2016-03-10 / Neighbors

Summer Camp Guide

Mr. and Mrs. Fish’s FISH CAMP!

Treat your child to a fantastic ocean experience at Fish Camp this summer. Tide pools, the beach, a lighthouse and tanks full of sea creatures are the backdrop for a fun laughter-lled experience for children ages 7 thru 12.

Fish Camp, in its 38th year, is run by awardwinning educators, Jeff and Deb Sandler, known throughout the world as “Mr. and Mrs. Fish”.

Fish Camp is located in a beautiful setting directly on the ocean at SMCC in South Portland. Campers can choose to participate in tide pool exploration, silly skits, light house walks, sports, arts and crafts, and lots more. Come to camp and experience the Tests of Strength, Courage and Wisdom, listen to Mr. Fish’s famous Ralphie stories, and know the joy of a Dairy Queen Attack.

For more information visit www.mrandmrssh.com or call Mr. Fish at 767-3629

Children Learn By Doing At Broadturn Farm Summer Camp!

The MOFGA certied organic Broadturn Farm is an authentic working farm that embodies the heritage of agriculture for children through engagement with a working landscape. Whether it be marveling at the John Deere as Farmer John rolls by or greeting the box of tiny baby chicks delivered by the mail carrier, children come home with dirty knees and great stories. The enthusiasm is infectious and sometimes children leave with a dream to farm.

Children start the day with a morning meeting and a little yoga (Those slop buckets are heavy! Even our youngest farmers need to stretch before lifting). After meeting, groups separate to take care of farm chores. The animals on the farm are fed and watered, eggs are collected and fence lines are checked. Sometimes, the wood red oven needs to be lit for a baking project. After chore time, everyone moves into a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include picking strawberries and grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make strawberry shortcake. The middle of the day is met with lunch and a story. In the afternoon, there is choice time and often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs into the Stroudwater River. Its home to salamanders, frogs and the occasional brook trout. There also appears to be a growing population of fairies as evidenced by the heavy development of fairy houses in the region.

Join us for our May Day Celebration & Open House on Saturday, May 7th from 1-4pm. This event is free. For more information and to register for programs please visit www.broadturnfarm.com.

High School & Middle School Musicians (All levels. All instruments & Vocal Welcome)

Since 1979, Maine Jazz Camp, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington, has been introducing jazz to student musicians from all over Maine and beyond. Each week over 50 students participate in an atmosphere of campus living and jazz music, quickly assimilating its program of ensemble playing, improvisation and theory. The student body comprises mostly of high school and middle school students although adults are also welcome.

Over the years, Maine Jazz Camp has employed many of today’s most prominent New York based jazz musicians as faculty members and mentors. MJC faculty members are highly talented, qualied and dedicated musicians and professional educators in established schools and universities (Columbia University, New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Western Michigan University to name a few). Past and present faculty include Pete McCann, Frank Carlberg, John O’Gallagher, Kenny Wessel, Christine Correa, Kirk Knuffke, John Hollenbeck, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby, John Hebert, Kris Davis, Alan Ferber, etc.

The 2015 camp sessions are Sunday July 12-18 and Sunday July 19-25. For further information, please contact: Christine Correa at 718-499-9051 or Paul Lichter at 207-828-1310 HYPERLINK “http://www.mainejazzcamp.com” www.mainejazzcamp.com HYPERLINK “mailto:mainejazzcamp@earthlink.net” mainejazzcamp@earthlink.net

Mad Science in the Summer Time!

Mad Science of Maine offers fun, innovative, active day camps to get your child excited about science! Gallons of green glowing liquids; strange objects ying through the air; messages written in secret code; robots that play soccer; mystery substances that change from solid to liquid in seconds. Is this a ctional account of a visit to another planet? No . . . it’s a Mad Science summer camp! Be prepared to embark upon an adventure into the exciting world of science! Mad Science Camps are for ages 4-12 and offer a daily combination of in-class science exploration and active outdoor games. There are 6 exciting themes to choose from for ages 6-12 including Reactions in Action, Super Duper Science Sampler, Spy Academy, Eureka! The Inventors Camp, Adventures in Engineering, and Robotics. Mad Science also offers a ½ day preschool camp in Portland for ages 4 & 5 called My First Lab! Whether your child has a chemistry set of their own or if they’ve never had an interest in science, this is the camp for them! Mad Science creates an atmosphere where kids can make new friends as they learn, play, create, and experiment. These fun innovative programs have something for everyone. Maybe there is something about the colorful lab coat but kids are raving about Mad Science! Mad Science offers camps in Portland, Augusta, Bath, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Casco, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Gray, North Berwick, Perry, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wells, Wiscasset, Yarmouth and more!

