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Camp Caribou

1 Caribou Way,
Winslow, Maine 04901


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Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Baseball, Basketball, Boys Only, Culinary, Fishing, Fitness, Golf, Kneeboarding, Lacrosse, Paddleboarding, Photography, Riflery, Ropes Course, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Theater, Tubing, Volleyball, Water Skiing, Wilderness Trips, Woodworking

About Camp Caribou

Camp Caribou is a perfect summer camp program for boys located in Winslow, Maine. Our sleep away camp has been in our family for years and is a premier traditional sports camp for boys in Maine. Positioned on our 200 acre camp in Maine, our traditional program for boys has been developed through three generations of the Lerman family.

There is no better place to spend a summer on a lake in Maine; we are lucky enough to have a mile and a half of Lake Front on our 200 acre peninsula and are a mile in off the main road. Our unique overnight summer camp program offers boys specialized sports instruction from professional staff, a warm spirited environment and fantastic facilities for both land and water sports.

Camp Caribou is a summer camp program where boys can learn not only about themselves, but about the world around them. Are you looking for an unforgettable summer camp experience for your son? We're getting excited for another wonderful summer together in Maine!
camp overview
Located on a stunning, 200-acre peninsula in Winslow, Maine, Camp Caribou is a premier overnight camp for boys. The dedicated staff offers a comprehensive assortment of land and water sports, challenging adventure and wilderness opportunities, as well as creative and culinary arts. For three generations, the Lerman family has created unforgettable summers for countless new and returning campers.
why camp caribou
Camp Caribou is definitely a special place. Campers ages 7-15 can grow and develop skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.

We have a very mature and experienced staff from all over the world and are fortunate to have many of them return year after year. Our staff takes a great interest in reaching out to our campers. They try to uncover new interests, improve on current interests and act as mentors to your children. They are passionate about what they teach. We as Directors also teach in the program. We love knowing and working with all of the campers.

We have a very mature and experienced staff from all over the world and are fortunate to have many of them return year after year. Our staff takes a great interest in reaching out to our campers. They try to uncover new interests, improve on current interests and act as mentors to your children. They are passionate about what they teach. We as Directors also teach in the program. We love knowing and working with all of the campers.
History
Camp Caribou originally started as Camp Winslow-same exact place, just a different name. Camp Winslow's, (Caribou) first year in operation was in 1923 under the direction of Morris Waldman, the new owner/director from Manhattan, NYC. We still have the first and second year summer yearbooks, 1923 and 1924 in our archives. It is fascinating to look at and read about camp life in the early 20's-not tremendously different from what we do today! We were fortunate enough to have a 1924 alumnus, Sid Epstein from Bangor, Maine attend one of our Wednesday night campfires. It was absolutely, refreshingly, remarkable to see 250 kids riveted to this 90+ gentleman's stories about Camp Winslow (Caribou) in the 20's. One of the most memorable things that Sid Epstein told the kids was that his director, Morris Waldman, used to tell the kids, "don't be common, distinguish yourself." Sid told us later that evening that he never forgot this message and that it made a lifelong impression on him.

Well, enough of the early ancient Caribou history, which we could fill pages with, but let's move on to the late 1960's when the Lermans bought the camp in 1968. At that time, Al, Ev and Bill looked at about 8 different summer camps in Maine that were for sale. Caribou was the last camp that we looked at during mud-season. The three of us climbed on the back of a 1949 Farmall H Tractor and powered our way through the mud and snow down the one-mile (seemed like 3) private camp road in Winslow. As soon as we emerged from the roadway and drove out into the center of the 200 acre peninsula, we knew immediately that this beautiful environment was the one for us.

Since 1968 The Lerman Family has been creating "Unforgettable Summers" for our campers and staff. To this day Camp Caribou remains a spirited traditional boys summer camp owned and operated by The Lerman Family. About thirty years ago Bill and Martha Lerman began directing the camp and now have a third generation of Lermans and now Rotmans involved in its operation. The Caribou family loves what they do! They devote all of their energy to maintain the warmth and spirit of the Caribou experience. They're out on all the sports fields and down on the waterfront making sure that the boys are having fun and getting quality professional instruction from our experienced and mature staff. Our diverse population creates a safe, supportive, culturally rich environment where our boys are able to thrive and realize their own potential. Having been educated as teachers with degrees in recreation, camp administration and elementary education they are qualified and involved in all aspects of the camps operation and program. Lori Lerman Rotman, Alex Rotman, and Bobby Lerman work as a spirited and experienced team of Directors, with the guidance and support of Bill and Martha. They all truly enjoy the group dynamic and strive to continue the warmth of the family feel that Caribou has always been known for.
OUR PROGRAM
Our program offers a wealth of activities and programs. Most mornings, campers rotate with their bunk through three one-hour instructional periods. Over the course of a week, this exposes them to all the camp's land and water sports, its extensive ropes course with high and low elements, as well as creative and culinary arts. This instruction uncovers new interests that campers often pursue in the afternoon, when they select three activities of their own. These "electives" change daily and allow campers to be self-directed. Having had Caribou in our family since 1968, we are confident that boys learn best with this combination of instructional and elective time.

