Our History

The property on Black Point Road purchased in 1964 proved to be an ideal location for a summer day camp. Only 9 miles from downtown Portland, the 107 acres of wood and meadows ran alongside the Scarborough Marsh, and included a pond. The buildings on the site had been part of a working farm. One famous room in the barn was called “The Skunk Room” because a thriving family of skunks had taken up permanent residence beneath the floor. The partially renovated barn became the camp offices and gathering space in inclement weather.From 1964 until 1999, many children enjoyed summer camp in the woods, fields, pool, and on the ropes course, learning about nature and themselves.

In 1999, the barn that was the camp’s main facility was destroyed by a fire. The meadows and woods were unharmed and rebuilding began. However, it was not finished in time for the summer camping season. Despite having no main building, a full summer camping program was successfully completed that year. In the summer of 2000, a modern building was completed to enhance the 107 acres of meadows, woods, and pond. This year-round facility now includes our offices, classrooms,  a Conference Room, and a Great Room featuring an oversized stone fireplace which accommodates 150 guests. The campus also now includes a 12 stall stable, outdoor riding ring and twelve friendly horses. Camp Ketcha’s horsemanship programs are offered year-round and teach campers not only how to ride, but how to care, feed, and groom horses.