Art, Performing Arts, & Science Camps

 Art, Performing Arts, & Science Camps


These are specialty camps designed to appeal to the creative and artistic side of campers! Our arts and performing arts programs emphasize both product and process. We support the personal and artistic growth of all children and encourage campers to explore the world around them as they develop their own style and means of self-expression. We foster a sense of community among our students as we share our work and learn from each other.

Daily schedules will be organized differently depending on the instructors and the activities offered but campers will have some opportunity to spend time outside in between specialty activities. Age eligibility ranges from 3-12 years, depending on the specialty, so be sure to check each session closely. All programs are based on NYA’s beautiful campus and are instructed by staff with expertise in the specialty or by one of our partner organizations.

 Full Day sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the options of FREE Before Care from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and FREE After Care from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Campers should come each day with a lunch, two snacks, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Because we are so active each day, please be sure campers dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather, as well as for the specialty activity in which they are participating (see Family Handbook for detailed packing list).

Before & After Care is a well-supervised and loosely structured time outside of the normal camp program time. With a camp session registration, this is offered FREE of charge as a courtesy to our campers and their families. Before Care runs from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and After Care runs from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Before and After Care take place in the Middle School.

Choose to sign your camper up for more than one week of camp and take advantage of our 10% multi-session discount!

Don’t miss our EARLY BIRD discount! Register by April 15, 2019 to save $25-$50 per registration.

Please note that an $50 non-refundable deposit per camper, per session is due at the time of registration. This deposit is not refunded in the event of cancellation.

Direct questions to Jen Bonnett, Director of Summer Programs, at: jbonnett@nya.org or (207) 847-5458.



Galactic Leaders

Ages 6-10
Session 6: July 22-26, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Campers will learn how to use the force to defend our galaxy from invaders! The Milky Way’s defenders work together and are always in top shape, so there will be emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and physical fitness. Campers will build their own lightsabers and model spaceships to take home at the end of the week. The galaxy needs top initiates for this one-of-a-kind camp!

Instructor:  Kristina Block, Chatham University ‘20, NYA ’15

 

Fantastical Fairy Tale Theater

Ages 5-9*
Session 7: July 29-August 2, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Welcome to the wonderful world of theatrical arts, where everybody can be a star! Does your child show interest in acting/being on stage? Does your child want to learn the basics of theater in a creative, confidence-boosting environment? If so, this is the camp for you! Designed as an introduction to the magical world of theater, this camp will teach your child the basics of stage acting, costume/prop making, and show performance, all with the added fun of learning about Fairy Tales! Children will also play theater games, make fun crafts, and even do a bit of dancing. This whimsical theater camp will culminate with a performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon. *Campers MUST turn 5 by June 1, 2019.

Instructor: Abby Waceken, University of Maine-Farmington ’19

 

Lights! Camera! Acting!

Ages 6-10
Session 3: June 24-28, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Campers will learn how to be a movie star in this fun introduction to acting on camera! The focus will be on teaching the basics of acting through the “lens” of film acting, including shooting film footage. Campers will make fun movie crafts, play acting games, have dress-up play, listen at story time, and spend plenty of free time outdoors. The week will culminate with campers and families walking down the red carpet to view the finished film on “opening night.” Time to learn how to be a star!

Instructor: Abby Waceken, University of Maine-Farmington ’19

 

Summertime Stuffy Stories

Ages: 5-9*
Session 6: July 22-26, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Campers will learn the art of storytelling – with a focus on stuffed animals! Each day, campers will learn about a new element of writing or telling a story and write or draw pages of their own storybook. The week will also include dress-up play, crafts, story time, and plenty of free time outdoors. Campers will even visit a stuffed animal workshop on campus to make their VERY OWN stuffy! Each camper will take home a completed storybook and share their stories with families at a special Friday afternoon story time. *Campers MUST turn 5 by June 1, 2019.

