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Template:Infobox campground Established in 1922 and situated in the pristine wilderness of Maine's beautiful Belgrade Lakes region, Camp Modin is the oldest Jewish camp in New England. Camp Modin employs over 180 professional teachers, mentors and counselors whose collective goal is to make a difference and lasting impact on the lives of children. The Modin program offers its campers from around the world professional instruction in over 70 athletic, waterfront, creative arts and wilderness activities.
Modin is a co-ed non-denominational, pluralistic Jewish and kosher camp. It is accredited by the American Camp Association and is a member of both the Maine Youth Camping Association and the Maine Camp Experience.
Camp Modin was founded in 1922 by Albert & Bertha Schoolman, Alexander & Julia Dushkin, and Isaac & Libbie Berkson. In the aftermath of the first World War, their goal was to create a haven where children would be free to grow as individuals, forge lifelong friendships, and develop their Jewish identities as members of a nurturing community.
Campers at Modin range in age from seven to sixteen years old, all of which participate in a variety of activities throughout the week. Weekday mornings, children participate in scheduled bunk activities; afternoons find them engaged in a "free-choice" elective program, which allows them to build a uniquely tailored program designed around their individual interests. The facilities in which these activities take place are first class. From its expansive waterfront and tournament ski boats, to its state of the art fitness pavilion and recreation center.
The current directors of Camp Modin are Howard Salzberg and Lisa Wulkan.
Writer and director David Wain attended the camp in the 1980s, and Modin was the inspiration for his summer camp film, Wet Hot American Summer. Composer Craig Wedren, one of Wain's childhood friends, was another well-known summer resident at Modin. "We lived for going to Camp Modin," Wedren has stated in an interview, "our parents, aunts and uncles had all gone there, and we went there, too. I loved that place. We all did." Other famous alumni include director Shawn Levy and TV Funhouse creator Robert Smigel. Mindy Schneider's 2007 memoir "Not a Happy Camper" is rumored to be based on the original Camp Modin. The author attended Modin as a child.
- ^ Mimi Udovitch, "The Way We Live Now: 8-5-01: Questions for David Wain and Michael Showalter- Camping It Up", The New York Times Magazine, August 5, 2001.
- ^ Joanna Connors, "Summer camp film of a different stripe screens at Sundance", The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), January 26, 2001.
- ^ Mac Daniel, "A journey comes to a tragic end - New Zealander electrocuted hunting coins", The Boston Globe, August 28, 2004.
- ^ Lisa Fleisher, "Bus filled with campers rolls over", Boston Globe, July 4, 2005.
- ^ Associated Press, "Bus full of youngsters overturns on Maine highway", USA Today, July 3, 2005. Online version
- ^ Editorial, "More heroics from more camp counselors", Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME), July 16, 2005.