About Us

Founded in 1968 by Helen Herz Cohen, The Main Idea is an extraordinary and unique ten-day, residential summer camp program that provides economically disadvantaged girls with a life-changing camp experience.

Sharing the same idyllic setting as Camp Walden in Denmark, Maine, The Main Idea provides girls, ages 8 – 14, with a close-knit, family-oriented camp environment that allows each girl the chance to develop her personality, increase her self-confidence, and acquire new skills ranging from belaying on the ropes course to team problem solving to conflict resolution…
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Activities and Programs

Activities at Main Idea are scheduled to allow ample opportunity for learning skills and developing competence while assuring plenty of time for forming friendships and having fun.

The well- structured and flexible schedule is designed to meet each camper’s needs and interests. Counselors are trained to teach in positive and encouraging ways, and each camper is allowed to develop both individually and as a team member…
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Important Dates



Camp Dates: August 16 — August 26th

Administrative staff arrival: Morning of August 12th

All Staff Arrival: Evening of August 12th between 4 to 7


 New Office Address:

For the months of September through July and the first week of August our address is the Directors home address.

222 Belfast Augusta Rd West

Searsmont, ME 04973-3749


Inquiries or specific details can be obtained from our Director, Dawn Fickett.

E-Mail: dawn@themainidea.org

Phone: 207-431-1920

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