Instructor: Abby Waceken, University of Maine-Farmington ’19

 

Wizard Magic Camp

Abracadabra Productions (NYA partner)

Ages: 6-12
Session 5: July 8-12, 2019
Session 7: July 29 – 
August 2, 2019

Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Welcome to a magical week in a not-so-typical summer camp! Campers will learn the art of magic through lessons in misdirection, timing, developing a routine, and showmanship. They will learn how to construct their own props, teamwork, and self-confidence through public speaking. Creativity and storytelling will also be explored. Card tricks, coin tricks and even feats of mindreading will be explained in detail. A part of each day will be dedicated to viewing video footage of present and past masters, helping your camper discover the many facets and performance styles of this great hobby. Campers will have time to participate in outdoor games and activities when not engaged in magic lessons. You will be invited to see a live performance showcasing all the hard work during the Grand Gala Magic Show mid-day on Friday. Campers who need afternoon care on Friday will join Super Summer Day Camp after the Grand Gala Magic Show. For more information about Abracadabra Productions, visit www.abracadabraprod.com or www.facebook.com/abracadaproductions.

Instructor: Phil Smith, Abracadabra Productions

Lego Jungle Adventure

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Ages: 5-9*
Session 7: July 29 – 
August 2, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Get ready for Lego fun in this session! Campers will join our team as we learn about the habitats and creatures that reside in the warm, vast territory of the jungle. We’ll help our explorers build a mobile base as the adventure moves deeper into the jungle where we discover a plane wreck, a hidden cave and a mysterious temple! Campers will work to locate the secret tree door to discover the golden frog statue, but will have to be on the lookout for crocodiles, leopards and enormous spiders. Campers will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challenges that promote collaboration, critical thinking, and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free-building and time to stretch their legs outside in the sunshine. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2019 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

Storybook Dance

Brio Dance Studio (NYA partner)

Ages 3-5
Session 3: June 24-28, 2019
Half Day Cost: $255 Early Bird Price / $280 Regular Price
Full Day Cost: $355 Early Bird Price / $380 Regular Price

Does your child love fairy tales, underwater adventures, and dancing with giraffes? Then we have the camp for you! This camp is centered on new and old classic children’s books. Each day we will tell a story through dance with music, props, and play. Daily activities will include creative movement, stretching, dancing with partners and in a group, craft time, and reading a classic book. Some of our favorites include, “Good Night Moon,” “Rainbow Fish,” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” All dance components will take place in the morning. For campers who choose to stay for the full day, afternoon activities, including rest time and outdoor play, will be led by NYA staff. The performing arts aid in the growth of a child’s self-confidence, coordination, and creative expression. Join us for a week of fun, learning, and storybook adventures! We ask that dancers wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and be prepared to dance barefoot or in ballet slippers. For more information about Brio Dance Studio, visit www.briodancestudio.com or www.facebook.com/BrioDanceStudio.

Instructor: Julie Wilkes, Brio Dance Studio

Dance Adventure

Brio Dance Studio (NYA partner)

Ages 3-5
Session 4: July 1-5, 2019 (NO CAMP on Thursday, July 4)
Half Day Cost: $205 Early Bird Price / $230 Regular Price
Full Day Cost: $285 Early Bird Price / $310 Regular Price

Does your dancer love an adventure? Then we have the camp for you! This camp will inspire your child’s wildest imagination, as each day brings a new adventure through dance with music, props, and play. Daily activities will include creative movement, stretching, dancing with partners and in a group, craft time, and storytelling. Daily adventure locations include: Outer Space, Jungle Safari, Fairytale Castle, and Island Escape. All dance components will take place in the morning. For campers who choose to stay for the full day, afternoon activities, including rest time and outdoor play, will be led by NYA staff. The performing arts aid in the growth of a child’s self-confidence, coordination, and creative expression. Join us for a week of fun, learning, and exploration! We ask that dancers wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and be prepared to dance barefoot or in ballet slippers. For more information about Brio Dance Studio, visit www.briodancestudio.com or www.facebook.com/BrioDanceStudio.

