Peter and Meg Kassen, Camp Director/Owners
Both Meg and Peter have spent over 30 summers camping in Maine and have owned and directed Hidden Valley since 1988. Prior to their years at Hidden Valley they directed other nearby programs. Read on to learn more about the Kassens...
Peter and Meg are members of the American Camp Association and the Maine Summer Camps organization. They raised their daughters at HVC and live in Maine year-round, devoting their full time energies to the direction of Hidden Valley. Depending on the season, they both enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking, or canoeing in Maine's magnificent outdoors. Their eldest daughter is an Oberlin College graduate teaching overseas via a Fulbright fellowship; her younger sister is "pre-vet" at the University of Vermont.
A Letter from Meg and Peter
Thank you for your interest in Hidden Valley and its broad range of children’s summer programs. This page and others on the Website represent the beginning of what we hope will be a meaningful relationship between your family and ours at camp.
In an increasingly complex world, a good summer camp - one that takes pride in meaningful values, a child-centered philosophy, and a rich sense of fun - can mean a great deal to a child and his or her family.
We encourage you to call or email us so that we can discuss the ways in which, for many years, Hidden Valley has supported children's emerging identity and sense of independence.
Here are steps you can take as we get to know one another:
Pre-camp conversations with us are a great way to begin a child's relationship with an overnight camp and its directors. We live and work at camp year-round and welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child's individual needs and desires in anticipation of the camp experience.
Talk with HVC families: We can also put you in touch with Hidden Valley families in your area.
Continue to explore the website in order to get a better feeling for Hidden Valley's unique atmosphere, programs and camp people.
Meet with us: If you live in or near Maine, Boston, Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey, we can meet with you and your child during the winter months. Contact us for info on these visits to central locations near you.
Our brochure and DVD will also address many of your family's questions. Click here to request these materials.
We look forward to speaking with your family about Hidden Valley.
"Thank you for being so supportive, sensitive and caring to the staff as well as the campers... I have personally grown this summer and this would never have happened were it not for the two of you... Peter - I shake my head in amazement watching you jump from meeting to meeting and still take the time to really be there for everyone on a personal level... Meg - thanks for being the universal "Mom" for campers and staff...with such compassion, fairness and true wisdom."
- Letter from a Counselor to Meg and Peter
Meet Meg and Peter
- Camp Directors since 1981
- HVC Directors since 1988
- Raising two children at HVC
- Over 20 years living at Hidden Valley
- Directors and sole owners of HVC
- Active in all aspects of programs
It was so lovely to meet you both, and see your beautiful camp! I was so happy and so impressed with everyone I met and with the beautiful facility. You two are the most gracious, loving couple. I am thrilled to have my child spend her summers with you.
- HVC Parent
I am in awe of the energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and love that you both have for the place, the camp... and that you can share what is also your own family home with all of the Hidden Valley community and not lose touch with your own daughters in the process... remarkable and generous. - HVC Parent
PETER has a Master's degree from the Yale School of Organization and Management where he specialized in organizational behavior and economics. At Oberlin College, where he completed his undergraduate work, he studied anthropology and psychology. Peter has been a member of the faculty at nearby Unity College, teaching economics and small business development. Peter is Chair of the local Planning Board, monitoring land use in this delicate rural area, and is a board member of Maine Summer Camps.
During the summer, along with the camp's five assistant directors, Peter oversees the varied teaching and program areas to ensure high standards of safety and content. Along with Meg, he provides ongoing staff training on a day to day basis. You can usually find him on the basketball court, swimming, visiting Tipi Village, or delivering packages in his prized 1946 pickup, the infamous Green Pig.
MEG has also been active in camping since childhood. As a camp director, Meg talks with families, assisting them in all aspects of their children's camp experience. Along with Peter, she works closely with cabin counselors to help individual campers adjust to camp life and consults daily with the nursing staff, supervising camper health. Meg meets campers daily at her organic garden (a.k.a. Planet Meg) where they pick vegetables for that evening's salad, or join her for trail hikes around camp.
Meg received her Bachelor's degree from the Philadelphia University, specializing in textile design and fabric restoration. She also edited her college newspaper. Meg also has an advanced degree from Maine's Downeast School of Massage and is a certified Massage Therapist, working now in the Wellness Center in her daughters' former high school. A talented singer, Meg has performed with the New Haven Chorale and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus.