Our 2019 summer registration packed will be available online in late March or early April. In order for us to determine the camp start date, we must wait until we are “out of the woods” in regards to “snow days” at Mt. Desert Elementary School. Once the official last day of school is determined, we’ll know when camp can start and print up forms (as well as make them available online).
Summer Day Camp
This fun-filled assortment of programs for children in pre-school (ages 3+) thru middle school offers daily activities ranging from arts & crafts to outdoor adventure, group games, and more—all in a stress free and family-style atmosphere.
Flexible registration options are available, including the ability to sign up for individual days or full weeks. A "Campership" program is also offered as we do our best to make sure all children who would like to take part in the fun are able to do so.
Awesome Adventures for All Ages
Kids ages 3+
Designed for our youngest campers, Scamper Camp caters to children from age three up to those preparing for kindergarten in the fall. Mindful that many of our Scampers have yet to have much experience with a structured day-long environment, our goal is to provide a familial atmosphere, while at the same time encouraging socialization with new “friends.”
Scamper Campers fill their days with lots of group games, imaginative play, daily “swim” time, and a quiet rest period as well. Half-Day pickup is also available; please ask us for details.
Junior & Senior Explorer Camps
Entering grades 1-4 in the fall
Our Explorer Campers are divided into two groups- “Jr. Explorer” and “Sr. Explorer.” Explorers range in age from those entering grades 1-4 in the fall, and are split into Juniors and Seniors accordingly. Since our Explorer Campers have had experience in a structured school setting, counselors plan and schedule lots of fun and exciting games, crafts, and field trips for the kids to participate in, as well as daily swimming.
While a typical day for an Explorer camper is more structured than that of their younger counterparts, we also strive to keep the atmosphere relaxed and easy-going, as we realize that it is their “vacation” too, so the main goal of course is FUN!
Children heading into grades 5-8 in the fall
The Quest Club is a unique program designed for campers entering grades five and up. Each morning starts out at The Neighborhood House, where the small group and their two counselors “plan” the day. Quest Club makes use of our 15-passenger “Activity Bus,” and a typical day can take them all over MDI enjoying hikes, swimming, visits to museums, Acadia National Park, and much, much more.
What's a Typical Day Like?
There really is no such thing as a “typical” day. It’s summer vacation, after all, and our goal is to be flexible and offer a wide array of activities in a positive environment that makes all children feel comfortable and part of the group. Each day is a little different with new activities and adventures planned.
Exact activities depend on a child’s age group, but all of our campers can expect to spend time outside, stay active with some exciting group games, get a little messy with some unique arts & crafts projects, and get a chance to splash around or swim. Our Scampers often visit locations around town such as the NEH Library, Great Harbor Maritime Museum, etc., while the Explorers typically take two field trips per week to explore Acadia National Park and everything else MDI has to offer. Quest Club embarks on a new adventure every day, and is constantly out and about hiking and swimming on a near daily basis thanks to use of “Gus the Bus.” Our friends at the NEH Sailing School also host our Quest Club and Senior Explorers once a week for sailing instruction.
For those who would like, The Neighborhood House provides a morning and afternoon bus route to and from camp. There is no charge for this service. We ask that all participants be at their pick-up spot at least 10 minutes in advance. It is assumed that a parent/guardian will be waiting for your child at their drop-off spot (if this is not the case, please advise us in writing prior to your child's participation). If your pick-up or drop-off procedure changes, please alert us ASAP.
Fees & Payment Options
Daily & Weekly Rates
As is the case with everything, we aim for our summer offerings for kids to be easy-going, and stress free. We do our absolute best to keep our fees as low as possible. In fact, the “full price” does not actually cover the true cost of having each participant attend.
That said, we fully realize that camp is not an inexpensive proposition for families, and can often be difficult to fit into the budget. Thankfully, our Board of Directors and staff work hard throughout the year to raise funds to assist with this, and with the generous help of some fantastic supporters we’re able to offer a “Campership” program.
Campership information and the application are integrated right into the registration form. Like we said, we like to keep it easy and stress free! To help make sure Campership funds can go as far as possible, we ask that non-residents limit requests to no more than a 25% fee reduction, and residents to a maximum of 50%. If you are applying for a Campership please return your form ASAP. Remember, we also have flexible payment options (see below) that offer the chance to stretch payments out over time so they more easily fit into your family's budget.
All Campership applications are 100% confidential. Campership amounts awarded will be based on the overall amount of applications received. We do our best to work with each family to make sure children who would like to attend are able to do so.
You are free to make payments in advance. The Neighborhood House accepts cash and checks as well as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. You can also set up automated payments, in which your designated card will be charged at set intervals/amounts until your camp balance is $0. Please contact us about setting up auto-payments.
If you do not pay in advance, we mail out invoices every two weeks during the camp season. When you receive an invoice, we do not require that it be paid in full, but we do request that some level of payment is made, regardless of whether you are paying "full freight," or have received a Campership.
It is fine to stretch your payments beyond the end of camp if that better fits your family's budget. We are incredibly flexible and do our best to accommodate everyone. We ask that payments, regardless of size, are made regularly. If for some reason you cannot make a payment, please contact us.