outdoor life wherein a small group of campers learn self sufficiency and make a home-away-from-home at a 17 acre, restored farm in our valley. Participants develop skills in team building, problem solving and communication. Then they venture into the larger community... The camp, where HV Community members create and lead programs for younger campers, and the rural area nearby where the group teaches at art centers, helps elderly farmers and maintains hiking trails. Join us and learn to take Hidden Valley's values - those of sharing, helping one another, and striving for one's personal best - out into the larger community. Read more here

Since the day he came home he started volunteering for our towns old home days, event manning game booths for children. He would rather walk to the town centre than ask for a ride. Not that he wasn't before, but he is so outwardly giving and empathetic to others and he has a clear positive attitude about all that is infront of him. He is conscious of this self contril and that spills over to this eating habits, exercise and ownership. - HVC Parent

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