YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

otter pond outdoor adventure camp - Standish

Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp sits on 500 acres of wooded wilderness in Standish. Throughout the summer, campers (ages 5-12 years) explore this wilderness and all that Otter Pond has to offer through participation in a variety of fun and challenging activities.

Campers will explore our high and low ropes courses and climbing wall, build archery skills, learn to canoe, hunt for frogs and turtles, and learn how to fish. Campers will also swim in the cool water of Otter Pond daily!

Under the supervision of Otter Pond’s engaging staff, campers will have fun developing new skills and exploring new interests. Campers will build character and grow in ways that benefit them long summer has come to a close.

Thanks to our wonderful partners, Otter Pond Camp participates in the Summer Food Program. All campers are provided with a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch daily.


Bus transportation is available from select stops in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Cumberland, Windham, Gray, and New Gloucester at no additional charge. To learn more, click here.

Specialty Camps - Extreme OP Girls

Learn how to build a fire, flip a canoe, and climb to the top of our high-ropes course! Girls will work together, building confidence, and overcoming challenges, while exploring our 500 acres of wilderness. Camp is filled with STEM activities, water adventures, fishing, and an overnight. Select weeks. Open to girls ages 8 - 13.

Specialty Camps - Outdoor Adventure Skills

This program highlights primitive skill building. Kids will learn orienteering skills and how to fish, climb, hike, and handle a canoe, even when flipped. They’ll build shelter, cook on an open fire, make their own lures, identify local flora and fauna, and they might eat a cricket or two. Includes an overnight camping adventure. Select weeks. Open to kids ages 7-9 and 10-13.

Otter Pond Overnights

This is your chance to sleep under the stars and enjoy extended evening swim time at Otter Pond. Learn to put up your tent, build a fire, and cook on an open flame. Bring your own tent, or use one of ours. Campers should bring sleeping bag, pillow, and sleeping pad. Must be enrolled in Otter Pond day camp the same week.


We understand that many parents need a safe, enriching place for their children outside of regular camp hours (9:00 am - 4:00 pm). Extended care is provided at no additional charge each day from 7:30 - 9:00 am and 4:00 - 5:30 pm at both our Otter Pond and Pineland camps.

Camp Contact

ATTN:  Liza Stratton
25 Campus Drive, Suite 100, New Gloucester, ME 04260
207-688-2255 or lstratton@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org 



$250 per session, per child, $50 due at registration. Note: Week 3 (July 03-06) is adjusted @ $215 (all camps closed July 04)

Otter Pond Specialty Camps $335 per session, per child, $50 due at registration.

Otter Pond Overnights $80 additional, must be enrolled in camp the same week.


Register by May 1, receive $10 off each week of camp.


Register by May 1 for seven weeks or more,  receive $10 off each week.


Register more than one child from the same family by June 1, weekly fees reduced by $10 per session per child for the second and every subsequent child attending the same camp session.

EXAMPLE: 1st child = $250; 2nd child = $240; 3rd child = $240


Financial Assistance & State Subsidy/Voucher Programs

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 available, using a sliding scale based on household income. No one is turned away, so please ask! We also accept Aspire and other State subsidies and vouchers. For more information, please click here.

It is only through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community that we are able to provide this need-based financial assistance. Because of their generosity, the YMCA of Southern Maine provided more than $1.2 million in financial assistance and program support to children last year, giving more children access to summer camp and other youth development programs that nurture their potential.


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. 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.


Register for Camp

Please contact the Camp Director if you have any questions.