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Dock safety begins with quality decks and education By Debra Bell SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER

Quality and safety go hand in hand when it comes to summer fun on the docks. According to Kris Poulin from Hammond Lumber, dock safety comes down to a high quality product coupled with proper maintenance. Hammond Lumber carries Shoremaster Docks, which are among the best in the market. From floating docks to standing docks to wheel in docks (and more), Shoremaster retains its hold on the market by offering flexible, easy-to-maintain, and durable docks perfect for a summer camp, or a marina. Poulin offers the following tips for having a safe summer on the dock. • Know your surface. Shoremaster offers a variety of deck surfaces, including a non-skid surface. It is never a good idea to run on a wet dock — no matter what kind of surface the dock is made from. “The paint that is on our docks has a traction grit in

the paint,” he said. “The Titan panel — as of last year — has a very aggreable non-skid top.” • Supervision is a must. When docks are in use at summer camp, children are always supervised. If you’re using a dock at home or at the family camp, make sure that children are always supervised when on the dock to prevent accidents. • Equip your child for safety. Purchase non-slip shoes for your child to wear if their summer camp will include boats and docks. Non-slip shoes will ensure that your child doesn’t take a tumble on the dock due to water. • Make sure that safety gear is available. Personal flotation devices should be available by any dock to help keep people safe while in a boat or in the water. Smart dock owners will also keep a safety ring on the dock or nearby in case someone needs help while in the water. • Safety first. Make sure that everyone knows the rules of the dock before having fun fishing, swimming, tubing, or boating. Talk about not running on the dock, what to do if you fall overboard, and where first aid kits and help is in the event of an emergency.

Destination: CAMP Getting ready for summer camp

Techniques to help a child learn to swim this summer By Metro Creative Service Teaching a child to swim can enable him or her to enjoy a life filled with fun in and around the water. It is also one of the ways to prevent water-related injuries or death. Water safety is nothing to take lightly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that in 2007 there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States, averaging 10 deaths per day. An additional 496 people died from drowning and other

causes in boating-related incidents. Also, more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children ages 14 and younger. Although teaching a child to swim does not negate the necessity to carefully watch young children whenever they are around water, it does offer a measure of safety. A boy or girl who knows how to swim may be able to prevent an injury or get out of harm’s way better than one who is floundering in the water. In fact, the CDC recommends it as one method of preSee SWIM, Page 10

Prepare for healthy fun in the sun at summer camp By NewsUSA Cold weather is in the rear-view mirror, and families across the country are gearing up to get active outdoors. With the threat of cabin fever waning, now is the time to get familiar with a few helpful tips to ensure a safe and stress-free season for the entire family: • Avoid insect and tick bites. Bug bites can be dangerous, so take precautions, such as wearing insect repellent, tucking pants into socks or shoes when hiking in the woods and staying in the middle of trails to avoid overhanging branches. Avoid scented soaps and lotions that can attract bugs. • Always wear sunblock. Limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when sun rays are at their strongest. Use sunblock that offers UVA and UVB protection with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply sunblock 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply it every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel-drying. • Avoid heat stress and heat stroke. It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of outdoor activities, but in extreme heat conditions it’s important to not push beyond your physical limits. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and be on alert for symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke, such as thirst, cramps, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fever. • Get your physical. If children are planning on participating in camp or sports over the summer, it’s important that they have a physical exam to ensure they’re physically ready to be active. A sports or camp physical is a perfect opportunity to interact with a trusted health care professional. • Use your best judgment and take the appropriate precautions. If an accident does occur, seek treatment from a health care professional.

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Young athletes will have an opportunity to hone their skills while also having fun at any one of Husson’s summer sports camps. Whether the sport is basketball, soccer, base-

Preventing sports injuries in kids and teens

Fun mixes with skill-building at Husson camps

ball, or a smattering of sports, Husson University’s collection of sports camps is set to delight — and train. “Campers get to use and play in some of the finest facilities in Maine,” said Camp Director and Husson Coach Keith Bosley. “But they also have fun. Because we coach on a division three level [at Husson] and understand athletics’ place in the overall picture of things, we know it’s supposed to be a pleasurable experience — not boot camp.” Husson University believes in offering campers a variety of sports camps to fit all

abilities and interests. From team and skill building camps to sampler sports camps, there’s something for every active youngster. “Whether they’re checking out a sport for the first time or experienced players at their high school or club, our camps give them exposure to college play and facilities,” Bosley said. “Husson now has grown to have some of the very best facilities around.” In addition, Husson’s summer sports camps offer a day camp option as well as an overnight option. For many campers this is the first time they’ll have experienced the

Sports, Media & Pharmacy Camps at Husson University Camp


Residential/ Day


Baseball Basketball Hoops Camp - Coed

6/27 - 7/1 8/4 - 8/7 8/8 - 8/12

Day Residential Day

Cross Country - Coed

8/8 - 8/12


Football Men’s Lacrosse

7/11 - 7/15 7/18 - 7/22 7/25 - 7/29 8/2 - 8/5

Day Day Day Residential

Jason Harvey, 941-4948, Warren Caruso, 941-7112, carusow@husson Jim Karcanes, 581-1124, Sean Murphy, 941-7025,


6/27 - 7/1


Soccer - Coed Swimming - Coed

7/24 - 7/28 8/8 - 8/12 7/11 - 7/15

Residential Day Day


7/24 - 7/28


By StatePoint With children’s sports-related injuries continuing to rise nationwide to more than 3.5 million annually, keeping kids healthy is a top priority for parents, schools and sports leagues. Despite the plethora of protective gear kids now wear for practices or games, their developing bodies are still vulnerable to injury. The good news is that there are many different things parents and coaches can do to help kids stay safer on the field or court.

Soft Tissues

“The majority of sports-related injuries involve the body’s soft tissues rather than the bones,” says Dr. Teri McCambridge, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness.“That’s why it’s important that children avoid overuse or strain.” See SPORTS, Page 5

“college life” while at camp. Campers stay in Husson’s dorms, eat meals at the dining commons, and recreate in the college’s facilities. In addition, campers get to learn from real college coaches and players. “This is a real camp experience,” Bosley said. In addition to participating in the sport of their choice, campers form bonds and relationships as well as experience the joy of being “silly” in dorm rooms and having treats after dinner. And they gain the skills they need to remain active and progress in the sport of their choice while having a blast.

