Maine Sporting Camp


A diverse coalition of sporting camp owners from across the state dedicated to keeping the Maine sporting tradition alive for future generations.

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What is a sporting camp?

The Maine sporting camp tradition started well over a century ago; some camps opened their doors in the mid-1800s and are still in operation today. A sporting camp is a unique Maine tradition offering a true outdoors experience. Sporting camps are typically destinations for "primitive" or other outdoor recreation, including:

Bird hunting
Bear hunting
Moose hunting
Deer hunting
Ice fishing
Cross-country skiing
Bird watching
Wildlife watching

The hospitality and the variety of outdoor experiences offered to sporting camp guests (or sports, as they're often called) is unparalleled. From the North Maine Woods to the western mountains to the Downeast coast, sporting camps are as unique as the regions they serve. Most camps consist of a main lodge (which may or may not have guest rooms) and cabins. Some also offer primitive outpost cabins. Some camps offer running water and electricity while others offer a true camping experience with a bathhouse and gas lanters.

Most camps offer a variety of meal plans to suit the needs of their sports, including:

Housekeeping, where sports cook their own meals in a kitchen provided by the sporting camp;
American Plan, where sports are treated to a full-service meal plan, usually in a main lodge;
Bed and breakfast, where sports enjoy breakfast in the lodge but are on their own for lunch and dinner;
or some other combination of meals and boarding.

Although the American Plan is typically the most expensive, sports are rewarded with amazing home cooking, generous portions of hearty fare, fresh ingredients, and recipes that have been passed down through generations. Best of all, they can relax and enjoy their vacation without worrying about cooking their next meal.