Register by April 1st for a discount in some locations. For more information and to register, go online to www.maine.madscience.org or call Mad Science of Maine at 878-2222.

Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camps Offer Training for Ages 5 to 18

The Ogunquit Playhouse Children's Theatre Camps offer theatrical training for ages 5 to 18 in a supportive and nurturing environment, and no prior training or skill level is required to participate.

Rising Star Theatre Camp - ages 5 to 8: Little Red Riding Hood, June 27- July 1; The Little Mermaid, July 18-22 and August 22-26; Treasure Island, August 15- 19.

Center Stage Theatre Camp - ages 8 to 10, August 1-5: OZ!

Junior Players Theatre - ages 9 to 15: Disney’s The Jungle Book, Kids: June 27-July 3, performances Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.: July 11-24, performances Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24; Treasure Island: July 25-31, performances Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.

Teen Theatre Camp - ages 13 to 18: fully-staged, two-hour production of School of Rock, The Musical: August 8-21, performances Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

For more information or to register visit: www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/camps. About the Ogunquit Playhouse: The Ogunquit Playhouse is America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-prot organization, producing the nest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from mid- May to November. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and become our fan on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

Maine Pines Tennis Camps

Maine Pines Tennis Camps are affordable tennis day camps located on the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick. All levels and ages of players for boys and girls are welcome for fun and learning the sport of are assisted by college players. Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club, located ¼ mile away, is used for rain back up so kids are guaranteed tennis rain or shine, and the Bowdoin pool is used by the camp as well for mid day cool downs. The success of the program is evidenced by the high number of returning campers every summer. The program truly emphasizes fun and learning.

Jack Dawson - Cheverus Sports Camp

The JACK DAWSON SPORTS CAMP at Cheverus High School opens for another banner season on June 27th. This is the longest-running co-ed Sports Day Camp in Maine - Since 1968.

This is an instructional sports camp with emphasis on fun and fundamentals. Coaches are the real things; drawn from the school coaching ranks - or active college-level athletes themselves.

Keeping tuition at level for the past four years has been important to our concern for the local economy and the spiraling costs of day care.

Look At This Parent Comment: “A friend did the arithmetic: the $470.00 two-week tuition is less expensive than even a reliable babysitter or even full-time daycare. With Sport Camp open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., your cost amounts to about $6.50 an hour.”

The four week program is $685.00 and six week program is $900.00 which are an even more incredible savings.

Another: “We have heard about good Summer programs, some with great learning experiences, some with reasonable cost, some with highquality personnel - and found this one has all of it - and right nearby.”

And This: “...ball-playing, swimming, learning, improvement......EVERY DAY!.....this has been my son’s dream!!”

Girl Scouts of Maine gears up for a great summer camp season

SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE – Girl Scouts of Maine kicks off their summer camp season with tremendous opportunities at day camp, resident camp and troop and family camp. Registration is now open!

Discovery Day Camp is where girls begin discovering friendships, fun activities, and the wonders of their natural world under the watchful eye of trained, caring staff. Day camp is being offered at Camp Scelkit in Kittery and Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton.

GSME also offers resident camp sessions at Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton and Camp Natarswi in Millinocket, with the Trail Master program, a progressive program structured so girls develop a foundation of outdoor skills. Girls can choose from general sessions with traditional camp activities, specialty camps like horseback riding, cooking, theater and archery, or leadership programs like Counselor-In- Training.

GSME will hold open houses at both Camp Natarswi and Camp Pondicherry June 5 from 1-4 p.m. For details, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.

Farm Camp - Hands-in-the-dirt fun!

Farm Camp is looking forward to our 12th summer of hands-in-the-dirt fun! Farm Camp is a farm and ecology day camp for kids, ages 4-14, at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth and The Morris Farm in Wiscasset. These two organic farms are engaged in local, sustainable agriculture. Kids learn through fun, hands-on activities digging in the garden, doing farm chores, caring for farm animals, exploring forest and pond habitats and lots of creative outdoor play. We grow organic fruits and vegetables in the Children’s Garden, collect eggs from the hens, and pick wild and cultivated berries. We catch frogs and aquatic insects in the pond, build fairy houses and forts in the woods and create art projects using the gifts of nature.

