Camp Beech Cliff campers enjoying a warm summer day on the waterfront on Echo Lake. Day camps on Mount Desert Island begin accepting registrations online beginning next week. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMP BEECH CLIFF

Camps open registration

Summer camps on Mount Desert Island will be open for online registration, most by Monday, March 16.

“If you’re planning for a summer vacation, scheduling more than one child, or coordinating your kid’s busy line-up of summer activities, MDI summer camps would like to make it easier for you by presenting our offerings in one place,” a spokesperson said.

Registration will open for the following offerings:


Bass Harbor Memorial Library Art and Nature Camp

From Woods and Shore (ages 7 to 10)

Campers will use bark, shells and other natural objects to create works of art and craft, with the guidance of guest artists. Camp will run Monday July 27 to Friday July 31, 9 a.m. to noon. An Art Show and Closing Celebration will be July 31, at 6:30 p.m.

To register, contact Kathie Pratt, camp director, at 244-0558, at [email protected] or at the library, 244-3798.


Camp Beech Cliff

Day camps (entering K-grade 11)

Camp Beech Cliff’s 50 acres bordering Acadia National Park include significant waterfront on Echo Lake for swimming and boating programs.

Camp Beech Cliff will host 30 specialty camps with themes such as Junior Maine Guide, dog sledding with Pulling Together, Jr. Coast Guard, Circus Superstar and more.

Contact Sylvie Piquet, camp director, at 244-0365 ext. 103.

To register beginning March 17, visit or contact John Izenour, at 244-0365.


Harbor House

Camp MAX! (completed grade 1-8)

This camp takes includes a summer full of activities across the island. “We offer an array of sports weeks and adventure weeks which are sure to appeal to your camper. See our brochure for specific week offerings,” a spokesperson said.

Contact Mark Woida, camp director, at [email protected] or Crystal Noyes, camp director, at [email protected] or 244-3713.


Scamper Camp (age 3-grade 1)

Children will spend lots of time outdoors and will enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, museums and other field trips on Mount Desert Island and the mainland. Camp is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

With questions, contact Mary Ellen Martel, camp director, at [email protected] or 244-9824.



MDI Community Sailing Center

Ocean sailing classes (ages 6-17)

Located at 168 Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor, the MDI Community Sailing Center (MDICSC) teaches discipline, teamwork and commitment along with sailing skills.

Instructors are experienced and dedicated to passing on their passion for this rewarding sport. Program operates in four separate sailing areas on the Great Harbor with several types of sailboats.

Call 244-7905 or email [email protected]



Mount Desert Island YMCA

Summer Camp (preschool-high school)

MDI Y Summer Camp has been building friendships and making memories for generations.

Weekly themes, and a variety of specialty camps including soccer, farming, sailing, basketball and many others provide an island summer experience you just can’t miss.

Visit, or contact Aaron Long, camp director, at [email protected] or Kim O’Brien, camp registrar, at [email protected]


Neighborhood House

Summer Camp (entering preschool-grade 8)

The Neighborhood House program strives to be as flexible as possible to accommodate each family.

“While providing a fun atmosphere, we provide a safe environment where each child is treated equally and given a chance to experience a wide range of recreational activities in an atmosphere that sets the stage for youth to develop themselves, including increasing their self-esteem, social skills, physical development and creativity,” a spokesperson said.

Visit or contact Suzie James at 276-5039 or [email protected]


Summer Festival of the Arts

Arts camps (entering grades 1-11)

Now at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Summer Festival of the Arts (SFOA)  presents a three-week arts experience for young people.

SFOA is an all-arts intensive festival offering classes in the visual arts, traditional crafts, music, dance, creative writing, theater, multi-media and more. Many classes feature field trips and/or outdoor components.

Everything culminates in a Grand Finale weekend. The 2015 SFOA session will run June 29 through July 18.

Contact Alex Newell Taylor, director, at [email protected]

Visit, or call the SFOA office at 244-3855.


College of the Atlantic

Summer Field Studies (entering grades 1-9)

College of the Atlantic’s Summer Field Studies (SFS) is a day camp program designed for young people. Participants explore, play and learn through a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities to increase their awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Learning in small groups of 10-12 fosters an atmosphere of community and cooperation.

Contact Renee Duncan, SFS director, at [email protected] or at 288-5015, ext. 5840.



Southwest Harbor Library

Summer Story Camp (completed grades K-5)

Summer Story Camp (SSC) is a free, literacy-based program. Each session is one week for three hours a day (9 a.m. to noon) with a maximum of 15 children. Optional early start is available by request at 8 a.m.

The themes this year are MDI Exploration (June 29); Inventor’s Workshop (July 6); Fables, Folktales, Myths and Fairy Tales (July 13); and Space Exploration: Focus on Moon (July 20). Three of the four weeks will be held at the library; only July 6 is off campus, at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.

Each child will create an art project, a hand-made scrapbook and collaborate on writing pieces. Special guests visit camp every day.

To help busy parents, we have partnered with Harbor House and Camp Beech Cliff, who will offer half-day programs in the afternoon so that full-day child care is available. Priority is given to Tremont and Pemetic students.

Registration forms are available at the library, and at Pemetic and Tremont Schools. Call 244-7065.

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