The Finest Arts and Outdoors Sleep Away Camp

Located in coastal Maine, our co-ed summer sleep away camp features distinctive programs for girls & boys ages 8 to 14. Depending on your interest, HVC is a visual arts camp, a horse camp, an adventure camp, a performing arts camp, a nature camp, a water camp, a sports camp and much more. Or — because you choose your activities — it can be all of these! 

I can say without hesitation that there is something fantastic happening at your camp! Something I'm not seeing anywhere else. - HVC Parent

Fun at sleep away camp

Creative, Upbeat, Transformative

Since arriving at Hidden Valley in 1988, directors Peter and Meg Kassen have nurtured a community where children come first. Their mission is for HVC to instill in young people a feeling of independence and an even greater capacity to live happily and work constructively with others. These goals are accomplished through an array of carefully crafted arts and outdoor programs, and by hiring and training a team of professional staff.

Peter and Meg have developed an upbeat and creative environment that fosters independence and interdependence at the same time. The camp philosophy fosters creativity and participation in new activities while modeling and instilling strong values and ‘people skills’ for campers. - HVC Parent

The campers at HVC sleep away camp

Hidden Valley’s philosophy has its roots in the tradition of progressive schools and sleep away camps. Over the years, the Kassens have built on the camp's history with a commitment to quality and professionalism in all aspects of daily life. We keep a watchful, sensitive eye on everyone who joins us and maintain a deep awareness about campers’ individual needs and the dynamics of group life.

...You know everybody really cares and looks out for you at Hidden Valley... They really want you to have a good time. - HVC Camper

The Lake at HVC sleep away camp

And we endeavor to make this process fun!  Daily cabin activities and community events enliven children’s experience as only a well-designed summer camp program can.  In doing so, Hidden Valley becomes more than a vacation for children; we're a community of young people living together co-operatively, meaningfully, joyfully.

Hidden Valley is an easy camp to talk about because it is unique and because it does exactly what it sets out to do, and more, with style and a lot of heart.  - Richard Kennedy, author of "Choosing the Right Camp" discussing the “50 Best Camps” in the U.S.

When your child walks to the beat of a different drummer, you can spend years trying to find other who are dancing to the same rhythm. Obviously, Katy’s ‘drummer’ lives at Hidden Valley. Thank you, thank you, thank you. - HVC Parent

 Accreditations and Memberships

The American Camp Association is the world’s largest professional camping organization. Its Accredited Camp insignia is a recognized symbol of quality, saying to those seeking a summer experience for their children: “This camp has met or exceeded standards for health and risk management, facilities and administration, and all of its camper programs.”


As members of the Green Camps Initiative, HVC is committed to preservation of the environment. Read more about our efforts to sustain the planet and nurture our local environs.  

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