UMM Expands Summer Camps for 2010

Offerings include sports, arts, the environment, and technology

MACHIAS, ME – This summer the University of Maine at Machias has a great line up of fun and educational camps for kids in grade school through high school. UMM will offer seven different day and overnight camps that combine kids’ special interests with traditional summer camp activities.

Clipper Youth Basketball CampThis is the first year that UMM will offer the Clipper Kids recreational day camp. Clipper Kids offers a great opportunity for children with lots of energy to explore a number of different activities and games. This action packed camp will provide an environment that focuses on fair play and maximum participation. Instructors will direct the camp through cooperative games, pool activities, a variety of sports, and much more. Each week, activities will be centered on a specific theme. Clipper Kids will run June 21–August 27 and is open to kids in grades pre-K through 8. Campers can sign up for one week, a series of weeks, or the entire summer. An early drop-off option is available.

Also new for 2010 is the Maine Youth Geographic Information Systems (MyGIS) camp. MyGIS is for tech-inclined teens who are looking for a hi-tech collegiate experience that will be fun and environmentally-oriented and provide a head start on college tech courses. Using state-of-the-art computers, GPS equipment, satellite imagery, and professional software, campers will collect, analyze and map data about the changing earth. Campers will also learn to build, test, and run computer mapping models, collect data in the field, and analyze satellite images. MyGIS will run July 25–31 and is an overnight camp for students entering grades 9–12.

This is also the first year of the Maine Theatre Camp for Kids. Myth, magic, fairy tales, and folklore galore will abound in this two-week summer drama day camp for children. Through improvisation and exercises for developing acting skills students will learn what is involved in producing a live performance. Theatre camp will be five hours a day and will culminate in a matinee performance in which each child has a part. The camp will run July 26–August 6 and is open to kids entering grades 3–6.

The Make-Create-Imagine Art Camp offers a variety of rich exploratory learning opportunities in the arts that stimulate a child’s natural abilities and creativity. Students will explore and record their experiences and the world of their imaginations utilizing a variety of age appropriate media and techniques. The camp emphasizes individual creativity with a focus on the environment. Make-Create-Imagine is a day camp that will run July 26–30 and August 2–6 and is open to kids entering grades 1–7.

Campers at MESSY 2009The Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY), is a camp that promotes awareness, builds knowledge, and stimulates active and creative approaches to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Campers will have the opportunity to work along-side University faculty, actively participating in important work in the field and in the classroom. Students spend morning sessions on campus, while afternoon sessions include field trips to local beaches, wetlands, lakes, and streams. MESSY will run August 1–7 and is an overnight camp for kids entering grades 7–9.

The Clipper Youth Basketball Camp is a day camp that will feature separate sessions for boys and girls with instruction in teamwork, hoops skills, and much more. The basketball camp is a great way to develop fundamental skills and learn how to compete as a member of a group. Team concepts are emphasized, helping young athletes thrive on and off the court. Coaches and members of the UMM Clippers men’s and women’s basketball teams will serve as camp staff. Each camper will receive a basketball and t-shirt. The basketball camp is open to youth entering grades 1–12 and will run July 26–30 for girls and August 2–6 for boys.

The Maine Youth Summer Theatre Institute (MYSTI) is a two-week camp aimed at developing the art and craft of acting through the works of Shakespeare. Classes are intimate and collaborative, and provide a firm foundation in stage basics, emphasizing improvisation, theatre games, and acting exercises. Groups are organized for students to develop at their own pace as well as to learn from others. The first week focuses on various aspects of the acting process, while the second week is dedicated to creating and presenting a theatrical experience based on a Shakespeare text. MYSTI will run July 25–August 8 and is an overnight camp for youth entering grades 7–12.

For more information, pricing, or to register for UMM summer camps, please visit umm.maine.edu/summer, call Naida Pennell at (207) 255-1289, or e-mail naida@maine.edu.

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