2017-05-04 / Neighbors

Summer Camp Guide

The Ogunquit Playhouse

A Few Slots Remaining for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., Junior Players Theatre Camp at the Ogunquit Playhouse!

The Ogunquit Playhouse has only a few slots left for the Junior Players camp production of Disney’s, The Lion King, Jr. Register your aspiring thespian today! This programs offer theatrical training in a supportive and nurturing environment, and no prior training or skill level is required to participate.

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., Junior Players Camp is for students from ages 9 to 14. Students receive training in dance and choreography, improvisation, acting, staging and vocal work while preparing to perform before a live audience. The camp culminates in a fully staged production on the Playhouse’s main stage! Register now: camp session: July 3 – July 16 (2 weeks) with performances on Saturday, July 15 at 10AM and 1PM and Sunday, July 16 at 10AM.

For more information or to register visit: www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/junior-players. For additional information about Children’s Theatre Camps please contact Mark Ford at 207.646.2402, ext. 261 (voicemail only) or mford@ogunquitplayhouse.org.

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.

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 the backdrop for a fun laughter lled experience 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.

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

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 days are lled 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 them. Doing this builds condence, social skills, and establishes new friendships between campers.



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 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 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

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

Welcome to the best summer ever! At YMCA Camp Marland each child will have a safe, fun and educational experience that will create lifelong memories. Each camper’s experience is guided by the Y’s three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Camp Marland for campers entering 2nd through 7th grade is located on 30 acres of the beautiful Bunganut Lake Park in Lyman. Leaders in Training program available for youth entering 8th through 10th grade. Canoeing, nature exploration, arts and crafts, games, archery, fort building, swimming, and weekly eld trips are just some of the activities that make Camp Marland the ultimate Maine summer camp experience! Camp Mini Marland is offered for campers entering K through 1st grade. Mini Marland campers will swim daily in the pool, have access to miles of hiking trails, a large sports and game eld, playground, and more!

For more information, visit sanfordymca.org/CAMP

Animal Welfare Society

Through regular eld trips, campers meet animals of all kinds including marine life, horses, exotic animals and bees. Campers learn from experts about proper animal care and have the opportunity to interact these animals. They spend time with AWS pets, including dogs, cats and pocket pets. Playing games, making crafts and enrichment activities, and making new friends highlight the week’s activities.

This year, AWS is offering eight weeks of camp with two added sessions in August.

Sessions take place

Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Junior camp (ages 7-9) runs July 10 – 14,

July 17 – 21, and Aug 21 – 25. Senior camp (ages 10-13) runs July 24 – 28, July 31 – Aug 4, Aug 7 – 11, Aug 14 – 18, and Aug 28 – Sept

1. Tuition is $275 per week. More information and online registration is available at http://animalwelfaresociety.org/ programs/humane-education/summer-camp/ About The Animal Welfare Society

The Animal Welfare Society, a non-prot organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty and neglect to all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.

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 26, July 10, July 24 and August 7 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 instructors are experienced and certied.

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.

The Ecology School

During Ecology School camps, campers explore the beach, forest, marsh, garden, and beyond, perform in skits, and have fun! We asked campers what Ecology School camp means to them:

“I love this camp; it’s in nature and I love nature!” – Callie, Kindergarden

“[Ecology School] camp is different from other camps. We learn a lot of new things and it’s really welcoming.” – Sara, 3rd

“I liked learning how to build a re.” – Alex, 2nd

“My favorite part of camp is the memories I’ve made with my friends. I like that we get to compost here which I don’t do at home and I’d like to show my parents.” – Brayden, 5th

“I got to try so many new things!” Teba, 4th

We strive to provide an inclusive environment that encourages all campers to try new things, develop leadership skills, and work together with new friends to examine Maine’s fascinating ecosystems. Come join us!

Mad Science of Maine

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 7 exciting themes to choose from for ages 6-12 including MAKERS of The Future Camp, Reactions in Action, Super Duper Science Sampler, Spy


Eureka! The



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.

