2017-03-23 / Neighbors

Summer Camp Guide

HORSE ISLAND CAMP For Summer 2017 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 there, the 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 them. Doing this new friendships between campers.


Fiddlehead Art and Science Summer Camps

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts - Scarborough has an exciting line up for 2017 summer camps! Campers, age 5-14, have fun every week with different themes and amazing instructors. The full day schedule runs 8:30am to 4:30pm with extended care available 7:00am to 6pm. Half and single day options are available.

Start summer by investigating animals, plants and ecosystems during World Biomes Science week. Your campers will love designing, building and programming robotics tools and vehicles during our STEAM weeks in July and August where we focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Art around the world will inspire campers during World Art Week and students will experience a little bit of everything during Summer Art Sampler focused on drawing, painting, clay and more! Come learn some tricks, build a wand, or paint a dragon during Myth and Magic week. Fabric Art Mania will have kids paint with dye, weave, create soft sculpture creatures and more!

End summer with Fiddlehead’s favorite projects during Science and Arts Greatest Hits.

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; robots that play soccer; mystery substances that change from solid to 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 7 exciting themes to choose from for ages 6-12 including MAKERS of The Future Camp, Reactions in Action, Super Duper Science Sampler, Spy Academy, Eureka! The Inventors Camp, Brixology & Engineering Camp, and Robot Recruit Camp. 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, Kennebunkport, North Berwick, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wells, Yarmouth, York, 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.

Center Day Camp

Center Day Camp, located on beautiful Sebago Lake, was established in 1949 by the Jewish Community of Greater Portland. Since backgrounds 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, and everyone at camp is valued for who they are and respected for what they contribute.

We are nearing 50% enrollment for many CDC has one week or more camping options from June 19th - August 18th for boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 10th grade. Along bulls-eye in archery, acing our serve at tennis, venturing through the trails on mountain bikes, and canoeing the Sebago basin. Campers can improve their swimming skills during our of sailboats, throw a bowl on the wheel at ceramics, and send their regards to Broadway as part of our theater program. There will be All campers entering grades 6-9 get to go on an like Funtown, Attitash, RippleEffect, and more. Don’t forget to check out our 9th week specialty camps, which offer a great chance to spend the whole week doing something that you love! Soccer, Sailing, Pottery, and Theater are offered during this one week camping experience, August 14th – 18th. Center Day Camp is the place to be this summer. Just 13 miles west of Portland- transportation included. For more information please visit www.centerdaycamp.org, or contact us directly at cdc@mainejewish.org or 207-772-1959.

Begin planning kids’ summer recreation now

Many families spend winter 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 their summers.

• Ask for recommendations. Speak with fellow parents and trusted friends about where they send their children. Personal recommendations can be very helpful, providing 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 before. Certain camps may 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 many camps as after-school 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. Government-run 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, other activities for kids.

Camp Alsing - A Maine Summer Camp Where You Can Be You

Camp Alsing, located on the shores of North Pond in Rome Maine, is a premier co-ed residential summer camp for children with High- Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or other social communication challenges.

Camp Alsing is a place where children can songs, and just be themselves. Alsing campers are enthusiastic and interested and become more program of fun and engaging activities that deepen social communication skills and start friendships.

Our specially trained staff guide children, ages boundaries in a traditional camp setting. grow, and soar. Join us.

MSSM Summer Camp: Challenge the mind and develop interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is celebrating its 20th year of summer camp. We offer week-long campers choose from a variety of handson science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. Campers partake in enjoying the fun of traditional summer camp. We are offering over 20 different courses this year including Rocketry, Computer Programming, Built to Last Engineering, Making Math Magic, Physics Olympics, LEGO Robotics--to name a few. We also provide a variety of afternoon activities such evening programs. There is something fun for everyone. scholarships in the amounts of $350 and $200 for qualifying families. We hope that you will of learning and fun. Please visit our website to complete our online application and for more information at www.mssm.org.

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, competitive match play.

Maine Jazz Camp - All Levels and 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 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 9 - 15 and Sunday July 16-22

For further information, call Christine Correa at

718-499-9051 or Paul Lichter at 207-828-1310. www.mainejazzcamp.com or mainejazzcamp@earthlink.net

Don’t Miss Mr. & Mrs. Fish’s Fish Camp.... This is The Last Summer!!

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 for children ages 7 thru12.

Fish Camp, in its 39th 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 poo 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. com or call Mr. Fish at 767-3629

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

Farm Camp is looking forward to our 11th 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 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 mail to: info@farmcampkids.com or 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

WELCOME TO ARTcamp at Portland Arts and Technology High School!

Art Camp, now in its 28th year, offers a wide variety of art expireiences for children from kindergarten through 8th grade with the addition of a 9th grade intensive experience in visual arts, theater and dance.

Art Campers experience a wealth of childcentered activities in small classroom settings Our young artists are immersed in exciting work that encourages self-expression and individual creativity. Many campers return year after year for the unique experience of Art Camp in which minded peers and adults.

Our unique three-week and one-week sessions provide plenty of time for exploring projects in a variety of visual and performing arts and to work with visiting artists in a relaxed and less-hurried atmosphere appropriate to summer in Maine.

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.

Taking the leap and sending a child to overnight camp is a big decision for any parent. Need more information to help you decide if Pine Tree Camp is right for your child? Join us during April for Information Sessions in Scarborough, Bath and Auburn or in May at Pine Tree Camp. Meet Camp Director, Dawn Willard-Robinson, as well as other parents who will share their personal experiences. To learn more, please visit www.pinetreesociety.org

This summer, camp #LikeAGirlScout!

SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE – Girl Scouts of Maine (GSME) is excited to kick off summer with tremendous opportunities at Girl Scout camp, where girls can explore the great outdoors, try new things, build their problemsolving skills, and more. GSME offers day, resident, troop and family camp.

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.

Resident Camp is an overnight camping This summer, camp #LikeAGirlScout! session where girls can explore the outdoors with specially-trained camp counselors at Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton or Camp Natarswi in Baxter State Park. GSME offers a number of sessions, from General Camp Programs to Specialty Programs where girls can delve theater, biking, sailing and rock climbing.

GSME will hold open houses at both Camp Natarswi and Camp Pondicherry Sunday, June 4 from 1-4 p.m. For details or to register, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org/camp.

camps to the SoPo area!!

Since 1991 Riverview has provided summer camps in the Mid-Coast area. 2017 Southern Maine. where campers have the opportunity to make

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