UMM Announces Summer Camps for 2012
New camp offerings include rock music and swimming
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 eight different day and overnight camps that combine special interests in sports, music, or the environment with traditional summer camp activities.
For the third 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 11–August 31 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.
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 boys basketball camp will run July 16–20 and the girls basketball camp will run July 23–27. Golf, soccer, and volleyball camps will run July 9–13. New for 2012 will be a co-ed swimming camp at UMM’s Aquatic Center, July 30–August 3. Clipper Athletics camps are open to kids entering grades 6–12, with the exception of the basketball and soccer camps for grades 1–12. All camps focus on the development of fundamental skills while emphasizing team concepts, and UMM coaches and student-athletes serve as camp staff.
UMM’s signature environmental camp, the Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY), will return for its fourth year with the addition of a new session for high school-aged 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 alongside UMM faculty, actively participating in important work in the field and in the classroom. Participants will spend morning sessions on campus, while afternoon sessions include field trips to local beaches, wetlands, lakes, and streams. MESSY for grades 9–12 will run July 22–27 and the session for grades 6–8 will run July 29–August 3. Both sessions are overnight camps.
Making its return to the UMM campus will be Maine Academy of Modern Music’s popular Rock Camp, held July 22–28. Rock Camp provides young aspiring musicians a place where they can learn some serious Rock ‘n’ Roll, and have a seriously good time doing it! This week-long crash course in modern music will teach students how to play in and run a real band of their own. While at Rock Camp, students are instructed by accomplished educators and members of local working bands who offer their own inside tips on self-promotion, booking, and gigging. The camp is open to youth entering grades 5–12 and offers day and overnight options.