2019 Northern Lights Specialty Camps

Our Northern Lights specialty camps change each camp season. We are in the process of posting the updated list. Most of the camps are listed below but not all the descriptions have been completed yet.

Join the Northern Lights!

For campers entering 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th grades in the fall (unless otherwise noted)

The Northern Lights Camp is our selection of themed specialty camps for rising 4-7 graders. Campers typically spend half of their day exploring the specialty theme, returning to traditional camp activities in the afternoon. Don’t miss these quality sessions led by dynamic experts in their field! All sessions must meet a minimum of 8 participants to run. We do our best to notify you immediately if there is a chance a specialty camp session may not run (In 2018 all but one specialty camps ran at or near capacity). Prices are listed for Hancock County residents/non-residents. Higher costs reflect the added expense of running specialty camps.

Week 2: June 24 – 28

Junior Maine Guide: Fires & Forts

Grades 4th-7th

Build and create some of the most epic campfires and forts this week! You will learn amazing fire-building techniques like using flint and steel and how to bust smoke with a bow drill. Construct new forts everyday using materials from the forest like sticks and leaves or camping materials like tarps and rope. By the end of the week, you will be a master of fires and forts! On Thursday, you are invited to stay for a cookout to celebrate the week. Pickup is at 8pm. Cost: $280/$395 

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

A Pirates Life: Raft-Building Camp

Grades 4th-7th

Find out what floats your boat in our pirate themed raft-building week! Have fun on the water in a raft that YOU made. Using different materials, every day will present a new challenge of building a raft: one day you will scavenge all-natural materials from the woods, the next will be duct tape and balloons and you’ll even get to embark on a treasure hunt. After teams have completed a raft for the day, you’ll put it to the test by casting off campers from your group onto Echo Lake to see how far they’ll stay afloat! Cost: $280/$395

STEM CAMP - Name to Be Announced

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $305/$415


Week 3: July 1–5 (No Camp Thursday, July 4th)

Junior Maine Guide: S’mores & More

Grades 4th-7th

Learn to build a campfire and use a camp stove for exploring the culinary arts of the woods! Join your trusty Maine Guide for a week focused on outdoor cooking, accompanied by learning fire building, shelter building, how to pack for an overnight, and prepare for a night under the stars! On Thursday you’re invited to stay after camp for an evening JMG cookout to feast on the highlights of the week’s cooking creations. Pick-up is at 8 pm.  Cost: $225/$315

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cliff Hangers Jr

Grades 4th-7th

Join us in the vertical world and give rock climbing a try! This week is for beginner and experienced climbers alike. Basic belaying and rappelling skills will be instructed and refined while campers tackle the iconic sea cliffs and rock faces of Acadia. All instruction is provided by nationally recognized and certified climbing guides. Cost: $335/$425

Cooking with Simon

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $245/$335

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Radio Times: Amateur Radio Camp

Grades 6-11

Before there were cellphones, computers, and even televisions, there was radio!  Join local Amateur radio enthusiasts and emergency personnel as we dive deep into one of our oldest and most reliable forms of communication.  Build your own transistor radio, go on a hunt for a hidden beacon, and maybe even speak to someone on the other side of the globe.  It’s adventure on the air waves for one week only. Cost $225/$315


Week 4: July 8–12

Outdoor Art: Collect & Create

Grades 4th-7th

Come explore the woods and shore to gather nature's art materials- that perfect stone, shiny shell, or weathered branch is waiting for you.  Unleash your imagination as we build tiny huts and the creatures who might live in them.  Tap into your ingenuity to make the wacky and wildest creations out of simple household materials.  With local artist and educator Kathie Pratt. 
Cost: $280/$395

Outdoor Cooking

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $305/$415

Junior Maine Guides: Fires & Forts

Grades 4th-7th

Build and create some of the most epic campfires and forts this week! You will learn amazing fire-building techniques like using flint and steel and how to bust smoke with a bow drill. Construct new forts everyday using materials from the forest like sticks and leaves or camping materials like tarps and rope. By the end of the week, you will be a master of fires and forts! On Thursday, you are invited to stay for a cookout to celebrate the week. Pickup is at 8pm. Cost: $280/$395 


Week 5: July 15–19

JMG: Fires and Forts

Grades 4th-7th

Build and create some of the most epic campfires and forts this week! You will learn amazing fire-building techniques like using flint and steel and how to bust smoke with a bow drill. Construct new forts everyday using materials from the forest like sticks and leaves or camping materials like tarps and rope. By the end of the week, you will be a master of fires and forts! On Thursday, you are invited to stay for a cookout to celebrate the week. Pickup is at 8pm.  Cost: $280/$395

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Great Maine Lumberjack and Jills

Grades 4th-7th

Yo ho! Step right up and join the Great Maine Lumberjack team for a week of instructional logging sports! Try your hand at axe throwing, cross-cut sawing, the basics of power sawing, and chopping. When it’s time to cool down, you’ll head to Echo Lake to practice the art of log-rolling! After learning a variety of logging skills, you’ll have a chance to show them off to the rest of the campers with a demonstration logging performance at the end of the week.  Cost: $305/$415

STEM CAMP - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $305/$415

Junior Firefighters

Grades 6th-11th

Suit up like a real firefighter! Members of Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont Fire Department crews will train participants in basic firefighting techniques and skills. This is a great hands-on experience for anyone interested in learning the techniques and tricks of the trade.

