Arts & Specialty Camps

Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Science, & Academic Camps

2022 Quick Glance Schedule (updated 6/29/2022)

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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 option of After Care from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for an additional $50. After Care is a well-supervised and loosely structured time outside of the normal camp program time. Please sign your camper up for After Care during the registration process for each session needed.

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).

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, 2022 to save $25-$50 per registration.

Please note that a $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 Mary Goodrich, Director of Summer Programs, at: mgoodrich@nya.org or (207) 847-5432.


Wizard Magic Camp

Abracadabra Productions (NYA partner)

Ages: 6-12
Session 2: June 20-24, 2022
Session 3: June 27-July 1, 2022
Session 5: July 18-22, 2022
Session 8: August 8-12, 2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Phil Smith has been teaching the art of magic to children for over 30 years! 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. No need to worry if your child has taken the Wizard’s workshop before! Phil has lots of new tricks up his sleeve for returning magic fans! 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 are registered for After 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 Deep Space Exploration

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Ages: K-Fourth*
Session 2: June 20-July 24
, 2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Do you have the right stuff to join NASA? Can you survive the spinning G-Force astronaut training machine? Can our botanist grow plants in outer space? Will we meet aliens? Join us as we build and launch a deep space rocket to answer these questions and explore other mysteries beyond the stratosphere. Camp participants will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challenges which promote collaboration, critical thinking and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free-building, too. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2022 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

Lego Arctic Expedition!

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Grades: K-Fourth*
Session 3: June 27-July 1
, 2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Can you fend off polar bears and brave blizzards to save the Arctic Ice Cap? Will you lead a research mission in the mobile laboratory to learn the secrets of the mysterious ice crystals? Are you up to the challenge? If so, we want you! Join us as we set up our base camp and laboratory in the Arctic to learn about the people, plants and animals which can survive in this frigid territory. Camp participants will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challenges which promote collaboration, critical thinking and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free-building, too. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2022 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

Lego Fire Brigade!

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Grades: K-Fourth*
Session 5: July 18-22,
2022
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

The alarm has sounded: a menacing fire has broken out in Lego City! A team of top fire fighters must be sent in to tame the blaze! Are you up for the challenge? Join our team as we design and build the new fire station as well as a scouting drone, and off road fire vehicle and a huge fire truck with swiveling ladder. Camp participants will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challengers which promote collaboration, critical thinking and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free-building too. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2022 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

NEW Lego Deep Sea Expedition!

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Grades: K-Fourth*
Session 6: July 21-29,
2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Come and join the oceanic explorers at the Deep Sea Operation Base! We’ll take a deep dive in the flatbed submarine to discover the mysteries of the seabed, while collecting water and plants samples with sub’s robotic arm. Will the extra oxygen tanks arrive in time to save the scuba diver from the great white shark? Join us to find out! Camp participants will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challenges which promote collaboration, critical thinking and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free building too. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2021 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

NEW Lego Jungle Excursion 

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Grades: K-Fourth*
Session 7: August 1-5,
2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Grab a machete and help us forge a path deep in the jungle to reach the old plane wreck! Can you dodge the crocodile waiting at the river’s edge? Be sure to stay on the lookout for the leopard guarding the hidden gems! What else will the jungle exploration site reveal? Join us to find out! Camp participants will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challenges which promote collaboration, critical thinking and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free-building too. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2021 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

Lego Pirate Island

Brick by Brick Maine (NYA partner)

Grades: K-Fourth*
Session 8: August 8-12,
2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail! The menacing pirates are heading for the high seas aboard their mighty vessel with a chest full of booty stashed in the hold. Join our own motley crew as we attempt to foil the pirates, commandeer the ship and recover the stolen treasure. Swashbuckling adventures await as we build the Lego pirate ship complete with moving sails, cannons and a cabin with an open roof and sides. Where will our imagination take us? Join in the fun to find out! Camp participants will stay focused with educational stories, Lego builds, games and challenges which promote collaboration, critical thinking and fun! Daily sessions always include time for creative free-building too. For more information about Brick by Brick Maine, visit www.brickbybrickmaine.com. *Campers MUST turn 5 years old by June 1, 2021 to participate.

