Frequently Asked Questions
What is camp like for a first-timer?
Mainewoods is known for being a warm and friendly camp. We welcome first-timers and encourage everyone to make new friends beyond those they already know. We emphasize the joy of dancing together and learning about the various cultures of the dances. Campers range from relatively new dancers to experts, but we are not a show-offy kind of place. Here is an information sheet for first-time campers.
I'm traveling via public transportation. What do I need to know?
We can arrange to pick you up at the airport in Portland, ME, for a modest fee provided you plan your arrival and departure times accordingly. It is also very easy to pick you up at the Conway, NH, bus stop 20 minutes from camp. Please see our travel planning page for detailed information including how to contact our travel coordinator.
For $5/week, you can rent clean sheets, pillow, warm blankets, and towels from us. We can also supply simple items you might forget like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, band-aids, etc., and lend you a flashlight.
Can I bring a friend or partner who is not a dancer?
Yes, we occasionally have campers who are not dancers themselves. They sometimes enjoy the Basics with Attitude class offered on the first two days of camp. They often get involved in playing music and singing, ethnic festivities and crafts, and/or helping in the kitchen. Sometimes they explore the surrounding area, known for everything from beautiful drives and hikes to outlet shopping. And sometimes they just enjoy reading, chatting, swimming, and/or relaxing.
Will I have access to the Internet?
Yes, virtually the entire camp is now connected to high-speed Internet.
What is the weather like?
Daytime temperatures are typically in the 70's to low 80's, and nighttime temperatures in the 50's to 60's, but come prepared for hotter or colder extremes and rain as well. All dance classes are held indoors on a wooden floor. There is no air conditioning, but there are large fans for all indoor spaces including your cabin. Bug repellant may come in handy if you like to sit outside or take walks.
What are the cabins like?
The cabins are large enough to accommodate eight beds during the children's camp. We assign only two to four people per cabin, so there is plenty of room for storing clothes, etc. Each cabin has an attached full bathroom with shower. Windows with screens are plentiful. We supply toilet paper, bathmat, reading lights and large box fans. You must bring your own towels, sheets, pillow, and warm blankets, unless you are traveling by public transportation. Heaters are forbidden due to fire hazard.