2019-03-08 / Community

SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

Keeping Kids Academically Stimulated in Summer!

Keeping kids academically stimulated during the summer is always a challenge. At the Maine School of Science and Mathematics STEM Summer Camp (MSSM) in beautiful Aroostook County, there are three classes covering all the STEM topics, plus an afternoon of fun activities. No need to have any prior skills, just a passion for learning.

Imagine learning about robots/virtual reality, building and launching your own rocket, and calculating how far a potato will go using a 10-foot catapult and then flying down a 100-foot waterslide, playing board games with new friends, and competing in the challenges of Monster Night. Campers come from all over Maine and even around the world. What a great chance for your child aged 9-14 to meet new people, stay in learning mode, and have a great time during the summer. Transportation to/from camp via I-95 to South Portland and financial aid/ scholarships are available. Contact MSSM today at 207-325-3600 and reserve your spot today.

Summer At Portland Pottery in Portland, Maine

Summer at Portland Pottery is fun both inside and outside our studios! Our days run from 9am until 3 pm. Each day we have four blocks of creative activity, a long, leisurely lunch break with outdoor activities, and games. Some weeks feature visiting artists, field trips, and lunch at the Eastern Prom park. During the clay inspired weeks students will learn to throw on the pottery wheels and use different hand building techniques. Students will understand the many steps that their pieces need to go through before they can enjoy ice cream out of their handmade bowl. Pieces will be glazed and fired for a terrific end of the week art show for our campers and their families. Portland Pottery also offers Glass and Metalsmithing weeks where students learn to make beautiful pieces of Jewelry and sculpture. The Portland Pottery staff thrive to engage your child and pull out their unique creative spirit.

Camp Alsing – A Maine Summer Camp Where You Can Be You!

Camp Alsing in Unity, Maine, is a co-ed residential summer camp for children ages 9-17 with high-functioning autism and other social communication challenges.

We empower our campers in a fun, supportive environment with guidance from specially-trained staff. We provide campers with the tools to solve problems more independently, and to build new connections less encumbered by the social anxiety that inhibits enjoyment of new experiences.

Our social learning program is influenced by the Social Thinking® approach of Michelle Garcia Winner, MA CCC-SLP, and the 360 Thinking Model of Executive Function Skills of Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP.

We believe camp is the ideal environment to build meaningful connections, and we believe Maine is the best place on earth to go to camp. Activities are offered in a “challenge by choice” environment and our campers try new activities because they feel safe, comfortable and accepted in our camp community. Activities include kayaking, swimming, canoeing, archery, fly-fishing, drama, arts and crafts, high/low ropes course, climbing wall, and so much more. www.campalsing.com, Emily@campalsing.com or 207-805-4155.

Cheverus High School Summer Sports Camps Registration Is Now Open!

Summer 2019 is right around the corner, and online registration for Cheverus sports camps is now open. Camp Cheverus is a multi-sport, co-ed day camp and five weekly sessions will be offered this summer. The Basketball Camp at Cheverus offers two sessions for boys and one session for girls. All camps serve students entering grades 2 - 8 and are instructional camps with an emphasis on skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and enjoyment of the sport. The focus is on fun and fundamentals! Led by skilled coaches, Cheverus summer sports camps utilize the facilities on the beautiful Ocean Avenue campus that overlooks the Back Cove. The daily schedule is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. One-week sessions are reasonably priced at $225. To learn more and to register - check out summer. cheverus.org.

About Cheverus High School Cheverus High School is an inclusive co-educational independent, college preparatory school in Portland, ME sponsored by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), whose mission is to prepare young men and women to be people for and with others by fostering intellectual, spiritual, physical, and personal excellence. Cheverus has a rich history deeply rooted in Jesuit philosophy spanning nearly 500 years, and remains committed to its founding principles of superior educational and spiritual growth of the individual.

Begonia’s Summer Science Camp

Explore Maine’s Outdoor Classroom

(207) 749-9930 | begoniascamp@yahoo.com

SUMMER 2019 CAMP SCHEDULE

July 8 -July 12 - Marine Biology
Beachcombing, Tidepooling, Fishing,
Swimming, and Body Surfing, etc. at
Scarborough Beach.
July 22 - July 26 - Marine Biology
Beachcombing, Tidepooling, Fishing,
Swimming, and Body Surfing, etc. at
Scarborough Beach.
July 29 - August 2 - The Great Outdoors
Tidepooling, Pond Ecology, Nature Walks,
Day Hikes, 1 day of Biking on Peaks Island,
Swimming, etc.

August 5 - August 9
Pond Ecology
Exploring local area lakes, ponds, rivers,
and streams to look for amphibians,
reptiles and bugs....and, of course, fishing
and swimming.
August 12 - August 16
The Great Outdoors
Tidepooling, Pond Ecology, Nature Walks,
Day Hikes, 1 day of Biking on Peaks Island,
Swimming, etc.

Salt Pump Summer Camp

Kids (and their parents) are falling hard for indoor climbing

As indoor rock climbing prepares for its Olympic debut in 2020, children of all ages are falling in love with this dynamic and multi-dimensional sport.

“I love climbing because it’s something you don’t think you can do,” says 9-yearold Katie Smith. “But then I work at it with my friends, and suddenly, I’m at the top.”

“Climbing challenges you mentally and physically – and it teaches great teamwork,” says Tino Fiumara, Head Route Setter at Salt Pump Climbing Co, a Scarborough-based indoor gym facility. And kids pick it up the quickest, Fiumara adds. “Whether it’s getting up a tree or out of the crib, kids already know how to climb.”

As Salt Pump readies for a full schedule of summer camps, the benefits of climbing are already obvious to many parents. “My little climber has been so excited to share her experience with everyone,”one mother says. “She loved climbing blindfolded and being able to learn belaying… it’s packed full of fun, learning and adventure!”

St. Peter’s Grand Slam Tennis Camp

Award Winning Camp by the Maine Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association

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.

Character Development at Overnight Camp with YMCA Camp of Maine

YMCA Camp of Maine has been on the shore of Lake Cobbossee since 1915. “The Camp of Character” is an overnight experience that focuses on creating friendships, developing leaders, and building skills for life. 1 & 2-week sessions. Campers and counselors come from Maine and all over the world. Open House is Sunday May 19 from 1 - 3 pm. Visit maineycamp.org for more details and check us out on Facebook. Call Jodi at 207-395-4200 for more information.

Camp Nashoba North

Your Best Summer, Ever!!

Think summer and enjoy Maine! At Nashoba North you can choose from a large variety of water sports on beautiful Crescent Lake, land sports, performing and creative arts, golf, farm animals, hikes, English horseback riding, cooking and much more. Our 190 boys and girls attend from all across the U.S. and abroad. We offer a structured traditional program that is geared towards individual choice. Located in the beautiful Sebago Lake region we enjoy all Maine has to offer. Campers live in modern cabins and are supervised by responsible and caring staff. Our food is nutritious and delicious. We encourage you to take a moment and check out our Virtual Tour, campers love it! Accredited by the American Camp Association and family owned and operated. Day programs are offered on a limited basis. www.CampNashoba.com. Your best summer, Ever.

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 flying 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 6-12 and offer a daily combination of in-class science exploration and active outdoor games. There are 8 exciting themes to choose from for ages 6-12 including Mission Code, 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. 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, Buxton, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Kennebunk, New Gloucester, Saco, Turner, Waterville/Fairfield, Wells, Yarmouth, Dover NH, Durham NH, Stratham NH, & Nottingham NH!

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.

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