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Summer Camps: How Will Maine's Iconic Camps Operate This Summer, If They Open?


A major contributor to Maine's image and economy are the hundreds of summer camps that draw young participants from all over the U.S.—and the world. These outdoorsy experiences bring in some $200 million to the state each summer. This year, many camp directors doubt they can open as usual, if at all—while other, community-based day camps are planning to find a way to provide their service. What will that look like? Are there alternative ways to keep the camps going? What are the repercussions for the economy?


Ron Hall, executive director, Maine Summer Camps

Jeff Gleason, director, YMCA Camp of Maine

Laura Ordway (call-in), co-director/owner, Winona Camps

Terri Mulks (call-in), director, Camp Susan Curtis, Susan L. Curtis Foundation

Brooke Spater (call-in), parent of a longtime camper at Winona Camps


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.