Instructor: Brick by Brick Maine staff

So You Think You Can Dance

Brio Dance Studio (NYA partner)

Ages 5-10*
Session 6: July 25-29, 2022
Session 7: August 1-5, 2022
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, 2022 to participate.

Instructor: Julie Wilkes, Brio Dance Studio

Dance Theater Camp

Brio Dance Studio (NYA partner)

Ages 6-12
Session 5: July 18-22, 2022
Session 8: August 8-12, 2022
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Find your inner star! Dance Theater Campers will learn jazz dance techniques and choreography inspired by musicals such as “Shrek The Musical,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Annie,” to name a few. Each day campers will warm up, learn basic jazz steps, and prepare dances from a musical to be performed on Friday for friends and family. Campers will also view and discuss different musicals, learn about a stage and how it works, learn how to use props, and even design their own costumes!  For more information about Brio Dance Studio, visit www.briodancestudio.com or www.facebook.com/BrioDanceStudio.

Instructor: Julie Wilkes, Brio Dance Studio

Dancing Jaguar’s Spirit Camp

Dancing Jaguar Inspirations (NYA partner)

Ages 7-12
Session 8: August 8-12, 2022
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

NEWIntroduction to Ceramics

Ages: 8-10
Session 5: July 18-22, 2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Campers will enjoy a week of Ceramics as they build, sculpt, and glaze clay works using a variety of tools and methods including the throwing wheel. Each camper will construct a mug or bowl as well as an animal figure on the first two days, learn about the kiln and how we bake their works to add colorful glazes later in the week. Additionally, we will create several small tokens and beads to create necklaces, keychains, or mini figures to share or gift with other campers, family, or friends.

Instructor: Andrew Cook, NYA Middle School Art Teacher

NEWFabric and Paper Art Camp

Ages: Entering Grades 3-6
Session 2: July 20-24, 2022
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Campers will learn the art of paper making and will discover the arts through the manipulation of papers and fabrics. This is a hands on camp and like with most art will likely get messy.

Instructor: Christa Mecham, NYA Lower School Arts Teacher, and Shannon Gallagher, NYA Lower School Teacher

NEWAround the World With Art Camp

Ages: Entering Grades 3-6
Session 6: July 25-29, 2022
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Learn about different cultures through Art! Campers will experience the arts from around the globe through an array of hands on techniques unique to various parts of the world. Come join us on our magnificent colorful journey!

Instructor: Christa Mecham, NYA Lower School Arts Teacher, and KB Lavertu, NYA Lower School Teacher

Creative Writing Camp

Ages: 10 – 12
Session 5: July 18-22, 2022
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

We will bounce off published stories, poems, and pictures to create our own summery stories and poems…we will play games and do group projects and have fun with reading and writing. We will practice performing our work too, and speak with confident and entertaining voices. If there is time, we can illustrate our literary works with mixed media-wouldn’t a visual aid help you tell your story or help your poem make an impact?

Instructor: Dr. Sagaree Sengupta, NYA Upper School English Teacher

Learn to Sew! Make a Repurposed Tote – and MORE!

Ages: 10 – 12
Session 3: June 27-July 1, 2022
Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $325 Regular Price

Make a colorful tote bag from repurposed fabric! Choose scraps and decorations that make it uniquely yours! The bag you make in this camp will be perfect for books, toys, or the beach–you can use it for whatever you need. Some materials will be provided, and you can also bring your own scraps, trims, and buttons to add. We will also learn some simple crochet and stitchery to decorate the bag, and a zipper pocket can also be added for the ambitious. You will learn basic sewing machine skills and lots of hand skills–we will sit and create together! You will learn lots about reusing used fabric to remake new and colorful things.

