Counselors bring their talents and passions that add to the list of available choices. Campers choose their weekly schedules to be with friends, learn new skills, and to explore their own un-tapped talents.
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All staff members and counselors at YMCA Camp of Maine participate in a week-long training program before any campers arrive for their first day. The training includes strategies for building community, cabin management, managing homesick campers, helping campers build positive relationship, and how to ensure everyone's safety. The topic of Child Abuse Prevention is discussed. All members of the YMCA Camp of Maine community play a role in detecting and reporting bullying and abuse.
Camp is a fun and rewarding experience. Counselors and staff members are chosen because of their talents, unique personalities, and desire to enrich the lives of young people through role modeling. The Senior Staff meet before the counselors arrive to discuss active supervision, responsibilities, training and programming.
Every year, counselors and staff members provide an application and references that are professional and personal. An annual background check is conducted on everyone. New staff are required to have an interview with the Director. Returning staff are in contact with the Director during the winter to talk about what responsibilities will be assumed during the next summer. Staff and counselors are evaluated periodically during the summer to ensure expectations are clear and everyone is on the same page.
Travel around Maine with other 12 - 15 year old campers. Trips are supervised by two Y Camp Staff who are trained in First Aid, CPR, Lifeguarding, and have special interest in trips.
Trips that require special skills - like rock climbing and whitewater rafting - are guided by certified Guides that are contracted to work with the Y Camp group. Excursions are seven days long (Sunday through Saturday). Sunday and Friday nights are spent at Y Camp. The rest of the week is spent traveling, exploring, and having fun.
Goals of each trip are in line with all of Y Camp programs. Additional outcomes emphasis independent and small group living. Groups are responsible for preparing their own food, setting up camp and sleeping in tents, and representing Y Camp in a positive lights all around New England.
2017 Trips -
- Session 2A - Cape Cod - Travel to Cape Cod to ride bikes on the Rail Trail, explore beaches, and enjoy easy hiking trails.
- Session 2B - ??? - Choose the adventure! Using Y Camp as Base Camp, the group will plan the daily adventures. Camden? Waterpark? Miniature Golf?
- Session 3A - Acadia Bound - Spend the week at Acadia National Park and enjoy biking, ocean kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing.
- Session 3B - Katahdin Adventure - Explore the new Katahdin Woods and surrounding area. Enjoy the rivers, woods, and sights of wilderness.
- Session 4A - Cape Cod - Travel to Cape Cod to ride bikes on the Rail Trail, explore beaches, and enjoy easy hiking trails on the Cape.
- Session 4B - Rock & River - Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climb in Maine are the adventures to be had.
Detailed itineraries will be sent to participants in the Spring for planning purposes. For more details, contact Jeff.
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