Maine Media Camp (NESCom)

7/31 - 8/5 Residential Co-ed; high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Summer H.S. Pharmacy Camp

7/18 - 7/22 Contact Dr. Jarvi for eligibility criteria


Tim Murphy, 941-7145, Amanda Davey, 992-4996, Keith Bosley, 941-7017, Butch Babin, 973-1098, Pat DeBeck, 992-4922, Mark Nason, 941-7176, Eric Jarvi,

Visit us at the Husson Camp Fair on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Newman Gymnasium on the Husson University Bangor campus for information on these and other camps in Eastern Maine. For more information, call Keith Bosley at 941-7017 or email to 1 College Circle • Bangor ME 04401 • 800-4HUSSON •

Summer Camps 2011

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Food, fun, fitness reign supreme at the Bangor Y’s Camp G. Peirce Webber By Debra Bell SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER

Summer camp at the Bangor Y’s Camp G. Peirce Webber just got a bigger and better. That’s because the traditional day camp for campers ages 5 to 12 years old will have more than just campers and counselors on site. Nutritionists and personal trainers from the Bangor Y will visit to help

campers learn more about being healthy, physically fit and the importance of eating healthy. “This is the first time ever that we’ve utilized all our staff for camp,” said Camp Director David Hamel. “Our certified trainers and nutritionists will come to camp once a week and talk about how to incorporate nutrition and activity into fun games and at home in everyday life.”

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“This is the first time ever that we’ve utilized all our staff for camp. All the things our campers will want to do at camp, they can do at home too.” CAMP WEBBER DIRECTOR DAVID HAMEL

The focus on good nutrition and being physically active enhances the summer camp experience, Hamel said. Campers at all Bangor Y camps, including Camp Webber, are physically active all day long. “We’re looking forward to incorporating nutrition into camp and teaching [campers how to incorporate it] into their lives,”


Y Cam Camp ps & G. Pei rce We bber

Hamel said. “All the things that our campers will want to do at camp, they can do at home too.” According to Hamel, campers will learn how to create healthy snacks, choose healthier options at mealtimes, incorporate movement into everyday life, and why it’s important to stay active. The decision to add a fitness and nutrition

component comes on the heels of a renewed nationwide focus on childhood obesity. In Maine, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 30 percent of children and teens are overweight or obese. Obese is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher. People with a BMI of 25-30 are considered overweight. “The timing was right,” Hamel said. “Camp Webber is close to the Y so our staff can get [to camp] quickly. We’re all really excited about adding these new aspects to our summer camp.” Camp Webber is located on a 55 acre site in Hampden on the Souadabscook Stream. According to Hamel, it provides a traditional day camp experience geared toward interaction, activity, learning, creativity, and fun. The camp is adding a 366-foot zip line — which will be one of the longest in New England. To find out more about Camp Webber, or any of the Bangor Y’s day and residential camps, visit and look through the camp offerings listed under the Youth Programs tab, by calling (207) 941-2808, or by visiting the Bangor Y at 17 Second Street in Bangor.

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GET OUTSIDE AND CLIMB Adventure camps thrill youngsters with outdoor climbs

Courtesy Acadia Mountain Guides Maine has an abundance of climbing opportunities and at Acadia Mountain Guide Camp Services, kids between the ages of 6 and 17 can have a fun-filled climbing adventure. In 2000, AMGCS began offering summer camp programs at Acadia National Park perfect for the outdoorsoriented summer camper. And AMGCS has a camp for every skill level in both day and overnight camps. “There’s a big disconnect with a lot of kids from the natural world these days,” said owner and Camp Director Jon Tierney. “We’ve even had kids that didn’t realize the blueberries growing on the paths were the same as the ones you could get at the store! Along with building safe climbing foundations, that’s what the younger groups are all about; getting them acquainted with the natural world.” For teenage groups — ages 13-17 — AMGCS offers multi-sport adventure programs, combining climbing with hiking, biking, white water rafting, or sea kayaking. Participants learn map and compass work, backcountry cooking skills, and to work well with a diverse group of people in a new environment. Not long ago, if a child said they climbed at summer camp, chances were they meant on a climbing wall, or if they were fortunate enough to climb on real rock, it was probably only for a day or two. But that was before Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School started the Rock Pro series — one of the first climbing focused summer camps in the country and one of the most comprehensive climbing camps in the world. The first two camps of the series are beginning level climbing camps that focus on a solid foundation safe climbing techniques and technical skills, enabling them to begin climbing on their own. The second two, designed for campers that have attended the first camps or have similar experience, cover best practices

Sports Continued from Page 3

You can also prevent injuries by encouraging young athletes to train for their sport. Proper physical conditioning can go a long way toward keeping players off the disabled list and on top of their game. Ask your teen’s coach to help design a suitable exercise regimen.

Hard Headed

Head injuries don’t just happen to football players. Sports like soccer, baseball and even basketball can lead to head injuries if proper precautions aren’t taken. According to a 2010 study pub-

for sport and lead climbing. The Rock Pro III and IV camps also travel to either Quebec or New Hampshire to add an additional exciting component to the trip. AMGCS has been an industry leader in climbing instruction for over 15 years and was one of the first summer camps to offer specialized instruction in rock climbing by highly qualified and certified climbing guides. All camps run with six to 10 campers and two instructors, and are directed by Tierney, who has over 25 years experience teaching wilderness leadership and mountain guiding as a fully certified international mountain guide from the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations. AMGCS is accredited by the Professional Climbing Instructors Association and the American Mountain Guide’s Association. Leaders possess wilderness medical certifications from Wilderness Medical Associates the leader in wilderness medicine trainings. For more information or to book your child’s adventure, call (207) 866-7562, visit online at and or e-mail

lished in the journal “Pediatrics,” young athletes are more susceptible to the effects of concussions because their brains are still developing. Ways to reduce risk include using protective gear, adhering to the rules of the sport, identifying athletes at risk, and educating parents, athletes and coaches. The AAP recommends that all children who suffer a concussion be evaluated by a physician and rest physically and mentally. That means no television, video games or homework. Most symptoms resolve in 7 to 10 days, but some may take up to a month to disappear.

