Summer camps registration to open

Registration for summer camps across Mount Desert Island will open as soon as Monday, March 14. Read more below.

Art and Nature Camp

The Bass Harbor Memorial Library offers an art and nature camp for children ages 7 to 11. Campers will explore the outdoor wonders of Acadia and MDI. From that inspiration, campers will create works of art and craft with the guidance of guest artists. Camp will run Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The art show and closing celebration will take place July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Director Kathie Pratt at 244-0558 or [email protected], or the library at 244-3798.

Camp Beech Cliff

Camp Beech Cliff’s 50 acres border on Acadia National Park and include waterfront on Echo Lake for swimming and boating. Now in its 19th year, Camp Beech Cliff (CBC) is known for its experienced staff, traditional Maine programs and state-of-the-art facilities. CBC is an ACA-accredited nonprofit organization. There are programs for youths entering Kindergarten through seventh grade, as well as Acadia Teen Camps.

Contact Director Sylvie Piquet at 244-0365, ext 103. Registration opens March 14 at 6 p.m. Register at or with John Izenour at 244-0365.

Camp MAX

Camp MAX, for children who have finished first through eighth grade, offers a summer full of activities across island. The schedule gives campers structure without making the week routine; there is always something new to see and experience with room for spontaneous fun. The brochure lists themes and activities. Harbor House builds community space for young people in our afterschool and sports programs and brings the same level of commitment to Camp MAX.

Contact Camp Directors Mark Woida at [email protected] or Crystal Noyes at [email protected] or 244-3713.

Scamper Camp

Scamper Camp, for children 3 through first grade, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours of 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for working families. Each week, campers will spend time outdoors enjoying activities including hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, museums and other field trips on MDI and the mainland.

Contact Mary Ellen Martel at [email protected] or 244-9824.

Islesford Boatworks

Islesford Boatworks summer boatbuilding program for kids ages 7 and up is situated on Little Cranberry Island. In its 11th year, Boatworks offers a unique hands-on experience building a small dinghy. The boat is launched in a grand pirate-themed gala. Students are taught shop safety and woodworking skills by staff and volunteers during the six-week day program. Classes are grouped according to age and skill level: younger children in the morning, teens in the afternoon and adults in the afternoon and evening. Enrollments are flexible, from one day to six weeks.

Transportation to and from the island can be arranged. Boatworks is a nonprofit organization. Visit or contact Peyton Eggleston at [email protected]

MDI Community Sailing

Discipline, teamwork and commitment are a few of the life lessons learned along with sailing skills at an MDI Community Sailing Center (MDICSC) program for youths ages 6-17.

MDICSC provides a safe and comfortable setting for youths to discover the joys of recreational and competitive sailing. The instructors are experienced and passionate about sailing. The program operates in four separate sailing areas on the Great Harbor with several types of sailboats. This allows students a boat appropriate to their skill levels.

Call 244-7905 or email [email protected]. Register at

YMCA Camp Cadillac

MDI Y Camp Cadillac for preschool through high school students has been building friendships and making memories for generations. Y Campers learn new skills and grow as individuals in a beautiful environment from engaging activities, professional and caring staff members and unique opportunities.

Day Camp weekly themes and specialty camps, including soccer, farming, sailing, basketball and others, provide a fun summer experience.

Call 288-3511. Visit or contact Samantha Smith at [email protected] or Camp Registrar Kim O’Brien at [email protected]

Neighborhood House

The Neighborhood House program for youths entering preschool through eighth grade aims to accommodate each family and create a positive summer experience for every child in our community, regardless of finances.

The camp provides a fun, safe environment where each child is treated equally and given a chance to experience a range of recreational activities in an atmosphere helps them develop themselves, including increasing their self-esteem, social skills, physical development and creativity.

Registration opens mid-April. Visit or contact Suzie James at 276-5039 or at [email protected].

Summer Festival of the Arts

At the Conners Emerson School, Summer Festival of the Arts (SFOA) presents a three-week experience for youths entering first through eleventh grades on MDI.

SFOA is an all-arts intensive festival, offering classes in the visual arts, physical arts, music, dance, creative writing, theater, multi-media and more. Many classes feature field trips, physical activity and outdoor components. All classes are taught by working artists whose goal is to inspire the imagination and have fun. The three weeks culminate in a Grand Finale weekend at which participants perform, present or display their creativity. The 2016 session will run July 5-22, with finale performances July 23.

Contact Director Alex Newell Taylor at [email protected]. Registration opens March 14. Visit or contact the SFOA office at 244-3855.

Summer Field Studies

College of the Atlantic’s Summer Field Studies (SFS) is a program for youth entering first through ninth grade to explore, play and learn through hands-on, minds-on activities to increase awareness and appreciation of the environment.

Learning in small groups of 10-12 fosters community and cooperation. The staff includes environmental educators whose leadership, experience and knowledge create a safe, fun, caring and rich learning atmosphere. While making new friends and visiting beautiful areas, SFS participants develop both an understanding and sensitivity toward the natural world around them. Most sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; however, extended overnight camping trips for kids going into seventh through ninth grade are offered.

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

Story Camp

Summer Story Camp is a free, literacy-based program offered by the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Each session is one week from 9 a.m. to noon with a maximum of 15 children. Optional early start at 8 a.m. is available.

Campers will create a passport of writing and illustrations based on their experiences at camp. Themes are “Passport to Acadia National Park” (June 27), “Passport to the Theater” (July 11); “Passport Through Time” (July 18) and “Passport to the Seven Continents” (July 25). Special guests will visit with theme-related science, music and art projects.

Camp ends with a celebration at which the children share their creations with family. The library has partnered with Harbor House and Camp Beech Cliff so that full-day child care is available. Priority is given to Tremont and Pemetic students.

Registration forms are available at SWHPL, Pemetic and Tremont Schools and must be returned to SWHPL. Call 244-7065.

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