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UMM Announces Upcoming Youth Summer Camps

Added on: May 31, 2013

A whale watch trip during MESSY 2012MACHIAS, Maine – This summer the University of Maine at Machias has a great line up of fun and educational camps for youth in grade school through high school. UMM will offer seven different day and overnight camps that combine special interests in sports, music, or the environment with traditional summer camp activities.

Clipper Athletics will offer several youth sports camps in a day camp format. Soccer and volleyball camps will run June 24–28, boys basketball camp will run July 8–12, and the girls basketball camp will run July 15–19. Clipper Athletics camps are open to kids entering grades 1–12, with the exception of the volleyball camp for grades 6–9. All camps focus on the development of fundamental skills while emphasizing team concepts, and UMM coaches and student-athletes serve as camp staff.

For the fourth summer, UMM will offer the Clipper Kids Day Camp for four weeks in July and August. Clipper Kids is a great opportunity for children with lots of energy to explore a number of different activities and games. The camp will run July 22–August 16 and is open to kids ages 6–13. Campers can sign up for individual weeks or the entire four-week camp. Clipper Kids will be limited to 20 campers per week.

UMM’s signature environmental camp, the Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY), will return for its fifth year. MESSY is a camp that promotes awareness, builds knowledge, and stimulates active and creative approaches to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Campers will engage in current and continuing research projects with UMM faculty, learning how climate change is impacting the environment and what can be done about it. They’ll collect marine plankton to identify harmful algal blooms and warm-water species, wade knee deep into nearby rivers and streams to assess the temperature and pH of the local endangered salmon habitat, use GIS technology to map habitats and buildings that are vulnerable to storm flooding due to sea-level rise, and more. Participants will spend morning sessions on campus, while afternoon sessions will include field trips to local beaches, wetlands, lakes, and streams. MESSY for grades 6–8 will run August 4–9 and the session for grades 9–12 will run August 11–16. Both sessions are overnight camps.

Maine Academy of Modern Music's Rock CampMaking its return to the UMM campus will be Maine Academy of Modern Music’s popular Rock Camp, held August 11–17. 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.

For more information or to register for UMM summer camps, visit, call Betty Merritt-West at 207-255-1305, or e-mail

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