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The Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan offers so many choices all summer long, and the common thread is that every program will bring incredible growth, skills, friendship, and fun. Set on a 200 acre campus along the shores of Branch Lake in the beautiful Maine wilderness, our Sleep Away Camp, Adventure Seekers, and Leaders School give boys, girls, and teens of all ages and interests a sense of adventure, belonging, and purpose. These programs allow a child to progress and grow each year in our specially designed age appropriate adventures. Our goal is to partner with parents throughout their child's life.


The Bangor YMCA’s Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan provides an idyllic group of resources in which to explore opportunities for personal growth and the enhancement of outdoor skills. The bedrock of our philosophy focuses on the value of experiential learning and encourages self-discovery through the wonders of the Maine environment.

ACCREDITATION:  We are accredited by the American Camp Association, ensuring that we hold ourselves to the highest industry standards. The camp complies with all regulations of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: The Bangor Region YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan is a community which welcomes youth from all nations, income levels, family structures, backgrounds, races, sexual orientations and identities, diverse abilities, faiths, citizenship status, and traditions. As an organization we are committed to providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for all youth, and to making all reasonable accommodations within our ability to provide this. 


Our Wilderness Center provides a secluded nature retreat with all the amenities for a comfortable stay. Our 200 acre campus sits along a quarter mile of lakefront. We are the only summer camp on 2,700 acre Branch Lake. The 5,000 square foot King Dining Hall sits in the center of camp. This bright new facility is equipped with a full professional kitchen and can comfortably seat up to 230 people. The Dining Hall overlooks our lakefront grove area along with Triangle Lodge, our historic meeting hall. Our modern infirmary provides all needs for camp health care, as well as heated living quarters and an apartment for seasonal use. 


Most guests and campers stay in our fifteen cabins, all of which have electricity and sleep up to sixteen people. Campers utilize our two bathhouses with six toilets and showers in each. With hiking trails, campsites, sports fields, an outdoor chapel, a state of the art ropes course, and over thirty boats, our facility is the perfect location for all groups.


Maine is synonymous with camping and wilderness, and our Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan is the perfect combination of both. The Wilderness Center sits in the heart of Eastern Maine’s pristine lake district, just 18 miles from Bangor with a world renowned medical facility and an airport with daily flights along the East Coast. Half way between Bangor and Bar Harbor, our Wilderness Center is within reach of five star restaurants, beautiful small town boutiques, Acadia National Park’s breathtaking ocean view hiking, countless rock climbing cliffs, and more.


The beauty of our Wilderness Center is that it is a secluded nature retreat, but not too far off the beaten path! Just put our address into your smartphone's GPS, and you'll be all set. Check out the Google Map Below.

101 Camp Jordan Way

Ellsworth, ME 04605


Directions from 1-95/Bangor (all points South, North & West)

  • From 1-95 North, take exit 182A onto I-395 East

  • Take exit 6A onto US 1A East toward Ellsworth/Bar Harbor 

  • In 12.5 miles, take a sharp right onto Winkumpaugh Road

  • In 0.5 miles, turn left onto Hanson's Landing Road

  • In 0.5 miles, turn right onto Camp Jordan Way!

Directions from Bar Harbor/ Ellsworth  (all points East)

  • Take  US 1A West toward Bangor 

  • 18 miles from downtown Ellsworth, take a left onto Winkumpaugh Road

  • In 0.5 miles, turn left onto Hanson's Landing Road

  • In 0.5 miles, turn right onto Camp Jordan Way!

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