Birch Rock, a boys summer camp in Maine, is ideally situated on the shores of a crystal-clear private lake. We take great pride in the excellence of our American Red Cross instructional swim program. Participation in this program is required for campers of all ages and abilities.
As campers build confidence and endurance in the water, they’re ready to tackle Birch Rock’s long distance swims. The first big swim is called the Duck, and a camper must swim across Lake McWain, about half a mile, in order to earn this badge. The Loon involves swimming across the lake and back. The Seal is the length of the lake, and the Whale swimmer completes the circumference of the lake, about 5 miles. Usually a senior boy swims his Whale in his last year of camping, and is cheered on by the entire camp when he finishes.
For each of these distances, the swimmer is accompanied by a rowboat with counselors keeping him safe and encouraging his endeavor.
Our lake is so central to Birch Rock life that free swims and popular games like Greased Watermelon keep our campers cooled off and fired up!