2014-05-09 / Community

2014 Summer Camp Directory

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

Farm Camp is looking forward to our 9th summer of hands-in-the-dirt fun! Farm Camp is a farm and ecology day camp for kids, ages 4-9, 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 9-13 year olds. This program begins at trips, including an over-night camp-out at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset.

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 HYPERLINK “mailto:info@farmcampkids.com”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 HYPERLINK “http://www.farmcampkids.com/”www.farmcampkids.com.

River Tree Arts Kids Camp

River Tree Arts is pleased to offer an exciting and varied selection of classes for our summer camp. You can challenge and above all be fun! River Tree Arts faculty is made up of skilled artists, performers, & musicians. Our community arts center provides a nurturing environment and learn new skills around a variety of unique topics. Choose from Robotics, Sewing, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and more!

The classes we will offer this summer include: Live! Maine: Eureka! The Inventor’s Camp, The Art of Star Wars Mad Science Maine: Spy Academy Camp, Superheroes Drawing Camp, Broadway Bootcamp and more!

River Tree Arts is a community arts center providing art, music and the performing arts to children and adults and is located at 35 Western Avenue, Lower Village, Kennebunk. 207 967-9120 www.rivertreearts.org

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 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 makeup 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. In partnership with Broadturn Farm, our Farm Kids can experience a working, organic farm through farm chores, harvesting, cooking projects, and games. Also offered are afternoon social enrichment programs in crafts, computer coding and more.

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.

Join us for our Open Houses on Wednesday, April 16th, or Wednesday, May 14th at 5:30pm.

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.

Children Learn By Doing At Broadturn Farm

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. Sometimes, the chore time, everyone moves in to a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include picking strawberries and grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make strawberry shortcake. The middle of the day is met with lunch and a story. In the afternoon, there is choice time and often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs in to the Stroudwater River. Its 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!

Mad Science in the Summer

Mad Science of Maine offers fun, innovative, active day camps to get your child excited about science! through the air; messages written in secret code; robots that play soccer; mystery substances that change from 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, Mad About Science, Spy Academy, Eureka! The Inventors Camp, Junior Engineers, and Robotics. Due to popular demand Mad Science is launching 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, Bridgton, Brunswick, Casco, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Eliot, Gorham, Gray, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Lyman, Saco, Sanford, Turner, Waterville, & Yarmouth!

Register by April 15th for a discount in some locations. For more information and to register, go online to http:// maine.madscience.org or call Mad Science of Maine at 878-2222.

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, 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.

St. Peter’s Grand Slam Tennis Camp

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 if it rains. Former tennis players from our camps have 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 exercises, strategy, and competitive match play.

York County Community College

Are you looking for a fun, but educational, summer experience for your child? Well, look no more! York County Community College has you and your child covered. Whether you are looking for Crime Scene Investigation, Culinary or LEGO Camp, YCCC’s College For Kids has what you’re looking for. Our camps are geared for children ages 7 – 14 and 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- a safe and exciting place to learn and thrive! Early registration is strongly recommended since classes visit www.yccc/collegeforkids

Animal Welfare Society

Each summer, Animal Welfare Society holds week- the opportunity to interact with pets, play games, make care, handling, and animal welfare-related issues. Each of completion, and a lesson in compassion. Snacks are provided, but students bring their own lunch. August 1, August 4 – 8 and August 11 – 15 for ages ten There is a fee of $275 per child.

Registation forms are available at www.animalwelfaresociety.org. For more information, animalwelfaresociety.org.

Adventures Await Teenagers Ages 13-18

Challenge programs have inspired students looking to take the summer experience to the next level by developing character, making new friends and accomplishing what they never thought they adventures such as camping, canoeing, and hiking mountains in the Bigelow Range, performing on stage in a theatrical blockbuster, completing the

Zip Line Challenge, going white water rafting, and doing community service projects such as digging in community gardens, building wildlife habitat, and challenging yourself through exploring new interests, strengthening current skills and gaining a new appreciation of your unique potential as a student and a family. Start the journey at hyde.edu/summer


Experience the Rippleffect adventure on Cow Island outdoor adventure and experiential education in the Greater Portland area. Our programs help youth build while having fun in the outdoors. Join us for a day or

overnight camp, a wilderness backcountry trek, or one of our transformative leadership programs. Our youth programs are open to students from ages 8 to 18. Visit Rippleffect youth programs. www.rippleffect.net or (207) 791-7870

Maine Jazz Camp Celebrates It’s 36th Summer

Maine Jazz Camp, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington, is a two week Summer Jazz Institute that emphasizes the role of improvisation in comptemporary jazz.

