Monthly Archives: March 2015

KP Presents Innovative Staff Training Program at ACA Conference

photo 1Director Alan Kissack and Staff Trainer Katie Miesle presented at the American Camping Association’s New England Conference last weekend. Their presentation was titled “Make Camp a Life Changing Experience for Staff, Too.” They focused on how utilizing 21st century skills (collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity) can benefit not only the staff, but the entire camp community. Katie’s company Oustanding Team works with camps, schools and corporations on fostering community, mentoring leaders, and empowering staff. She has been a part of the Kingsley Pines community for 15 years, first as Program Director, and more recently as a Staff Trainer and Adventure Director during Family Camp. Congrats to Alan and Katie on a successful presentation!

What Are The Benefits of a Non-competitive Summer Camp?


When you sit down to talk about summer camp with your child, are they excited or hesitant about whether they will fit in? These are both common emotions for children, especially if this is their first year at summer camp.

Concerns over meeting new people, being away from home, and over-competitiveness are all normal for children. With thousands of summer camps across the United States, the range from competitive to non-competitive is broad.

Kingsley Pines is a non-competitive summer camp where everyone gets a chance to participate in all camp events and activities. Our campers are offered an extensive list of activity options, while also being given plenty of free time to relax and hang out with their friends.

For many of our campers, whether they are from Maine or out-of-state, summer camp is a unique opportunity for children to make friends, try new things and gain confidence in themselves. It’s an environment for children to grow physically, mentally and emotionally and we believe this is best accomplished in a welcoming, positive and non-competitive atmosphere.

By remaining non-competitive, we encourage all campers to step outside their comfort zone with other similar campers. Trying a new art, craft or sport with a positive support network can lead to success, enjoyment and more participation in the future.

“Becoming skilled in a particular activity can promote participation and increase enjoyment,” according to University of Pittsburgh Men’s Soccer Coach & PhD, Joseph Luxbacher. “Sports such as swimming, tennis, soccer, and golf can provide regular physical activity for a lifetime.”

Our goal at Kingsley Pines Camp is to help campers discover new things that will shape them into open-minded adults down the road.

Enroll your child for a summer of memories and fun now!

Call Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine toll free at 855-799-7788 or 207-894-9030, email us at, or find us online at We can answer any questions you might have, schedule a tour of our camp and assist you in registering your child for camp.

Kingsley Pines Featured in L.L. Bean Catalog

L.L. Bean has been coming to Kingsley Pines or more than ten years to use our setting to feature their clothes in the L.L. Bean Kids catalogs. We have been featured once again in the 2015 Spring Kids Catalog!

There are shots from the lodge lawn, tennis courts, Inspiration Point, and the waterfront. Check out the whole catalog, and see if you can spot all of the pictures taken at camp!

LL Bean Kids catalog at Kingsley Pines Camp

Guess Which Staff Members You’ll See at KP This Summer?

Archery at Kingsley Pines We are building another awesome team for this summer, with both new and familiar faces. Our staff does an amazing job of creating a positive and supportive environment at camp. To all our returning staff, we are so happy that you are back! To all of our new staff, we would like to extend a big KP welcome! Check out the most up-to-date list for 2015 below.

Abby Trusler
Alison Swayne
Amanda Richter
Angela Kriese
Cameron O’Doherty
Chrissy Adler
Christine Shirkey
Clara Hatcher
Clare Flynn
Conor Little
Emily Andersen
Emma Michelmore-Brown
Eric Hook
Evan Kendall
Grace Farrington
Griffin Davey
Hannah Givertz
Jason Snyder
Jesse Guerrero
Jessica Blau
Jesus Velazco
Joey Garofano
Judith Oguguo
Katie O’Leary
Kelsey Suanders
Laura Klepinger
Luke Schindler
Marty Martin
Matt Klepinger
Nate Adams
Quin Wessels
Sarah Brown
Sarah Garrison
Sarah Shimer
Sask Ryan-Munden
Skylar Shuman
Steph Stanglin
Stephanee Bridges
Stephen Clark
Suds Suder
Susannah Phillips
Teal Otley
Teke Sieben
Tom Meregalli


Alanna Jordan – Waterfront Director
Brenna Hatcher – Art Director
Dave Magill – Dining Hall Supervisor/Awards Coordinator
Derek Smith – Trip Director
Geoff Fisher – Campus Head
Jonathan Swartout – Teen Leadership Director
Kate Miesle – Adventure Director (Family Camp only)
Logan Mutz – Assistant Program Director
Maureen Dougherty – Assistant Program Director
Meebz Boyle – Campus Head

Will Kingsley Pines Provide a Quality Maine Summer Camp Experience for my Teenager?

Parents of teenagers know that it can feel nearly impossible to find fun activities for young adults to participate in during the summer. With the world at their fingertips on smartphones and mobile devices, how can you get them off the couch this summer?

Summer camp gives teenagers a safe place to smoothly transition from one school year to the next. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the teenage years (12-17) are the most important time for social development. During this stage, nearly 25% of adolescents are exposed to tobacco, drugs and alcohol, while much larger percentages are dealing with concerns about self-esteem, peer pressure and other overwhelming social issues.

Friends at Kingsley Pines CampKingsley Pines Summer Camp provides a strong support network of friends, counselors and staff to make sure that camp is a positive experience.

Our team schedules activities and trips suited for these older campers, including trips to Portland Sea Dogs baseball games, bowling, mini golfing, and summer tubing.

In addition to keeping teens busy and active, we also recognize that teenage campers should be allowed more independence and opportunities to socialize. We work with our campers to incorporate unstructured time for them to just be teenagers and interact with each other.

At Kingsley Pines Camp it’s important that each camper leaves with memories of an unforgettable summer and the excitement to return the following year. Enroll your child for a summer of memories and fun now!

Call Kingsley Pines Camp in Raymond, Maine toll free at 855-799-7788 or 207-894-9030, email us at, or find us online at We can answer any questions you might have, schedule a tour of our camp and assist you in registering your child for camp.

Snow Filled Fun at the Winter Party at Camp

It was another sunny day on Panther Lake last weekend and it almost felt like summer, but instead of swimming in the lake, we were playing hockey on it!

The second annual winter party at camp allowed campers a chance to Kingsley Pines Winter Party Sleddingsee a different side of Kingsley Pines. Two awesome luge runs built up in the snow were the highlight of the day. Campers slid down on tubes, sleds, and a few brave souls even slid down on their stomachs. Campers also got a chance to play hockey, and showed off their artistic skills by using snow paint. We had a great lunch in the lodge, and even had s’mores for dessert.

Thanks to all who came. Check out more photos of all the fun we had, and see what camp looks like in the winter here.

Winter Party at Kingsley Pines