Frequently Asked Questions

General Camp Information

Is my child ready for overnight summer camp?

Our team can help you answer that question. Together, we’ll talk about the support your child needs at school, what they enjoy doing and how they tend to sleep. During our overnight summer sessions, we have a family cabin option for parents. It sleeps six different camper families, has shared bathrooms as well as a living room and kitchen space. We also offer Camp Pine Cone day camp for children ages 5 to 12 who aren’t ready for overnight camp. 

What other programs do you offer in addition to overnight summer camp?

We offer a variety of programs year-round which you can explore on our Programs Options page

Who is eligible to come to Pine Tree Camp as a camper?
While Pine Tree Camp is able to accommodate almost any camper with a developmental or physical disability, there are several requirements that must be met before an applicant is accepted. Every applicant must:
Have a developmental or physical disability
Meet the age limit for each session (8 to 18 for children; 19 and older for adults)
Have the ability to participate in the program and interact with other campers
Not represent a physical danger to themselves or others

Please note that when you fill out your application, there is a specific eligibility form for children and adult campers that must be completed.

What kinds of programs are offered? What activities can my camper expect to try at Pine Tree Camp?
We are Maine’s only American Camp Association-accredited camp for people with disabilities. We offer a full range of programming for children, adults and families. Opportunities range from day-long experiences on- and off-campus to week-long overnight sessions. We seamlessly accommodate individual campers’ needs so they can fully participate in anything they would like to try, including:

  • Boating and paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Nature trails
  • Gardening
  • Farm animals
  • Adaptive sports
  • Adaptive biking
  • Accessible playground
  • Accessible tent site
  • Archery
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cooking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sledding
  • Ice fishing
How many counselors are there per camper? Who are the staff and how are they trained?
Parents love our 3:1 camper-to-counselor ratio. Each cabin has a team of six counselors. Our staff are college-aged students and are all 18 and older. Every team member completes an intensive eight day training, has ongoing support and takes part in weekly in-service trainings. In addition, our entire team is AllerTrain certified and knows how to avoid, recognize, and respond to allergic reactions.
What if my camper does not want to participate in a particular activity being led by the staff?
At Pine Tree Camp, we believe in offering campers a variety of activities each day and giving them the opportunity to make a choice with their schedule. It is important for campers to try new things and grow from their experiences. We believe in challenge by choice and encourage campers but never force them to do something they are not comfortable doing. We ensure campers attend each program area multiple times during a session which allows them the opportunity to try all the activity areas during their stay.
Can we attend Pine Tree Camp as a family?

During our overnight summer sessions, we have a family cabin option for parents. It sleeps six different camper families, has shared bathrooms as well as a living room and kitchen space.
Throughout the year, we also offer a variety of programs that allow people with disabilities and their families to come to camp together for the day or overnight. Please refer to our Program Options page for more detail. 

Is Pine Tree Camp accredited?

Pine Tree Camp is Maine’s only American Camp Association-Accredited camp for people with disabilities and, every year, meets over 300 health and safety standards.

Registering for Camp

How do I apply? What if I need help with my application?

We accept applications for all camp programs online. New campers must create a CampMinder account before registering. Returning campers must log into their CampMinder account to register.

Registration links for new and returning campers can be found at the CampMinder Info page

If you need help, please contact us at 207-386-5990 or

Registration dates vary by program and can be found on our Pine Tree Camp Homepage

How can I access tuition assistance? Is there a limit to the amount of assistance I can receive?
When applying for camp, families simply indicate what they are able to afford on their application and Pine Tree Camp’s Open Door Fund covers the remainder, up to 100%.

Since 1945, Pine Tree Camp has welcomed all campers who could benefit regardless of their ability to pay the tuition.

How do I submit a form?
By Mail:
Pine Tree Camp
114 Pine Tree Road, Rome, ME 04963

By Fax: (207) 397-5324
By Email:

You can also submit forms online through your CampMinder dashboard.

How do I make a payment?
If paying by check, please mail to:
Pine Tree Camp
114 Pine Tree Road, Rome, ME 04963

If paying online, please log into your CampMinder dashboard and click on “Financial Management” to submit payment.

When does camp fill up and do you keep waitlists?
We maintain waitlists for all programs and contact campers if there is an opening. Please note that adult summer overnight camp sessions tend to fill up very quickly.

Health and Safety

Does Pine Tree Camp have a Covid-19 policy?
We take Covid-19 very seriously and our policy evolves based on the most up-to-date information and conditions. Our current policy is communicated with all campers prior to arrival. Please reach out to us directly with any questions.
What if my camper requires some form of specialized care?
We’ll discuss your camper’s specialized care during the registrations process. We are highly skilled at accommodating a wide range of camper needs.
Are there nurses on-site at Pine Tree Camp in case of emergency?
We have a team of nurses who administer medications, provide first aid and support our staff with all camper needs. They live on site and are available 24/7.
How does Pine Tree Camp handle food allergies?
We have a written policy, emergency procedures, a fully trained staff and a commitment to addressing the unique needs of your child. Our entire team knows how to avoid, recognize, and respond to allergic reactions and are all Allertrain certified.
Where are the EpiPens kept?
Campers self-carry their own and staff who are with them also have an EpiPen on hand at all times and are trained to administer, if needed. We also have a stock that is kept in the Health Center.
How far is the nearest medical facility?
Our local rescue unit gets to us in 10 minutes and the ambulance in 10-20 minutes. The nearest hospital is 20 minutes away.

Contact Us

How do I contact Pine Tree Camp?

Phone: (207) 386-5990
FAX: (207) 397-5324

Pine Tree Camp
114 Pine Tree Camp Road, Rome, ME 04963


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