Return to Play Medical clearance is necessary

before returning to play after any injury, but especially after head injuries. Athletes who suffer multiple concussions or post-concussive symptoms for more than three months should consider retiring from competitive sports. Parents and coaches should also make sure to identify the cause of any injury before allowing a child to return to play. Was the child using the right safety equipment? Was the field in bad shape? Was the exercise regime too strenuous or poorly managed? Neglecting these factors is a sure path to repeat injuries. For more information on preventing sports injuries, visit

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Live life, explore the environment, become a leader at a Girl Scout camp

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By Girl Scouts of Maine One place where girls can be themselves is at summer camp. It’s where they learn to value the environment, accept responsibility for themselves and others, and develop a positive self-image as they live and work side by side in an intimate camp community. Camp is about building selfesteem, having fun, making new friends and growing in independence. And in Maine, it’s about life...the way it should be. Girl Scouts of Maine offers resident and day camp opportunities that provide an enriched spectrum of activities that build character and skills for success in the real world. At GSM’s resident camps — Pondicherry in Bridgton and Natarswi in Baxter State Park — girls participate in programs where they can choose specific interests or paths that are structured on a progressive level by age and interest. Skills-building paths are avail-


There are lots of opportunities to learn, have fun, and develop leadership skills at Girl Scout camp.

able in swimming, boating, camping, archery, rock-climbing, hiking, nature studies, and the arts, including Maine crafts and

theater. Girls who are age 12 and older may select programs designed to provide a higher level of outdoor


Make • Create • IMagIne art CaMP

June 27–July 1 (Day Camp, Grades 1–12)

July 11–15 (Day Camp, Grades 1–7)



July 5–8 (Day Camp, Grades 1–12)

Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth July 24–29 (Overnight Camp, Grades 7–9)




MaCHIaS SUMMer reCreatIOn CaMP

July 11–15 (Day Camp, Grades 1–12)

Girl Scouts of Maine

June 20–August 26 (Day Camp, Grades Pre-K–8)

Girls: July 18–22 Boys: July 25–29 August 1–5 (Day Camp, Grades 1–12) (Day Camp, Grades 4–6) For more information, call (207) 255-1210 or e-mail

mastery, such as horseback riding, backpacking, sailing and wilderness survival. GSM offers day camp programs

at Scelkit in Kittery Point and Kirkwold in Readfield. These camps introduce girls to the wonders of nature and focuses on building leadership skills that empower them to make a difference in the world, especially the environment. Thinking about a girl scout camp? Open House events are scheduled from 1-4 p.m. on June 5 at Camp Kirkwold, Camp Scelkit, and Camp Pondicherry. Camp Natarswi will hold its open house on June 12. Through camp activities girls develop real-world leadership abilities and friendships that will last them a lifetime. For directions, complete information on camp programs, financial aid, and more visit or call (888) 922-4763.

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Destination: CA MP NESCom M aine Media Cam p

Make a splash this summer!

Maine Media Camp: Not your traditional summer camp By NESCom When you think of summer camp, you might think of log cabins, long hikes through the woods, swimming, and campfires. But summer camp at the New England School of Communications, on the Husson University campus in Bangor, won’t be a typical. In fact, it’s far from typical. Maine Media Camp gives students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in high school a chance to explore the specialized fields of media communications and technology. Maine Media Camp introduces campers to audio engineering, live sound technology, web media, video production, marketing communications, journalism including sports journalism, and radio broadcasting. Maine Media Camp is a hands-on summer camp experience where campers can expand on their interests by working collaboratively with NESCom staff and instructors in the studios and the classroom. As part of the experience, campers spend five days on the Husson University campus either as a resident (overnight) or commuter (day camp). Campers live in the residence halls, eat in the dining halls and have access to a competition-size swimming pool, fitness center and tennis courts. In addition, campers are taken on tours of local television and radio stations and enjoy a variety of other recreational activities. NESCom offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Technology or Media Studies. For more information about Maine Media Camp visit or call (888) 877-1876.

Girltrunks are making a splash this season By NewsUSA

Getting ready for summer camp will entail getting a new bathing suit. And ladies, there’s a new product that will make their lives easier. And more stylish. Launched in 2009, Ohio-based designer Debbie Kuhn is bursting onto the market with a comfortable new concept that will have you gearing to go this summer: girltrunks. Kuhn designed the twopiece suits because the traditional swimsuit market offered nothing that covered the legs. After accepting an invitation to tube down the Madison River in Montana, she remembers futilely searching the

racks at Nordstrom when she had a novel idea. “Why don’t I pair a tankini top with men’s swim trunks?”said Kuhn. See GIRLTRUNKS, Page 12

Amazing adventures. Life-changing experiences. Friendship and fun.

Register for Girl Scout day or resident camp today! Visit or call (888) 922-4763 for more information.

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Help kids stay safe in the sun while at camp By Debra Bell SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER

Summer camp is all about having fun in the sun. But a sunburn, or sunrelated illness, can take all the fun out of summer. Sun damage is also more than just painful. It can be life threatening. These simple tips will help keep summer fun and safe. Teaching children early on how to protect themselves from sun damage can ensure a

happy, healthy life — and lots of fun outside.

Sunburns At summer camp, it’s all about playing outside and that means they get a lot of sun exposure. Take a teachable moment and educate children about the ABCs of skin protection: • Away. Stay away from the sun during the middle of the day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is when the sun is at its highest and strongest. • Block. Wear sunblock with a sun protection value of 15 or higher. Reapply sun-

screen after two hours of sun exposure. • Cover up. Wear clothing that covers the skin, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses with UV protection. Even children aged 1 year old should wear sunglasses. • Speak out. Teach others how to protect their skin from sun damage.

AMP C : n o i t a n i t s e D Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

Sun stroke Sunstroke is a life-threatening condition where the body can’t regulate heat, usually due to exposure to high temperatures. In addition, a person can suffer from sunstroke during very hot and humid days or on hot days when they’re participating in strenuous activity. Kids and the elderly are most at risk for sunstroke. Most common symptoms include an elevated temperature, hot and dry skin, no sweating, hyperventilation, confusion, and unconsciousness. Summer camp staffs work diligently to prevent sun-related illnesses, such as sunstroke. Equipping your camper with a refillable water bottle and some knowledge can help them stay safe.

