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Sanford Springvale YMCA is offering specialized camps for middle-school-age youth in art, the great outdoors and science-technology-engineering-math.

The Focused Fun camps are designed for kids who want to spend a week digging deeper into their passions alongside like-minded peers. Camps offered include Alluring Art, Creative Minds, and the Great Outdoors, with two one-week sessions available; July 10-14th and July 17-21st.

“We are always looking for ways to meet the demands of the communities we serve,” said Matt Ouellette, Youth and Family Services Director at the Y. “Parents are looking for engaging summer opportunities for this age group, and we’re excited to partner with the owner of the former Boy Scout camp, Muscatawa, to offer this unique summer camp experience.”

Alluring Arts campers will explore their creativity while using the landscape of the camp facility and Kennebunk Pond in Lyman as inspiration. Campers will work with a variety of mediums such as acrylics, watercolors, pencils, chalk & cray-paw, pottery, mosaics, sculpture, 1-act theater and more. Camp will culminate with a gallery display of works created over the week in an art walk.

Creative Minds Camp is for the STEM enthusiast. Campers will be challenged as they build kites, cars, boats, rockets, robots, and more. Campers will draft plans, create blueprints and use new tools to build their own creations and challenge themselves and others in Final Product Face Offs!

The Great Outdoors Camp will have campers exploring all the great Maine wilderness has to offer, including fishing, paddle sports, orienteering, outdoor cooking, trip planning, safety & emergency preparedness, shelter building, and basic nature exploration and education. During the week, campers will practice setting up camp sites, building natural shelters, starting cooking fires and more.

During each camp day campers will have the opportunities to enjoy a recreational swim or chill time with peers and staff and learn a new game or play an old favorite. Registration is open and spots are filling fast. FMI contact Matt Ouellette at mouellette@sanfordymca.org or go online to sanfordymca.org/for-youth-development/camp/. Register today in person, online or call the Y at 207-324-4942.

Sanford-Springvale YMCA serves southern York County and welcomes campers from all seacoast towns to their camp programs.

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