2018 Specialty Camps

Our Northern Lights specialty camps change each camp season. We will post the 2019 camps as they are confirmed. In the meantime, please explore the 2018 offerings below:

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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 2017 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 25 – 29

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: $270/$380 

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

One Acts! Performance Workshop with Acadia Community Theater

Grades 4th-7th

Annnnnd, Action! In just one act, make your audience love, hate, or fear your character! Spend the week with locally-raised and Chicago-trained theater educator, Nicole Cardano, in this intensive workshop geared to the middle school camper. You’ll stretch your acting skills, learning improvisational theater techniques and preparing short skits for a Friday day-time performance for family and friends. This camp week, which welcomes those new to theater as well as budding directors, will be full of laughter, drama, and fun! Cost: $270/$380

Inventors’ Club with Rosa

Grades 4th-7th

Great minds create great inventions! Travel to distant Planet ROG with challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame’s Club Invention activities. After landing on Planet ROG, build an outpost on the planet and create communication, observation, and data-collecting devices. Next, meet the inhabitants of Planet ROG and use inquiry methods of classification to identify and name inhabitants and then create sculptures of planet creatures. After mining on Planet ROG, identify and sort mineral deposits. Complete your space mission by creating a way to transport the minerals back to your spacecraft and home to Earth. On Earth, you’ll harness the power of the sun with a solar oven and scavenge for natural materials to create outdoor engineering feats such as a bridge, rafts, and free-standing towers. You’ll celebrate the week of outer space and earth inventions with solar roasted s’mores! Cost: $295/$400


Week 3: July 2–6 (No Camp Tuesday, 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: $215/$305

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Rockets with Rosa!

Grades 4th-7th

Blast me to the moon! During this week campers will learn experience Newton's Laws by creating hot air balloons; multi-stage rockets powered by water, chemicals and air; and other 'explosive' activities.  Cost: $235/$325

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Designer Desserts

Grades 4th-7th

Explore sweet and savory recipes, mix-up the ultimate icing to learn piping techniques, and take everyday ingredients to create tasty decorative toppers! Join professional local bakers from Bartlett Bakery and others for a week of baking and decorating and fun. Plus, you’ll of course get to taste these homemade treats such as chocolate bark, tarts, pies, and more! This camp will be based in the community kitchen just down the road at the Somesville Fire Station.  Cost: $235/$325


Week 4: July 9–13

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Outdoor Art: Gnome Home & Fairy Village

Grades 4th-7th

Enter a land where moss is carpet, pinecones are pillows, and pebbles are boulders! Magic lives on in the forests of CBC and we need you to build homes, grocery stores, schools, and a supply depot for the fairies and gnomes that inhabit our woodlands. Under leadership of a professional artist, join us to build a fairy house village and a supply depot that encourages other visitors to create. The week will include scavenging for natural materials and art projects to take home such as fairy houses on tree cookies, stick bundling animals, and handmade dragons and fairies! 
Cost: $270/$385

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: $295/$405

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Martial Arts

Grades 4th-7th

Start kickin’ every morning with karate expert Mike McEnroe as you master the skills of jujitsu, akido, sparring (controlled fighting) and the defense of basic grabs. Learn a style of martial arts that applies to real world situations. Ninja training continues in the afternoons strengthening your 5 senses, an obstacle course, costume creation and an off-site mission for a cool down swim. Cost: $270/$385

Sponsored by ABM Mechanical, Inc.

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Radio Times: Amateur Radio Camp

Grades 6-8

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 $295/$400


Week 5: July 16–20

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: $270/$385

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

The Making of the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

Grades 4th-7th

Join brothers Brian and Erik from the local, highly acclaimed puppet troop to go ‘backstage’ and experience the ins and outs of creating brilliant puppetry! Build your own Frogtown-style puppets, scripts, and scenery while learning the technique of how to hold, speak, and move your puppets under the instruction of nationally awarded puppeteers. The week of creativity and fun will culminate with an end-of-week performance starring your puppet creations!  Cost: $270/$380


Week 6: July 23 - 27

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: $270/$385

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

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Culinary Arts

Grades 4th-7th

It’s time to cook up a storm! You’ll be cracking eggs, reading recipes, learning grating and knife skills, and exploring the culture of the kitchen. Travel around the world through TASTE as you create traditional Mexican, Asian and Italian dishes - mmmm, delicious!  This camp will be based at the community kitchen just down the road at the Somesville Fire Station. 
Cost: $295/$405


Week 7: July 30 - August 3

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: $270/$385

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Secret Agents with Rosa

Grades 4th-7th

Start each day with top secret briefings and missions that will put spy skills and street smarts to the test. Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets such as invisible ink and spy glasses, uncover the science behind spying—all of this and more awaits this team of young recruits! Train for the final challenge of spying on your counselors! Cost: $295/$400

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Dance Beyond the Dab!

Grades 4th-7th

Fundamental Moves: Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance with Nimbus Dance Works

Learn dance from the acclaimed professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works. This specialty camp focuses on Hip Hop and Contemporary styles - whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer - you will make a lot of progress and have a ton of fun! Dance styles include: pop-locking, house and commercial hip hop, and contemporary. Additional classes include modern/jazz, theater, stepping. Celebrate the week with a presentation of your hard (and fun!) work in a dance show for families during the day on Friday. Cost: $270/$380


Week 8: August 6 - 10

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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: $295/$405
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, 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: $295/$405


Week 9: August 13 - 17

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: $220/$330

Junior Maine Guide Camps are sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

SLIME! with Rosa

Grades 4th-7th

Join mad scientist (and CBC counselor extraordinaire) Rosa for a week of experiments exploding, oozing, flying and awesome with a week of Science Learning Made Excellent. Dissect a shark, launch a rocket, make SLIME, and so much more! Cost: $295/$405

 

 

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Circus Superstar - The Big Show!

Grades 4th-9th

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: $295/$405


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