Interested in healthcare? Consider EMHS’ Survivor Camp

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, with support from many local partners, is offering a special summer healthcare careers overnight camp for students who are entering ninth grade in the fall. Survivor: Adventures in Healthcare will take place on the campus of Eastern Maine Community College July 18-22. The cost is $175 per student. Phil Johnson, EMHS vice president of Human Resources, said Camp Survivor is modeled after a very successful program started by the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. “Survivor incorporates fun activities with handson learning, while showing students the career possibilities in healthcare,” Johnson said. “While campers will explore careers such as respiratory therapy, nursing, paramedics, physical therapy, and even what it’s like to be a doctor, Survivor is above all else a week full of summer fun and excitement.”

Happy summer camping! This advertising supplement was produced by the following Bangor Daily News staff: Cover Design: Faith Burgos; Advertising: Jeff Orcutt; Editorial: Debra Bell, Sheila Grant, submitted stories by camps; Photography: photographs were submitted by camps or accessed through a stock art company; Layout: Debra Bell. If you would like to be a part of the next Maine’s Guide to Summer Camps, please call the Bangor Daily News Special Sections Department and speak with Nicole Stevens (990-8283) or Jeff Orcutt (990-8036).

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AMP Destination: C Eastern Maine Community College By Sheila Grant Is there an aspiring chef, medical care provider or pilot at your house? If so, Eastern Maine Community College has the perfect camp for them this summer. “This year we are looking to run three week-long day camps and two week-long residential camps,” said Kent Corey, resident director of Acadia Hall and EMCC’s director of athletics. Corey, along with Alissa Downing, summer camp coordinator, oversees the college’s summer camp offerings. “Between [Corey and Downing] we have over 25 years of summer camp planning and direction experience,” Corey said. Both are CPR and first-aid certified. Other staff members bring multiple years of summer camp experience to the EMCC program, Corey said. All of the EMCC day camps run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and

Going beyond summer fun:

Campers investigate, experience, enjoy interests this summer

lunch are provided. The cost is $250 per day camper. Culinary camp, for children age 9 and up, will be offered from June 27 to July 1, and from July 25 to 29. “In our culinary camps this year, we will be focusing on desserts: pastries, crème brulee, cakes, and decorating. At the end of camp, we will be inviting friends and family for high tea to see what our campers have created and what they have learned throughout the week,” said Downing. Culinary camps are limited to 12 participants each week. The third day camp is scheduled for July 11 to 15 and will focus on computer know-how. This camp is for youths aged 10 to 13, with a limit of 15 participants. “This camp revolves around computer hardware, software, installation and website design,” said Corey. “During the first three days, they learn the ins and outs of the computer. Computers are all torn apart and campers are putting

them back together, learning about the components. From there, they will be moving on to software installation. They’ll be installing Windows operating systems and things like that. From there, they’ll do a little bit of website design and learn about the different things that make websites attractive.” Residential campers stay in Acadia Hall. All meals and snacks are included. A Survivor-themed health care camp, which was offered for the first time last year, will be available again this summer for students entering ninth grade in the fall. The program, geared toward students considering careers in medicine, is based on a successful program that has been running in Aroostook County for the past nine years. “This is going to be a great camp for incoming ninth graders to start thinking about what they need to do to get the right high school classes to set them up for a great college experience,” Corey said. The camp

is done in partnership with Eastern Maine Health Care. Campers get to learn about Life Flight, EMS services, nursing and more. There is a limit of 60 participants. Corey said that because of the partnership support, this camp costs only $175. ACE Academy is a week-long residential camp that EMCC has run for 10 years that focuses on the “logistics of putting people up in planes,” Corey said. The Aviation

Career Exploration camp for high school students explores careers in the military, the private sector, refueling, the Transportation Security Administration, air traffic control and more. The camp, which costs $650 and is limited to 30 participants, is scheduled for July 31 to August 6. For more information, call Alissa Downing, (207) 974-4796 or email

Eastern Maine Community College s summer camps allow campers to explore interests and potential career paths, all while having fun.

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Swim Continued from Page 2 venting water-related injuries. Teaching kids to swim requires

some patience and general knowledge of swimming techniques. Parents or caregivers unsure about their teaching abilities can enroll their children in swimming cours-

es offered in their towns and cities. Adults choosing to teach swimming on their own can try these techniques. 1. Start with teaching the child to


Swimming is a huge part of the camp experience. You’ll do your child a favor by teaching them to swim.

blow bubbles out of his mouth and nose. This teaches the youngster how to prevent water from being inhaled. With only his or her mouth and nose under the water, the child can blow out and create bubbles. Once this technique is mastered, he or she may be less frightened about water going up the nose. 2. Have the child hold onto the side of the pool or a floatation device if out on a lake or in the ocean. The child should extend his or her legs outward and practice floating and kicking. Begin by kicking any which way, eventually

evolving to a control kick once he or she is more comfortable. 3. The next step is to practice a few strokes. A breast stroke may offer more propulsion and buoyancy than a simple doggy paddle. Have the child stand in the water and practice pushing water out of the way in the desired stroke. Then he or she can practice doing it while floating with an adult providing some added support under the belly. With time he can learn to float and stroke at the same time. 4. Once the separate elements are mastered, it’s time to put them all together. He can choose to simply launch off of the pool bottom or kick off of the side. It’s important to stress that the kicking motion is like the accelerator of the car; it will keep him moving and also keep him afloat. Swim strokes will simply steer him and provide propulsion assistance. Knowing that each motion has its own importance will help the child remember that all are needed to swim and stay afloat. Once the child has become comfortable swimming above the water, he or she may eventually want to learn to swim below the water, which many people find to be less tiresome and allows one to cover more ground faster. Swimming underwater employs the same techniques as above, but the child will need to be comfortable holding his or her breath for a long period of time. This can be practiced standing in the water and dunking the face or body (with supervision nearby) underwater. Don’t encourage kids to hold their nose because both hands will be needed to swim underwater. After the child has grown accustomed to holding his her breath stationary, he or she can try doing it underwater and swimming.