Instructor: Julie Wilkes, Brio Dance Studio

So You Think You Can Dance

Brio Dance Studio (NYA partner)

Ages 5-10*

Session 6: July 22-26, 2019
Session 8: August 5-9, 2019
Session 9: August 12-16, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Does your child tap his/her toes constantly? Do you find your children dancing around the room when they think no one is watching? This is the camp for them! Each day will be spent learning a new dance style (ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop), discussing good nutrition, exploring the relationship between music and dance, learning how to dance with a partner and in a group, and how to copy those awesome dance moves they see on TV! At the end of the week, there will be a performance showcase for friends & family. Daily activities will include: stretching, dance class, crafting, performance showcase preparation, and a media viewing of great dance performers. The performing arts aid in the growth of a child’s self-confidence, coordination, and creative expression. Join us for a week of fun, learning, and dance appreciation! We ask that dancers wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and be prepared to dance barefoot or in ballet slippers. For more information about Brio Dance Studio, visit www.briodancestudio.com or www.facebook.com/BrioDanceStudio. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2019 to participate.

Instructor: Julie Wilkes, Brio Dance Studio

Creative Adventures Art Camps

Creative Adventures for Kids (NYA partner)

Ages 6-10
Session 5: July 8-12, 2019: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Session 6: July 22-26, 2019: Creatures Great and Small
Session 7: July 29-August 2, 2019: Bring on the Bling
Session 8: August 5-9, 2019: Game Time
Session 9: August 12-16, 2019: The Great State of Maine
Cost: $360 Early Bird Price / $385 Regular Price

Come on an adventure and get your imagination working! Each week campers will explore several forms of arts and crafts and use many different tools to create fun and exciting masterpieces. Campers should have an interest in creating and not be afraid to get messy. Although previous experience is not necessary, basic skills such as being able to tie a knot and use scissors are helpful. Even though the schedule of projects varies and takes into consideration the attention span of children, campers should be able to maintain focus for longer periods in order to complete projects in a reasonable amount of time. Projects will include the use of several mediums including but not limited to clay, fabric and fiber, paint, paper, and wood. Campers will bring home several projects to show off their skills. They will get messy and have fun while creating their own works of art! Each week has a different theme and the wide variety of projects will offer something for everyone. To learn more about Creative Adventures for Kids, visit www.creativeadventuresforkids.com or www.facebook.com/creativeadventuresforkids. 

Instructor: Heidi Krieger, Creative Adventures for Kids

SESSION THEMES:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: This week will include projects related to transportation and other moving objects.

Creatures Great and Small: This week will include projects related to animals of all kinds including wildlife and pets. We’ll work with animals furry and fuzzy and maybe even those without fur!

Bring on the Bling: Sparkle and shine are the focus this week. Projects will include jewelry, glitter, and anything that shimmers and shines.

Game Time: This week will include projects related to all types of games including fun childhood games, sports, board games, etc. Electronics aren’t the only way to have fun!

The Great State of Maine: We will explore all the elements that make Maine such a wonderful place to live.  Projects will relate to these features including the mountains, ocean, forests, wildlife, food, and art!

Dancing Jaguar’s Spirit Camp

Dancing Jaguar Inspirations (NYA partner)

Ages 6-12
Session 9: August 12-16, 2019
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price

With a holistic approach to integrating mind, body and spir­it, this camp teaches children how to nurture their inner world. We live in a modern society that places value on nurturing the mind and body. Dancing Jaguar’s Spirit Camp teaches children how to nurture their heart and spirit. When children are encouraged to trust their intuition, honor their truth, and speak from the heart, they can develop their inner compass and trust themselves to make choices in high school and beyond that will sustain them. Ancient healing practices and modern holistic techniques are combined to introduce the curriculum using an array of methods such as storytelling, crafts, activities, games and spending time in nature. Children are introduced to guided visualizations to help them identify their inner critic and inner champion, breathing techniques, the law of attraction, an attitude of gratitude, working with chakras and auras, shamanic journeying, mindfulness, discovering power animals, and much more! This unique program offers children a profound opportunity to experience a deeper awareness of who they are while they are having fun and playing games. Dancing Jaguar’s Spirit Camp teaches them about who they are in a non-competitive, supportive environment. To learn more about Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, visit www.dancingjaguarinspirations.com or www.facebook.com/DancingJaguarsSpiritCamp.