Back again this summer is Farm Trek, a week of adventure for 10-14 year olds. This program begins at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape an over-night camp-out.

Farm Camp is open throughout the summer and has part time or full time options with after care available until 5:00. Email Holly and Kevin at info@farmcampkids.com or Call 207-518- 1779 for Farm Camp and Farm Trek in Cape Elizabeth and call 207-518-3427 for Farm Camp at The Morris Farm in Wiscasset. Farm Camp’s website is www.farmcampkids.com


Join Rippleffect this summer for a transformative week on Cow Island in Casco Bay! As a Rippleffect participant, you’ll spend your days exploring our island, sea kayaking, learning new skills, and making new friends. Our zip line and climbing wall will challenge you, our low ropes course will help you develop as a leader and teammate, and our guides will lead you through a week of personal discovery while having fun outdoors! Join us for a day or overnight camp, a wilderness backcountry trek, or a leadership program. Open to ages 8 – 18. Visit www.rippleffect.net or call 207.791.7870 for more information about Rippleffect programs.

St. Peter’s Grand Slam Tennis Program

The summer tennis camps offered through the St. Peter's Grand Slam Tennis Programs are fun, yet challenging and instructional and cater to boys and girls ages 8 - 18 at all teaching pro's & college tennis players with Foreside Fitness & Tennis as our indoor backup if it rains. Former tennis players from our camps have gone on to play tennis at Harvard, Wheaton, Colby, Penn State, and many other Div. 1, 2 &3 schools. For the beginner, a progressive format is followed. Each session teaches basic tennis strokes and strategy in an enthusiastic, but low-pressure, environment. For the intermediate and advanced players, strokes, conditioning exercises, strategy, and competitive match play.

HORSE ISLAND CAMP For Summer 2016 is waiting for your child to be a part of their family!

Located in beautiful Casco Bay on Peaks Island, Horse Island Camp is an active day camp where kindness and animal appreciation is emphasized. Accessible by the Casco Bay Lines ferry in Portland, children ages 3 and up take a morning boat ride out with horseback riding, kayaking, swimming, fort exploration, games, and crafts. Activities at Horse Island Camp are voted on daily by the campers and staff which makes the children feel very involved in their own activities! Every year our repeat campers with developed skills take on "honorary aide roles" around the camp. They begin to help the younger campers in showing them how to groom and saddle up the horses. The horses in turn become aquainted with the new campers and feel the kindness and tender loving care provided to establishes new friendships between campers.




Ride Waves and Enjoy the Beach at Surf Camp

challenging, and rewarding. It gives us a way to connect with nature and teaches us to have Surf Camp involves lots of time out in the waves, we also make the most of our incredible location on Scarborough Beach by going on hikes, learning about the marine environment, and playing beach games. Along the way, we make lots of new friends and learn to be comfortable in the ocean. Best of all, the worst day at Surf Camp is still a day at the beach, and there’s no better place to spend a Maine summer!

Pine Tree Camp

Pine Tree Camp, a program of Pine Tree Society, offers Maine children and adults with disabilities an extraordinary summer camp experience. The 285-acre facility is fully adapted to meet the special needs of campers. The barrier-free setting and commitment of staff allow campers to fully participate in activities that are not normally available to them like hiking on accessible nature trails, swimming, boating, playing adaptive tennis, Maine’s only accessible treehouse.

Overnight session spaces are available for children ages 8 to 18. Day camp spaces are available for children ages 5 to 12. To learn more, please visit www.pinetreesociety.org

Portland Stage

Come out and play with Portland Stage this summer! Theater for Kids offers week-long summer camps that are fun, challenging and enriching. Popular and classic stories fuel these interactive, educational, process-based summer programs for kids grades K-12.

All campers work with professional actors, directors, artisans, and composers to think, speak, act and sing in an environment of inclusivity and safe play. Our theater camp workshops include immersion in all aspects of the theater, and always culminate in a shared performance for friends and family at the end of the week!

