Specialty Camps

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 26 – 30

Martial Arts: Channel Your Inner Ninja!

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: $260/$365

Junior Maine Guide: Canoeing, Casting, and 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. Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cost: $260/$365

Adventure Camp for the Differently Amazing *special application required

For campers who will best thrive in a 2:1 camper to staff ratio, with slower transitions and gentle activity, this camp will provide a camp experience full of songs, outdoor play and daily off-site adventures around Acadia National Park! Special Registration Required. Sponsored by Children, Families and Communities

Week 3: July 3–7 (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. 
Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cost: $210/$295

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Sledding

Grades 4th-7th

Spend a week with the most loving, cuddly, furry creatures around- SLED DOGS! Develop a bond of mutual trust with a team of adorable and well-trained pups. Join the experts from Camp Vinca Dog Sledding to observe the mysterious mind and behaviors of the working dog, and learn how to train a sled dog yourself. You will master the skills of outdoor survival, compete in an agility obstacle course and even hike with the pups - Don’t miss it!

Cost: $230/$315

Rock On: Geology and Rock Climbing in Acadia

Grades 4th-7th

Get up-close and personal with rock climbing in Acadia and crawl through unique rock formations, such as CBC’s very own quarry. Investigate the world-renowned gems of MDI, such as Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Bubble Rock, through the lens of a geologist. Join geology and gem experts to uncover the rich history beneath CBC and the surrounding area that dates back 550 million years. Practice the art of stone cutting with the Maine Granite Industry Museum and investigate fossils that reveal ancient creatures with the Abbe Museum.

Cost: $250/$335

Week 4: July 10–14

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. Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cost: $260/$365

The Beez Kneez

Grades 4th-7th

Learn all about bees with Maine’s famous “Bee Whisperer”, Peter Cowin! Find out why the Honey-Bee is super important and practice ways to keep them safe while wearing protective costumes, masks and equipment. Discover the bees’ ways of pollination and swarming and how they keep us alive. Get a close-up glance at hives and honey and taste the magic of honeybees! 
*Note: While we will be wearing protective gear and learning safety practices to avoid bee stings, campers will be dealing with live bees! Campers with allergies to bees should not consider this camp. Sponsored by Brio Promotions

Cost: $285/$390

Outdoor Art: Fantastical Forest

Grades 4th-7th

Bring art to life in the most magical way! This week, you will scavenge through the forest for natural materials like moss, birch bark and flowers to create projects that are out of this world. Build fairy houses on tree cookies, learn the art of stick bundling to create animals, and assemble dragons or fairy friends to take home with you. Gnome homes and fantasy creatures are just a few examples of these enchanting creations you’ll build together in a fascinating forest setting.

Cost: $260/$365

Week 5: July 17–21

Junior Maine Guide: Wilderness Warrior

Grades 4th-7th

What would you do if you had to survive in the woods with nothing but your backpack and the natural materials that surround you? 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. Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cost: $260/$365

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Sledding

Grades 4th-7th

Spend a week with the most loving, cuddly, furry creatures around- SLED DOGS! Develop a bond of mutual trust with a team of adorable and well-trained pups. Join the experts from Camp Vinca Dog Sledding to observe the mysterious mind and behaviors of the working dog, and learn how to train a sled dog yourself. You will master the skills of outdoor survival, compete in an agility obstacle course and even hike with the pups - Don’t miss it!

Cost: $285/$390

Culinary Arts

Grades 4th-7th

Welcome to cooking camp! 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 a church kitchen in Southwest Harbor.

Cost: $285/$390

Hip Hop Dance with Nimbus Dance Works

Grades 4th - 10th
Learn dance from the acclaimed professional dancers of Nimbus Dance Works. This specialty camp focuses on Hip Hop styles - whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer - you will make a lot of progress and have a ton of fun!  Hip hop styles include: pop-locking, house and commercial. 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: $260/$365

Week 6: July 24–28

The Art of Baking

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 owner of 365 Bakery and Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Jenny Jones, for a week of baking and decorating and fun. This camp will be based at a church kitchen in Southwest Harbor.

