Summer Camps

YMCA Camps are about 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.

Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp

 

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 Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp

Otter Pond is a wilderness camp, located across from Sebago Lake, and sits on 250 acres of trails and woods with a sandy beach, swimming area, ropes course and rock climbing wall, fishing pond, archery range, boating, shaded pavilion and much more.

Otter Pond's setting and programming encourages youth ages 5-12 to use their senses, their imagination, and to benefit from all the gifts nature has to offer.  Campers have the opportunity to learn about nature and preserving it, participate in team building activities that promote good sportsmanship and confidence building.  Swim lessons, creative art projects, sports and games, weekly theme presenters and guests, and rainy day field trips are all part of what our camp offers.

We are adding two specialty camp weeks for teens (10-14 years old) for more focused activities.

Busses transport children daily from pickup locations in Portland, Westbrook, Gorham, Windham, and the Pineland Y Branch in New Gloucester.  Bus transportation and extended before and after camp care are provided at no additional charge.  A complete bus schedule is available on our website.

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 your children.
  • We teach kids to be good friends and good citizens.
  • We nurture independent thinking and creativity and expand kids' horizons through exploration.
  • We bring a smile to your child's face!

Summer Camp Staff

The YMCA of Southern Maine 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. As a result, 97% of families believe our staff members are good mentors to their children.

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

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 Otter Pond from 7:30 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  Extended care is also provided at the Greater Portland YMCA from 7:30 am to 7:50 am each morning and from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm each afternoon.  There is no additional charge for extended care or for bus transportation.

Transportation

Bus transportation for campers is available as follows

Morning Bus Schedule

PINELAND BUS

Pineland Branch YMCA – departs 8:00 am
North Windham (Shaw’s) – departs 8:30 am

PORTLAND BUS

Northgate shopping plaza – departs 7:30 am
Greater Portland branch YMCA – departs 7:50 am
UNUM – departs 8:10 am
Westbrook (Hannaford) – departs 8:25 am
Gorham (Hannaford) – departs 8:40 am

Afternoon Bus Schedule

PINELAND BUS

Pineland Branch YMCA – Arrives 4:45 pm
North Windham (Shaw’s) – Arrives 4:20 pm

PORTLAND BUS

Northgate shopping plaza – Arrives 5:20 pm
Greater Portland branch YMCA – Arrives 5:10
UNUM – Arrives 4:55 pm
Westbrook (Hannaford) – Arrives 4:40 pm
Gorham (Hannaford) – Arrives 4:25 pm

Please note: The bus schedule will be evaluated and updated once the camp session starts in the event traffic patterns change.

  There is no additional charge for extended care or for bus transportation.

 

Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp Sessions 2013

Session 1 :: June 17 - 21
Ready, Set, Go!

Welcome to Otter Pond! Spend your first camp week of the summer sampling all we have to offer – the waterfront, wilderness trails, boating, archery range, frog pond and more! Make new friends and get ready for a great summer!

Session 2 :: June 24 - 28
Pirates of Otter Pond

Join us for a swashbuckling good time as we hit the high seas of Otter Pond. We’ll spend the week using our pirate maps to hunt for buried treasure and play water games that even a Pirate would enjoy. ‘X’ marks the spot on your calendar for this week of camp!

Session 3 :: July 1 - 5
Red White & Blue Spirit Week

Let’s show our patriotic spirit and celebrate all that makes America great. We’ll have fun showing off our own spirit as well. Campers will enjoy patriotic arts and crafts, wacky ways to express our spirit, traditional games, and four straight days of celebrating. By the end of the week we’ll cheer for our most spirited group.

Session 4 :: July 8 - 12
Otter Extreme – Down Low

Experience Otter Pond to the fullest this week! We’ll start off hiking on our trails, and exploring our waterfronts. Then we’ll take the next step in wilderness living by learning outdoor cooking, orienteering, fire safety and wilderness survival.

Session 5 :: July 15 - 19
Otter Extreme – Soaring High

We’ll spend even more time than usual on our rock wall and ropes course this week. We’ll also keep ourselves floating along with lots of time spent fishing. When we’re finally back on solid ground, we’ll spend time learning knot tying and basic first aid. Don’t miss this week full of the Otter Pond wilderness experience!

