SPECIALTY CAMPS

Specialty Camps

Welcome to the MDI YMCA Specialty Camps! These are the best for kids who want a summer camp experience within an area that interests them. Take a look at what the Y has to offer this summer, there's something for everyone!

Registration can be done online, over the phone, or in person at the MDI YMCA. We ask that those who register online and on the phone turn in a physical registration/waiver to the MDI YMCA by dropping it off or mailing it in to 21 Park Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Or you can email it to childcare@mdiymca.org.

HIKING CAMP

June 17 - 21     9AM-3PM     Ages 7+     $200 Member/$220 Non Member

July 22 - 26

Kick off the summer with activity. This camp, designed as a day hiking program, will explore the wonders of our backyard. Our hikes will be in Acadia National Park and our goal is to summit a different mountain every day. Participants should be in condition to hike at a moderate pace. Pack weather appropriate gear, lunches, snacks, and water. Youth Development Director and outdoor educator and Wilderness Guide, Jared Erskine, will lead the hikes. Camp starts and ends at the MDI YMCA.

MULTI SPORTS/GAMES CAMP

June 24 - 28     9AM-3PM     Ages 7+     $200 Member/$220 Non Member

Football, basketball, tennis, kickball, and other team sports will be played this week. Join our YMCA in a week of playing multiple sports with trained coached. Learn some basic skills from each sport, and then put your newly learned skills to the test with pick up games and friendly fun competition. Wednesday the 25th the camp will be going to Hadlock Field in Portland to watch the Sea Dogs baseball team in a statewide camp day.

LENNY DEMURO SWIM CAMP

July 8 - 12     9AM-3PM     Ages 7-15     $200 Member/$220 Non Member

Created by Maine Swimming Hall of Fame member Lenny DeMuro, this camp is ideal for swimmers who are either interested in exploring or further developing their skills as a competitive swimmer. Camp staff includes MDI YMCA Head Competitive Swim Coach Jim Willis. Minimum of 8 swimmers needed. Sign up early!

FISHING CAMP

July 8 - 12     9AM-3PM     Ages 7+     $200 Member/$220 Non Member

August 5 - 9

Come get a line wet and be hooked! Maine fisheries are nationally renowned for our varied species and rich habitats. Come join the MDI YMCA and hone your angler skills with this exciting week long camp. Learn the basics of bait selection, fishing knots, and explore different types of fishing. We will explore both salt and fresh water. Campers should pack a lunch and clothing for varied weather conditions. Campers may bring their own tackle and pole. If not, pole and tackle will be provided. All anglers ages 16 and over need a valid Maine State fishing license.

OPEN WATER SWIM CAMP

July 15 - 18     8:30AM-12:30PM     Ages 11+     

$100 Member/$125 Non Member

The MDI YMCA Sharks Open Water Camp will begin with an hour long session in the pool followed by an open water swim at a local lake. All participants must be at least 11 years old and have prior swim team experience. 

SEA KAYAKING CAMP

July 15 - 19     9AM-3PM     Ages 9+     $200 Member/$220 Non Member

Living on MDI and surrounded by ocean if one of the many gifts we have living here. Come learn about sea kayaking in Maine and the basic sea kayaking skills needed to be a safe and efficient paddler. In this week long program, participants will learn basic paddle strokes, navigation skills, gear preparation, and on water skills. Campers will get into the boats in the Y pool and fresh water before paddling the ocean. End the week with a Friday overnight paddle trip. Maine state licensed Sea Kayak Guide and MDI YMCA Youth Development Director, Jared Erskine, will lead the camp. Erskine has 10 years of experience sea kayaking here on MDI and other coastal waterways of Maine.

BOULDERING CAMP

July 29 - August 2     9AM-3PM    Ages 9+     

$200 Members/$220 Non Members

Join Youth Development Director Jared Erskine as he teaches the kids the basics of bouldering as well as how to stay safe and alert while learning this growing sport. Jared has years of wilderness survival experience. Questions can be directed to him at childcare@mdiymca.org.

CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP

July 29 - August 2    Click link below for more information regarding cost and registration.

Camp is filled with drills and practices designed to improve ball control, foot skills, fakes, and moves. Each day includes technical drills, tactical practices, coached scrimmages, and a World Cup tournament! All coaches are flown to the USA exclusively for soccer camp. Required: shin guards, long soccer socks, water bottle, sun screen, and weather appropriate clothing. The Y is not handling registrations. Click HERE for registration!

WATER SPORTS CAMPS

August 5 - 9     9AM-3PM     Ages 7-15    $200 Member/$220 Non Member

If you're looking to experience a wide variety of water related activities, this camp is perfect. Log-rolling, water polo, and diving are only a few of the activities offered. Campers will take time to further perfect basic swim strokes. Camp is led by Jim Willis, MDI YMCA Head Competitive Swim Coach. Swimmers should be able to pass a deep-end swim test. 

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS CAMP

2019 Dates to be announced! Stay tuned!

Kids without previous dance or gymnastics experience will learn basic dance skills, perform routines, and explore different pieces of equipment. This unique sport combines dance and basic tumbling with the use of hand apparatus (ball, hoop, rope, clubs, and ribbon). Gymnasts perform on floor mats with musics. Artistic interpretation is as much a part of the performance as technical skills. Min. 6, Max 10. 

NATURE LOVER CAMP

August 12 - 16     9AM-3PM     Ages 7+   $200 Member/$220 Non Member

Explore Acadia National Park and see the wonders that the forest has. In this camp, we will explore different parts and learn about the trees, plants, and animals that live in Acadia. We will spend time observing and taking photos of nature. Come join the MDI YMCA and find your love for nature!

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to all who need them. The MDI YMCA strives to ensure that all children get the camp experience they want regardless of their family's ability to pay. 

You can apply for Membership and Program Scholarships at the same time or you can apply for Program Scholarships without membership, the process is almost the same.

1. Bring your most recent 1040 tax form to the Y. (If you do not file, we will ask you for a Social Security or Disability Statement).

2. Complete a short MFA/Programs Scholarship Application and we will find the membership and/or program rate that works for you.

3. (Membership Addition) If you're applying for a Membership and Program Scholarship fill out a Membership Application.

4. Fill out your child's Camp Cadillac Registration/Waiver form.

5. Turn in all the  above documents. We cannot process your request until we have all the documents in hand. 

We strive to have the scholarships proccessed and applied within a week, however, the sooner you get your application in the better. 

For Membership/Program Scholarships drop off/email all documents to Kimberly O'Brien, Membership Director

For Program Scholarships only, drop off/email all documents to Jared Erskine, Youth Development Director.

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