Cost: $285/$390

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Sledding

Grades 4th-7th

Spend a week with the most loving, cuddly, furry creatures around- SLED DOGS! Develop a bond of mutual trust with a team of adorable and well-trained pups. Join the experts from Camp Vinca Dog Sledding to observe the mysterious mind and behaviors of the working dog, and learn how to train a sled dog yourself. You will master the skills of outdoor survival, compete in an agility obstacle course and even hike with the pups - Don’t miss it!

Cost: $285/$390

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. Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cost: $260/$365

Week 7: July 31–August 4

Junior Maine Guide: Canoeing, Casting, and 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. Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

Cost: $260/$365

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Sledding

Grades 4th-7th

Spend a week with the most loving, cuddly, furry creatures around- SLED DOGS! Develop a bond of mutual trust with a team of adorable and well-trained pups. Join the experts from Camp Vinca Dog Sledding to observe the mysterious mind and behaviors of the working dog, and learn how to train a sled dog yourself. You will master the skills of outdoor survival, compete in an agility obstacle course and even hike with the pups - Don’t miss it!

Cost: $285/$390

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: $285/$390

Week 8: August 7–11

The Amazing Race with Seal Cove Auto

Grades 4th-7th

Come check out the exciting exhibit Auto Wars: Then and Now at the Seal Cove Auto Museum where you can ride in antique cars!  This week you will decode clues in maps, history & photos to embark on an Island-wide scavenger hunt. At each station, you will complete an activity that will teach you about the story behind cars on MDI and lead you to your next adventure.

Cost: $260/$365

Explore 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: $285/$390

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Sledding

Grades 4th-7th

Spend a week with the most loving, cuddly, furry creatures around- SLED DOGS! Develop a bond of mutual trust with a team of adorable and well-trained pups. Join the experts from Camp Vinca Dog Sledding to observe the mysterious mind and behaviors of the working dog, and learn how to train a sled dog yourself. You will master the skills of outdoor survival, compete in an agility obstacle course and even hike with the pups - Don’t miss it!

Cost: $285/$390

Week 9: August 14–18

The Circus is Coming to Town! And YOU Are the Star!

Grades 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, AND 8th

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, participants will not only get to try their hand at a variety of skills, but also perform in their very own spectacular show Friday afternoon, leaving friends and family mindblown. From fast and furious plate spinning to dynamic juggling and awe-inspiring aerial silks, the fun never ends! When campers aren’t practicing for the big show, they’ll be highly engaged and entertained with skill-increasing team-building games. (By popular demand, returning 8th graders are welcome to sign up and act as Junior Coaches to continue with the circus fun for another year)

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! 

Camp and Community Event sponsored by The First National Bank

Cost: $285/$390

A Pirate’s Life: Raft-building  

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: $285/$390

Mad Science with Rosa

Grades 4th-7th

Become a mad scientist for a week! You will create the most amazing experiments in physics, chemistry AND Biology with the zany-brainy science expert, Rosa! Dissect a shark, launch a rocket, make SLIME, and so much more! 
Cost: $285/$390

Junior Coast Guard

Grades 7th-11th

Train with the real U.S. Coast Guard! The Southwest Harbor Coast Guard will introduce you to the rest of the team who will guide you through the life and industry of the sea. You will begin and end the week on CBC’s Challenge Course (Challenge courses were originally designed to develop confidence, physical and emotional strength in the Navy). Training with the Coast Guard will include a practice Search and Rescue obstacle course, suiting up in a Mustang water suit and jumping in the lake, a Seamanship course to learn the ‘lingo’, Boating Mechanics, and a day of kayaking on Echo Lake to earn your Paddle Sport certificate!
Cost: $210/$315


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