Session 6 :: July 22 - 26
Otter Olympics

Join us at the Otter Olympics as we compete in our favorite crazy camp games and sports, while also learning about teamwork and sportsmanship. We’ll kick-off the week with a ‘torch lighting,’ parade of our chosen nations, and then wrap-up with the Otter Olympics medal ceremony. Let the games begin!

Session 7 :: July 29 - August 2
World Explorers

Set sail from Otter Pond for far off lands and adventures as the great explorers did. We’ll explore the sights, sounds and tastes from countries around the world. This week, our sports, games and crafts will go international. Campers are sure to have a world of fun!

Session 8 :: August 5 - 9
Wacky Water World

You won’t want to miss this wet and wild week of water adventures! We’ll spend lots of time in, on and by the water at Otter Pond. It will be a splashing good time with water games, water art projects, and more. Don’t forget your towel!

Session 9 :: August 12 - 16
Where The Wild Things Are

They’re at Otter Pond! A wilderness camp comes with lots of wildlife! We’ll spend the week learning about our furry friends, how to keep them safe and preserve their environment. Our special guests this week will introduce us to these friends and help us get to know them better.

Session 10 :: August 19 - 23
Otter Pond’s Greatest Hits

We’ll bring back all of our campers’ favorites for a summer’s worth of fun packed into our last five days together! Campers will get enough camp fun to carry them through the school year – leaving them ready for another Otter Pond summer again next year! We’ll wrap up the summer with a camp-wide BBQ with our friends and family!

 

Teen Camp Week:

Session 4 :: July 8 - 12 (Ages 10 - 14)
Extreme Fishing

We’ll be in search of the “Big One” outside the usual Otter Pond stomping grounds. During our field trips to local waters, campers will learn more specific and advanced fishing skills and techniques. We’ll have more than fish stories this week; we’ll learn new skills and have lots of fun! Space is limited.

Session 6 :: July 22 - 26 (Ages 10 - 14)
Extreme Camping

Older campers will challenge themselves by taking on the wilderness camp experience overnight. We’ll learn outdoor survival skills and put them to use by camping at Otter Pond on Tuesday night and a Maine State Park on Thursday night. We’ll also spend time learning about preserving the environment in which we are camping. Space is limited.

 

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:

1. We help young people figure out what good leaders do and say.

2. We give them lots of opportunities to practice doing and saying these things.

3. We make it fun!

Ages: 13-15
Dates:  LIT:  Sessions 1-3 (June 17 - July 5)
                   Sessions 7-9 (July 29 - August 16)
           CIT:  Sessions 4-6 (July 8 - July 26)
                   Sessions 7-9 (July 29 - August 16)
Cost: $270 for each three week session

 

Camp Fees

Camp Fee: $195 per session per child

One-Time Registration Fee: $15 per child (This fee is waived for Y 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: $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 of Southern Maine 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, Child Care Connections, and other vouchers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about financial assistance.

 

Directions

Click here to find the entrance to Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp on Google Maps.

Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp is located on Chadborne Rd (Route 35) in Standish ME. If using GPS, using the address 73 Chadborne Road, Standish will bring you within a few hundred yards of the entrance to the camp. (Note: this is not the exact street address). The entrance to camp is located at the corner of Chadborne Rd and Mountain Division Trail Rd.

From Portland:

Follow Route 302 out of Portland (Route 302 begins as Forest Ave in Portland) into North Windham. At the intersection of route 302 and Route 35 turn LEFT onto route 35/Tandberg Trail. (Gilbert's Chowder House will be on your left just before the turn.)

Follow Route 35 north for approximately 6.3 miles. The name of the road you are on changes from Tandberg Trail to Chadborne Rd when you cross the Standish Town line - just remain on Route 35, heading into Standish.

The entrance to the camp is on your left, and is clearly marked with a sign.

If you come to the center of Standish (the intersection of Routes 35 and 114) you've gone too far and should turn around. The entrance to camp is about 1/2 mile from the intersection of Routes 35 and 114 in Standish (TJ's sandwich shop)

 

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, please contact:

Jon Feero
25 Campus Dr Suite 100
New Gloucester, ME 04260
207-688-2255, 612
jfeero@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org