UMM Announces Upcoming Summer Camps for Youth
Expanded offerings include golf, volleyball, soccer, and outdoor recreation
MACHIAS, Maine – 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 nine different day and overnight camps that combine kids’ special interests with traditional summer camp activities.
For the second year, UMM will hold the Clipper Kids Day Camp throughout the entire summer. 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. Clipper Kids will run June 20–August 26 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 and flexible payment plans are available.
Clipper Athletics will offer several youth sports camps in a day camp format. The popular Clipper Youth Basketball camp will return with separate sessions for boys and girls. The girls basketball camp will run July 18–22 and the boys basketball camp will run July 25–29. New for 2011 will be a co-ed soccer camp June 27–July 1, co-ed golf camp July 5–8, and girls volleyball camp July 11–15. All Clipper Athletics camps are open to kids entering grades 1–12, and focus on the development of fundamental skills while emphasizing team concepts. UMM coaches and student-athletes will serve as camp staff.
The Make-Create-Imagine Art Camp will offer 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 5–8 and is open to kids entering grades 1–7.
UMM’s signature environmental camp, the Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY), will return for its third year. 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 UMM faculty, actively participating in important work in the field and in the classroom. Kids will spend morning sessions on campus, while afternoon sessions include field trips to local beaches, wetlands, lakes, and streams. MESSY will run July 24–29 and is an overnight camp for kids entering grades 7–9.
New for 2011 will be the Machias Summer Recreation Camp, a one week day camp for kids entering grades 4–6 that has a focus on outdoor recreation. Campers will experience the Maine environment through outdoor activities while learning about the different environments they visit and basic stewardship concepts. Activities will include swimming, outdoor games, canoeing, hiking, sea kayaking, a service project at a nature preserve, and a day at nearby Roque Bluffs State Park. The Machias Summer Recreation Camp will run August 1–5.