Caribou campers develop increased confidence as our experienced staff teaches them new skills and helps them improve existing strengths. Parents often ask, "Who is the typical Caribou kid?" Our answer is always that we attract the "what's next?" kids—kids who love to learn and be active, are willing to try new things, and respond very well to the positive reinforcement of their counselors and peers.

Caribou boys are fun-loving, warm, and welcoming. They represent a cross section of athletic abilities, very similar to a school classroom. Some are gifted athletes, some are boys with growing interest and skills in various sports, and some are just learning and beginning to develop. The only prerequisite is that they are interested in learning and love to play. Camp Caribou boys are also known for their excellent sportsmanship. Our philosophy is that we win with class and we lose with class.
Activities
Camp Caribou has a beautifully unique physical plant! We're located in Winslow, ME, a mile in, on a private 200 acre peninsula with 2 miles of private lake front. With our high counselor to camper ratio, we are able to cater to all different ability levels throughout our activity areas. What unites our campers regardless of ability level, is the desire to participate, try new things and meet new people, and make new friends. We also are very lucky to have an outstanding maintenance staff that keeps the physical plant immaculate!
Land Activities
The Caribou peninsula has fifteen acres of flat athletic playing fields. We have 3 soccer fields, 2 baseball diamonds, 1 lacrosse field, a large archery range with 17 targets, rifle range, a golf driving range, nine hole chipping course, and a state of the art official whiffle ball, "Fenway Park", diamond.

Caribou offers 11 tennis courts: 3 red clay and 6 asphalt plexipave hard courts, in addition to 2 Quick Start clay tennis courts. We also have an official N.H.L. sized outdoor street/roller hockey rink and a six station outdoor basketball facility.

  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fitness
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle Range
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Waterfront Activities
Our waterfront is comprised of an Alumadock Docking System. This is an H configuration with 25 yard interior swim lanes. We have starting blocks, turning boards, and lane markers for competitive swimmers. We also have a brand new water trampoline, which includes a blob and a log run into the lake.

Our boating fleet consists of 2 war canoes, 12 Old Town ABS canoes, 6 rowboats, 12 kayaks, 4 windsurfers & SUPs, 2 JY-14's, 8 sunfish, and 2 brand new Malibu competition inboard ski boats. We also have several utility outboards and an 18 foot inflatable that we exclusively use for tubing and knee boarding.

Our ski docks are nestled in a private cove highlighted by our own slalom ski course.
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wake Boarding
  • Tubing
  • Kneeboarding
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
    Ropes course
    Our boating fleet consists of 2 war canoes, 12 Old Town ABS canoes, 6 rowboats, 12 kayaks, 4 windsurfers & SUPs, 2 JY-14's, 8 sunfish, and 2 brand new Malibu competition inboard ski boats. We also have several utility outboards and an 18 foot inflatable that we exclusively use for tubing and knee boarding.

    Our ski docks are nestled in a private cove highlighted by our own slalom ski course.

    • Ropes Course
    • AquaZip
    Arts & Crafts
    Nestled at the end of our peninsula, the arts & crafts facility overlooks the waterfront so our campers can enjoy the outdoors while working on their projects. Our creative arts department provides an exciting and productive program which complements our boys' sports camp. Led by highly trained and creative woodshop and art instructors, the Camp Caribou creative arts program has become an extremely popular department at our summer camp. Campers learn to safely operate all of the tools and necessary machinery to build truly amazing projects!

    • Arts & Crafts
    • Woodworking
    • Culinary Arts
    • Digital Photography
    • Theatre
    trips
    Camp Caribou offers an outstanding and extensive wilderness tripping program. We offer a wide range of day and overnight trips, both hiking and canoeing. Although all trips are elective, our outstanding and well experienced Maine state guides have created a highly exciting and popular program. Our trips program includes overnight canoeing, hiking, camping, and even day trips to the beach. Caribou campers love our trips program and according to Caribou Alumni these trips can often create life long memories.

    • Day Trips
    • Wilderness Trips
    PROSPECTIVE CAMPER DAY
    If your son has expressed an interest in overnight camp, you've come to the right place! Now he can join other prospective campers for an unforgettable one-day introduction to Camp Caribou. Located in Winslow, Maine, Caribou is a premiere American Camp Association accredited residential camp for boys.

