2018-03-08 / Community News

Summer Camps Directory

Get prepared for Summer Camp season!

Summer camp season is just around the corner. Each summer, millions of children depart for campsites around the country to swim, hike, craft, and enjoy the companionship of friends. Summer camps in North in the 1880s and were attended for overnight stays. By the 20th century, summer camps phenomenon, and various organizations hosted traditional summer camps or camps geared toward religion, sports, activities. According to the American Camp Association, each year more than 14 million children and adults in the United States attend camp. America is home to more than 14,000 day and resident camps (8,400 are overnight camps and 5,600 are are the largest sponsors of summer camps.

Many people put off summer camp planning until it is too late. Parents should keep in mind that off dates for enrollment. Parents year can use this guide to help plan a summer camp agenda.

• Attend an orientation seminar. Take the time to visit prospective camps for a tour, and use this open house as an opportunity to learn more for enrollment. Some camps may

• Fill out the enrollment package completely. Each camp has their own requirements for some personal information, and proof of insurance, names contacts, and any other pertinent information as it applies to the camper. This may include allergies, fears, physical or mental camp courses. schedules. Summer camps vary in price. The ACA says camp costs range from $100 to more than $1,500 per week. However, many accredited camps offer some sort

• Prepare children for the physical challenges a camp may present. Summer camp activities to schedule your child a physical forms. Children also can increase their levels of physical activity compared to the often sedentary nature of winter. Such preparation can prevent injuries when engaging in outdoor and physical activities.

• Shop for supplies. Camps are likely to provide a list of requirements with regard to clothing and other equipment campers will need. Make sure kids have enough shorts, swimsuits, toiletries, and other leave. • Keep children in the loop. Engage children in the planning process to help alleviate their summer camp.

Summer camp can foster lifelong memories. Parents can help kids prepare in advance for the fun that’s soon to arrive.

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 certified 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 refine strokes, conditioning exercises, strategy, and competitive match play.

The Ecology School

Cabin fever is setting in and kids are squirming to be outdoors! This April, during school vacation, let their curiosity run wild (and let them get the wiggles out!) at our April School Vacation Camp. All activities (weatherpermitting) take place outside: beach exploration to discover marine creatures; tracking wildlife and identifying their habitats in the forest; digging in the garden; and so much more. The Ecology School’s April School Vacation Camp runs from Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children in Grades K-6 are welcome to attend. The Ecology School also offers Outdoor Adventure Camps throughout the summer for all ages (3 to 103)! To register or for more information, visit our website TheEcologySchool.org or call (207) 283-9951.

Fournier’s Martial Arts Summer Camp

PARENTS THIS SUMMER... will last a lifetime, value their self worth, teach them to avoid peer pressure, increase their motor skills, teach them to defend themselves, and much, much more.” art of Karate for 46 years, says whether you environment.

Come join our 2018 Summer program. School Programs.


Camp Alsing in Unity, Maine, is a co-ed residential summer camp for children ages 9-17 with high-functioning autism and other social communication challenges.

We empower our campers in a fun, supportive environment with guidance from specially-trained staff. We provide campers with the tools to solve problems more independently, and to build new connections less encumbered by the social anxiety that inhibits enjoyment of new experiences.

Our social learning program is influenced by the Social ThinkingĀ® approach of Michelle Garcia Winner, MA CCC-SLP, and the 360 Thinking Model of Executive Function Skills of Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP.

We believe camp is the ideal environment to build meaningful connections, and we believe Maine is the best place on earth to go to camp. Activities are offered in a “challenge by choice” environment and our campers try new activities because they feel safe, comfortable and accepted in our camp community. Activities include kayaking, swimming, canoeing, archery, fly-fishing, drama, arts and crafts, high/low ropes course, climbing wall, and so much more. www.campalsing.com , Emily@campalsing.com or 207-805-4155.

Summer At Portland Pottery in Portland, Maine

Summer at Portland Pottery is fun both inside and outside our studios! Our days run from 9am until 3 pm. Each day we have four blocks of creative activity, a long, leisurely lunch break with outdoor activities, and games. and lunch at the Eastern Prom park. During the clay inspired weeks students will learn to throw on the pottery wheels and use different hand building techniques. Students will understand the many steps that their pieces need to go through before they can enjoy ice cream out of their handmade bowl. Pieces will be glazed for our campers and their families. Portland Pottery also offers Glass and Metalsmithing weeks where students learn to make beautiful pieces of Jewelry and sculpture. The Portland Pottery staff thrive to engage your child and pull out their unique creative spirit.