Instructor: Dr. Sagaree Sengupta, NYA Upper School English Teacher

NEWCamp Aloha! Beginner Ukulele & Literacy Camp

Ages: 6-8
Session 5: July 18-22, 2022
Session 6: July 25-29, 2022
Cost: $350 Early Bird Price / $375 Regular Price

Aloha! Mid-summer is the perfect time to learn to play the “happiest tiny instrument” and review literacy concepts for the coming school year. Campers will enjoy two short ukulele sessions per day; we will introduce 3 basic chords-C, F, and G7- which can be used to play hundreds of songs. Song charts will allow us to review basic reading and spelling skills. Through stories, crafts, games, hula dancing and song, we will we celebrate summer learning with an island style flair and atmosphere. Ukuleles are provided.

InstructorShannon Gallagher, NYA Lower School Teacher, Certified National Geographic Educator

Circus Arts

Maine Circus Arts (NYA partner)**

Ages: 6-12

Session 2: June 20-24, 2022; Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
Session 3: June 27-July 21 2022; Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
Session 4: July 5-8, 2022; Cost: $240 Early Bird Price / $290 Regular Price
Session 5: July 18-22, 2022; Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
Session 6: July 25-29, 2022; $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
Session 7: August 1-5, 2022; $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price
*Session 8: August 8-12, 2022 Cost: $300 Early Bird Price / $350 Regular Price

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


NEW Partner:  High Touch High Tech Science Camps 

Our science summer camp programs are geared for the preschool through sixth grade camper and provide fun and safe science activities for children that will keep their minds active during the summer months. Your inquisitive campers will enjoy, “Doing science, not viewing science,” as they participate in hands-on science experiences that are age and academically appropriate. High Touch High Tech scientists are trained to foster a creative and non-competitive environment in which all campers are encouraged to share their knowledge and ideas while interacting with their peers in our summer camp programs.

All materials are included, and many programs provide take home experiments. Each of your campers will be recognized for their contributions and accomplishments by receiving a science certificate of participation. Our enriching science summer camp activities provide inspiring experiences and opportunities for the curious camper to investigate a wide variety of science topics in ways that will be both meaningful and memorable.

NEWDown Deep

High Touch High Tech Science Camps (NYA partner)

Ages: Entering Grades 1-6
Session 2: June 20-24, 2022
Cost: $435 Early Bird Price / $460 Regular Price

Enter the underwater world! Discover creatures, big and small. From tiny planktons to sharks. Learn about the ocean ecosystem and how different creatures survive and thrive. How does sand get to the beach and how deep is the ocean? We will answer these and so many other questions in a week filled with fun, hands-on science!

Instructor: High Touch High Tech Science Camp staff

NEWLearn Human Interstellar Escapades (Human Biology and Space Camp)

High Touch High Tech Science Camps (NYA partner)

Ages: Entering Grades 1-6
Session 6: July 25-29, 2022
Cost: $435 Early Bird Price / $460 Regular Price

Go on an amazing journey! Learn all about the human body and how to become an astronaut. Explore outer space from nebulae to the moon and eclipses. Discover how robotics and machines help us solve problems.

Instructor: High Touch High Tech Science Camp staff

NEWEngineering Adventure

High Touch High Tech Science Camps (NYA partner)

Ages: Entering Grades 1-6
Session 8: August 8-12, 2022
Cost: $435 Early Bird Price / $460 Regular Price

Enter the engineering world! This week will be filled with lots of fun engineering adventures. Test how things move and what makes them stop. Explore aerodynamics, learn who Newton was and design rollercoasters. Engineer, build, and test bridges and buildings. Can it survive an earthquake? Answer this and so many other engineering questions in a week full of fun, hands-on excitement.

Instructor: High Touch High Tech Science Camp staff

NEWEarth-o-Sphere Week (preschool camp)

High Touch High Tech Science Camps (NYA partner)

Ages: 3-4 (Children must be potty trained and have prior childcare experience)
Session 7: August 1-5, 2022, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $325 Early Bird Price / $300 Regular Price

High Touch High Tech of Maine is engaging kids with hands-on science! Through guided-play kids will journey around the world and discover how planet Earth works. They will learn how everything on Earth is interconnected from the living organisms to the water and minerals in the ground. They will explore extreme habitats, learn about weather, examine the layers of the Earth and so much more! Please send snacks and water. All supplies are included.

Instructor: High Touch High Tech Science Camp staff