Summer Camps

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through our day camps, hundreds of kids are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. 

 

            

 

Registration for 2015 Summer Camp is open!!

 

OUR CAMP PHILOSOPHY

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That's why, through our day camps, hundreds of kids are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.  Our camps are exciting, safe communities for children and teens to explore, build confidence, develop skills, and make lasting friendships and memories, so they can grow as individuals and leaders.

Summer camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character, and making friends.  Few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social, and educational activities.  Summer Day Camp teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership - all amidst the fun of beach trips, canoeing, archery, field trips, talent shows, and making new friends! 

 

 

CAMP STAFF


Our staff aren't just counselors - they're mentors, guides, teachers, and role models.  We take pride in the quality and commitment of our staff, who are mostly college students and teachers.  They are caring, fun, energetic, and responsible people and participate in a comprehensive training program to prepare them to care for your child.  Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

We perform background checks on all of our staff over the age of 18.  Counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR.

 

 

ABOUT OUR CAMPS

Camp Osprey - Casco Bay Branch, Freeport

Camp Osprey, a 10-week day camp, offers a diverse, age appropriate experience in a safe and fun outdoor environment. Campers enjoy the Y’s swimming pools, open-air gymnasium and play ground, as well as its 25 acres of woods and trails. Throughout the summer we will be incorporating into our activities and discussions the 4 core values of the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. In addition to the normally scheduled camper activities, each week of camp will also have its own theme and field trip that will serve to enhance the camper experience.

Our camp is separated into two age groups; the Herons (5-8) and the Egrets (9-12).  All campers will share the same program, meeting, and lunch space.  Herons and Egrets participate in group specific games/activities in addition to camp-wide events throughout the day.  We organize our camp with safety and developmental appropriateness as our highest concerns.

 

Camp Sokokis - Northern York County Branch, Biddeford

Situated on 26 acres of the Northern York County Branch's campus, is a co-ed traditional day camp for youth ages 5 - 15.  A rock wall, high and low ropes courses, archery range, two sports fields, outdoor amphitheater, sand volleyball court, and hiking trails highlight our outdoor offerings.  Camp also provides three lodges for group activities and a swimming pool for all aquatic activities.

Campers will be part of a non-competitive, nurturing environment designed to develop skills and build character. Renowned for its focus on caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, the camp curriculum fosters healthy living with emphasis on exercise, accountability for one's behavior, and an awareness of the specific developmental needs of each age group. Additionally, as campers grow older, they may enroll in our teen leadership opportunities - Counselor In Training programs.

 

Camp Pineland - Pineland Branch, New Gloucester

Camp Pineland is a 10-week day camp for children ages 5-12, located on the Pineland Farms Campus in New Gloucester.  Campers will enjoy the Y’s swimming pool, bowling alley, and gymnasium, along with 20 miles of walking trails, open fields, and frog ponds.  We also offer teen volunteer opportunities.

Our experienced staff will guide your child through swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, games, sports, and nature exploration, along with a weekly special event. Camp Pineland invites you to join us for a wonderful summer!

 

In-Town Camps - Greater Portland Branch, Portland

Come for one week, a few weeks, or the whole summer! Activities and excitement will fill each day as campers make new friends, get to know their great counselors, and enjoy their summer with the Y! Our full-day state licensed day camp will take advantage of the great resources our community has to offer.

Each week, campers will take field trips to local parks, beaches, and area attractions; participate in arts & crafts projects; get active; engage in team-building; and participate in swim lessons. Camp is based at the Greater Portland YMCA where we use the gym, pool, art studio, and outdoor playground.  In addition to In-Town Camp, the Greater Portland Y will also offer Art Camp, Swim Camp, Sports Camp, Saddles & Swim, and teen leadership opportunities (CIT and LIT programs) during select weeks.