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 2018 the summer to discover the joy of sailing!

Children Learn By Doing At Broadturn Farm Preschool, April Vacation & Summer Camps!

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. be lit for a baking project. After chore time, everyone moves into a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make something yummy! Often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs into the Stroudwater River. It’s 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. Come join us!

For more information and to register for programs please visit www.broadturnfarm.com, or call 207.510.4822.

MSSM STEM Summer Camp: The Camp for Curious Young Minds

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is celebrating its 21st year of summer camp. We offer week-long experiences for campers ages 10-14. Our campers choose from a variety of hands-on 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 Solving the Rubik’s Cube, Rocketry, Computer Programming, Thermodynamics, Catapults & Trebuchets, Genetic Code, LEGO Robotics (Beginner & Advanced), Blood, Guts, & Brains, just to name a few. We also provide a variety of afternoon activities such as sports, crafts, swimming, a waterslide, and exciting evening programs. There is something fun for everyone. scholarships for qualifying families. We also have a bus that goes to South Portland for pick up and drop off. 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/summercamp

Join Surf Camp and Salt Pump Climbing For a Thrilling Weekend

Surf + Climb Camp is a unique two day program that combines surfing in the morning with rock climbing in the afternoon, providing participants between the ages of 9 and 17 with an essential introduction to these two exhilarating and complementary activities. We start out at Scarborough Beach, one of Southern Maine’s most impressive white sandy beaches, where we enjoy a full morning out in the waves followed by lunch on the beach. After lunch, we move a few miles up the road to Salt Pump’s state of the art climbing facility, where the kids will get an intro to bouldering and climbing on walls up to 45’ tall. Total group size is limited to only 12 kids per weekend, so participants will enjoy lots of 1-on-1 coaching. The program takes place over selected weekends throughout the summer from 9am to 3pm. Book early on our website as sessions fill up quickly! Program cost: $219/pp.

Sign up at: www.surfcampme.com/surf-and-climb

WELCOME TO ARTcamp at Portland Arts and Technology High School!

Art Camp, now in its 29th 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 teachers. 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 company of like-minded peers and adults.

Our unique three-week and two-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.

Maine Girls Academy

Lion’s Camps at the Maine Girls’ Academy offer authentic, high quality summer camp experiences for girls and boys ages 8-10 in our Co-ed and All-Girls Cub’s Camps and for girls ages 11-14 in our Girls Roar! Camps. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Hurricane Island to offer overnight camps for girls.

Each unique program is designed to provide ample opportunities for building new skills, experiencing personal growth, and of course, making new friends. teachers and coaches ensuring dynamic, well-planned learning environments. In keeping with MGA’s mission, Lion’s Camps encourage campers to discover individual strengths while experiencing being part of a tight-knit community where each camper is known and valued. Camps run every day 8:30AM-3:00PM. Lunch and aftercare are available.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Register and pay by March 15th and receive a 10% discount. Use discount code “EARLYBIRD18” when you register online at www.mainegirlsacademy.org/camp.

Environmental Science, Zombies, Wizards & Game Wardens at Unity College Summer Camps

Looking for zombie survival skills? How about a wizarding adventure? Unity College is offering an array of summer camps.

Wizarding participants will compete in course and learn about reptiles, birds, and mammals, while zombie survivors will build teams, perform primitive skills, identify and cook with wild edibles, and explore trails. Ages 11-17.

Marine and environmental science camps attendees will learn snorkeling, grow corals, journey to Maine’s coast, identify rocks on MDI, compare soil samples, and explore plant cycles.

For those interested in becoming a game warden, Warden Camp will allow teenagers ages 16-19 to work with wardens, and learn skills such as wildlife forensics, boating and off-road vehicle safety, surveillance, search and rescue, and trapping and hunting.

Unity College is also offering Eco Tours this summer for a wide range of travelers to explore Maine’s stunning landscapes and scenic overlooks across the hills, rivers, and woodlands.

To sign up or for more information, visit summer.unity.edu, or contact Wendi Richard s at events@unity.edu or 207- 509-7121.

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 in 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 Mission Code, MAKERS of The Future Camp, Reactions in Action, Spy Academy, Eureka! The Inventors Camp, Brixology & Engineering Camp, and Robot Recruit Camp. Mad Science also offers a Ā½ day preschool camp at North Yarmouth Academy 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, Kennebunkport, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wells, Windham, Yarmouth, York, Dover New Hampshire 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.

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