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
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