 

Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp - Standish

Near Sebago Lake in Standish, Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp sits on 500 acres of
wooded wilderness. Highlights of our traditional camp setting include 13+ miles of trails, a sandy beach swimming area, outdoor amphitheater, fishing pond, shaded pavilion, and an area for boating. Both low and high ropes courses and an archery range round out our adventure offerings. Otter Pond’s wilderness setting encourages campers to appreciate nature and engage in environmentally-driven activities. Campers have the opportunity to choose their own camp experience through weekly Focus Activities and afternoon electives.

Our camp is separated into two age groups: Adventurers (5-8) and Trailblazers (9-12). Specialty
programming includes Extreme Fishing, Extreme Camping, Jr. Naturalists, Explorers (Pre-K Camp), Family Camp Weekend, and teen leadership opportunities.

Bus transportation to and from Otter Pond is available at no extra cost. Buses travel to camp from the Portland area as well the New Gloucester/Pineland area, and include stops in Downtown Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, the Pineland Branch of the Y, and North Windham. Please check our website on May 1st for a final bus schedule. Bus transportation is ONLY for Otter Pond and is not available for Pre-K camp.

 

Overnight Camp - Open to all Branches

We are happy to offer Overnight Opportunities again for our campers in 2015!  Overnights give children a unique opportunity to learn more about themselves and the world around them.  We are committed to the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, and believe these opportunities will further enhance the lives of campers.

The camp staff have been specifically chosen for these overnight camps based on their experience, commitment, and dedication to all things camp!  They are as eager as the campers to make this a rewarding and fun experience for everyone.  There will be four trips offered this year:  Hall of Fame Road Adventure to the Baseball & Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts, Overnight Wild Weekend (2 different sessions), and a Summer Sleepover at the Y. 

 

 

DISCOVER WHY EVERYBODY'S INVITED!
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

At the Y, we believe all kids should have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve through programs like camp. That’s why we are committed to serving everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Financial assistance is always available and is a sliding scale rate based on household income. No one is turned away, so please ask! We also accept Aspire and other vouchers.

We are able to provide need-based financial assistance through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community. Because of their support of the Y, more kids are able to experience camp and other programs that nurture their potential.

 

BEFORE & AFTER CARE

We understand that many parents need a safe, enriching place for their children outside of the 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily camp session.   Before and after camp care is provided for all campers as part of the weekly camp fee. Extended care is provided at no additional charge each day:

CASCO BAY / GREATER PORTLAND / PINELAND / OTTER POND:
7:30 - 9:00am and 4:00 - 5:30pm

NORTHERN YORK COUNTY:
7:00 - 9:00am and 4:00 - 6:00pm

 

TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Through our Teen Leadership Programs (LIT and CIT), we develop leadership skills that young people can use throughout their lives to help others and themselves in identifying and achieving goals.  In addition, in our Counselors in Training (CIT) program, we help young people learn how to effectively lead children. There are three components to our skill-based, leadership training process:

  • We help young people figure out what good leaders do and say.
  • We give them lots of opportunities to practice doing and saying these things.
  • We make it fun!

We offer Teen Leadership opportunities at Camp Sokokis, In-Town Camp, and Otter Pond. 

Teens will develop and practice skills that make a great leader.  Build confidence by helping others and gaining knowledge through our effective skill-based, leadership training process.  Do you have what it takes to a future camp counselor?  Come find out!  All CIT/LIT campers will have the opportunity to work with groups of kids during the summer to improve their counseling skills.  The cost for our CIT/LIT sessions is $300 per 3 week session.  View the camp brochure to see what weeks your local camp is offering these opportunities!

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

We want to best serve your child and to make his or her camp experience enjoyable.  Communication is a key component of this and critical to a successful relationship.  Therefore, if your child has any behavioral or medical challenges (including allergies), please speak with our Camp Director to determine if we can safely accommodate his/her needs.

