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Creative Arts FAQs

Creative Arts FAQs

  • Where is Camp?

    Camp Newfound is located in the beautiful Lakes Region of southwest Maine, right on Long Lake. It's about three hours north of Boston, and a one-hour drive from Portland. About one hour to the east is the beautiful coast of Maine and about one hour to the west is the White Mountains National Forest.

  • How do I get there?

    View driving directions here.

    The closest airport is Portland International Jetport (PWM), about a one-hour drive from Camp. You can also fly in and out of Manchester Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire and Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) – both of which are about three hours away. We do offer to pick up and drop off Creative Arts Week campers at the Portland airport for a small fee.

  • What are the cabins like?

    The cabins are simple. All have some lighting and electricity, typically one plug. There is no wifi in cabins. Most cabins have a tin roof; those by the lake have large, airy, screen windows (closable for rain), while others are a little more house-like. Fans and space heaters are available.

    You'll have the choice of staying in a cabin of your own, or sharing with your spouse or same-gender friends. You’ll be cozily ensconced in a camper or staff cabin either near the lake at Newfound or among the pines at Owatonna. Cabins are assigned on a first-come basis, but they’re all charming in their own ways.

    On your registration form, you’ll have the option of requesting a cabin with a bathroom for an additional fee. The bathrooms are either full or half-baths, and the same fee is charged for both. If you’re sharing a bathroom with another person, the fee will be split between you. The camper cabins right along the lakeside have no bathrooms, and are a short walk from bathrooms with sinks, toilets, and hot-water shower stalls.

  • What classes do you offer?

    Each year’s session includes new and familiar teachers and offerings, so it’s always worth reading through them to find what floats your canoe! Each class is 2.5 hours each day, for five days. You can view a complete listing of the current classes here.

    Every participant chooses two courses — or one full-day course — for the five days of classes, with the idea of really delving into those particular creative media. You can develop a familiar skill and/or try something completely new or outside your comfort zone in a truly supportive setting. The classes welcome every level of experience, unless the class description indicates otherwise.

    Past courses have included singing, song writing, photography, musical and improv theatre, tap dance, mime and movement, painting, ceramics, various approaches to writing, jewelry making, sculpture, mobiles, and more.

  • What do we do at night?

    Each evening there is a program right after dinner, including presentations by the teachers and artists in residence, in-camp Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, a performance, or other offering. And there are spontaneous campfires on the beach (yes, with s’mores), music jams, and board games (Bananagrams, anyone?).

  • What if I’m not creative?

    We're not being coy—everyone is creative. The Creator makes you that way! Our job is to help you discover, embrace and express that innate creativity within the safety of a supportive, non-judgmental environment. It’s our hope that this enlarged view of yourself won’t only help you produce a surprising painting, write an eloquent story, or sing in harmony with your friends, but that it will change the way you see yourself — for good!

  • What is a typical day like?

    The days at Creative Arts Week are centered around the classes you’re taking, with plenty of time for enjoying the amenities and camaraderie of Camp. Each class is 2.5 hours each day, for five days. And there is a full day off in the middle of the session (chosen for the best weather) to do whatever you want — hang out at Camp or go explore summertime Maine.

    The scheduled days begin with a hearty breakfast, followed by Morning Meeting, a time to hear one section of the Bible Lesson and share inspiration and gratitude. After the day’s announcements, the morning class session begins.

    After lunch, there’s an hour and a half of free time to relax, swim, read, kayak, work on your projects — whatever you want. Then the afternoon classes begin and run until about an hour before dinnertime.

    Each evening there is a program right after dinner, including presentations by the teachers and artists in residence, in-camp Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, a performance, or other offering. And there are spontaneous campfires on the beach (yes, with s’mores), music jams, and board games (Bananagrams, anyone?).

    Here is a sample daily schedule:

    • 7:30 - Wake up
    • 8:00 - Breakfast
    • 8:45 - Morning Meeting (Bible Lesson, gratitude, and announcements)
    • 9:30–12:00 - Morning classes
    • 12:15 - Lunch
    • 1:00–2:15 - Free time
    • 2:30–5:00 - Afternoon classes
    • 5:00–6:30 - Free time
    • 6:30 - Dinner
    • 7:30–9:00 - Evening activity

    There is a day off in the middle of the week, typically Saturday, to go sightseeing, stay and enjoy Camp, or work on your own.

  • What is the weather like?

    Late summer in Maine typically offers warm, sunny days and cool nights, although anything is possible. It's a good idea to be prepared!

  • What should we pack?

    You will be sent a detailed packing list.

  • What's the food like?

    Whether you're savoring a muffin at a long, friendly table in the dining hall or getting to know someone new over lasagna at a big round one on the sunny porch, the food and the companionship are nutritious and delicious! Imagine three full, scrumptious meals a day — all prepared for you, with no dishes to clean up! Lots of fruit, creative salads, comfort and palate-expanding dishes, and scrumptious baked goods and desserts. Fruit and other snacks are always available for the munchies. And we have a lobster/steak banquet on our last night!

    You can request vegetarian and vegan food when you register, and those options will be available at every meal.

  • Where do we stay?

    Camp is comprised of two adjoining summer camps—Camp Newfound for girls and Camp Owatonna for boys. Owatonna is on a spacious hilltop with cabins nestled in the pines. Newfound is down the driveway from there on a peninsula into Long Lake. Both are used for housing and classes for Creative Arts Week. All meals and group events like Morning Meeting are at Newfound. We run a van between the camps for meals and classes and as requested.

  • Who are the instructors?

    Our instructors are high quality, respected professionals with teaching experience in their fields — artists, writers, photographers, musicians, theatre and dance professionals. And they are all Christian Scientists, committed to seeing your unlimited, God-expressing potential, and to encouraging you to explore and embrace the "wide horizon's grander view" of yourself.

  • Will I be able to use my cell phone and laptop at Camp?

    Yes. Laptops are welcome in classes. And we have password-protected wifi internet connection in a few locations.

    About cellphones--there is service at Camp (quality varies by carrier). That said, we try to keep Camp an unplugged, phone-free environment as much as possible. All ringers should be off at Camp, and if you need to receive or make a call, please move out of earshot of others. Be aware that where cabins are close together, there is no soundproofing between cabins.

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