Instructor: Dancing Jaguar Inspirations staff

Circus Arts

Maine Circus Arts (NYA partner)**

Ages: 6-12
Session 3: June 24-28, 2019; Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
Session 4: July 1-5, 2019 (NO Camp on Thursday, July 4); Cost: $240 Early Bird Price / $290 Regular Price

Session 5: July 8-12, 2019; Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price

Session 6: July 22-26, 2019; Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
Session 7: July 29-August 2, 2019; $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
*Session 8: August 5-9, 2019; Cost: $335 Early Bird Price / $385 Regular Price

*Includes a trip and ticket to see Circus Smirkus under the big top in Freeport!

Come have fun at the circus! Campers will learn circus skills in: aerials, acrobatics, juggling, hula hoops, tightwire, clowning and comedy. A balance of activities is provided so campers can focus on the areas that appeal to them most, yet let them try all areas and learn new things! Circus arts can be challenging mentally and physically. To maintain fun and safety, a balanced day will include warm-ups, circus skills practice, outdoor activities, standard camp games, and time for video inspiration. The highlight will be showing off their new skills at a Friday performance for family and friends. Sign up this summer to see what the circus is all about. There’s something for everyone to learn, discover and enjoy!

Instructors: Maine Circus Arts coaches

Robot Recruits

Mad Science of Maine (NYA partner)

Ages: 6-12
Session 5: July 8-12, 2019
Cost: $385 Early Bird Price / $410 Regular Price

Join Mad Science for a week of discovery and fun in this five-day Robotics Camp! Investigate robotic fundamentals with curious robots, learn about the history and current field of robotics, explore robot design potential by using robots that have big personalities, and build ingenious robots to take home. Compare, analyze, and test a variety of robots each day that correlate to the daily concepts. We will explore circuits, electricity, sensors, gears, and advanced robotic applications. Learn about the mechanical aspects of robots with gears, gear ratios, and torque. Pick up the basics of electricity by snapping together circuits to make a remote control rover robot. Experiment with sound sensing robots, line-tracking robots, industrial robots, app-controlled performance bots, robotic pets, the world’s smartest and smallest robot, and so much more! Our future roboticist’s round out the week getting more in depth experience programming robots as they cycle through programming stations that will enrich their understanding of programming. We welcome all children to become the creative camper’s that will design tomorrow’s robots today! For more information about Mad Science Camps, visit www.maine.madscience.org or www.facebook.com/MadScienceofMaine or call 207-878-2222.

Instructors: Mad Science of Maine staff

Eureka! The Inventor’s Camp

Mad Science of Maine (NYA partner)

Ages: 6-12
Session 8: August 5-9, 2019
Cost: $360 Early Bird Price / $385 Regular Price

Inspire the inventor and scientist in your camper during this week of discovery and invention. Each day children will be given a series of challenges which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors, and the most important thing of all – the mind! Stranded on a desert island? Campers will learn about survival by building a shelter, finding food, purifying water, finding protection from the elements, and devising a way off the island. Campers will journey to the future and examine the ultramodern inventions of the 23rd century. Then they’ll design the future by creating mini light sabers, mini-space stations, and electric flying contraptions. With a little bit of ingenuity, they’ll construct catapults and forts, build Ruberg contraptions that perform simple tasks, and experiment with humanoid robots. Take home projects include ping-pong ball launchers, mousetrap contraption cars, mystery sticks, tubular blow darts, and other wacky contraptions. While Thomas Edison said, “invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” this camp is 100% FUN! For more information about Mad Science Camps, visit www.maine.madscience.org or www.facebook.com/MadScienceofMaine or call 207-878-2222.

Instructors: Mad Science of Maine staff