2016-04-21 / Neighbors

Summer Camp Guide

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 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

CSG also offers place-based workshops for educators.

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

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. 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”

Center Day Camp

Center Day Camp, located on beautiful Sebago Lake, was established in 1949 by the Jewish Community of 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 friends, exploring new interests, discovering new abilities and learning new skill.

Enrollment has kicked off, so get your paperwork camping options from June 20th - August 19th for boys and girls Entering Kindergarten through 10th grade. Along with playing soccer and baseball on 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 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 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 Portlandtransportation 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.

Camp Laughing Loon

Join us for our 98th Season.Camp Laughing and girls located in southern Maine on beautiful Little Ossipee Lake in East Waterboro, just 30 minutes from Saco/Biddeford. Summer of 2016

Our mission is to offer a quality day camp experience for children who have completed 1st grade through age 12. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, educational, environment with a variety of activities that are developmentally appropriate at each age level.

If your child wants to learn to paddle a canoe or climb a mountain, Camp Laughing Loon is the place to be. We offer many traditional camper activities like theme weeks, arts & crafts, nature walks, sport activities, camp instructors. Special events include a talent show and carnival night. Camp Laughing Loon will create memories and friendships your child will never forget. For more infomation please visit our website www.camplaughingloon.com

Begin planning kids’ summer recreation now

how to chase away cabin fever and endure frigid temperatures until spring and summer mercifully return. Parents thinking ahead to swimming pools and days lounging on the beach can put their daydreams to practical use by planning ahead for their youngsters’ summer vacations.

Youth recreational programs and summer camps can bridge the gap in care between the end of school and the day when classes resume. Due in part to high demand, parents who want to place their kids in summer rec programs or summer camps should being vetting such programs and camps well in advance of summer. The following are a handful of tips for moms and dads who want

• Ask for recommendations. Speak with fellow parents and trusted friends about where they send their children. Personal recommendations can be very helpful, camp or program. Schedule appointments to visit camps that fall within your budget. Take your son or daughter along so he or she can get a sense of what camp will be like.

• Explore all options. Camps come in more be faith-based ministries while others may focus on particular sports. Band camps and art camps may appeal to creative kids. Also, there are plenty of general-interest camps that offer various activities without narrowing in on any particular one. Parents may need to choose between a sleepaway camp or day camps, depending on which camp experience they want for their children.

• Inquire about camp schedules. While programs. Arrangements will need to be made if care is required after regular camp hours. Speak with camp staff to see which types of after-hours programs, if any, are available.

• Determine your camp budget. As varied as program offerings may be, camps also can vary greatly with regard to cost. Governmentrun camps may be less expensive than those offered by private companies. Day camps typically cost less than those that provide room and board. Find out if a particular organization subsidizes a portion of camp costs. Scouting programs often have a dedicated camp and may offer affordable options for scouts. Martial arts schools and dance centers frequently offer camp schedules.

If camp seems out of reach, look into local summer recreation programs at parks or schools. Such programs may not be as extensive as those offered by camps, but they can quell kids’ boredom and keep children occupied during the day.

In addition to camp, remember to plan for some free days so children can just enjoy some downtime. Such days can break up the monotony of a routine and provide kids and families time to relax together. Summer recreation may be far off, but it is never too early to start making summer plans, kids.

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, shing, sleeping in a tent and spending time in 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

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.

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

Mad Science in the Summer Time!

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.

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 Elizabeth and embarks on eld trips, including 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

Rippleffect

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.

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.

ATTENTION PARENTS….

SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR

THE 2016 SEASON

Hurricane Island provides extraordinary opportunities for teens to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world. This beautiful island is an ideal setting for science and leadership programs in Marine Ecology, Island Ecology and Sustainability, packed with outdoor learning and adventure that takes advantage of Hurricane Island’s breathtaking coastline, beaches, and trails. We’ll investigate the vibrant, the delicate, and the intricate; examine the slimy, the oozing, and the alien; and we’ll leave few rocks unturned in the process!

Everyone on Hurricane lives off the grid, practicing sustainable living using the unique systems and technologies that support our island community. Adventures include learning how to row in Penobscot Bay and how to rock climb and rappel in our quarry. And no day is complete without a pick-up soccer game, ocean swim, sunset hike, or late-night star gazing. Participants will unplug and hone their critical thinking skills, all add to their school transcripts.

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

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