2015-04-10 / Community

2015 Summer Camp Directory

Portland Conservatory of Music

This summer the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) presents 6 weeks of musical day-camps. These include: Music for Kids!, Music & Dance Camp, Music & Art Camp, Jazz Camp, Rock Camp, and the Academy for Collaborative Performance. PCM is a 501(c)3 nonprot community music school for all ages and abilities founded in 1995. Join us to learn music, dance, and art from some of the most gifted and inspiring teachers in Maine! Please see our ad on this page for age requirements, dates, and times of each camp, and meet us at the Maine Summer Camp Fair to speak with us in person.

To register, please call us at:

(207) 775-3356 or email us at: info@portlandconservatoryofmusic.org Website: www.portlandconservatoryofmusic.org

Fiddlehead Art and Science Summer Camps

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts has an exciting summer planned in their new location at 226 Gorham Road in Scarborough. 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 7:30am to 6pm. Half days and single days are available.

Start summer with Fiddlehead’s favorite projects during Arts and Science Sampler. Campers will plant a garden, explore the forest and build birdhouses during Ecology Week. Animation Nation will allow campers to make stop animation videos and draw creative cartoons.

Due to popular demand, Fiddlehead has TWO weeks of LEGO Robotics! Sign your child up for both weeks knowing LEGO projects won’t repeat. Campers love designing, building and programming robotics tools and vehicles.

Quality art programming starts with July Art Mania, focused on drawing, painting, clay and more! Art from around the world will inspire campers during World Art Week and Sculpture and 3D Art will have campers use clay and other materials to build beautiful creations. August Art Mania involves tiedye, seaweed marbling and creating creatures out of clay and fabric.

Time Travelers week has campers conduct an archeological dig and design inventions for the future. Sign up early for the extremely popular Mad Scientist Week, sponsored by Woodard and Curran, where campers create foaming elephant toothpaste, gooey slime and conduct amazing science experiments!

Join Fiddlehead for a day, week or the entire summer!

Jack Dawson - Cheverus Sports Camp

The JACK DAWSON SPORTS CAMP at Cheverus High School opens for another banner season on June 22nd. This is the longest-running co-ed Sports Day Camp in Maine - Since 1968.

This is an instructional sports camp with emphasis on fun and fundamentals. Coaches are the real things; drawn from the school coaching ranks - or active college-level athletes themselves.

Keeping tuition at level for the past four years has been important to our concern for the local economy and the spiraling costs of day care.

Look At This Parent Comment: “A friend did the arithmetic: the $460.00 two-week tuition is less expensive than even a reliable babysitter. With Sport Camp open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., your cost amounts to about $6.50 an hour.”

The four-week and six-week programs enjoy even more incredible savings.

Another: “We have heard about good Summer programs, some with great learning experiences, some with reasonable cost, some with high-quality personnel - and found this one has all of it - and right nearby.”

High School & Middle School Musicians

(All levels. 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 talented, qualied and dedicated musicians and 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 12- 18 and Sunday July 19-25. For further information, please contact: Christine Correa at 718-499-9051 or Paul Lichter at 207-828-1310 HYPERLINK “http://www.mainejazzcamp.com” www.mainejazzcamp.com HYPERLINK “mailto:mainejazzcamp@earthlink.net” mainejazzcamp@earthlink.net

3d Lacrosse Has Arrived in Maine

3d Lacrosse is excited to bring our box eld hybrid development system to Maine! We will be running the four day camp at Cape Elizabeth High School. 3d will bring in our top coaches to train and develop players of all skill sets in the U11, U13 and U15 age brackets for both girls and boys. We are looking forward to a great program and hope you will join us.

3d Lacrosse will bring your game to the next level. The focus of the four days will be on player development and lacrosse IQ using small sided drills where players will get more touches throughout camp. The tempo of practice will force you to get out of your comfort zone, which will allow you to see dramatic improvements in your game over the four days.


Experience the Rippleffect adventure on Cow Island in Casco Bay! Rippleffect is a leading venue for outdoor adventure and experiential education in the Greater Portland area. Our programs help youth build condence, learn new skills and make new friends 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 our website or call the ofce to nd out more about Rippleffect youth programs. www.rippleffect.net or (207) 791-7870

Spirit Camp

A twist in one’s path can lead to new and unexpected places, sometimes even back to our deepest selves. Eva Goulette’s life was altered forever when a car accident led to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and physical healing, which in turn led to spiritual healing. The TBI turned out to be one of the greatest gifts she has ever received, because as she healed, she discovered her soul’s purpose. Intense studies of shamanism combined with her own ability to connect in the moment with children forged her heart’s passion, working with children and Spirit, through classes and camps.

Spirit Camp is a new concept. The ve-day program includes working with energy, chakras, auras, nature spirits, guided visualizations, law of attraction, attitude of gratitude and shamanic journeying. Subjects are explored in multiple ways, such as stories, crafts, activities and games.

Spirit camp teaches children how to selfnurture, deal constructively (and creatively) with anxiety, understand how powerful their thoughts are in shaping their view of their world, and it provides tools to empower children when in difcult situations. Children are encouraged to trust intuition, honor their truth and speak from their heart.