Circus Maine Summer Camp

Circus Maine is proud to provide circus arts education to both youth and adult students at both the recreational and professional level to Southern Maine and beyond. Weekly summer camps are available at two locations. Our in-house production company produces small and large scale performances for hire.

The YMCA of Southern Maine

Few environments are as special as summer camp, especially at the Y. Through physical, social, and educational activities, we help foster character, independence, a love for nature, civic responsibility, and leadership skills.

We believe that ALL children deserve the opportunity to discover their potential to learn, grow, and thrive. That's why we help hundreds of kids each year cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement. And we offer nancial assistance, too! Our ve camps are exciting, safe communities where children explore and build condence. Our staff aren't just counselors – they’re mentors, and most importantly, role models. We take pride in the quality and commitment of our staff, who are mostly teachers and college students.

Everyone at the YMCA is dedicated to making sure each camper has an amazing camp experience. Our summer days are lled with beach trips, canoeing, archery, eld trips, art projects, talent shows, and making new friends. Give your children the gift of the “BEST. SUMMER. EVER.” with the Y!

To register: www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/camp

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. Our camps are taught by certied 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, every session consists of intense drills to rene strokes, conditioning exercises, strategy, and competitive match play.

Portland Yacht Club

The Junior Program mission is to teach sailing in a safe, educational and fun environment. We aim to instill a life long love for sailing and appreciation for the sea in our youth. As one of the largest seasonal junior sailing program in Northern New England, we are proud to offer extensive programming for kids from ages 6 to 18 including learn-to-sail lessons, adventure sailing and a premier travel race team.

Junior Program classes are offered in two week cycles, M – F. The introductory classes are half day (9am-12noon/ 1-4pm), while all other classes are full day (9am – 4pm). We welcome both member and non-family members.

Portland Yacht Club is located on the Falmouth Foreside. The junior sailors practice on Casco Bay, which is sheltered by the calendar islands – an ideal location for learning. Make summer 2017 the summer to discover the joy of sailing!

School Around Us

Situated on acres of woods and streams, School Around Us Summer Camp focuses on being outside and enjoying the precious moments of being a kid in the Summer. Without a rigid schedule, children are encouraged to explore nature, friendships and their passions with the guidance of experienced teachers. Whether it be art, whittling, building, swimming or creative expression, kids will enjoy being themselves fully in the nurturing environment of School Around Us Summer Camp.

York County Community College

YCCC’s College for Kids offers a fun yet educational summer experience for your child. College for Kids has a variety of camps for children ages 7 to 11. Our mission is to provide your child with an exciting range of unique opportunities to explore careers, gain new knowledge, develop new skills and boost their self-condence. All programs provide students with a safe and exciting place to learn and thrive.

New for 2017 is a unique summer experience specically for 12 to 15-yearolds. Each week-long course is inspired by one of YCCC’s college-level classes. With topics ranging from Architecture to Veterinary Science to Video Game Design, students have the opportunity to explore a college major in a relaxed and fun learning environment. The summer is a great time to explore a future career, a college major, or learn more about a hobby or passion.

Riverview Martial Arts nally brings day camps to the SoPo area!!

Since 1991 Riverview has provided engaging, innovative and memory lled summer camps in the Mid-Coast area. 2017 marks our rst year of offering camps in our brand new custom built facility in the heart of South Portland. With the convenience of easy drop off and pickup right next to the Casco-Bay Bridge, a 5,000 sq/ft air conditioned home base, and being centrally located to explore many of Southern Maine’s natural treasures we stand excited to bring our day camps to Southern Maine.

Whether you join us for 1 week or 9, each themed camp week offers swimming, hiking, martial arts, outdoor play, education, arts & crafts, and lots of adventure! Each day brings a dynamic blend of activity. life-skills education, leadership training, reading and relaxation/ reection time offered at a pace where campers have the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy their summer and work cooperatively together. Weekly sessions from June 26th - Aug 25th, ages 5-12. Registration is open from Jan 1- May 30th, and will ll up fast. Register online @ www.riverviewmartialarts.org

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