Base camp

Etching of Flying Moose Lodge base camp

Things have changed in the world since 1921, when Flying Moose Lodge was started. But not a lot has changed about the way we spend our time there. Campers still sleep in platform tents or open-faced shelters. For some reason, the simple games of ping pong and tetherball — almost unheard of in modern playgrounds — has been supersized and glorified here. Wood/canvas canoes are still the boats of choice on the lake for games with paddles made of real wood. The lake is still as beautiful and clean to swim in. Campers still learn to use hand tools safely in the woodshop. And it's still the best place to recuperate after a challenging camping trip. Secure your son's spot this summer!

Flying Moose History

In 1921, Harry Domincovich, a teacher at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia bought an old log cabin and other buildings on the shores of Craig Pond in East Orland, Maine. With his good friend and fellow teacher, A.A. Smith, organized and established FLYING MOOSE LODGE — a woods camp for boys.

At that time, Flying Moose Lodge was similar to many of the other camps of the era. Camping trips, "camp craft", swimming, and archery were some of the many activities in which the boys participated. Mr. Domi and Mr. Smith devised a unique schedule...

Camp Directors

Chris and Shelly Price

FML has been owned, operated and directed by the Price family since 1940. Christopher and Shelly Price have been the directors since 1994. Chris has been at Flying Moose since 1949, as the son of the director (Harrie III), a camper, counselor, cook and assistant director to his brother (Harrie IV). Shelly, A Maine native, has been part of Flying Moose since 1991. Chris and Shelly are maintaining the Flying Moose tradition while adding new trips and ideas to the camp program. They also happen to have twin boys, Amos and Eli, who now...

Evening Campfires

Every evening at 7:30, after supper and following about an hour of free time, we hold campfire in the old log cabin lodge. The Coleman lanterns are lit and we gather to sing Flying Moose songs — some written as long ago as 1921, and others more recently. The guitars, banjo, piano, and other instruments assist. Even those of us who "can't carry a tune in a bucket" (and sometimes that's most of us) sing! When our lungs are good and tired, we relax to the reading of a good story — sometimes adventures, sometimes mysteries, and sometimes humorous shorts. When we reach the right time to stop,...

Our Philosophy

At Flying Moose Lodge, our mission is to provide a fun summer experience for boys that will lead directly to increased maturity, responsibility, sense of self and accomplishment, and an appreciation of nature. Our camp philosophy centers on these ideas:

  • at camp a boy actually lives in the woods and enjoys taking care of himself
  • campers and staff live as a group and share the common life, in line with the Quaker value of simple and truthful living
  • the summer provides new and refreshing experiences that NO OTHER vacation can give — experiences that...

The Quaker Connection

The founders of Flying Moose Lodge in 1921 were both Quakers and taught at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. The following directors have all be members of the Society of Friends. At Flying Moose, we don't stress religion, but we do try and follow many of the Quaker values like honesty, simplicity, friendships and appreciating the good in everyone.

We are open to boys of any faith.

On Sundays we spend about thirty to forty-five minutes in a very peaceful clearing in the woods on the shore of Craig Pond in a Quaker Meeting-like gathering, to listen to a short story,...

It's Easy Being Green!

The Flying Moose colors may be Brown and White, but in our hearts we're really GREEN. Since 1921 the whole camp experience has been about living in, and in harmony with, the woods and wilderness and the whole environment. The most obvious example is that at camp we have no electricity — we are "off the grid!"

At Flying Moose, we make it our daily practice to separate, reuse, recycle and refigure our waste and our supplies. For instance, we save our food scraps in camp, and deliver them to a local farm, where we "sponsor" the farm's pig population. When trips return...