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Discover the hidden magic of camp at 4-H camp

rry Tanglewood & Bluebe ps m Cove 4-H Ca By UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Camps A week away is more than simply having fun during the summer. You arrive at camp among a throng of families and stacks of luggage and set your child out on an adventure. Your child, who promised to write every day, sends you postcards detailing adventures taken, songs about worms and squirrels, and how much they miss home yet don’t want to leave camp. When you arrive at closing ceremonies you are tackled with hugs and bombarded with odds and ends collected during the camp session. Photos are taken with

groups of giggly kids and you lug ripe luggage to the car for the ride home. Your child is clearly buzzing about their camp experience. You can tell that your child was happy at camp, but you want to learn more about what it was like. Camp directors also want to know what camp was like for the children. We do evaluations on the last day and try to capture good quotes during closing circles; however knowing if and how a child was changed in a positive way is a challenge. The reality is that the pay-off of camp is found down the line in their lives through the positive experiences and new skills. Working with youth for positive change is faith-based work that involves trust and hope in the power of the camp experience.

In a survey of parents at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove, 75 percent noted their children returned home with a positive outlook or showing positive growth. Other responses show those parents view positive interactions with counselors as their top reason (61 percent of responses) for returning to camp, followed by making friends (29 percent), and learning about the environment (23 percent). Attending camp is a time of growth for both parents and children. For parents, leaving their child in the care of strangers is a huge leap of trust. For children, making decisions for themselves may be a new experience and they love the freedom to choose what activities they participate in at camp. Campers say they remember the friends they made while at camp

the most. Living with others teaches teamwork, trust, patience, acceptance, and respect. There is value in living, working, and playing with a new group of people. “I remember meals, teaching about composting, reading at night with girls in the cabin huddled together on one bed hearing the whistling of the trees outside and of course no electricity which made going to the bathroom at night tricky,” said former camper and counselor Kat Vanek. For many campers, making friends outside of their home communities allows them to develop a new sense of self. Camp is where adventures happen and where you discover new things in the safety of friends and adults who understand and accept the camper. Lynn Wolfe, a former camper and staff alumni said, “It is next to

impossible for me to pick a single event I remember most about Tanglewood. I grew up in those tangled woods on the coast of Maine and my experiences there have greatly influenced my life path… I can say that Tanglewood has a unique ability to form deep connections between the people and the natural community. It contains a magic unlike any other place I have ever been a part of; magic is what I remember most.” By designing programs to hook kids’ interest in nature, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove helps to build the foundation for lifelong environmental stewardship and positive community involvement. Camp provides hands-on, skillsbased experiences, which challenge campers as they learn the importance of working together while having fun.

Affordable Summer fun at Maine 4-H Camps

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Bryant Pond 4-H Camp

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp

A traditional camp bursting with new offerings By Scott Olsen



“You’re a 4-H Camp? Do I have to join 4-H now to send my kids to camp?” “No ma’am. We welcome all young people, whether they belong to 4-H or not.” It is surprising how often this conversation has occurred over the past three years. In fact, when the Maine Conservation School merged with the Maine 4-H program, similar thoughts ran through my head. However, it didn’t take me long to realize what a perfect fit the merger would be. You see, 4-H is a learning-bydoing program for kids. Through 4-H, youth develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills to help them reach their full potential. That is what we have been doing at Bryant Pond for over 50 years. Our summer camp programs

Campers at Bryant Pond 4-H camp don’t have to be members of 4-H to enjoy their programs, learn about nature and conservation, and have the opportunity to earn certificates. In 2011, Bryant Pond has expanded its offerings to the digital age.

are a unique blend of traditional camp activities, with fun and challenging outdoor skills and conservation education. At Bryant Pond, we continue to

offer the traditional “Conservation Camp,” which gives young people the opportunity to earn their Maine hunter safety certification. Now, under 4-H, we have expand-

ed our programs to offer advanced 4-H shooting sports programs like Apprentice Hunter, Shotgun & Rifle and Archery Camp. We have also broadened our

summer camp program offerings to include new science and technology — GPS and Robotics — organic gardening, raising poultry, and have added a service learning component to many of our programs. New additions this summer include: Warden camp, Black Bear Cub camp, and options available for military families. Becoming part of the 4-H system has been a big change for us here at Bryant Pond: A change for the better.

Did you know? • There are more than 12,000 day and resident camps in the U.S. • Each year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp. • In an American Camping Association survey, 75 percent of camp directors reported adding new activities and programs over the last few years. The newest program additions in recent years are challenging and adventurous activities, including high and low ropes courses, climbing walls, zip lines, backpacking, mountain biking, and cave exploring. Facts courtesy of

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By ARA Content Ahhh, summer. The kids are out of school and you’re thinking about what they are going to do while you and/or your spouse work. The busy schedule. The endless e-mails and buzzing of the blackberry. The kids are whining because they want to do something. The perfect solution: summer camp. Debra Huntley, Ph.D., chair of the

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According to the American Camp Association each year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp. Will this be the year your child attends?

It’s time for summer camp:

How to handle your child s first big trip away from home ty for parents and children to spend time together. Look on the Internet together for information on what to expect. “This will help the child know that you have a direct interest and are involving them in the selection as well as preparing them for the experience,” says Huntley.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Argosy University’s Twin Cities campus says that summer camp is often the first thing that comes to mind as we remember back to our youth: the fun times we had on the lake, playing ball or doing those great arts and crafts activities. As parents, we now find ourselves on the other end of the spectrum considering our options for outdoor and learning-rich activities for our kids. So what do you consider to

make your child’s first official “away from home” camp experience easier on you and your child? Huntley says the first thing that you need to do is, “trust your instincts and your knowledge of where your child is developmentally.” Has your child done well with sleepovers in the past? How do they handle separation? Do they make friends easily? In addition, she says that choosing a camp is a perfect opportuni-

“When checking out a camp, one of the most important things you can do is review the qualifications of the counselors and staff,” says Huntley. “Who will be available and how will they handle anxiety, unfamiliarity or other issues that a child might face?” See FIRST TIME, Page 14

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Summer Art Camp Grades 1-9 June 27 - August 12, 2011 Week-long sessions for each age group are held at the Museum of Art in Downtown Bangor where kids can be creative and have a blast.

