2015-04-24 / Community

2015 Summer Camp Directory

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, archery, hiking, shing swimming, as well as an array of traditional summer camp activities.

“YMCA summer camp supports the socialemotional, 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 can benet from the experience.”

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 nancial assistance to those in need.

To learn more about Camp Marland, contact Matthew Ouellette at (207) 324-4942 or visit sanfordymca.org.

For more than 70 years, the Sanford- Springvale YMCA has been strengthening the Sanford and surrounding communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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 Blouin Field in Sanford, Maine. The $75 cost includes 12 hours of camp instruction, a ticket to a Sanford Mainers home game, a discount coupon for a Mainers merchandise, a camp t-shirt and a completionof camp certicate. 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

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.




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.

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.

Building Blocks Learning Center

School age summer camp made simple. Summer camp themes each week. Small groups, certied staff, eld trips, lunch, snacks, and care included. Hours 6:30am to 5:30pm. These camps are for

children entering grades 1-4. Care also available for ages 1-5 years. Located between Route 1 and The Maine Mall, 100 Westbrook Street, South Portland, ME, 761-3936.

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

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 handson 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 tie-dye, 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!


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

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 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

Camp Laughing Loon

Join us for our 97th Season.Camp Laughing Loon is a non-prot summer day camp for boys and girls located in southern Maine on beautiful Little Ossipee Lake in East Waterboro, just 30 minutes from Saco/Biddeford. Summer of 2015 will be our 97th 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 certied instructors. Special events 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

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