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Summer Camp Guide

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 skill levels. & 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, every session consists of intense drills and competitive match play.

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.

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

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 to reach the island. Once 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 acquainted with the new campers and feel the kindness and tender loving care provided to them. Doing this new friendships between campers.

ATTENTION PARENTS….
SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE 2016 SEASON

Aucocisco School Summer Programs - Have fun and learn with us this summer!

Aucocisco School is a private special purpose school and an after-school learning center that provides students who learn differently with an opportunity to participate in a quality remedial and compensatory education in a caring learning individual needs. Serving elementary, middle and high school students, Aucocisco is a full-time school that also offers a variety of summer programs.

Academic Programs include intensive 1-to-1 Lindamood-Bell reading instruction, intensive small-group reading, writing, and math instruction (for elementary, middle, and high school students whose academic skills are at least one year behind their grade placement), and individualized summer tutoring and summer school make-up classes. Our Coaching programs address executive functioning and ADHD.

Our afternoon Social Programs for students ages 8 to young adult promote relationship building and foster skill development. Backstage, a drama-based social pragmatics program integrates theater games and highly motivating, age-appropriate activities. Also offered are afternoon social enrichment programs in music, robotics and boat building!

Transition Programs offer SAT, ACT and Accuplacer preparation, and transition planning for grades 9 through post high school.

Gestalt Parent Coaching offers strengths-based parenting for families and individuals. Coaching is an appropriate choice for those families, parents, children, teens and young adults who voice an interest in and commitment to making their situation more successful on an ongoing basis.

For more information about our summer programs please visit our website: www.aucociscoschool.org, call us at 207.773.7323 or email info@aucociscoschool.org. Aucocisco School is located at 126 Spurwink Ave, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

Arundel Yacht Club

The Arundel Yacht Club in Kennebunkport is now accepting registrations for its Junior Sailing program. The club has introduced hundreds of local and visiting children to the fun and challenge of sailing since 1957. Affordably priced classes for children aged 7 to 16 will be offered in 2-week sessions starting June 27, July 11, July 25 and August 8. Instruction takes place at the Arundel Yacht Club at 51 Ocean Avenue, in the Kennebunk River basin, and in the ocean just off of Gooch’s Beach. The

Four levels of instruction are offered and beginners to advanced sailors are welcome. It’s not too late for teens that have never sailed before to get started in this lifetime sport. There is no need to join the club to participate in the program. For class descriptions, pricing, schedule and registration forms go to www.arundelyachtclub.org/sail.htm. If you have questions, email Anita at juniorsailing@arundelyachtclub.org.

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.

Camp Marland Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. For parents and caregivers looking to keep kids’ minds and bodies active, the Sanford Springvale YMCA’s Camp Marland is offering summer camp to give youth an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

YMCA camp programs provide a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. Located on Bunganut Lake in Lyman, Camp Marland offers: canoeing, array of traditional summer camp activities.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” says Matthew Ouellette, Youth and Family Services Director. In our day camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and achieve – discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift experience.”

Registration for the upcoming camp season is ongoing through the summer. Camp Marland encourages parents to give their kids the gift of camp, and to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Sanford Springvale YMCA

For more information, visit sanfordymca.org/ CAMP or call 324-4942.

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 in secret code; robots that play soccer; mystery substances that change from solid to liquid 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.

Things to consider before choosing a summer camp

Though winter does not often elicit images of the pool, the winter more synonymous with the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day is a great time for parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids.

Summer camp is often something kids look forward to, and something they will fondly recall long after they reach adulthood. For many kids, summer camp experience as summer camp can be for youngsters, behooves parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids in winter, before camps start spring. The following are a few things parents should take into consideration when seeking a summer camp for their kids.

Staff

The right summer camp staff can make all the difference. Many children are understandably shy when arriving at a summer camp, as their friends from back home might not be joining them. That can make kids hesitant to participate in activities or less enthusiastic about those activities. But a good staff will know how to make kids feel welcome, which should help them come out of their shells and make the most of their summer camp experiences. The quality of it's important that parents ask camp representatives about their staffs before making any commitments. Ask how long the staff has been together and the types of training new and even veteran staff members undergo before the start of camp season? Does the training

It's also good to ask about the vetting process the camp employs before hiring new staff, including the extent of its background checks. Are criminal background checks conducted? How many references must potential staff members supply to be considered for employment? A good camp will be forthcoming with answers to all of your questions, so eliminate those that appear hesitant to share information about their staffs.

A day in the life

When vetting camps for kids, parents should ask what a typical day is like once the season hits full swing. Many parents want their youngsters to have a well-rounded experience, while others might want their kids to attend a more specialized camp, whether it's a sports camp focusing on a particular sport or a music camp devoted to helping kids become better musicians. Regardless of the type of camp parents are considering for their kids, they should ask about what daily life at the camp is like. Ask to see schedules and how strictly camps adhere to those schedules. When considering specialized camps, ask the staff representative if kids will have the chance to simply have a little fun and which types of recreational activities are planned to give kids a break from what are often rigorous schedules.

Camp goals

Another thing parents must consider before choosing a summer camp for their kids is the goals of each individual camp. A camp should be dedicated to ensuring kids have fun, even when kids are attending more specialized camps that tend to be more strict. In addition, parents should look for a camp that wants its attendees to foster relationships with their fellow campers. Camp can be lonely for some youngsters, time, but a summer camp that strives to promote friendship among its campers can reduce, if not eliminate, any feelings of homesickness.

Late winter is when parents should start looking at summer camps for their kids, and there are a host of factors moms and dads should take into consideration during the vetting process to ensure their youngsters have as much fun as possible.

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 thru 12.

Fish Camp, in its 38th year, is run by award-winning 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.

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

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