Theme weeks, fun, trips and frivolity await at RAD camp

Act fast! Early-bird discount registration period ends April 22nd! Learn more or register at or phone 561-3350.


Now in its fourth year, the University of Maine’s RAD Camps continue a tradition of fun and adventure for campers going into first through 8th grade. In 2011, campers can pick from popular theme weeks that have been brought back from previous years and experience some brand new weeks. Survivor Week (June 20-24), Eco Adventure Week (July 18-22), RAD’s Got Talent Week (July 25-29), and Olympics Week (August 1-5) are all repeat camps — and favorites among campers and staff alike. New to the lineup this year is “Cars Week” (June 27July 1) which will delight campers who love both carthemed activities and the Disney/Pixar movie. Campers, Carter said, will trek off campus to see “Cars 2” at the movie theater. Another new addition to RAD Camp is the Food, Fun, and Fitness Week (July 11-15). Childhood obesity is a growing issue with kids today. At this camp, Carter said, campers will learn how to create fun, nutritious snacks, as well as learn creative ways to include fitness in everyday life. A trip to the Pancoe

First time Continued from Page 13 Once the camp decision is made and it’s time for the “big day,” parents can take a few simple steps to ensure that those nights away are not as

Join us for SUMMER FUN!

Campus Recreation (207) 581-1082 | Recreation Activity Day (RAD) Camps: Eight 1-week-long sessions, beginning June 20 and ending August 12, 2011.

• Grades 1-8; $140/week. 2 optional overnights @ $30 each. • Fun and exciting activities like field trips, swimming, and outdoor adventures! Your child will never get bored! • Each week has a new theme, such as Survivor Week, Splash Week, “RAD’s Got Talent” Week, and Olympics Week! Innovation Adventure Day Camp: July 25-29 or August 8-12, 2011 • Grades 3-8; $220 (includes lunches). • Invent a snack & board game, run a lemonade stand, design a shirt! • Canoe a river, climb a rock wall, tackle the challenge course, swim!

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Pool is in order for this camp as well. “We’re bringing aboard our new Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, Julie Avans, and she is really excited to bring wellness into the week and very enthused to help the kids incorporate activities into their everyday routine,” Carter said. “The campers will also use the kitchen on campus to make healthy snacks and lunches.” Each camp, Carter said, features a field trip, arts and crafts, and keeps kids busy all day with physical — and mental — activities. Maine Bound has built a brand new ropes course, including a zip line that is “unique to campus”. It is located directly behind the Rec Center that features high elements and low elements and is easily accessible for campers. “We get outside every day of camp for hikes on campus, for field trips, and to play field games” Carter said. “This is the fourth year we’ve offered camp and every year we have return campers as well as new campers.” RAD Camps are environmentally oriented and, while focused on being fun, the directors and counselors encourage environmental consciousness and sustainability in all aspects of camp. For more information, call Lisa Carter at (207) 581-1710.

tough on their children. “A great thing to do is pack ‘survival gear’ for the tough moments,” says Huntley. Some great things to include are funny photos or drawings or some favorite objects/treats that will cheer them up at night (don’t embarrass them though). Your child may also

have some ideas about what is needed to help them get through those lonely or scary moments. “Even with all of the planning and positive reinforcement, some children may need to be picked up earlier than others and as parents, it’s important to not only be realistic, but positive,” says Huntley. If the child needs to be picked up earlier, don’t make it an issue, celebrate the days they made it through. The most important thing to remember as a parent is that you’ve got to get control of your emotions. Too often, separation anxiety occurs with the child and the parent. “Parents have to face their children leaving home for the first time and that can be difficult even for the most grown up of grown-ups,” says Huntley. “Just as important as preparing your child for camp is that you check your emotions at the door and be positive. If you convey all of your anxiety, it will definitely feed your child’s anxiety as well.” “Their first time at summer camp will initially bring a lot of anxiety, but in the end it will give them a sense of accomplishment and independence, be a meaningful learning experience, and create lifelong memories.”

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Challenger Learning Center

Get out of this world at Challenger Learning Center’s summer camps

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Inspiring. Exploring. Learning. It’s our MISSION.

By Challenger Learning Center At the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, seven weeks of summer camp means building crazy contraptions, solving a crime, designing robots, learning how to live as an astronaut, and testing survival skills. “We show our campers how much fun it is to not only engage in interesting activities, but to understand how they work,” says Jennifer Therrien, Challenger Learn-


Grades K-2nd / 3rd-5th / 6th-8th Call 990-2900 x.1 ing Center Coordinator. “They really light up when they start to grasp concepts. Then they want to achieve the greatest results, whether it’s trying to get the greatest height from a rocket or designing a rover that will follow their commands. They love to succeed.” Executive Director Susan Jonason echoes that. “I love seeing our older campers climb the wall and bounce on the giant trampoline at the Carrabassett Valley Academy during our overnight trip,” she says. “We see them encourage each other as they face new challenges. They allow themselves to get outside their comfort zone. It’s wonderful to see their level of confidence increase during Astronaut Academy Week.” And camp directors have their own favorite aspects to camp. “The younger campers are my favorites,” says Jessica Valdez, one of Challenger’s camp directors. “They have so much fun conducting experiments together. They become Nature Detectives, figure out what makes a bigger, better bubble, and they start to understand that chemistry is all around us… even in candy. We get messy in a really good way!” According to Therrien, Challenger’s camps will have lots of surprises in store. “This year we’re bringing back favorite activities by demand — with new twists, and we’ve got many great new activities planned,” Therrien said. “We can’t wait.”