Our summer theater camps for 2016 offer a variety of themed camps including Camp Hogwarts, Camp Half-Blood, Camp Ramona, Wisdom, Courage, Adventure, Comic Camp, 24-Foot Tall Tales, Magic Trunk, From the Lands Beyond to the Castle in the Air, Musical Middle School Mayhem, Middle School Shakespeare Conservatory and High School Conservatory. camps are specially designed for students in grades K – 12. Learn more and register online at www.portlandstage.org

Portland Stage

25A Forest Ave, Portland 04101

207.774.1043 x104

Coastal Studies for Girls

Coastal Studies for Girls is a marine science and leadership semester school located on a 600 acre oceanfront land preserve in Freeport, Maine. During the summer, we offer week -long overnight camps for middle school girls. These camps offer a glimpse into the powerful combination of science and leadership education which denes our semester school. During their stay at CSG, the girls’ days will be lled with leadership workshops, science adventures in the intertidal zone as well as paddles in the bay, day hikes in nearby state parks, and visits to several marine science facilities. Come explore and learn on the Maine coast this summer!

CSG also offers place-based workshops for educators.

Visit: www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org or call 207-865-9700 for more information.

Portland Conservatory of Music

This summer the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) presents four weeks of daylong musical ensemble workshops; one week of Rock and three different weeks of Jazz. All workshops run from 9-4 pm, are tailored for ages 12-18, and require a minimum of two years of instrument experience. Longtime PCM faculty member, John Johnstone will be offering both a Jazz Workshop and a Rock Workshop. Titus Abbott, PCM Jazz Studies Director, will lead two different weeks of Jazz Ensemble with Jacob Forbes, drummer and percussionist.

Founded in 1995, PCM is a nonprot community music school for all ages, abilities, and nancial levels. Join us to play with some of the most gifted and inspiring teachers in Maine! Please see our ad on this page and come meet us at the Maine Summer Camp Fair.

Visit our website and call or contact us at:

Portland Conservatory of Music

202 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103

(207) 775-3356 info@portlandconservatoryofmusic.org www.portlandconservatoryofmusic.org

Beat the heat this summer and join us to play to a different beat!

Center Day Camp

Center Day Camp, located on beautiful Sebago Lake, was established in 1949 by the Jewish Community of Greater Portland. Since that rst summer, campers of all faiths have been returning each year to CDC to build friendships, make memories and learn new skills. Over the years Center Day Camp has become known as one of the very best day camps in Maine. Center Day Camp fosters a strong sense of belonging and connection. Everyone at camp is valued for who they are and respected for what they contribute. Our vision is that all Center Day Camp campers will build condence by making new friends, exploring new interests, discovering new abilities and learning new skill.

Enrollment has kicked off, so get your paperwork in before spots ll up! CDC has one week or more camping options from June 20th - August 19th for boys and girls Entering Kindergarten through 10th grade. Along with playing soccer and baseball on our rst rate regulation elds, we will be aiming for the bulls-eye in archery, acing our serve at tennis, venturing through the trails on mountain bikes, and canoeing the Sebago basin. Campers will continue to improve their swimming skills during our daily Red Cross lessons, “come about” in one of our eet of sailboats, throw a bowl on the wheel at ceramics, and send your regards to broadway as part of our theater program. There will be overnight adventures, hiking trips,shing, dance, and gymnastics. All campers entering grades 6-9 get to go on an exciting eld trip every Wednesday to places like Funtown, Attitash, RippleEffect, and more. Don’t forget to check out our 9th week specialty camps. Wouldn’t you love to spend the whole week doing something that you love? Soccer, Sailing, Pottery, and Theater are offered during this one week camping experience, August 15th – 19th. Center Day Camp is the place to be this summer. Just 13 miles west of Portland- transportation included. For more information please contact Eli Small at esmall@mainejewish.org or 207-772-1959. You can also visit www.centerdaycamp.org for more details.

MSSM Summer Camp: Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is happy to present its 19th year of summer camp. We offer week-long experiences for campers ages 10-14. Our campers choose from a variety of handson science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. Campers partake in interactive learning experiences while also enjoying the fun of traditional summer camp. We are offering over 20 different courses this year including Astronomical Adventure Tours, Computer Programming, Out of Box Engineering, Science of Flight, Animal Behavior, Mathematical Origami, and Robotics--to name a few. We also provide a variety of afternoon activities such as sports, crafts, swimming, and exciting evening programs. There is something fun for everyone.

MSSM Summer Camp offers nancial aid scholarships in the amounts of $350 and $200 for qualifying families. We hope that you will join us this year for another exciting summer of learning and fun. Please visit our website to complete our online application and for more information at www.mssm.org.

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