What is Dennen Week?
Dennen Week is a special one week program for boys grades 6-10 at Camp O-AT-KA in Sebago, Maine. It is a week of regular camp, with normal camp activities, but is held for those that would otherwise be unable to afford camp tuition. The Dennen Week Program is modeled on our founder's original vision of this very special place. The Reverend Ernest Dennen firmly believed that given the right opportunity, in the right environment, every boy would be able to raise his sights and aspirations to loftier goals. Dennen Week allows deserving boys the chance to experience the benefits of camp life that may have otherwise missed such an opportunity.
Dennen Week Campers are recommended by their teachers, guidance counselors, friends, and spiritual leaders as exemplary and deserving of this honor through our application process. They possess exceptional abilities to work and play with their peers in a positive way, maintain respectful and rewarding relationships with adults, and have been identified as the present and future leaders of their communities. We strive to serve our local area, and over 90 percent of our campers are from the neighborhoods of Southern Maine.
Director of Dennen Week - Leigh Harrison
Camp welcomes Leigh Harrison back to act as the Director of Dennen Week. Leigh came to camp in 1972 and was the counselor of the Middle Unit cabin Camelot through 1976. He taught swimming and tennis. After leaving, Leigh kept camp with him by becoming involved in coaching youth sports and being an outdoor enthusiast. Leigh graduated from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Jo, live in Brunswick, Maine.
Dennen Week staff is made up of many of those who work at camp during the previous 7 weeks. Also many alumni come and volunteer their time, filling roles from cabin staff to camp chef. Many alumnus make Dennen Week an annual tradition, part of their way to give back to O-AT-KA community for the positive impact it had on their lives.