Summer Camps

YMCA Camps are about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.

Camp Osprey

  

Registrations will be taken in person and online. Online registrations must be completed prior to the Wednesday before camp begins. After that time you will have to register in person.

 

  

  

About Camp Osprey

The Casco Bay branch’s Camp Osprey, a Maine State licensed day camp, offers a diverse, age appropriate experience in a safe and fun outdoor environment.  Campers enjoy the Y’s two 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.

Camp Osprey is designed to accommodate the most suitable activities for our campers’ developmental stages.  We have separated our camp 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 will participate in group specific games/activities in addition to camp-wide events throughout the day. We have organized our camp with safety and developmental appropriateness as our highest concerns.       

Our Camp Philosophy

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life. With the help of the Y community, kids in our neighborhoods are taking more interest in learning and making smarter life choices.  At our day camps, kids learn to share, learn about sportsmanship and, most importantly, learn how to be themselves. These skills make for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Our focus is on youth development.  Our day camps nurture the potential of every child. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  All kids deserve the chance to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through YMCA camp, youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Why Parents & Kids Love Y Camps

We draw on nearly 80 years of success in providing summer camps in our community and 150 years of YMCA camping experience around the country. We know camp!

More specifically: 

  • Parents trust us to take care of their kids.
  • We are positive role models for children.
  • We teach kids to be good friends and good citizens.
  • We nurture independent thinking and creativity and expand kid's horizons through exploration.
  • We bring smiles to children's faces!

Summer Camp Staff

The YMCA prides itself on the quality and commitment of our staff. These individuals are caring, fun, energetic and responsible people who participate in a comprehensive training program.

We perform criminal background checks on all of our staff over the age of 18. Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Staff members largely consist of college or high school students, teachers and parents.

    Extended Care

    Camp hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. Extended care is provided at no additional charge from 7:30 – 9:00 am and 4:00 – 5:30 pm each day.

     

    Camp Osprey Sessions - Summer 2013

    Session 1 :: June 17 - 21
    Land of the Lost

    Where in the world are you? You are at your first week of Camp Osprey!!! You’ve left the school days behind and must now adapt to a strange new world full of games, swimming and fun. We’ll explore the beaches and trails of Reid State Park this week.

    Session 2 :: June 24 - 28
    Show Your Spirit

    Get into the spirit as we find fun, silly ways to express ourselves this week. Crazy hats, mismatch day, jersey day and more as we compete as groups to see who has the most spirit. We’ll spend a fun filled day at Crescent beach.

    Session 3 :: July 1 - 5
    Incredible Edibles

    Too many cooks in the kitchen takes on a whole new meaning this week as we turn food into art, science, and of course, yummy snacks. We’ll use our creativity to reinvent the culinary arts. Messy? Delicious? Fun? Absolutely! Venture with us to Pine Point beach before the 4th of July holiday. NO CAMP JULY 4th!

    Session 4 :: July 8 - 12
    Under the Big Top

    Campers of all ages, prepare for the greatest show in town! Watch as our mild-mannered Airnasium turns into a carnival midway of sights and sounds. Be sure to check out the games, rides and fun before time runs out and we return our camp space to its former self. We’ll visit one of our favorite places for rides and fun when we head off for a day at Funtown!

    Session 5 :: July 15 - 19
    Pirate’s Treasure

    Ahoy Mates! Legend says that thar be treasure buried in Freeport. Follow the ancient map to find amazing treasure. Campers will participate in an eventful week of pirate themed activities including making a counselor walk the plank and treasure hunting. We will spend a day at Splashtown checking out the Pirate’s Paradise and much more.

    Session 6 ::  July 22 - 26
    Lions & Tigers & Bears…Oh My!!!!

    Join us this week as we take a journey through the wild animal kingdom. Campers will use their imagination this week as they channel their inner animals, for what is sure to be a roaring good time. We will spend a day checking out the zoo and amusements at York’s Wild Animal Kingdom.

    Session 7 :: July 29 - August 2
    Super Soakin' Water Week

    We will turn down the heat this week with a series of fun-filled water activities each and every camp day. Swimming, sprinklers, water balloons, and our giant homemade slip and slide are just what the doctor ordered for the summer heat and we’ll provide it! Nothing cools a camper down like a day at Water Country!

    Session 8 :: August 5 - 9
    Express Yourself

    Creative writing, drama, singing, rapping, painting and acting… However you like to express yourself, you will have a chance to do it this week. Parents are invited to join us at the end of the week for our talent show and art fair. Campers will take a break from all of their hard work with a fun filled day at Aquaboggan.

    Session 9 :: August 12 - 16
    Silly Sports & Goofy Games

    This week nothing is too silly as we divide the camp and compete in new and wacky games and events designed to thrill campers of all ages and skill levels. On your mark, get set, have fun! We’ll wash off the sillies with a trip to Range Pond.

    Session 10 :: August 19 - 23
    Osprey’s Greatest Hits

    In this final week we bring back all the camper’s favorites for a week dedicated to finishing the summer in style before school busses start making their pick-ups. A summer’s worth of fun, packed into 5 days; don’t miss this exciting conclusion to summer at the Y. We’ll end the camp season with a visit to Willard Beach!

     

    Camp Fees

    Camp Fee: $195 per session per child

    One-Time Registration Fee: $15 per child (This fee is waived for children who are YMCA members.)

    Early-Bird Incentive! Register by May 3rd and pay only $185 per session.

    Multiple Session Incentive! Register by May 3rd for 7 weeks or more and pay only $175 per session.

    Sibling Incentive: Save $10 per session per child for the second and every subsequent child from the same family attending the same camp session.

     

    Financial Assistance

    The YMCA strives to serve the entire community, regardless of ability to pay. We do this by providing need-based financial assistance, made possible through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the area. The Y also accepts Aspire and other vouchers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about financial assistance.

    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.

    For More Information

    For questions about Camp Osprey, please contact:

    Robin Bosse, Camp Director
    Phone: 207-865-9600 x 202
    E-Mail: rbosse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

    2013 Summer Camp Brochure
    Camp Osprey Parent Handbook