2016-05-13 / Community

2016 Summer Camp Guide

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 27, July 11, July 25 and August 8. 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

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.

Animal Welfare Society

Registration is now open for Summer Camp at the Animal Welfare Society, located at Holland Road in West Kennebunk. Children aged 7 to 13 have the opportunity to learn about animal care, handling, and animal welfare-related issues during the weeklong day camp.

Each day children will: • Interact with all variety of domestic animals • Learn from animal experts about proper animal care and needs • Make bold and exciting crafts • Learn new facts about animals • Play educational games and win prizes • Make new friends

Sessions run Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Tuition is $275 per week. Camp for children ages 7-9 runs July 11th – 15th and July 18th – 22nd. Camp for children ages 10-13 runs weekly from July 25th through August 19th. Space is limited. For more information, call Megan at (207) 985-3244 x109. The full schedule and registration form are located online at animalwelfaresociety.org/programs/humane-education/

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 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, Gray, North Berwick, Perry, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wells, Wiscasset, Yarmouth 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.

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. 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”

Farm Camp - Hands-in-thedirt fun!

Farm Camp is looking forward to our 12th 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 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 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

Rippleffect

Join Rippleffect this summer for a transformative week on Cow Island in Casco Bay! As a Rippleffect island, sea kayaking, learning new skills, and making new friends. Our zip line and climbing wall will challenge you, our low ropes course will help you develop as a leader and teammate, and our

guides will lead you through a week of personal discovery while having fun outdoors! Join us for a day or overnight camp, a wilderness backcountry trek, or a leadership program. Open to ages 8 – 18. Visit www.rippleffect.net or call 207.791.7870 for more information about Rippleffect programs.

Things to consider before choosing a summer camp

Though winter does not often elicit images of the pool, the winter more synonymous with the 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 time away from home without their parents for the as summer camp can be for youngsters, it can be parents to start thinking about summer camps for their rosters, which tends to happen in early 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 camp, so it's important that parents ask 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

It's also good to ask about the vetting process the camp employs before hiring new staff, 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 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, especially those summer 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.

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. & 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 and competitive match play.

HORSE ISLAND CAMP For Summer 2016 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 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 new friendships between campers.

ATTENTION PARENTS…. SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR

THE 2016 SEASON

Portland Stage

Come out and play with Portland Stage this summer! Theater for Kids offers week-long summer camps that are fun, challenging and enriching. Popular and classic stories fuel these interactive, educational, process-based summer programs for kids grades K-12.

All campers work with professional actors, directors, artisans, and composers to think, speak, act and sing 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!

Our summer theater camps for 2016 offer a variety of themed camps including Camp Hogwarts, Camp Half-Blood, Camp Ramona, Wisdom, Courage, Adventure, Comic Camp, 24-Foot Tall Tales, Magic Trunk, From the Lands Beyond to the Castle in the Air, Musical Middle School Mayhem, Middle School Shakespeare Conservatory and High School Conservatory. camps are specially designed for students in grades K – 12. Learn more and register online at www.portlandstage.org

Portland Stage

25A Forest Ave, Portland 04101

207.774.1043 x104

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 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 (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 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 afternoon social enrichment programs in music, robotics and boat building! 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 14th, or Tuesday, May 10th 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.

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