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Expand your vision, engage your mind Have a blast while learning at MSSM’s Summer Exploration Camps


In its 14th year, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics Summer Explorations Camp is excited to encourage campers, grades 5-9, to pursue their passion in math, science, engineering, and

technology. Through hands-on, interactive classes, campers will be inspired to explore their favorite subjects, learning that there’s more to math and science than meets the eye. Summer Explorations is a great place for campers to make new friends, take exciting science and math courses, and enjoy the

camp experience. Each year, the Summer Explorations Camp offers a variety of classes, including camp standards like Lift Off! (Rocket Building), Robotics, and the Physics of Projectiles. This year we have an exciting assortment of new classes,

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including choices such as: • Real Life CSI, Mammalian Medicine, Mathematical Origami, RProgramming, Solar Car Extravaganza, and Making Waves (Designing Floating Wind Turbines). Our instructors are energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about the courses

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they design and teach. In addition to the excellent classes, campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra activities throughout the day. These activities include camp classics like capture the flag, swimming, campfire tales, and dramatic improvisation. The day is packed full of activity and excitement, ending in our nightly evening events. If you are new camper or returning camper, there is always something new to take part in. As Lawrence Berz, annual camp instructor says, “MSSM Summer Camps offer, in one five-day package, simply the most outstanding science and math immersion experience for a middle school aged girl or boy offered today.” We hope you will join us this year at the Summer Explorations camp. Please visit our website for more information:

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Preparing your kids for summer camp: Making the transition easy with simple tricks By North American Precis Syndicate Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and, yes, summer camp! Not surprisingly, summer camp is a truly American tradition that started in the early 1900s. Remarkably, more than 100 years later, many of the original camps are still in operation today. With nearly 10,000 camps in the U.S. (about 60 percent are sleep-away camps), if your child can imagine it, there is a camp for it. From art camps and acting camps to sports camps and space camps, camps are a great way to encourage children’s natural talents or to help them explore new ones. Camp can also be a great tool to help foster a child’s independence and social skills. Once you’ve made the decision to send your child to camp (more than 6 million children attend

camp each summer), it’s important to find the right program for his or her needs. For example, children under age 7 may not adjust easily to being away from home. Consider the day camp experience to prepare them for future overnight camp. If your child has never spent time away from home — even an older child —one-day camps or mini-camps may be the best option for exposure to new situations. It can be beneficial to share some aspects of the camp selection process (e.g., what kind of camp, how long to stay, whether to go with a friend or not) with the child. Be sure to select a camp that provides a good mix of athletic, artistic and intellectual pursuits. Here are some tips for a fail-safe packing list.

The Essentials Clothing is a very important

part of the packing process, with families needing to assemble everything from T-shirts and underwear to rainwear and hiking boots. Plus, there are some things to pack based on your child’s personal needs: • Favorite outfits, as well as comfortable clothes, to help firsttimers feel more at ease • Prescription medication for any chronic condition (be sure to inform counselors), as well as allergy medicine if your child tends to have strong reactions • A security item, such as a family photograph, to give kids a piece of home. However, an irreplaceable item, such as a teddy bear, is not recommended, as it could get lost or stolen.

Shop Around

When you pack for camp, be sure to include clothing that’s comfortable and wears well through a summer of play.

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A special anniversary:

Windover Art Center celebrates 30 years of having fun helped construct one of the largest pinhole cameras in the state enabling the entire darkroom at Windover to be used as a camera. Today, her son Isaac Fer carries the torch (or the flash) as the second generation of photography instructors in the family and the third generation of photographers. Isaac recalls his earliest photography lesson being at Windover “[I] remember that photography is a picture of light,” he said. “After all, this is what photo-graph means, a picture of light.” Mari’s daughter, Laura Fer, also

tion that crosses the generations. Windover is turning 30 years old this year. To celebrate we are hosting a reunion on May 15th the same day as our Open House. Alumni of WIndover are encouraged to bring something they made at Windover or be prepared to tell your stories of your experiences. Open House/Reunion starts at 1 pm on the 15th of May, details at


By Windover Art Center For 30 years, Windover Art Center has been a staple of Bangor summer camps. Started in 1981, Windover has shared the love of art and creativity with thousands of children.Windover has provided campers with the opportunity to sign up for just the classes they want to take each day with just one problem: which class to sign up for first? Generations of campers have enjoyed the opportunities that Windover provides. Parents who attended Windover 10, 15, or 20 years ago now have children grown enough for Windover. These parents know first-hand that children get to be creative, try new activities, and grown and learn. Kim Ross, mother of two, attended Windover in 1989. Back then, students took photographs with Pentax K-1000s, fully manually operated 35mm cameras. At Windover, she trekked out with camera in hand, eagerly capturing the most exciting sights of the day. Today, she still keeps a camera at her side — though it is no longer the Pentax. A love of photography and art stuck with Kim and now that she has boys of her own, Alex, 11, and Max, 6, she has chosen Windover for them to spend their summer days. While the best things about Windover have stayed the same over the years, many changes have come that have made things even

days since Kim was there. Jeanette Larkin, a local artist and restorer, teaches the techniques of stained glass art, from cutting intricate shapes to soldering it all together. In the 30 years since it began, Windover has continued to expand. Every year, new activities are added and new creative teachers and students join the fun. New technologies and techniques are brought alongside old favorites, preserving a summer tradi-

better. Windover students still learn traditional 35mm photography on fully manual Pentax cameras. But now, they also have the chance to use digital cameras for instant feedback, honing their skills with a digital camera before using film to make pictures in Windover’s full-featured darkroom, one of the few remaining and open to students in the state Large-format cameras with 4x5 inch negatives are also used with older students. And old-school meets new-school when kids digitize their film with a high-definition scanner in order to use Photoshop to finetune their pictures before printing them on Windover’s poster-sized, 13x19” printer. Tradition stays alive in Windover’s teachers. During the mid80s, Mari Abercrombie taught photography to Windover’s eager students. Then, Mari used pinhole cameras to teach students about focus and light. Now she

teaches at Windover in the pottery studio, on the wheel and sculpting various projects with students, from pinch pots to story tellers. Windover has brought many other new and exciting additions over the years. The Birch Tree Theater has seen thousands of visitors over the years, seating over 75 at a performance every Friday by the week’s students. A donation from Mari’s brother, Bruce Abercrombie, brought Windover a multi-camera system from a television studio with real-time mixing and editing. Alongside a donation from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, this gift has allowed Windover to build an extensive video and movie-making program, including digital camcorders and advanced Apple computers. Students now write, direct, edit and star in their own movies. Stained and fused glass have also debuted at Windover in the

