The Finest in Arts & Outdoors Programs

At Hidden Valley, you choose activities that interest you the most! HVC can be your art camp, horse camp, dance camp, water camp, farm camp, adventure camp, performing arts camp, sports camp or any combination of these great areas.

You'll be part of four one-hour periods of class instruction daily. Feel free to create, explore and set goals in any programs. Parents and campers may let us know their wishes prior to the summer and we will help design camper programs.

Horseback Riding and Pool Activities

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Professional instructors, caring and creative camp counselors and quality facilities and equipment enable HVC to achieve it's high summer camp programming standards.

I enjoyed all of my activities very much, and I liked how we could choose them. I also liked my counselors. - HVC Camper

  • Arts and Crafts: High quality programs led by professional artisans and crafts people.
  • Waterfront and Pool: Our private lake is a lovely setting for canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and kayaking. The lake and our 75' x 25' heated pool host swim instruction on all levels.
  • Riding: HVC is now one of only a few all-round summer camps that also offers high quality English riding to all campers.
  • Ropes Course: Professional outdoor educators and sophisticated safety equipment form the basis of exciting individual and group challenges.
  • Performing Arts: Exceptional facilities and professional instruction are the backdrop for expression through theater, music, gymnastics and many forms of dance.
  • Sports: Though we are "non-competitive," our campers enjoy athletics in tennis, basketball, softball and soccer led by sensitive, experienced coaches.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Live in tipis, camp out at the ocean, hike or bike through the Maine woods, experience the great outdoors.
  • Music: Join our rock band in the recording studio, sing a cappella, learn the guitar, practice piano, or learn percussion.
  • Llama and Animal Care: Hidden Valley is llama lland! In addition to tending our herd of exotic llamas, campers care for donkeys, rabbits, ducklings, and other farm animals.
  • Communication Arts: Express yourself through video, photography, journalism and other writing activities.
  • Programs For Teens: What happens when you are too old to to be a camper? Check it out!

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LEFT: Campers show off their giant puppet. RIGHT: An afternoon llama trek.

 

Other Activities

You do a lot of creative things and offer activities and ideas to the children that are so expansive and ingenious. - HVC Parent

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There's nothing like the spacious lovely Maine Coast. This group explores at Acadia Nat'l Park.

 

Interest Groups

  • Water Slide
  • Tennis Tournament
  • Creative Writing
  • Windsurfing
  • Hiking
  • Guest Artists
  • Swim & Sauna
  • Singing
  • Llama Trek
  • Basketball
  • Piano
  • Mountain Biking
  • Friendship Bracelets
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Animal Feeding
  • Jogging
  • Fishing
  • Organic Gardening
  • Tree House Adventures

Special Events
& Evening Programs

  • HVC Carnival
  • Camper Talent Show
  • 50's Night & Dance
  • International Performances
  • Cabin Campfire
  • Film & Sleepout
  • Halloween Dance
  • International Day
  • Peter and Meg's Rodeo
  • Whodunit Mystery
  • Square Dance
  • Camp Musical
  • Hikes and Campouts
  • Lip-Sync Night
  • Camper Dance Recital
  • Wheel of Misfortune

Out-of-Camp
Day Trips

  • Acadia National Park
  • Oceanside Overnight
  • Lucia Beach
  • Bangor State Fair
  • Roller Skating
  • Lake St. George
  • Moose Point State Park
  • Camden Hills State Park
  • Ferry to Islesboro
  • Belfast Skate Park
  • Frye Mt. Wildlife Area
  • Bowling
  • The Movies

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Lola and Henry arrived home last night and were literally bubbling over with pure joy describing their month at Hidden Valley. From new friends to llamas to the Lion King, to Wheel of Misfortune, and the many wonderful art activities, they were effusive in their pleasure sharing experiences with us. - HVC Parent

Ethan had an amazing summer. Thank you for providing him with an such a open and supportive environment for him to express all his creativity.- HVC Parent

Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

 

Program Options

Arts and Crafts
Waterfront and Pool
Riding
Ropes Course
Performing Arts
Sports
Outdoor Adventures
Music
Llama and Animal Care
Communication Arts
Programs For Teens

An HVC Day in 2 Minutes

Typical Day at HVC

Every fourth day is different and exciting! We either take off on a trip or plan special events in camp. Most other days follow this schedule:

  • 7:45 a.m. Wake up
  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and cabin clean-up
  • 9:00 a.m. Instructional classes begin (3 one-hour activities)
  • 12:30 p.m. Outdoor lunch and free time
  • 1:30 p.m. Cabin activities; quiet time to write letters and relax.
  • 2:45 p.m. Fourth class
  • 3:45 p.m. Interest groups, snack, rec swim and special workshops
  • 5:30 p.m. All-camp meeting
  • 5:45 p.m. Dinner & prep for evening program
  • 7:00 p.m. Evening program
  • 9:00-9:30 p.m. Bedtime, “flashlight time” to read quietly

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Why Camp Means so Much

The success children experience in getting along with other children is the single best indicator of how they will fare as adults, according to recent research. We believe that summer camp - one that stresses the building of community and meaningful friendships - provides wonderful opportunities to help children develop their relationship-building skills.

What Parents Say

The programs that the camp offers is top notch. No "just getting by" in order to say they offer something. - HVC Parent

They consistently offer unusual and interesting programs, presented by a wonderful and dedicated staff. - HVC Parent

HVC activities and programs offer things no other camp does. - HVC Parent

Through your various programs she has learned self, compassion, horsemanship, and how to be adventurous and artistic.
- HVC Parent

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Campers enjoy warm summer afternoons in the pool!

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Life size Angry Birds!

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Visiting an Alpaca farm.

campfires
This older boys cabin enjoys a campfire complete with s'mores for their cabin night activity. YUM!

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Getting ready for Zero Gravity at the Bangor State Fair.