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.
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 certified in First Aid and CPR. Counselors at the YMCA are caring, energetic, responsible people dedicated to making sure each camper has an amazing summer camp experience.
EACH OF Our Camps IS Unique - Take a look!
Our camps are exciting, safe communities where children and teens explore, build confidence, and develop leadership skills. Our summer days are filled with beach trips, canoeing, archery, field trips, art projects, talent shows, and making new friends.
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Standish - bus from Portland, New Gloucester, and other towns!*
*Bus transportation available from locations in Portland, Westbrook, Cumberland, and New Gloucester. See Otter Pond Bus for details.
summer food program
Thanks to our wonderful partners In-Town Camp and Otter Pond Camp participate in the Summer Food Program. All campers at these 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! We also accept Aspire and other State subsidies and vouchers. For Financial Assistance and State Subsidy/Voucher 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.
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.