At Alford Lake Camp in Maine, which has been running for almost 110 years, traditions are queen. Campers stay in Alford Lake’s signature white canvas tents, every Sunday night campers share their “logs” (or journal entries) with one another, showers are three minutes long, campfires happen on Friday nights, and there’s a camp-wide song contest each summer. Camp is open to girls from second to ninth grade, for four weeks or the full summer. Plus, Alford Lake hosts “global challenge trips,” which can be coed, to places like Nova Scotia and the Alps, designed for returning campers who are completing eighth, ninth, or tenth grade.

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