Over the years, Maine Jazz Camp has employed many of today’s most prominent New York based jazz musicians as faculty members and mentors. The Maine Jazz Camp is committed to teaching student jazz musicians in middle school and high school. Many camp alumni have gone on to become themselves highly regarded musicians in New York and elsewhere around the world.

Traditionally the camp sessions begin on the Sunday following July 4th and extend for two weeks.

For further information, call Christine Correa at

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

Songwriters Workshop – Write, Record, & Perform!

The Songwriters Workshop is a one week program July 14-18 focused on the craft of lyrical songwriting. The program is a great way for beginning songwriters to get started or veterans to hone their skills. The workshop has over nine years of success in helping musicians and is based upon a critique process that offers writers valuable feedback on their work. Included

in the schedule are lecture & writing sessions, song critiques, creating studio demos in Hyde’s on-campus recording studio, and performance opportunities. Join Hyde music faculty Matt Newberg and several guest facilitators. Grades 9 and up. Register at hyde.edu/ summer or call (207) 443-7101.

Horse Island Camp

Located in 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, swimming, fort exploration, games, and crafts.

Activities at Horse Island Camp are voted on daily by the campers and staff.

Every year 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 friendships between campers.


Call Now to Reserve Your Spot: 207-838-7652 Email:jalves@maine.rr.com

Center Day Camp

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

Enrollment has kicked off, so get your paperwork camping options from June 23rd - August 22nd for boys and girls ages 3-15. Along with playing soccer be aiming for 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 Cross lessons, “come about” in one of ceramics, and send your regards to broadway as part of our theater program. There will be overnight All campers entering grades 6-9 get to go on an exciting Attitash, Seacoast Fun Park, and more. Don’t forget to check out our 9thweek specialty camps. Wouldn’t you love to spend the whole week doing something that you love? Baseball, Soccer, Sailing, Pottery, Lacrosse and Theater are offered during this one week camping experience, August 18th - 22nd. Center Day Camp is the place to be this summer. Just 13 miles west of Portland- transportation included. For more information please contact Eli Small or Amy Brier, 207-772-1959. www.centerdaycamp.org

A Week At Camp Arcadia!

Arcadia is an educational camp operated by the same family for 4 generations. A warm, family atmosphere and close guidance foster the development of personal Participating in our wide range of activities encourages the

development of individual abilities. Our campers participate in exciting activities in arts, sports and hiking trips. Our program is full and rich and our girls begin to experience the thrill of learning and doing for themselves.

Things to consider before choosing a summer camp

Though February does not often elicit images of youngsters building 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 great an experience as summer camp can be for youngsters, it can be just as why it behooves parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids in 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 staffs can vary 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

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, 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.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program! Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed into fun- summer fun. Throughout the week, children work together to solve realworld challenges that prepare them

for the 21st century. Whether they are creating an epic, insect-themed pinball machine or dismantling broken devices, participants learn new approaches to everyday problems! Discounts available – register today! Call 800.968.4332 or visit www.campinvention.org

Sanford Mainers

Our camps are designed for boys and girls, ages 6 - 12 of all skill levels. Baseball camps are held Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon at Witham Street Field in Springvale, Maine. The $65 cost includes 12 hours of camp instruction, a ticket to a Sanford Mainers home game, a set of Mainers baseball cards, a discount coupon for a Mainers hat, and a Our camps are fun and will have a profound impact on your child’s love for the game. Coaching Staff

Our experienced, professional and dedicated staff will provide the best summer baseball camp experience possible. The camps will be conducted by Sanford Mainers coaches and players.

207-324-0010 broose@metrocast.net

Camp Laughing Loon

Join us for our 96th Season. Camp Laughing Loon is a non- and girls located in southern Maine on beautiful Little Ossipee Lake in East Waterboro, just 30 minutes from Saco/Biddeford. Summer of 2014 will be our 96th season!!

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 songs, and swimming lessons from 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

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, well as an 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 of camp so that every child

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 offers

For more information, visit sanfordymca.org or contact

Matthew Ouellette at mouellette@sanfordymca.org

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 30, July 14, July 28 and August 11. Instruction takes place at the Arundel Yacht Club on Ocean Avenue, in the Kennebunk River basin, and in the ocean just off of Gooch’s Beach. The instructors are experienced organization.

Four levels of instruction are offered and beginners to advanced sailors are welcome. It’s not too late for teens who have never sailed before to get started in this lifetime sport. There is no need to join the club to participate in the program. Families registering before June 1 will receive discounts; see website for details. For class descriptions, pricing, schedule and registration forms go to www.arundelyachtclub.org/sail.htm. If you have questions, email juniorsailing@arundelyachtclub.org or call Claire at 967-9828.

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