Hello everyone, 


Once again, we find ourselves faced with the dilemma of making the difficult decision of whether or not we are able to safely offer an in-person camp this summer. After going through our list of behind-the-scenes logistics, it is apparent that in-person camp will not be feasible for 2021. Please know that we put many hours into trying to make it possible, but have included a few examples below that lead us to this conclusion:


  • The bus company we use won’t be deciding if they’ll be operating this summer until May, and busing is a crucial factor in running ARC. 


  • We can’t obtain insurance or register with the park until we have solidified transportation (see above).


  • Logistically, COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines would make it difficult to manage meals and tenting arrangements.


The past few days I have been thinking about ARC constantly. Initially, I was disheartened to think that this would be the second summer of not getting together, as ARC has become a tradition in my household the past decade. My children have all been an integral part of this camp for years, and it is so important for us to try to keep the spirit of ARC cohesive and intact. For that, I am excited to announce that we have decided to do a virtual session of Acadian Running Camp in 2021. 


Our first (and hopefully last) virtual ARC will mimic our in-person camp itinerary with daily runs, breakout sessions, and a guest speaker. We’ll even be hosting the Talent Show and Thrift Store Formal! And, campers will have an incredible opportunity to work in groups and one-on-one with physical therapist Kelton Cullenberg (Cullenberg PT & Performance), who specializes in all aspects of running, from injury prevention to race performance.


More info on camp coming soon, but in the meantime, here are some important details to know now:


  1. As usual, registration is open to all Maine runners who will be entering ninth grade through their first year of college in the fall of 2021.

  2. We will not be capping the number of campers who can register- no wait list this year!

  3. ARC 2021 will be Saturday, July 17 - Sunday, July 18. 

  4. Registration will be $100 for the session and will include a camp t-shirt (that will be mailed to campers in advance), and an array of helpful PDF handouts from Kelton.

  5. We will have an online store available to purchase a wide range of ARC gear that has never been offered (a few examples include colorblock windbreakers, running tights, and beanies!)


We’re looking forward to keeping the ARC spirit alive and seeing lots of familiar faces again this summer!




Kelley Cullenberg

ARC Camp Director