    While at camp, your son will discover what makes Caribou so special:

    • Dedicated & Nurturing Staff
    • Engaging Programming
    • Welcoming Campers
    • Spirited Atmosphere
    • Bunk Life
    • Land & Water Sports
    • Creative Arts
    • Ropes Course
    • Evening Activity
    • Mealtimes
    This cost-free day will be hosted by directors Bill and Martha Lerman and led by program developer Mike Stern. Mike is a nine-year veteran of Camp Caribou—five years as a camper and four as a counselor. He holds a Master's degree in both elementary and special education. For the past fifteen years, he has taught second and fifth grade at the Zervas Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts. Mike is married and the father of a nine-year old daughter and a five-year old son.
    FOOD & NUTRITION
    Variety is the key word in the food at Camp Caribou. We like to source as much food locally as possible, offering as many healthy and tasty options for campers and staff to enjoy. Breakfast could be anything from pancakes, scrambled eggs, french toast, European breakfast, egg and cheese sandwiches, omelettes, hot and cold cereals, as well as a yogurt, fruit, and granola bar. Lunches and dinners always include an entree, with multiple sides, fully stocked salad bar, or the option to customize your own sandwich or wrap. Desserts offered are homemade, cooked by our very own scratch baker. Everyone finds something they like at each meal. Camp Caribou is an entirely nut-free environment.
    LEADERSHIP TEAM
    Bill and Martha Lerman
    Camp Caribou is under the ownership/directorship of Bill and Martha Lerman. Bill and Martha are both trained educators and recreation professionals.

    Bill has served as a part of the Administrative Staff at Camp Caribou since 1968, and has been a Director at Caribou for over 30 years. He is also a certified EMT, Project Adventure Facilitator, and experienced Outdoor Educator. He received his B.S. in Outdoor Education from Northeastern University and has his teacher certification in the State of Massachusetts.

    Martha has served as a Director of Camp Caribou since 1983. She is also a Consultant for the American Camping Association, an avid runner, and a Tennis Instructor. Martha received her B.S. in Recreational Education from Springfield College, and served as the Director of Services for the New England Section of the American Camping Association prior to becoming a Director at Caribou.

    Bill and Martha are hands-on Directors, and teach daily in various program areas. Bill facilitates and belays at the ropes course, works out with the campers on the basketball and tennis courts, and runs an elective boxing program. Martha can be found instructing tennis and offering a daily jogging elective for the boys. In addition to acting as surrogate to 200 boys during the summer, the Lermans also have three children of their own who are all involved with the camp.

    Lori Lerman Rotman
    Lori Lerman Rotman has been a life long camper. Starting at Caribou as a child, then attending girls camp in Maine for 7 summers and then returning to work with the family. Camp is the best place in the world and she is lucky enough to have married her long time best camp friend, Alex, and is now raising their children in the same place where she and her brothers grew up. She has taught tennis and swimming at Caribou and then moved into the role of Parent Liaison, Assistant Director, and now Director. Lori is like a camp mom and loves to provide the best possible experience for each camper. She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with a degree in Elementary Education and History.

    Alex Rotman
    Alex Rotman has been a part of the Caribou family since 1995 as a camper, baseball coach, and Program Director. In 2010 Alex became one of the full time Camp Directors. He is a proud father of Ellie, Mason, and Mack, a loving husband to Lori, an avid skier, a passionate basketball player, and a true Caribou historian. Alex received his B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado.

    Bobby Lerman
    Bobby Lerman has grown up at Camp Caribou and been there every summer of his life. He has a passion for camp, being outdoors, and working with kids. He loves to be active and enjoys teaching fitness, basketball and getting to know every camper on an individual basis. Bobby is a person who believes that kindness and respect are crucial to success in any area and that belief is a part of our Caribou culture. Bobby graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he studied and majored in International Business and Spanish.

    Jerry Lerman
    Jerry Lerman has also grown up and spent each summer at Camp Caribou. After his camper years, Jerry taught lacrosse, and also lead the wilderness tripping department. Jerry graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a degree in Environmental Science. He's passionate about camp, his family, and his dog, River. He has recently re-joined the family team as an Assistant Director.
    FAQ
    Why do parents choose Caribou?
    We think we have a discerning group of parents who want great instruction, great values, and a passionate mature (average age 25) group of counselors who reach out to the campers.

    Who are the Directors?
    Bill & Martha Lerman are 2nd generation camp directors who are known for their hands on, active teaching involvement in the program. Martha is the consummate camp mom! Bill, Martha, and the staff create an environment where boys can realize their dreams. Bill and Martha now work full time with their kids, Lori Lerman Rotman, her husband, Alex Rotman, and Bobby Lerman.

    Where is Caribou located?

    Camp Caribou is located in Winslow, ME about 3 hours north of Boston in the central part of the state. Waterville, ME, a city of 25,000 (Home to Colby College), is 6 miles from camp.

    What type of staff do you hire?

    Many are recommended from current staff who know that we look for passionate and exciting lamplighters. Our staff are all specialists in their coaching fields, who love kids and want to impact their love of their sport!

    What type of food will my son eat?

    We have excellent food and there is always something for everyone. Wholesome, fresh meats and produce are served with an extensive salad bar for lunch and dinner.

    How are the facilities at Caribou?

    We are on a beautiful 200 acre peninsula on a 4 mile lake. We have 2 miles of private waterfront. Caribou has its own 1 mile private road, 15 acres of playing fields, a new 10,000 square foot indoor gym with cardio and fitness (weights) rooms, high and low ropes course, street and roller hockey rink, 9 tennis courts, golf range, archery and riflery range.

    What type of medical staff do you have at camp?
    We have two registered pediatric nurses who live in camp, and another who commutes, along with our camp doctor who is always on call. We have a large, up to date infirmary and a major 300 bed hospital only 6 miles away.
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