Lately there has been a lot of talk about how expensive things are. We’re sure that many families are worried about how to make this year’s summer vacation work. After all kids are kids and the family trip is important – especially to filling those photo albums and creating some great memories.
Well, we had an idea at the Meadowmere to help save the great family summer vacation! At our local York Community College, there are amazing summer kids camp offerings – from arts to adventure, science to theatre, environmental to magic, crime scene investigating to culinary and more. The camps start at $195 per kid for the week and run from 8am to 4pm. Not bad at all.
With the kids having an adventure each day, Mom and Dad can enjoy Ogunquit Beach, shopping (it’s never too early to see if the Kittery Outlets have back to school sales) and maybe sneak in a quick spa treatment (Your Body Works has an express facial that does wonders in 30 minutes). In the evening, there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from for the family – many times Jonathan’s right on site offers family specials in the early evening and there’s nothing like a slice of good pizza at La Pizzeria.
And since Ogunquit is just one hour from Boston, 45 minutes from Manchester, NH and 30 minutes from Portland, Maine, the trip won’t break bank for gas either. Once you’re here, just hop a trolley or walk – everything in Ogunquit is nearby.
Contact York Community College for more information (we’ve included the camps descriptions below and click here for a kids camp schedule) and to sign up. Book early – the LEGO camp is full! – to get everyone’s first choice!
Adventure Camp (ages 7-10) $225
Designed to build self-confidence through adventure challenges, campers will experience survivalskills, map & compassing, intro to archery and low ropes course and team building challengesunder the leadership of Ron St. Saviour, Licensed Master Maine Guide
Adventure Camp (ages 11-14) $335
Full Value Contract Implementation will include: Team building, archery, ropes course, canoeingskills – Sacoriver canoe trip, intro to kayaking, survival skills & knot tying. One overnight at SouthernMaine Guide Service Lodge in Parsonfield.
Adventure (Advanced) Camp (ages 11-14) $450 Instructor: Ron St. Saviour
Wilderness survival & shelter building, Sacoriver canoe trip, intro to kayaking, ropes course, shelterbuilding and a RandallMountainhike. Three overnights at Southern Maine Guide Service Lodge inParsonfield.
Computer Animation Camp (ages 11-14) $195
Campers will learn about animation with focus on 2d computer animation. Traditional concepts willbe learned and incorporated into their work and each camper will have the opportunity to createtheir own animation.
Arts & Crafts Camp (ages 7-12) $195
Campers will learn about color & design while practicing drawing, printmaking, painting techniques,3-dimensional projects using collage, and papier mache. Sketchbooks, scratchboards andmobile making are also planned.
Cheerleading (ages 7-12) $195
Camp will be full of fun dances and cheers to take back to friends, family and even the student’sown squad.
Computer Gaming for Kids (ages 11-14) $195
Campers will be introduced to concepts in gaming and will learn basic game design skills to createtheir own game. Planning, design, conceptual development and strategy will be explored.
Craft Camp (ages 7-12) $195
Campers will explore a variety of crafts. It’s always fun to see what you can create, and getting tobring home all of your creations makes it even better!
Crime Scene Investigation – CSI Camp (ages 11-14) $195
Experience how science is applied to the investigation of criminal activity. Campers will recognize,collect, & analyze physical evidence at crime scenes & in the laboratory. The techniques learned willbe used to solve a crime at the end of the week.
Culinary Camp (ages 7-10 / July 7-11 or July 28 – August 1) (ages 11-14 / July 14-18) $210
Fruit & vegetable carvings, build your own pizza day, sticky buns, cookies & homemade ice creamare just a few of the activities planned for this “yummy” camp.
Culinary (Advanced) Camp (ages 11-14) $225 (attendance in a previous YCCC Culinary Camprequired) Campers will create a menu of their own for Friday’s presentation. They will plan, orderfood & supplies, make a production schedule & of course prepare & cook the entire meal.
Dancin’ Camp (ages 7-10) $195
In the summer dance camp program, your child will be learning pieces and techniques to differenttypes of dance such as, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Ballet. At the end of the week,the kids will help decide which pieces they would like to perform for family and friends at our Fridayshow and tell. They will also be performing a special piece from Disney’s High School Musical.
Dancin’ Camp (ages 11-14) $195
Campers will learn fundamentals of movement through a series of dance exercises & stretches,short dance combinations, & longer dance routines. Participants will demonstrate what they’velearned through various dance routines, complete with costumes, lighting, and makeup. Focus is onfour major types of dance : ballet, modern or ‘interpretive’, jazz or ‘Broadway’, & hip-hop.
Environmental Camp (ages 7-10) $195
This exciting and informative camp will explore animals and their role in nature, soil studies, waterstudies, ecosystems, reuse vs. recycle and much, much more.
Golf Camp (ages 7-12) $225
A wonderful opportunity for young kids to learn the great game of golf. The camp is designed forchildren who are beginning golfers and want to learn the basic fundamentals of golf in a friendly,fun, non-competitive environment. Campers are taught golf rules, etiquette, and how to keepscore.
LEGO (Intro) Camp (ages 7-10) $195
Campers learn basic program controls for the Lego Mindstorm Robotics Kit & the RCX programmablebrick, using touch & light sensors, lamps & motors. Using Lego building sets children will explore,investigate, & design working robot models to solve project challenges. Introduction to theconcept of robotics & robotics engineering, & carrying out scientific investigations while collecting& interpreting data. Focus on teamwork & applied information computer technology.
LEGO (Advanced) Camp (ages 11-14) $195
Campers will learn basic & advanced program controls for both the Mindstorms Lego NXT & RCXprogrammable brick. Campers will use motors, servo motors, a range of sensors, including ultrasonic& sound to program their model robots to complete design challenges and project missions.
Magic Camp (ages 7-14) $225
Lessons in misdirections, timing, routining, & showmanship. Card tricks, coin tricks & even feats ofmindreading will be explained in great details. On the last day, you will be invited to see their liveperformance during the final Grand-Gala Magic Show. www.wizardworkshop.net/aboutus.html
Rockin’ Band Camp (ages 11-14) $195
Come jam with us! Campers are invited to bring their own musical instruments & will play a veryeclectic mix of music. They’ll work on different musical styles together like swing, blues, rock, ballads,etc. Campers with any type of instruments – from guitars, flutes, banjos, violins, keyboardsand drums are welcomed. We can provide percussion instruments like claves, maracas, congas,etc. Let’s make some beautiful music together!
Mad Science 3, 2, 1, Blast-Off Rocketry Camp (ages 7-12) $225
Launch your knowledge of flight as you build your very own rockets. Experiment with differentkinds of propulsion systems, use your new knowledge to blast off, track & recoverdifferent kinds of rockets. www.madscience.org/maine
Mad Science in Motion Camp (ages 7-12) $225
Discover how things move with science. View the world through a camera obscura
that you make yourself. Join a team of camper engineers and build bridges, domes, cubes and pyramids. Make your own sidewalk chalk, crystal gardens and chromatographydyed
Scrubs for Kids (ages 11-14) $195
Campers will have a fun-filled week as they tour hospitals (including a veterinary hospital!), firedepartments, ambulance stations, police departments & help out in an EMT Class. They will alsolisten in to an actual 911 call! They may even get to ride in an ambulance at the track at BeechRidge Motor Speedway!
Theatre (ages 7-14) $195
Campers will learn all about the theatre – from the different types of theatre, to improvisationtechniques; from character development to how to make your own play including writing, directing,blocking, lighting, and acting! A must for all campers who envision their life on the stage!