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Maine Discovery Museum Camps open doors to new wonders Spring, Summer & Fall Camping Programs for youth, families, schools and groups Since 1915, a summer resident camp serving boys and girls, ages 8 to 15; provides campers with opportunities to grow and build self-confidence through traditional programs and cabin life. Campers select from major program fields of aquatics, sports, arts and camping. Can stay from one to seven weeks. Several older teen programs in leadership and out-of-camp trips. Just 8 miles west of Augusta on the shores of Lake Cobbosseecontee. OPEN HOUSE:

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What’s happier than a clam and busier than a bee? That’s easy — a camper at one of Maine Discovery Museum’s summer camps for kids, ages 5-12. Now in their 10th summer, Maine Discovery Museum’s camps inspire learning and discovery without pressure or competition. As one mom says, “MDM camp is fun and educational, but it’s CAMP. The fun comes first, and then learning comes along.” MDM’s camps combine art and science activities with free time to enjoy the museum and daily outdoor times. Budding naturalists finishing grades 1-3 can sign up for “Nature Explorers” or “Geology Rocks” and discover that summer in the city is an outdoor adventure as they explore bogs, ponds, rocks and ravines, rivers, and meadows right in the neighborhood. Parents, educators and child development experts know that a quality camp experience helps kids

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mature, gain skills and develop important relationships. MDM’s “Movie Magic” camp gives 7-9 year olds the confidence to try new things as they invent stories and characters, build backdrops and props, and put it all on film in this empowering “I’m a creative genius” camp. They’ll love

“Ancient Wonders,” where Egyptian mummies, Greek Olympics and Roman catapults make for a whirlwind journey back in time! Is your child always asking “How?” and “Why?” Sign that camper up for “Stuff Matters: Materials Science” See MDM, Page 19

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Travel light and be prepared Toiletries kit


Whether your child is going to a day camp or a residential camp, it’s important to help them feel prepared.

BE PREPARED: START WITH OUR CAMP PACKING CHECKLIST Headgear __ Scarves or bandanas __ Baseball hats __ Sun hat __ Eye glasses __ Swimming goggles

Clothing __ T-shirts or tank tops __ Shorts __ Jeans __ Jackets __ Raincoat or poncho __ Sweatshirt/sweatpants __ Swim suit __ Dress clothes (if needed) __ Underwear/sports support items

Footwear __ Boots __ Tennis shoes/sneakers __ Sandals/flip flops __ Dress shoes (if needed) __ Socks (pack extra)

Bed and bath __ Towels: bath, hand, and beach __ Mattress pad __ Blanket __ Pillow(s) and pillowcase(s) __ Sheets __ Sleeping bag __ Laundry bag

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Five and six year olds will meet ancient creatures and unearth fascinating fossils in “Raptor Raiders,” experiment with mighty magnets, meet sticky creatures and static cling in “Stuck on You” or uncover the mysteries of the world beneath our feet in “Dig This!” Little Storytellers weave tall tales with puppets, masks, music and props

__ Brush and comb __ Shampoo and conditioner __ Soap and soap container __ Toothbrush and toothbrush container __ Toothpaste __ Deodorant __ Insect repellant __ Feminine products (for pre-teen and teen girls) __ Sunblock __ Lip balm __ Small travel-size first aid kit

Gear __ Books and magazines for downtime __ Flashlight and batteries __ Water bottle __ Pencils or pens __ Spending money (if needed) __ Specialty camp supplies

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in “No Strings Attached”. For older campers (ages 9-12), MDM offers “Eco-Experience” travel camp with daily hikes in some of the most interesting ecosystems in the mid-coast and a Friday night island sleepover! “It’s a Materials World-The Science of Stuff” are perfect for the camper who’s ready to do some serious experimenting on a nano level. And “Movie Magic” is an art camp with a twist, as campers create shorts, jingles and spoofs for a “Red Carpet” premiere. For the full list of camps and

descriptions, check online at or call or stop by the museum. Some financial aid is available. Maine Discovery Museum’s Summer Camp program is about being a kid, having safe summer fun, getting along with others, developing skills, gaining independence and self-confidence, and feeling a sense of accomplishment and excitement at the end of every day. As one mom said: “I’ve looked around at a lot of other places but MDM camps are simply the best.”

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There’s something for everyone this summer at UMaine Fort Kent’s camps By UMFK The popular Environmental (Eco), Nursing, and CSI camps return this summer at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, offering a multitude of summer camping opportunities for students of varied interests and backgrounds. Each camp invites young minds to experience programs that will educate, challenge, and entertain. All camps run during the week of Sunday, June 27 to Thursday, June 30. Eco-Camp is four days of classroom/outdoor exploration and fun intended for students entering their junior or senior year of high school. Participants explore the North Maine Woods environment while learning about ecology, water quality, and wildlife. Canoeing on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway; waterquality testing and aquatic ecology; monitoring local wildlife; learning about

wildlife management; nature hiking to identify trees and plants; and GPS and compass skills are some of what campers will experience. Other activities include geo-caching, stargazing, barbeques, and campfires. Nursing Discovery Camp is a must for students considering the nursing profession. Participants job-shadow nurses at Northern Maine Medical Center and experience college life on the UMFK campus. Students learn cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, work with patient simulators, and learn first aid skills. While at the hospital, students visit the emergency room, operating room, and the obstetrical, medical & surgical, and intensive care units. Intended primarily for students entering their junior and senior year of high school, although sophomores may apply. Crime Scene Investigation Camp introduces participants to the world of forensic sciences, fingerprinting, evidence collec-

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tion, blood pattern/spatter analysis, forensic entomology, medical anthropology, and animal autopsy. Anyone who enjoys CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, or Numb3rs, should consider CSI Camp. Designed for students entering their junior or senior year of high school. Come investigate a mock crime scene and learn about career opportunities in criminal justice and public safety from law enforcement professionals. UMFK also has opportunities for younger campers with its soccer (June 27-30) and basketball (July 11-14) day camps. Additionally, UMFK’s popular Summer Theatre will hold open auditions on Wednesday and Thursday, June 15-16 for this summer’s

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production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. For more information, or to register, call (207) 834-7818, or visit us online at:

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