Summer is the best time of year to explore the museum’s 20-acrre waterfront campus! For summer 2021 we’ve planned a full line-up of fun, informative, one-of-a-kind experiences for kids ages 6-14.
Kennebec Explorers Day Camp
Our popular and longest-running day camp will develop your child’s curiosity for natural exploration and all things nautical. Campers will explore the ecosystem of Merrymeeting Bay and gain a sense of stewardship for this special place through outdoor adventures, boat cruises, games, science experiments, crafts, and more! Small weekly camper groups, low camper-to-counselor ratios, and experienced educators make for an unforgettable camp experience.
Mariner’s Adventure Camp
Give your child the experience of a lifetime aboard the schooner Mary E! In this five-day program, campers ages 11-14 will join the ship’s crew learning traditional skills of the shipwright on the grounds of the museum’s historic Percy & Small Shipyard, including making treenails, blacksmithing, steam-bending wood, and more. Afternoons will be spent sailing the Kennebec River aboard the 1906 schooner Mary E, where campers will learn to handle dock lines, raise and trim sails, read charts and plot courses, tie essential knots, and take the wheel. Campers will leave this unique experience with a greater understanding of teamwork, leadership, stewardship, and traditional skills.
Crosscurrents: Youth Learning and Leadership Program
Ages: Rising 7th and 8th Graders
Crosscurrents is a three-week enrichment day program designed for rising 7th and 8th graders who have a curiosity for creative thinking and a drive to ask interesting questions about the world around them. The cultural and environmental history of the Kennebec River will serve as a central theme for this interdisciplinary and hands-on experience, which integrates the arts, maritime history, science, and traditional skills. Informed by decades of combined teacher experience, this fun and engaging program empowers inquisitive youth to grow as confident thinkers and collaborators while exploring new skills, new ideas, and new avenues for self-expression.