Few environments are as special as summer camp, especially at the Y. Through physical, social, and educational activities, we help foster character, independence, a love for nature, civic responsibility, and leadership skills.
SUMMER CAMP YMCA STYLE
We believe that ALL children deserve the opportunity to discover their potential to learn, grow, and thrive. That's why, through our day camps, we help hundreds of kids each year cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.
Our camps are exciting, safe communities where children and teens explore, build confidence, and develop leadership skills. While making lasting friendships and memories, our campers grow as individuals and leaders. Our summer days are filled with beach trips, canoeing, archery, field trips, art projects, talent shows, and making new friends.
Your Child is in Good Hands
Our staff aren't just counselors – they’re mentors, and most importantly, role models. We take pride in the quality and commitment of our staff, who are mostly teachers and college students. All staff participate in a comprehensive training program to prepare them to care for your child, and they are caring, fun, energetic, and responsible people. Counselors at the YMCA are dedicated to making sure each camper has an amazing summer can experience.
We perform background checks on all of our staff over the age of 18. All counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR.
EACH OF Our Camps IS Unique - Take a look!
– Various locations
*Bus transportation available from various locations in Portland and our Pineland Branch in New Gloucester. See Otter Pond Adventure Camp for details.
summer food program
Thanks to our wonderful partners, Camp Sokokis, In-Town Camp, and Otter Pond Camp participate in the Summer Food Program. All campers at these three locations are provided with healthy and delicious snacks or meals daily (offerings vary by camp).
DISCOVER WHY EVERYBODY'S INVITED!
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!
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.
We also accept Aspire and other State subsidies and vouchers.
We want to make sure every child has the opportunity to attend our programs, and that every family can do so without burden. Our Y Financial Assistance program and the State Subsidy/Voucher programs both provide for this opportunity. We are happy to help you in your decision making by discussing your options and answering any questions. The Y's sliding scale is available so you can determine roughly where you may fall. You can also review information on the various subsidy programs and their qualifications.
The Y Financial Assistance serves a broader group of families, with fewer qualifications to meet. However, for families who do qualify, State Subsidy/Voucher programs often result in a lower cost per week of care. We will support your family through either process, whichever is right for your needs.
For Financial Assistance and State Subsidy/Voucher information, please click here.
TEEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Our Leadership-In-Training (LIT) and Counselor-In-Training (CIT) programs for teens build leadership skills that they’ll use throughout their lives to help themselves and others identify and achieve goals.
Our LIT program, for teens aged 13-15, is available at each of our five camps, while our CIT program, for teens aged 15-16, is offered at Otter Pond Camp. Each three-week session gives teens the chance to gain valuable knowledge through the Y’s skill-based, leadership training process, while building confidence by helping others.
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 teens lots of opportunities to practice doing and saying these things.
- We make it fun!
All CIT/LIT campers will have the opportunity to improve their counseling skills by working with groups of kids throughout the summer. Our CIT campers will deepen their practice as they learn how to effectively lead children at camp.
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 your child’s needs.