 

 

CAMP CONTACTS

CASCO BAY BRANCH
ATTN:  Robin Bosse
14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, ME 04032
207-865-9600
rbosse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org


GREATER PORTLAND BRANCH
ATTN:  Jay Lyons
70 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101
207-874-1111
jlyons@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org


NORTHERN YORK COUNTY BRANCH
ATTN:  Bob Eagle
3 Pomerleau Street, Biddeford, ME 04005
207-283-0100
beagle@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org


PINELAND BRANCH
ATTN:  Cathy Flanagan
25 Campus Drive, Suite 100, New Gloucester, ME 04260
207-688-2255
cflanagan@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org


OTTER POND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP
ATTN:  Kendray Rodriguez
25 Campus Drive, Suite 100, New Gloucester, ME 04260
207-688-2255
krodriguez@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org


OVERNIGHT CAMP
ATTN:  Jay Lyons

70 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101
207-874-1111
jlyons@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

 

 

CAMP FEES

Camp Fee:  $200 per session per child
One-Time Registration Fee:  $15 per child (this fee is waived for children who are YMCA of Southern Maine members)
Early-Bird Incentive:  Register by May 1st and pay $190 per session
Multiple Session Incentive:  Register by May 1st for 7 weeks or more and pay only $180 per session
Sibling Incentive:  Weekly fees will be reduced by $10 per session per child for the second and every subsequent child from the same family attending the same camp session.
Deposit:  $50 per week to hold the camper's spot

 

 

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Please make all checks payable to:  YMCA of Southern Maine

Please remember, until all required forms are completed and submitted, and required payments are made, your camp session is not secured.  In addition, a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $50 per week is required to hold the camper's spot.  This deposit will be applied to the cost of the camp.  There is also a one-time $15 registration fee per child.  This fee is waived for children who are YMCA of Southern Maine members.  This fee is non-refundable & non-transferable.  One child per form.  Please complete all sections neatly.

Weekly balances are due in full the Wednesday before camp starts through an automatic draft payment (credit card or checking account).  If an automatic payment is not possible, please contact the Camp Director.  We want to work with all families and will not turn a child away due to financial need.

Checks, credit card payments, and bank account drafts returned to us by the bank will incur a $20 fee.  If your payment is returned to us, all future payments must be made with cash, money order, or cashier's check.

 

 

CAMP BROCHURES & REGISTRATION FORMS

Please view our Camp Brochure for the weekly camp themes listed by branch/camp.  Please also view the Parent Handbook PDF listed under your specific camp as they differ by camp.  All registration forms must be downloaded, filled out completely, signed and returned to the Camp Director before camp begins.  Please contact the Camp Director if you have any questions!

 

ALL CAMPS:
2015 Camp Brochure (Weekly Themes for All Camps)

 

CASCO BAY  |  CAMP OSPREY
Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Health History Form
Authorization to Dispense Medication Form
Subsidy Form  |  Cumberland County Subsidy Agreement
Camper Information Form
Child Concern Form
Financial Assistance Form

 

GREATER PORTLAND  |  IN-TOWN CAMP
Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Health History Form
Authorization to Dispense Medication Form
Subsidy Form  |  Cumberland County Subsidy Agreement
Camper Information Form
Child Concern Form
Financial Assistance Form

 

NORTHERN YORK COUNTY  |  CAMP SOKOKIS
Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Health History Form
Authorization to Dispense Medication Form
Subsidy Form  |  York County Subsidy Agreement
Camper Information Form
Child Concern Form
Financial Assistance Form

 

PINELAND  |  CAMP PINELAND
Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Health History Form
Authorization to Dispense Medication Form
Subsidy Form  |  Cumberland County Subsidy Agreement
Camper Information Form
Child Concern Form
Financial Assistance Form

 

PINELAND  |  OTTER POND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP
Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Family Weekend Registration Form
Transportation Form
Health History Form
Authorization to Dispense Medication Form
Subsidy Form  |  Cumberland County Subsidy Agreement
Camper Information Form
Child Concern Form
Financial Assistance Form

 

OVERNIGHT CAMP  |  ALL BRANCHES
Parent Handbook
Registration Form - Find your local branch's Registration Form above and fill out the Overnight section
Health History Form
Authorization to Dispense Medication Form
Subsidy Form  |  Cumberland County Subsidy Agreement  |  York County Subsidy Agreement
Camper Information Form
Child Concern Form
Financial Assistance Form