Staff Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the dates for 2019 Main Idea?
Camp is in session from August 15th – 25th. Staff will arrive on the 11th to begin pre-camp training.

What if I have to leave camp early?
All staff members are expected to stay for the duration of the Main Idea program.

What are the bunks like?
Staff and campers live in screened-in wooden bunks. Each bunk has its own bathroom and sinks. While the bunks do not have electricity, there are lights in the bathroom area. Showers are located in a centrally located building with 12 hot-water showers.

What’s a typical day?

10:00-10:45 First Activity Period
11:00-11:45 Second Activity Period
12:00-12:45 Third Activity Period
1:00 LUNCH
1:45-2:45 Rest Hour
3:00-3:45 Fourth Activity Period
4:00-4:45 Fifth Activity Period
5:00-5:45 Sixth Activity Period
7:00-8:15 All-Camp Evening Activity
9:00 Bedtime

What’s the weather like in Maine?
Maine is beautiful in the summer! The days can get hot, while the nights can get cold … occasionally it rains.

A Staff Packing List can be found on our Important Forms page

What should I do with my valuables while at camp?
While camp is a safe environment, we recommend that items like your cell phone, ipod and wallet not be kept in your bunk. Instead, these items should be kept in the office safe. You will have access to your belongings any time you need them.

What is the smoking and drinking policy?
There is NO smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages on campgrounds. Any staff member found doing so will be terminated immediately.

Will I have cell phone, phone or internet access while at camp?
Cell phone service is not great on camp’s grounds, but there are two pay phones available for staff use and a computer with internet access available for staff to use when they are not on duty.

I am getting to camp by plane/train/bus – how will I get from the station to camp?
If you are arriving to camp by plane, bus or train, please plan to arrive in Portland between 12 and 2pm on August 20th, 2014. Be sure to fill out the staff travel form and return to camp by July 25th.

How/when will I get my travel reimbursement?
The Main Idea is able to offer staff up to $200 in travel reimbursement. This money can be used to cover the cost of a plane, bus or train ticket or gas. Just save all of your receipts and the reimbursement will be awarded at the end of the camp session.

I am driving to camp, how do I get there?

  • Maine Turnpike to exit 45. Take exit 45, and bear Right to Maine Mall Road.
  • Turn Left at the light.
  • Continue on Maine Mall Road (Payne Rd), past Walmart.
  • At the next light, turn Right onto Route 114.
  • Continue on Route 114 to Route 22.
  • Turn Left at the light onto Route 22/114 and continue to the next light.
  • Turn Right at the light onto Route 114, 2.9 miles to Gorham ME.
  • Continue through the light on Route 114, 7.4 miles to Sebago Me.
  • Proceed through the 4 way stop, 8.8 miles to East Sebago.
  • Turn Left onto Long Hill Road, .3 of a mile past the Dairy Queen on your left.
  • Proceed West 2.5 miles. Bear Right at the Stop sign onto Route 107.
  • Continue West 2.2 miles to Hancock Pond Road.
  • Turn Left onto Hancock Pond Road and travel 5.8 miles to Berry Road.
  • Turn Left onto Berry Road. Travel .75 miles and at the top of the hill turn Left onto 93 Walden Drive.

Or, if you want to find your own directions, the address is:
93 Walden Drive, Denmark, ME 04022 (Map of Camp)

I’m a vegetarian, will there be enough food for me?

Every meal will have a vegetarian option offered. However, because all campers must qualify for the Federal Free Lunch Program, we are unable to meet any other dietary requirements.

Will I have a night off?
All staff will have at least 2 nights off during the program. When it is your night off, you are off duty from 5:15pm – 2am, and must be back in camp by 12am and in your bunk by 2am. There are vehicles available for staff use during their nights off.

What’s the camping trip like?
Every bunk will participate in one overnight trip. Counselors will accompany their bunk on the trip and additional counselors will be assigned to assist. The trip includes a short hike or canoe trip, camping out in tents, cooking over a campfire and visit a local organic farm. A structured itinerary is provided. If you’re not an experienced camper, don’t worry. Part of pre-camp involves preparing you for this overnight.