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, shing, sleeping in 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 HYPERLINK " http:// www.pinetreesociety.org/" www.pinetreesociety.org.

Ride Waves and Enjoy the Beach at Surf Camp

Surng is a life-long pursuit that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. It gives us a way to connect with nature and teaches us to have condence in ourselves. While a typical day at Surf Camp involves lots of time out in the waves, we also make the most of our incredible location on Scarborough Beach by going on hikes, learning about the marine environment, and playing beach games. Along the way, we make lots of new friends and learn to be comfortable in the ocean. Best of all, the worst day at Surf Camp is still a day at the beach, and there’s no better place to spend a Maine summer!

Greenlight Summer Camps

Week long camps for kids ages 4-7 will run from 2:00-5:00pm in our comfortable air conditioned space. Each week will focus on a unique theme and will feature a staff beyond compare. Children will enjoy healthy snacks, explore a medium or practice in a group setting, while also having time to play freely in our wonderful space. All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Each Camp is $225. Register for two or more camps and receive 20% off each additional camp. Signup before 4/30 and pay $190.

Children Learn By Doing At Broadturn Farm

The MOFGA certied organic Broadturn 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, cahildren 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 wood red oven needs to be lit for a baking project. After 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.

Join us for our May Day Celebration & Open House on Saturday, May 9th from 1-4pm. This event is free. For more information and to register for programs please visit www.broadturnfarm.com.

Adventures Await Teens Ages 13-18

For almost 50 years, Hyde’s Summer Leadership Challenge programs have inspired students and parents looking to take the summer experience to the next level by having fun, making new friends and accomplishing what they never thought they could. Teens gain condence and courage through 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 cleaning local beaches. Summer at Hyde is about 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 or call (207) 443-7101. Bath, Maine: July 6 – August 2; Woodstock, Connecticut: July 13 – August 9.

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 environment, specically designed to meet their individual needs. Serving elementary, middle and high school students, Aucocisco is a fulltime 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, 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 a variety of afternoon enrichment blocks where students can nd their passions and feed their gifts, from arts & crafts to computer coding.

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

Gestalt Parent Coaching offers strengthsbased 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 Thursday, April 16th, or Thursday, 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.

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 laughter- lled experience for children ages 7 thru 12.

Fish Camp, in its 37th year, is run by awardwinning 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.mrandmrssh.com or call Mr. Fish at 767-3629

Girl Scouts of Maine gears up for a great summer camp season

SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE – Girl Scouts of Maine (GSME) announces that registration for the 2015 summer camp season is open with an offering of day camp, resident camp and troop and family camp opportunities.

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. This year, day camp will be 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, theater and archery, or leadership programs like Counselor-In-Training.

GSME will hold an open house at Camp Natarswi in Millinocket May 31 from 1-4 p.m. and Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton June 7 from 1-4 p.m. at Camp Pondicherry,

For details, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org/ camp.

Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, condence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSME provides services and support to over 12,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor.

MSSM Summer Camp: Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is happy to present its 18th 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 Lift-Off (model rocket building), Astronomical Adventure Tours, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Dragon Genetics, Rube Goldberg Crazy, Mathematical Origami, and Robotics--to name a few. We also provide a variety of afternoon activities such as sports, crafts, swimming, and exciting evening programs like “Monster Night.” There is something fun for everyone.

MSSM Summer Camp offers nancial aid scholarships in the amounts of $350 and $200 for qualifying families. 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.

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 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 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, Kennebunk, Lovell, North Berwick, Perry, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wiscasset, Yarmouth and more!!

Register by April 15th 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 camper and feel the kindness and tender loving care provided to them. Doing this builds condence, social skills, and establishes new friendships between campers.




Hurricane Island: Offshore, Ofine, Off the Grid

Hurricane Island provides extraordinary opportunities for teens to discover what it takes to make a difference in the world. This beautiful island is an ideal setting for science and leadership programs in Marine Biology, Ornithology, and Botany, packed with outdoor learning and adventure that takes advantage of Hurricane Island’s breathtaking coastline, beaches, and trails. We’ll investigate the vibrant, the delicate, and the intricate; examine the slimy, the oozing, and the alien; and we’ll leave few rocks unturned in the process!

Everyone on Hurricane lives off the grid, practicing sustainable living using the unique systems and technologies that support our island community. Adventures include learning how to sail in Penobscot Bay and how to rock climb and rappel in our quarry. And no day is complete without a pick-up soccer game, ocean swim, sunset hike, or late-night star gazing. Participants will unplug and hone their critical thinking skills, all while earning a unique STEM certicate to add to their school transcripts.

Portland Stage Theater For Kids

Come out to play at Portland Stage this summer! Our theater camps involve fun, challenging and enriching activities, through which students learn to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to bring classic literature, modern favorites, adventure stories, and fairy tales to life.

Theater for Kids works with professional actors, directors, and composers. Students are invited to think imaginatively, critically, and creatively 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!

Camps weeks include Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Romeo & Juliet, Musical Seuss, Sherlock Holmes, Magic Trunk and Adventures in Wonderland, for kids in Grades K – 9, plus a Pre-College intensive for committed high school theater artists.

Learn more and register online at www.portlandstage.org

Portland Stage

25A Forest Ave, Portland 04101

207.774.1043 x104

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