- Kennebec Explorers Day Camp (rising 2nd-5th grade), 7, 1-week sessions
- Mariners’ Adventure Camp (rising 6th – 8th grade), 2, 1-week sessions
- Crosscurrents: Emerging Storytellers Youth Program (rising 10th-12th graders), 2-week session
Kennebec Explorers Day Camp will foster your child’s exploration of earth and ocean sciences through creative hands-on learning and fun. Back for 2022: FIELD TRIPS!
June 27-July 1; July 11-15; July 18-22; July 25-29; August 1-5; August 8-12; August 15-19
Members $280 // Non-Members $300
This summer, Maine Maritime Museum will offer seven sessions of our five-day summer camp that will develop your child’s curiosity for natural exploration and all things maritime. Campers will explore the ecosystem of Merrymeeting Bay and gain a sense of stewardship for this special place through outdoor adventures, boat cruises on the Kennebec River, games, science experiments, crafts, and more! And returning for the 2022 season, field trips to local nature preserves and state parks! Small weekly camper groups, low camper-to-counselor ratios, and experienced educators make for an unforgettable camp experience. Camp is outdoors under an open-air tent and all Maine CDC recommendations will be in place.
Age range: rising 2nd-5th graders. Camp runs from 9 am-4pm Monday through Friday. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available (8 am-5:30 pm) for an additional $30.
Campers must bring a lunch. A mid-morning snack is provided. Campers should be prepared to spend the entirety of each day outdoors.
This program is made possible thanks to support from the Merrymeeting Bay Trust, Bath Savings and The Reny Charitable Foundation.
Mariners’ Adventure Camp (rising 6-8th grade) introduces campers to the life, skills, and adventures of Maine mariners, past and present.
Camp runs from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Early drop-off and late pick-up is available (8 am to 5:30 pm) for an additional $30
August 8-12 or August 15-19
Members $290 // Non-Members $320
Give your child a chance of a lifetime to learn what it took to be a mariner in the Golden Age of Sail! Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) and Maine’s First Ship (MFS) have teamed up to design and lead this week-long experience of the life, skill, and adventure of Maine mariners and boatbuilders, past and present. They will work with professional boatbuilders to learn woodworking and blacksmithing in MMM’s boatshop and blacksmith forge, work alongside MFS to help rig the Virginia in preparation for its launch, visit the sites of Popham Colony and legendary local shipwrecks (along with some beach exploration!), and have opportunities to learn about Maine’s traditional craft on our historic waterways, and embrace the truly magnificent maritime history of Midcoast Maine.
Traditional skill lessons with experienced mariners will include rigging, blacksmithing, navigation, knot-tying, treenail making, sea shanties, and more. Campers will work together to hone their craft and build a sense of community, teamwork, and leadership, much like would have existed on a 19th century ship.
Campers must bring a lunch. A mid-morning snack will be provided. Campers should be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities each day. All CDC guidelines will be followed.
This program is generously sponsored by:
Twombly Family Fund, West Marine BlueFuture Fund, Diversified Communications, The Reny Charitable Foundation and Bath Savings.
Crosscurrents is an interdisciplinary, summer day program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and community through storytelling.
In this two-week program, participants will immerse themselves into the stories of maritime Maine as a creative catalyst to develop and tell a meaningful story of their own through the design and production of their own podcast.
Students will take inspiration from the programs three main themes: untold stories, environmental justice, and maritime art and craftsmanship. Together we will listen, experience, reflect, and be inspired by stories of our shared human connection to Maine’s waterways. Program experiences include kayaking to Malaga Island to witness the power of unchecked prejudice, exploring the indigenous origins of kayaks at Bowdoin College Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, lending a hand in Bowdoin College’s Ocean Sciences laboratories, deciphering local geology and our human impact at Popham Beach, trying our hand in woodworking and blacksmithing with traditional boatbuilders to understand how these skills are preserved in the maritime industry today.
Participants will learn the art of storytelling from professional podcasters and spoken-word performers and have an opportunity to use real recording equipment. This experience is perfect for students interested in documentary or fictional storytelling and who are inspired by finding and telling meaningful stories to a broad audience.
Along the way, students will have the opportunity to expand their network of professionals from institutions such as Bowdoin College, Maine’s First Ship, Bristol Marine, and Gulf of Maine EcoArts.
The program runs Monday-Friday, July 11-22, 9am-3pm.
Members $625 // Non-Members $685
Scholarships are available; contact email@example.com for more information.
Participants will need to bring their own lunch. No early drop off or late pick-up offered for this program.
Funding for this program is supported by: National Endowment for the Humanities and The Reny Charitable Foundation.
In addition to working with Maine Maritime Museum’s full-time educators, students will have an opportunity to work directly with staff and experts from these peer institutions:
Maine’s First Ship, The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bristol Marine, Gulf of Maine EcoArts, and Antonio Rocha, professional storyteller