UMM expanding summer camps

Posted April 04, 2010, at 10:11 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias has expanded its summer camp offerings for children and teenagers in grade school through high school.

UMM this summer will offer seven different day and overnight camps that combine children’s interests with traditional summer camp activities.

This is the first year that UMM will offer the Clipper Kids recreational day camp. Clipper Kids offers an opportunity for children with lots of energy to explore a number of different activities and games, emphasizing fair play and maximum participation. Clipper Kids runs June 21-Aug. 27 and is open to children in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Campers can sign up for one week, a series of weeks or the entire summer. An early drop-off option is available.

Also new for 2010 is the Maine Youth Geographic Information Systems camp. MyGIS is for tech-inclined teens who are looking for a hi-tech collegiate experience that will be fun and environmentally oriented and provide a head start on college tech courses.

Using state-of-the-art computers, GPS equipment, satellite imagery and professional software, campers will collect, analyze and map data about the changing earth. Campers also will learn to build, test and run computer mapping models, collect data in the field and analyze satellite images.

MyGIS will run July 25-31 and is an overnight camp for students entering grades nine through 12.

This is also the first year of the Maine Theatre Camp for Kids. Through improvisation and exercises for developing acting skills, students will learn what is involved in producing a live performance. Theater camp will be five hours a day and will culminate in a matinee performance in which each child has a part. The camp will run July 26-Aug. 6 and is open to children entering grades three through six.

The Make-Create-Imagine Art Camp offers a variety of exploratory learning opportunities in the arts that stimulate a child’s natural abilities and creativity. The camp emphasizes individual creativity with a focus on the environment. Make-Create-Imagine is a day camp that will run July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6 and is open to kids entering grades one through seven.

At the Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth, campers will work alongside university faculty in environmental work. Students spend morning sessions on campus while afternoon sessions include field trips to local beaches, wetlands, lakes and streams. MESSY runs Aug. 1-7 and is an overnight camp for kids entering grades seven through nine.

The Clipper Youth Basketball Camp is a day camp and features separate sessions for boys and girls with instruction in teamwork, hoops skills and more.

Coaches and members of the UMM Clippers men’s and women’s basketball teams will serve as camp staff. The camp is open to youth entering grades one through 12 and will run July 26-30 for girls and Aug. 2-6 for boys.

The Maine Youth Summer Theatre Institute is a two-week camp aimed at developing the art and craft of acting through the works of Shakespeare. Classes provide a firm foundation in stage basics, emphasizing improvisation, theater games and acting exercises. MYSTI runs July 25-Aug. 8 and is an overnight camp for youth entering grades seven through 12.

For information, pricing or to register for UMM summer camps, visit umm.maine.edu/summer or call Naida Pennell at 255-1289, or e-mail naida@maine.edu.

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