Transforming Lives, One Girl at a Time
Transforming Lives, One Girl at a Time
The Summer Camp is a nonprofit, residential summer camp for inner city and rural girls, ages 6-18, from low-income and foster homes. We provide a safe, fun, supportive environment in which campers explore new, challenging and educational experiences, learn from positive role models, and have the opportunity to build skills for life year after year. Donor support provides full camperships for each girl every summer.
To create a rich, multi-faceted, continually evolving program where girls learn about themselves, develop vital skills, and realize their intellectual potential and leadership abilities.
Many of our campers struggle with adult issues and responsibilities on a daily basis. Camp offers a ten-day reprieve for children to escape personal burdens such as parental divorce, domestic violence or neglect. Girls can forget about “real life” for a while, just have fun and make friends. More than 50% of our campers return year after year, truly finding a home away from home at camp.
Through our unique curriculum The Summer Camp, provides a safe and supportive atmosphere; values each girl as an individual; offers affirmative guidance and encouragement; builds personal power and self-esteem. Our counselors create a wonderful camp culture based on caring and a true sense of community. They teach the girls that a smile, a word of encouragement or a helping hand positively impacts those around them. Summer Campers learn to communicate with their peers and authority figures. Individually and together, they set goals and recognize their potential to succeed. We strive to help each child discover her talents and learn to share them with the larger community. The social, emotional, academic and athletic skills acquired at The Summer Camp enable girls to believe in themselves and contribute to making choices that provide them with opportunities for self-advancement.
We proudly serve 350 girls from low-income and foster families each summer, providing fully paid camper scholarships for all participants and transportation for those living outside the state of Maine. Partnering with 75 social service agencies and school guidance counselors from urban and rural areas of New England and New York state, we have welcomed over 8,955 campers since 1986.
Tracy grew up in Minnesota and started her camping life as a kitchen kid at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota. There she also held a counselor position, working with campers of various ages and physical challenges.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a double major in Psychology and Therapeutic Recreation, Tracy continued her camp employment working at a private camp in Denmark, Maine for 15 summers. For seven of those years, she worked year round as part of the administrative team.
In 1994, Tracy joyfully joined The Summer Camp family as the first year round Camp Director. Together, Tracy and the TSC Board of Directors have created a meaningful, life changing experience for campers, counselors and staff.
Tracy has lived in beautiful Maine for the past 31 years, raising three (now adult) children. In Tracy’s free time she enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hiking, background canoeing, swimming and swinging a tennis racket. Winter brings additional wonderful activities: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, winter hiking and playing hockey.
Amanda Wogaman serves as the Assistant Director during the camp and year-round as Outreach Coordinator/Postsecondary Counselor. She has been part of The Summer Camp for nine summers and excited for the opportunity to pilot new programs that will support our campers and their families throughout the school year.
Amanda is a Maine certified K-12 School Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has worked in various positions at camp over the years including lifeguard, leadership counselor and Director of the C.I.T program. Amanda has her B.A. in Adventure Therapy from Unity College and her M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine. By summer you will findAmanda in the office or captaining a pontoon ride on The Maine Frame. Fall, winter and spring, campers can connect with her via phone, email or skype for postsecondary and career counseling.
Jessy began working for The Summer Camp in the Bridgton office in October of 2002. During that time she was attending the University of Maine, where in 2004, she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. Over the years, Jessy has taken on many roles at camp in addition to her primary duties as the Development Manager. She is a certified American Red Cross CPR/First Aid and Babysitter Training instructor. She provides CPR and First Aid training to our counselors in June and periodically provides our older campers with babysitting skills.
When Jessy isn’t busy with TSC, she is busy being a mother to three very busy young children ages 14, 12 and 7. She enjoys playing outside, walking in the woods, hanging out at the beach and riding horses.
Each spring we hire an amazing group of talented, caring young women to join our team. These individuals play a significant role in providing a memorable summer adventure for low-income and foster girls. Their compassion, strength and optimism have a lasting impact on the lives of the hundreds of girls we serve. Would you like to make a difference this summer?
Nancy Gilbert Brenner
Zoe Klein Henriquez
Nancy Maier, Founder
Sally Mintz Mann*
Peggy Epstein Tanner*
Karen Arsham Tsiropinas
Wendy Gruenberg Wray
* Past Board Presidents