2017-05-19 / Community

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Mad Science of Maine

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 fictional 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 7 exciting themes to choose from for ages 6-12 including MAKERS of The Future Camp, Reactions in Action, Super Duper Science Sampler, Spy Academy, Eureka! The Inventors Camp, Brixology & Engineering Camp, and Robot Recruit Camp. 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, Kennebunkport, North Berwick, Saco, Turner, Waterville, Wells, Yarmouth, York, 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.

Circus Maine Summer Camp

Circus Maine is proud to provide circus arts education to both youth and adult students at both the recreational and professional level to Southern Maine and beyond. Weekly summer camps are available at two locations. Our in-house production company produces small and large scale performances for hire.

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.

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 2017 the summer to discover the joy of sailing!

YMCA Camp Marland Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

Welcome to the best summer ever! At YMCA Camp Marland each child will have a safe, fun and educational experience that will create lifelong memories. Each camper’s experience is guided by the Y’s three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Camp Marland for campers entering 2nd through 7th grade is located on 30 acres of the beautiful Bunganut Lake Park in Lyman. Leaders in Training program available for youth entering 8th through 10th grade. Canoeing, nature exploration, arts and crafts, games, archery, fort building, swimming, and weekly field trips are just some of the activities

that make Camp Marland the ultimate Maine summer camp experience! Camp Mini Marland is offered for campers entering K through 1st grade. Mini Marland campers will swim daily in the pool, have access to miles of hiking trails, a large sports and game field, playground, and more! For more information, visit sanfordymca.org/CAMP

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 ll up quickly! Program cost: $219/pp. Sign up at www.surfcampme.com/surf-and-climb.

The Ecology School

A week of summer camp with The Ecology School means a lot of things: It means picking blueberries in coastal forests and wildflower meadows. It means exploring tidal creeks and hunting for crabs. It means journeying to islands and looking for sea stars in tide pools. It means climbing mountains and seeing the ocean. But most importantly, it means spending a ton of time outside, exploring the amazing natural ecosystems of the beautiful state of Maine. Join us this summer for one

of our unique summer camp opportunities. We offer camps for campers age three to one hundred and three, for children only and for families, from Maine and from away. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and engage all your senses for an unforgettable summer camp experience. For more information contact Camp Director Meg Edstrom Jones at (207) 283-9951 or Meg@TheEcologySchool.org. Visit our website for camp prices and dates or to register atwww.TheEcologySchool.org.

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 field 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 mail to: info@farmcampkids.com or 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

Riverview Martial Arts finally brings day camps to the SoPo area!!

Since 1991 Riverview has provided engaging, innovative and memory led summer camps in the Mid-Coast area. 2017 marks our first year of offering camps in our brand new custom built facility in the heart of South Portland. With the convenience of easy drop off and pickup right next to the Casco-Bay Bridge, a 5,000 sq/ft air conditioned home base, and being centrally located to explore many of Southern Maine’s natural treasures we stand excited to bring our day camps to Southern Maine.

Whether you join us for 1 week or 9, each themed camp week offers swimming, hiking, martial arts, outdoor play, education, arts & crafts, and lots of adventure! Each day brings a dynamic blend of activity. life-skills education, leadership training, reading and relaxation/ reflection time offered at a pace where campers have the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy their summer and work cooperatively together. Weekly sessions from June 26th - Aug 25th, ages 5-12. Registration is open from Jan 1- May 30th, and will ll up fast. Register online @ www.riverviewmartialarts.org

Animal Welfare Society

Through regular field trips, campers meet animals of all kinds including marine life, horses, exotic animals and bees. Campers learn from experts about proper animal care and have the opportunity to interact these animals. They spend time with AWS pets, including dogs, cats and pocket pets. Playing games, making crafts and enrichment activities, and making new friends highlight the week’s activities.

This year, AWS is offering eight weeks of camp with two added sessions in August.

Sessions take place

Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Junior camp (ages 7-9) runs July 10 – 14, July 17 – 21, and Aug 21 – 25. Senior camp

(ages 10-13) runs July 24 – 28, July 31 – Aug 4, Aug 7 – 11, Aug 14 – 18, and Aug 28

– Sept 1. Tuition is $275 per week. More information and online registration is available at http://animalwelfaresociety.org/ programs/humane-education/summer-camp/ About The Animal Welfare Society

The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty and neglect to all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.

School Around Us

Situated on acres of woods and streams, School Around Us Summer Camp focuses on being outside and enjoying the precious moments of being a kid in the Summer. Without a rigid schedule, children are encouraged to explore nature, friendships and their passions with the guidance of experienced teachers. Whether it be art, whittling, building, swimming or creative expression, kids will enjoy being themselves fully in the nurturing environment of School Around Us Summer Camp.

York County Community College

YCCC’s College for Kids offers a fun yet educational summer experience for your child. College for Kids has a variety of camps for children ages 7 to 11. 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-confidence. All programs provide students with a safe and exciting place to learn and thrive.

New for 2017 is a unique summer experience specialty for 12 to 15-year-olds. Each weeklong course is inspired by one of YCCC’s college-level classes. With topics ranging from Architecture to Veterinary Science to Video Game Design, students have the opportunity to explore a college major in a relaxed and fun learning environment. The summer is a great time to explore a future career, a college major, or learn more about a hobby or passion.

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 America were first established in the 1880s and were attended by children without their parents for overnight stays. By the 20th century, summer camps had become an international phenomenon, and various organizations hosted traditional summer camps or camps geared toward religion, sports, music and other subjects and activities.

Many people put off summer camp planning until it is too late. Parents should keep in mind that camps begin registration early in the year and have specifically cut-off dates for enrollment. Parents who want to beat the crowds this 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 about the programs offered. If available, nd a camp employee to discuss your child’s eligibility for enrollment. Some camps may offer webinars for convenience.

• Fill out the enrollment package completely. Each camp has their own requirements for registration. Expect to submit some personal information, including a medical background and proof of insurance, names and numbers of emergency contacts, and any other pertinent information as it applies to the camper. This may include allergies, fears, physical or mental disabilities, or even preferences in camp courses.

• Establish payment 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 of financial assistance for children from families with limited financial means. If cost is a factor, be sure to broach the subject.

• Prepare children for the physical challenges a camp may present. Summer camp activities may be rigorous, and campers may need to be cleared by a physician before starting. Be sure to schedule your child a physical and bring along any pertinent 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, T-shirts, socks, athletic shoes, swimsuits, toiletries, and other camp necessities before they leave.

• Keep children in the loop. Engage children in the planning process to help alleviate their fears and get them excited about summer camp. Summer camp can foster lifelong memories. Parents can help kids prepare in advance for the fun that’s soon to arrive.

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