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The lakefront is a vibrant part of the Pinecliffe experience, whether campers are working on improving their skills or just enjoying Crystal Lake.

During the first week of each summer, our Waterfront staff begins providing every camper with the opportunity to pass a deep-water endurance test, allowing them to swim in the outboard area (including the use of our waterslide), waterski, and use camp’s small crafts, such as sail boats and canoes.


Our Instructional Swimming program is based on the American Red Cross Swim Levels with additional lesson plans to challenge even our most advanced swimmers. Every camper has instructional swim in small groups five days a week. The program for our most advanced swimmers culminates with a swim of the lake – 1.5 miles long – at the end of the summer.

For interested swimmers, Pinecliffe has an inter-camp swim team that competes in swim meets with other overnight camps. We also offer an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course for those advanced swimmers who are qualified.

In addition to lessons, every camper can take part in daily free swim periods where they can work on skills or simply enjoy time in the water with friends.

As part of Color War, all of our campers participate in Brown and Blue swim meets throughout the summer.

50 Mile

50 Mile, similar to 100 Mile, is our water-based individual fitness program. Our swim and stay-fit program encourages campers to swim laps in quarter mile increments. Campers earn team points in ten-mile increments. We track campers’ progress throughout their many summers at girls camp. Our most prolific swimmers reach the 50-mile marker during their final summer.


Our waterskiing program is considered to be one of the best in Maine. Instruction is provided for every camper, starting with teaching the basics to our new campers, and later, when the girls are ready, training in slalom, trick skis, and knee boarding. We have two Malibu Response LX boats running every period, maximizing the time our girls are on skis. 

Later in the summer, we also offer tubing for all campers as another fun and exciting way to enjoy Crystal Lake.

Our program culminates with a ski show during the last week of camp, providing many of the girls an opportunity to showcase their skills to the entire girls camp.

With such a wide variety of ski activities, girls have the opportunity to constantly learn and enjoy new skills to stay engaged and challenged, regardless of age and skill level.

I have been so blessed to spend the past six summers at this amazing place learning to waterski, play sports, swim in Crystal Lake, make arts and crafts, and participate in plays in drama. Pinecliffe has made such an impact on my life, and the friends I have made are much more like sisters that I know I can always count on.

Alexa, Camper


Pinecliffe offers a variety of smallcraft boating experiences for our campers.  Girls start with simple playaks to learn the basics of boating before progressing to canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. For our older and more skilled boaters, we offer canoeing and sailing certification courses. 

We also have smallcraft trips that both challenge our campers and provide opportunities to explore the natural environment of Maine.  Whether it is canoeing to Harrison for ice cream, kayaking down the Saco River or sailing on Lake Sebago, our girls can enjoy numerous boating experiences at camp.

During the final week of camp, girls will have an opportunity to put their nautical skills on display at the all-camp regatta.