Training topics include: Firefighting Extinguishers and Equipment, Search and Rescue, Hydrant Maintenance and Truck Checks, Emergency Medical Care, Fire Prevention, and Dispatch and Communications. The week will culminate with a muster: a fun competitive relay of all the skills that have been taught throughout the program, featuring a rousing game of fire hose soccer! Cost: $230/$345

Junior Firefighter Camp is sponsored by The Bar Harbor Fire Department


Week 6: July 22 - 26

JMG: Canoeing, Casting, & Catching

Grades 4th-7th

Cast away in CBC’s premier canoeing and fishing course. You will travel to some of the best spots on the island to capture, clean, cook and eat these yummy creatures. You  will learn how to paddle in a canoe, identify different fish and build a survival shelter in the woods! On Thursday you’re invited to stay for a cookout at CBC to celebrate your catch of the week! Pickup is at 8pm.  Cost: $280/$395

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

STEM CAMP - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $305/$415

Nimbus Dance Camp - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 4-11

Cost: $305/$415


Week 7: July 29 - August 2

JMG: S’mores and More!

Grades 4th-7th

Learn to build a campfire and use a camp stove for exploring the culinary arts of the woods! Join your trusty Maine Guide for a week focused on outdoor cooking, accompanied by learning fire building, shelter building, how to pack for an overnight, and prepare for a night under the stars! On Thursday you’re invited to stay after camp for an evening JMG cookout to feast on the highlights of the week’s cooking creations. Pick-up is at 8 pm. Cost: $280/$395

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Tinker Camp

With Seal Cove Auto Museum

Grades 4th-7th

For the kids who love to take things apart, put them back together, or make something new, Tinker Camp provides the space, materials, and tools to construct, destroy, rebuild, and innovate. With both guided tutorials and lots of free building time, kids are empowered to dream big, make mistakes, collaborate, and learn by doing. Cost: $305/$415

STEM CAMP - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $305/$415


Week 8: August 5 - 9

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Secret Swim Holes of Acadia

Grades 4th-7th

Do you want to discover the best secret swimming holes on the island? This week, we will hike to some of the greatest swimming spots of Acadia and explore these cool pools. Come join us as we embark on a different adventure everyday that ends with a refreshing splash!  Cost: $305/$415
Sponsored by Friends of Acadia

 

Circus Superstar - Introduction to Skills

Grades 4th-7th

Step right up! Step right up! Come experience Circus Superstar, the most fantastic show in all the land! What makes it so incredible?! The answer is quite simple: YOU are the star! Have you ever had dreams of running away with the circus? Here’s your chance! In a week-long circus extravaganza, campers try their hand at a variety of skills taught and supervised by circus professionals. From fast and furious plate spinning to dynamic juggling and awe-inspiring aerial silks, the fun never ends! All campers are invited to join this circus specialty camp - no experience necessary. After completing one week of circus skills, you’re invited to join the second week and perform in the big show as well!

Circus Superstar is designed for EVERYBODY! CirqOvation coaches are highly trained circus professionals who only want success for participants. Skills are presented in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and are tailored to each individual’s ability. This camp combines physical education, creativity, AND a place where lasting friendships are built. There is something for everyone! So come on out and become the next CIRCUS SUPERSTAR!  Cost: $305/$415

JMG: Whittling & Wilderness Survival

Grades 6th-11th

What would you do if you had to survive in the woods with nothing but your backpack and the natural materials that surround you? With this camp, you will learn the ways of whittling, including knife safety, proper technique, and the art of carving. You will learn to master the skill of navigation by reading a map and compass to discover hidden treasures around camp. You will become a warrior of the wilderness as you learn to purify water and create gadgets that will help you survive in a real-life wilderness survival situation. On Thursday after camp, join us for a cookout to celebrate becoming a warrior of the wilderness! Pickup is at 8pm.  Cost: $280/$385

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Power Hungry? Strategy Games Camp

Grades 6th-11th

Have you ever wanted to conquer the world, become a rich executive or escape from a distant planet? Do you want to work with a team of your friends or go it alone? You can do all of this at Strategy Game Camp.  Come join us and  learn to play a variety of strategy games from chess and Risk to Railroad Tycoon and Forbidden Desert. Some of the games will be competitive and some will be cooperative. After learning the rules of a game we will play, evaluate our performance, and perhaps play again. All levels are welcome from beginners to experts! Instructor: Judson Raven of Ellsworth High School Cost: $280/$395


Week 9: August 12 - 16

Theater Camp - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 6th-11th

Cost: $280/$395

JMG: Canoeing, Casting, & Catching

Grades 4th-7th

Cast away in CBC’s premier canoeing and fishing course. You will travel to some of the best spots on the island to capture, clean, cook and eat these yummy creatures. You  will learn how to paddle in a canoe, identify different fish and build a survival shelter in the woods! On Thursday you’re invited to stay for a cookout at CBC to celebrate your catch of the week! Pickup is at 8pm.  
Cost: $280/$395

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

STEM CAMP - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 4th-7th

Cost: $305/$415

 

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Circus Superstar - The Big Show!

Grades 4th-11th

And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for… a SECOND WEEK of Circus Superstar! This specialty camp week is open for campers who have completed one week of circus superstar (previous years count!). In this second week, you will take it to the next level and master more skills, in preparation to perform in your very own spectacular show Friday afternoon, leaving friends and family mindblown. Improve at familiar skills such as plate spinning, stilt walking, and aerial silks, as well as learn new stunts from circus professionals Joshua and Sora!

Circus Superstar is designed for EVERYBODY! CirqOvation coaches are highly trained circus professionals who only want success for participants. Skills are presented in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and are tailored to each individual’s ability. This camp combines physical education, creativity, AND a place where lasting friendships are built. There is something for everyone! So come on out and become the next CIRCUS SUPERSTAR!  Cost: $305/$415


Week 10: August 19 - 23

THEATER CAMP - TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grades 6th-11th

Cost: $280/$395