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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the history of the Medomak property?
Medomak's history dates back to 1904 when a man named Frank Poland utilized his family property to welcome city boys to the wilds of Maine to give them the opportunity to escape the city for the summer. Poland firmly believed that it was easier to build boys than to mend men. His motto was, "Remember the other fellow".
Three distinct programs are now found on our site. The Retreat Center offers meeting and overnight space for small to mid-size groups. Medomak Family Camp is a traditional summer camp experience for the entire family. We are proud of the nationally recognized program we have developed over the past 15 years. A non-profit girl's summer camp is run on our third campus for under privileged youth.
What type of amenities do you have?
Medomak encompasses 250 acres of blueberry fields, forest and pristine lakeshore. Trails for hiking, a tennis court, basketball courts, kayaks and canoes are here for your enjoyment.
Are you open year round?
No, the retreat center's season runs from June through August. Call to inquire about post-season rental into September.
How do I get there?
If you're flying, the closest airport is in Portland Maine (PWM) 80 minutes away. Other options are Boston or Manchester New Hampshire both are just a 3 hour drive from Medomak. Medomak does not offer car service so a car rental is necessary.
If you are driving we are 30 minutes from Augusta & Camden, 3 hours from Boston and 7 hours from NYC.
Are the cabins on the lake?
Although our cabins do not have a lake view, a short 3-5 minute walk down the hill from the cabins takes you to our private lakefront access.
What are your cabins like?
We offer a choice of private, semi-private and dorm cabins. Each cabin has its own private bathroom. Private cabins sleep 1-2 people. Semi-private cabins offer 2 bedrooms in each cabin and dorm cabins have 5-6 twin beds. To reserve a private or semi-private cabin we charge a one time fee of $200. Our dorm cabins are spacious. They feature a bathroom, separate shower and an extra vanity sink in the main cabin area. Simply put, our cabins are simple, in the New England tradition. There are creature comforts like reading lights, rocking chairs (in the larger cabins), comfortable beds, and a writing table. Outside, you will find two Adirondack chairs to enjoy Maine's warm days and good book.
Will I have time on my own?
Yes. Sessions are scheduled throughout the day but participants are welcome to choose to attend or not and instead explore our historic property and the surrounding area.
How far is Medomak from the ocean?
Medomak is a short 30-minute drive to more than five port towns.
What is there to do locally?
The mid-coast area of Maine has so much to offer. The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland houses one of the largest collections of Wyeth paintings. Numerous port towns with lighthouses and lobster pounds are sure to delight. Travel to the peninsula of Port Clyde and take a ferry to Mohegan Island, a small, rocky island ten miles from the mainland and scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars or paved roads on the Island. It has long been a destination for artists, hikers, birders, and nature lovers. Local artisans, wineries, museums, outlet shopping and of course state and National parks make for some tough choices when you are in the mood to explore! Check out our links page for additional suggestions.
What are your meals like?
Our professional chefs pride themselves on fresh, delicious and hearty meals that are served family style in our historic lodge. We take pleasure in the fresh organic blueberries, herbs and vegetables from our garden, local produce and seafood, and overall quality and variety. Fresh pasteurized milk from our cows enables us to make our own yogurt, butter, cheese and ice cream. Is the food good at Medomak? It is one of the reasons we have a high return rate!
Can you accommodate special diets?
Yes, when you register you will complete an information sheet so you can let us know if you are vegetarian, lactose intolerant, diabetic...or have other medical dietary needs. This allows us to accommodate your specific dietary needs.
Do participants have access to refrigeration for medications, special foods...?
Yes, a common refrigerator is located in the lodge for participants to refrigerate necessities.
What is your alcohol policy at Medomak?
We do allow retreat participants to have alcohol in camp to be consumed responsibly: For safety reasons we also ask that you refrain from consuming alcohol when boating and swimming. To put it plainly, alcohol & water activities don't mix.
What is your smoking policy at Medomak?
Smoking (including pipes and cigars) is ONLY allowed in a designated area. For the enjoyment of other campers as well as their safety (think FIRE HAZARD), we ask that you respect this policy.
Does tuition cover everything at the Retreat Center?
Tuition covers lodging, food and activities. We do not charge a rental fee for our boats or equipment. The only additional costs at Medomak are for (optional) massages, items purchased at our camp store (T-shirts, penny candy, post cards, etc.) and fees for children to attend our family camp.
What time is check-in and check-out?
Call our office toll free 866-MEDOMAK (633-6625) for specifics or check the webpage of the retreat workshop or event you are planning on attending.
Does the camp provide linens and towels?
No, participants are expected to bring their own linens and towels. However, bedding & towels are available for rent for $30. Please call ahead to make arrangements.
Are there laundry facilities at camp?
Yes, campers are welcome to use our high capacity washer and dryer for $4 per load.
Are children welcome to attend?
Please make arrangements with our staff prior to your arrival. Children ages 5 and up are welcome to attend counselor supervised activities at our family camp program from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm for an additional fee. Call us at 866-633-3325 and we'll be happy to provide you with details.
Are we allowed to bring pets?
While we realize that your pet is another member of your family, for the safety of our participants we ask that you leave your pets at home. We will be happy to put you in touch with local kennels, if needed.