At a Glance -
An Overview of
25 miles from Portland in the Sebago Lake region of Maine
175 acres of fields and forest on unspoiled terrain. 1/2 of mile of shorefront on Panther Pond (1500 acres)
Founded in 1895 as coed summer camp in Connecticut and moved to Sebago Lake in 1907. The boys moved to the present site in 1917. Timanous has been run by Suitor Family since 1942 with the present second-generation directors since 1983.
Timanous stresses the development of character through an active, outdoor, simple lifestyle and a positive approach to everything. Staff is the #1 factor in our success. Good citizenship through, courtesy, helpfulness, and respect are camp hallmarks and make a Timanous summer a priceless investment in a boy’s education.
55 include chef, caretaker, nurses and counselors. Our staff averages over 10 years each at camp. Last summer, 90% were former campers and 13 are teachers in the "off season".
125 boys, ages 7-15, from over 26 states and 8 countries. 50% are second, third, fourth, or fifth generation. Campers represent a wide diversity of economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds. 29 have brothers at camp. Small size ensures personal attention to every boy.
Our activities are well organized and structured with a balance between instructive and recreational and include all water and land sports plus woodshop, crafts, extensive camping program and too many others to mention. There are many alternatives to regular daily routine.
Campers and counselors live together in 10 large but simple wooden cabins each housing about 15 people and nestled along the shore. Although there is no electricity in the cabins, modern bath facilities are located near the cabins.
Meals are served family style and are wholesome and plentiful. Weekly tables assignments give campers and counselors the chance to meet and get to know people they might not interact with on a regular basis. Many meals are cookouts. Candy and soda are provided once a week. Food packages are not allowed.
Mail arrives daily and boys write at least one letter home per week. Fax and phone are not available to the campers but the office is staffed from 8AM to 8PM seven days a week. We are available 24 hours for emergencies.
Timanous is an accredited by the American Camp Association and a member of the Maine Youth Camping Association. Stringent safety, program, and staff guidelines are followed.
Health and Safety
Overriding all else is the safety of our community. Our well equipped health center is staffed by a full time Registered Nurse and/or doctor. A nurse practitioner visits three days a week. Paramedics are 5 minutes away and a major hospital is within 45 minutes.
Brothers and Sisters
We maintain a close relationship with our sister camp, Wohelo, 8 miles away providing frequent opportunity for picnics, weekend sailing and tennis and other social activities. Last summer there were 39 brother-sister pairs.