Summer Opportunities

Make the Summer of 2018 GREAT

Campsick vs Homesick

Every summer, I would look forward to my time at camp. It was a time for me to be outdoors, connect with my camp friends, and learn new skills. I loved my summers and in fact, counted down until camp began. I would encourage you to review this list of summer opportunities with your children to see if there are any that they may find interesting! There are financial aid options available at almost all of these camps PLUS if the camp is STEM related, apply for a $500 scholarship!

I hope this newsletter helps to make the Summer of 2018 GREAT!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or other camps I can add to this list!

- Dr. Lyons

$500 Scholarship to attend ANY STEM Camp

The Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is happy to announce the continuation of their summer camp scholarship program intended to allow Maine students currently enrolled in grades 4 through 8 to attend Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics oriented camps. The selection criteria will be based on financial need and the camper's statement about why they would like to attend a camp.

Applications MUST BE RECEIVED by: April 30, 2018

Click here to download the application

Maine Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI)

The University of Maine in Orono has been hosting the two week long Maine Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) for middle school students in the Foster Student Innovation Center. The purpose of the Institute is to create awareness and stimulate interest in students to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. If students are accepted, the camp is FREE. July 9 - July 20, 2018 from 9am-4pm Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to apply here

Adventures in Healthcare

Adventures in Healthcare is a unique four-day overnight camping experience for high school students (for students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in the fall of 2018) that allows them to “test drive” careers in healthcare. Campers will be introduced to a variety of healthcare professions. $275 if paid in full by May 1; $300 if paid after May 1

June 25-28, 2018

View the Camp Brochure Here

Register Here

STEMtastic Summer Camps at Challenger Learning Center of Maine

Maine Robotics Summer Camps

Maine Robotics is pleased to bring our FUN and EDUCATIONAL summer programs to the state for the 17th year! Please visit this link to learn more about their summer camps: Build Your Own Computer, LEGO Robotics Camp, 3D Design and Printing Camp, and Programming Minecraft

MSSM Summer Camp

The MSSM Summer Camp program provides an opportunity for campers to exchange ideas and experiences with like-minded peers and an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who share their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Campers discover new and exciting opportunities as they delve deeper into these subjects, which ignite a desire to pursue careers in these fields.

Fees: Day Camper: $450 per week; Boarding Camper: $750 per week. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

  • Boys' Wk 1 (Ages 10-13): July 1-7
  • Boys' Wk 2 (Ages 11-14): July 8-14
  • Girls' Wk 1 (Ages 11-14): July 22-28
  • Girls' Wk 2 (Ages 10-13): July 29-August 4
  • Co-ed/Capstone (Ages 12-14): July 15-21

Campers ages 11, 12,13 & 14 can stay for two weeks.

Camp Bishopwood

Located in the beautiful woods of mid-coast Maine, Bishopswood is an Episcopal coed overnight camp affordable and open to all youths ages 6-16. Click here to learn more

Windover Art Center Summer Day Camp

At Windover Art Center, there's always so much to choose from! Every day, campers select three classes from as many as 30 fun and educational choices for the day. From photography to pottery, from theater to digital art, there's always something for everyone! And when we need to take a break from all the art, there's field games and our swimming pool! Click here to learn more and register

Art Lessons for ANYONE with Valerie Wallace

Click here to view Valerie's Summer Art Lesson Schedule. Valerie is an artist and art teacher from Orono, Maine. She has a BFA from RISD in illustration and I have been teaching for 10 years.

Creativity Soars at UMMA! Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp for Grades 1-9
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12 pm

Enroll your child in UMMA’s 19th annual Summer Art Camp, a fun, educational art experience held at the Museum in the heart of downtown Bangor. Each session is led by a professional Museum educator. Sessions are held in the museum classroom and galleries. Campers will have the opportunity to view and talk about art and participate in a wide array of hands-on art activities. More information click here

Maine Writing Project's Young Author's Camp

Where young writers…create…think…write…make new friends…and have fun!

Develop writing with experienced teacher-consultants of the Maine Writing Project. Celebrate and share your writing in a relaxed atmosphere with peers and writing project mentors.

  • July 9 – 13 for those entering Grades 3-12. 8:30 am to 12 noon.
  • Price: $150 per camper.
  • Early registration discount: $135 if paid by June 1st. Click here to register
  • Fee includes morning snack, T-shirt, group picture, certificate of achievement and publication in our young writers summer anthology.
Click here to view the camp brochure

Consider Engineering - HS Juniors ONLY

If you are a high school junior who is an excellent math and science student, we would like to interest you in a unique summer experience designed to help you expand your academic ability and explore the option of studying engineering when you go to college.

Click here to view a comprehensive brochure

The Consider Engineering program is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply principles you have learned in high school to engineering problems. You will learn and have fun as one of 102 students who will be selected competitively to spend four days in Orono at the University of Maine with all program costs being paid by The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. The Application deadline is May 1, 2018.

University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond

For over 50 years the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond (formerly the Maine Conservation School) has strengthened children’s relationship to the natural world with a combination of inspired outdoor fun, practical woods-wise skills, and “hands-on” conservation education. Helping young people learn to take care of our natural world and themselves when they are in it are our most important goals. Residential and Day Camp options are both available at Bryant Pond. Click here to learn more

Early College Summer Program at UNE

Begin your path toward your future by spending time on the beautiful coast of Maine this summer. The University of New England offers an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors in high school to earn three credits while experiencing college life. If you are an academic achiever, you may be qualified to participate in our summer Early College Program (Summer 2018 Dates: July 8–July 20). By starting your journey to college life you will have an advantage of both an educational experience and college culture familiarity. UNE’s Early College Program provides the opportunity to study at one of US News and World Reports top universities. Begin your college career with credits and a college transcript. Students can get a taste of college life by living in a dorm or commuting from home during the course of study. Each program includes recreational field trip opportunities to experience the scenic coast of Maine in the summer.

  • As an Early College Coastal Marine Ecology student, you get an overview of the Marine Sciences and Environmental Studies, work in a state-of-the-art research facility, and study marine ecosystems in the lab and in the field.
  • As an Early College Neuroscience student, you learn from top UNE neuroscientists who open up their laboratories and provide lectures in this highly competitive program. You study such topics as cellular anatomy and function, drug effects and pharmacology, animal behavior, and philosophical implications of neuroscience research.