Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SCHOLARSHIPS for STEM Camps (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

Financial Aid Available for STEM Camps

“Need-Based” Scholarships for STEM Summer Camp

If your child is enrolled or interested in attending a STEM camp in Maine this summer, financial aid may be available to help you pay camp fees.

This summer, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance’s [MMSA] STEM Guides Project is offering financial aid for income eligible children to attend a STEM daycamp or overnight camp in Maine. Award amounts can reach up to $200 for daycamps and up to $500 for overnight camps.

Children, ages 10 to 18, who are eligible to receive Free and Reduced lunch support or Maine Care (or whose family is facing equivalent financial hardship) may apply if they live year round in one of MMSA’s four “STEM Guide Hubs.”  In midcoast Maine, the STEM Guide Hub includes the towns of  Alna, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Jefferson, Newcastle, Nobleboro, South Bristol and Whitefield.

In Maine there are numerous camps that enable kids to explore ideas or skills related the sciences, math, technology or engineering.  They give kids the chance to engage in and enjoy learning about topics such as: computer coding, cooking, transportation design, health care, nature study, astronomy, robotics, geographic information systems, photography, aviation, boatbuilding, agriculture, gardening, auto mechanics, space travel and much, much more. To search for camps, visit MMSA’s STEM Resource Bank at: or contact your local STEM Guide, Lynn Farrin and 207.592.8927

To ensure consideration, please apply for this scholarship by May 27, 2016.  Applications received after this date will only be considered if funds remain following the distribution of initial awards. Applications can be completed and submitted online at:  For printable applications and more information, please contact your local STEM Guide. Paper copies of applications may also be found at most of the schools and public libraries in your STEM Guide hub.

MMSA’s STEM Guides Project is funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to increase out-of-school access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities in rural areas.  For more information about the STEM Guides Project contact your local STEM Guide, visit your local STEM Guide Hub Facebook page at: or go to:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hooked on Fishing Youth Event

Spring and Summer Opportunities for Kids

2016 OceansWide Summer Programs, an opportunity for middle school age students:

2016 OceansWide Summer Programs is located in the heart of Acadia National Park (on the quieter side at the Schoodic Institute--SERC Campus).  The camps being offered for middle school students this year are Marine Technology and Science and Ornithology, Mountains to the Sea. At different times. SCUBA Science and Marine Technology and Science are also offered to high school and college age students.   

With a newly renovated facility with classrooms, state-of-the-art labs, bunkhouse, log cabin dining commons, and more, OceansWide Summer Programs offer a unique experience for students interested in marine technology and science.   If you want more information, visit

YMCA announces Summer Adventure Camps for ages 9-15

The CLC YMCA and the Boothbay Region YMCA will hot 8 weeks of Adventure Camp this summer for ages 9-15. Campers can choose 1 week or the whole summer! Exploreres (ages 9-14) will enjoy one overnight trip per week and Navigators (ages 12-15) will enjoy 2 or more overnight trips per week. Camps are limited to 12 campers per week, so early registration is recommended. Scholarships are available for all summer camps but must be submitted by May 27th.

  • EXPLORERS SURVIVOR July 5-8 & August 22-26 This camp is designed for kids who like a challenge and adventure. Campers will learn cooperative games, team building and basic survival skills. The goal of this camp is to show leadership and build positive thinking skills. There will be an overnight at Camp K and the week will include time at the ropes course at the Y Baldwin Adventure Center as well as other local areas for skill building.
  • AQUA ADVENTURE July 18-22 ~ This camp will focus on having a blast in the water and exploring some of the incredible wildlife in Maine. Aquaboggan, Maine Wildlife Park, DEW Haven and ocean swimming holes will be visited for a combo week of excitement.
  • LIGHTHOUSE & BEACH EXPLORATION August 8-12 ~ A true adventure will take place during this camp when campers visit Burnt Island, Reid State Park, Rockland Breakwater and have an overnight at Camden Hills State Park on Thursday. A week of fun in the sun exploring lighthouses and beaches in the Midcoast of Maine!!
  • NAVIGATORS BAXTER AND BEYOND July 11-15 ~ Campers will explore the northern woods of Maine during this camp geared around hiking, swimming, and enjoying nature with a visit to Baxter State Park, the true beauty of Maine can be spent with no electricity, running water or cell phone service. This is the best wilderness experience!
  • WHITE WATER RAFTING July 25-29 ~ Brave the rapids of the Kennebec River during this action packed week! Campers will begin their adventure at Camp K where they practice paddling skills, experience team building skills at our Y Baldwin Adventure Center and swimming in Knickerbocker Lake. Wednesday morning, campers head north to set up tents and enjoy a meal prepared by Magic Falls Rafting ( Thursday and Friday will be spent rafting along with a BBQ and sharing river stories before heading back to Boothbay.
  • ISLAND NAVIGATOR August 1-5 ~ Campers will explore the rocky coastline of Maine with a visit to Squirrel Island, Monhegan Island and Burnt Island to name a few! There will be two overnights on Wednesday and Thursday, before returning to Camp K on Friday. 
  • COASTAL NAVIGATOR August 15-19 ~ Camper who love the Ocean will explore Boothbay Harbor for a paddle board cruise, canoe to Spectacle Island for an overnight, then onto Powderhorn for a night’s excursion. Campfire stories will be told!
To register online for this camp, please visit your home Y’s website - or Questions about camp registration or scholarships can be directed to the Camp Registrar at