This fun-filled assortment of programs for children in pre-school (ages 3+) thru middle school offers daily activities ranging from arts & crafts to outdoor adventure, group games, and more—all in a stress free and family-style atmosphere.
Flexible registration options are available, including the ability to sign up for individual days or full weeks (half-days are also available for our youngest participants). A campership program is also offered (info. is included right on our registration form—no need to fill out additional paperwork), as we do our best to make sure all children who would like to take part in the fun are able to do so.
Feel free to stop by or give us a call at 276-5039 any time for more information, or if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to another fantastic summer!
The 2017 camp season will begin in late June (exact date TBD and relative to number of snow days used at our Elementary School), with programs running Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Free transportation is available via our daily bus route which covers portions of Northeast Harbor, Seal Harbor, Otter Creek, Bar Harbor, and Somesville. Participants in our Scamper and Explorer programs will have their “home bases” at the Mt. Desert Elementary School, and our Quest Club will be based right out of The Neighborhood House.
In order to serve participants who cover a wide range of ages, children are able to join their peers in one of four age-specific program groups. The groups are divided as follows:
Designed for our youngest campers, Scamper Camp caters to children from age three up to those preparing for kindergarten in the fall. Mindful that many of our Scampers have yet to have much experience with a structured day-long environment, our goal is to provide a familial atmosphere, while at the same time encouraging socialization with new “friends.”
Scamper Campers fill their days with lots of group games, imaginative play, daily “swim” time, and a quiet rest period as well. A half-day option (9am-1pm) is also available.
Our Explorer Campers are divided into two groups- “Jr. Explorer” and “Sr. Explorer.” Explorers range in age from those entering grades 1-4 in the fall, and are split into Juniors and Seniors accordingly. Since our Explorer Campers have had experience in a structured school setting, counselors plan and schedule lots of fun and exciting games, crafts, and field trips for the kids to participate in, as well as daily swimming.
While a typical day for an Explorer camper is more structured than that of their younger counterparts, we also strive to keep the atmosphere relaxed and easy-going, as we realize that it is their “vacation” too, so the main goal of course is FUN!
The Quest Club is a unique program designed for campers entering grades five and up. Each morning starts out at The Neighborhood House, where the small group and their two counselors “plan” the day. Quest Club makes use of our 15-passenger “Activity Bus,” and a typical day can take them all over MDI enjoying hikes, swimming, visits to museums, Acadia National Park, and much, much more.
There really is no such thing as a “typical” day. It’s summer vacation, after all, and our goal is to be flexible and offer a wide array of activities in a positive environment that makes all children feel comfortable and part of the group. Each day is a little different with new activities and adventures planned.
Exact activities depend on a child’s age group, but all of our campers can expect to spend time outside, stay active with some exciting group games, get a little messy with some unique arts & crafts projects, and get a chance to splash around or swim. Our Scampers often visit locations around town such as the NEH Library, Great Harbor Maritime Museum, etc., while the Explorers typically take two field trips per week to explore Acadia National Park and everything else MDI has to offer. Quest Club embarks on a new adventure every day, and are constantly out and about hiking and swimming on a near daily basis thanks to use of “Gus the Bus.” Our friends at the NEH Sailing School also host our Quest Club and Senior Explorers once a week for sailing instruction.
Summer is supposed to full of fun and adventure, so we do our best not to add any stress. We realize that every family’s (and child’s) needs are a little different, which is why we offer both the ability to register for full weeks of camp, but the opportunity to register for individual days as well. We understand that while many campers might need to attend because they need the supervision during the day, others simply might like attend just every once in a while as a chance to “hang out” with friends, stay active, or try some new activities. No matter your child’s reason for enrolling, our goal is to create a positive experience for them (and you)!
If you ever have any questions about the schedule, activities, bus route, or anything else, please feel free to stop by our main office, give us a call, or send us an email. We enjoy having open lines of communications with families so that we can best meet the needs of all of our participants and create a positive experience.
To register a child to participate, all you need to do is completely fill out the registration form, and return it to The Neighborhood House along with your deposit. You can drop it off in person (we always love the chance to say “Hello”), email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 276-5655 (deposit can be submitted via mail or over the phone), or mail it to The Neighborhood House, PO Box 332, NEH, ME 04662. Our 2017 registration materials will be available in April.
As is the case with everything, we aim for our summer offerings for kids to be easy-going, and stress free. We do our absolute best to keep our fees as low as possible. In fact, the “full price” does not actually cover the true cost of having each participant attend.
That said, we fully realize that camp is not an inexpensive proposition for families, and can often be difficult to fit into the budget. Thankfully, our Board of Directors and staff work hard throughout the year to raise funds to assist with this, and with the generous help of some fantastic supporters we’re able to offer a “Campership” program.
Campership information and the application is integrated right into the registration form (like we said, we like to keep it easy and stress free!). To help make sure Campership funds can go as far as possible, we ask that non-residents (of the Town of Mt. Desert) limit requests to no more than a 25% fee reduction. If you are applying for a Campership, we also ask that you return your form ASAP. When applying for a Campership, please keep in mind that that it is not required that you pay off whatever amount you have committed to pay solely during the nine-week camp period. Many families stretch payments throughout the summer and fall (partial payments are always welcomed and appreciated). Our priority is to maintain communication regarding billing and payments so that all parties are on the same page.
All Campership applications are kept 100% confidential. Final amounts of Camperships will be based on the total number and overall amount of all the applications, but we do our best to work with each family to make sure children who would like to attend are able to do so.
There is always a lot going on at The Neighborhood House, and we're always looking to add more!
If you have an idea for a program or activity, please stop by, give us a call, or drop us an email
The Neighborhood House depends on private financial support so that it may continue to provide a wide array of programs and events to the entire community throughout the year. Any gift, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated and will aid us in achieving that goal. Equally important are the volunteers, without whom non of this would be possible.