Summer Swim Team

In-Town Camp
Located at the Greater Portland YMCA
For 5 – 12 Year Olds
Weekly: June 19 – August 18, 2006
Camp Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
$145 YMCA Members/$165 Non-Members *
In-Town Camp is a full-day program that emphasizes the community spirit of the Cumberland County area by offering weekly field trips to local parks, playgrounds, museums, and beaches. The camp also provides a wide variety of activities focusing on Arts & Humanities, Theater, Music, Sports, Team-building, Daily Swimming and Weekly Swim Lessons. In-Town Camp is home based in the Greater Portland YMCA building, which lends use of the gymnasium, swimming pool, aerobics room, art studio and more. Come join the downtown experience of a fun and exciting summer camp!

Activities may include the following: Creative Arts, Songs, Games, Field Trips, Crafts, Sports, Daily Swimming, and more!

Extended Care
While camp hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, they understand that many parents need additional care for their children. Extended care runs from 7:30 to 8:30 am and 4:30 to 5:30 pm, at no cost. However, registration is required.

Transportation to and from In-Town Camp is not provided.

Camp T-Shirt
Each child who attends In-Town Camp is required to purchase at least one T-shirt for his or her summer experience. T-shirts will be color coded according to age group and will be worn during field trips and other activities away from the Y. You may choose to purchase more than one at a cost of $5 each. Please see the registrar for more information.

* Pro-rated fee for the short 4th of July week.

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Specialty Camps

For participants in the Specialty Camp programs, camp runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Before camp care is available from 7:30 to 8:30 am, and after camp care is available from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at no extra charge (registration required).

Saddles & Swim
For 7 – 12 year olds
$280 Members/$300 Non-members *

Giddy-up!!! Do you love horses? Then this is the camp for you! Campers will enjoy spending time with and learning about horses while gaining riding skills. Each morning you will go riding and participate in barn and tack lessons, then return to the Greater Portland Y or go to area beaches for an afternoon of swimming. they offer three different levels of riding, so there is a program for everyone!

Sampler ($224 /$244 *Prorated for the short 4th of July week)
Session #2: July 3 – 7, 2006
For 7 – 9 year olds who have never been on a horse but would love to try.
Session #1: June 26 – 30, 2006
Session #3: July 10 – 14, 2006
Session #5: July 24 – 28, 2006
Session #7: August 7 – 11, 2006
No experience necessary, just the desire to learn!
Session #4: July 17 – 21, 2006
Session #6: July 31 – August 4, 2006
Session #8: August 14 – 18, 2006
#7: August 7 – 11, 2006
Riders must have either attended Saddles & Swim before, or have other previous riding experience.
Art Camp
For 8 – 12 Year olds
Session #5: July 24 – 28, 2006
Session #7: August 7 – 11, 2006
$175 YMCA Members/$195 Non-members

Campers will be immersed in innovative drawing, painting and sculpture projects in our authentic art studio. they’ll visit local studios, paint at the beach and visit the Portland Museum of Art. Critiques and an art show make this a truly fine arts experience.

Basketball Camp
Session #2: July 3 – 7, 2006
Jr. Camp for 6 – 9 Year olds
$140 YMCA Members/$160 Non-Members

Sesion #4: July 17 – 21, 2006
For 9 – 12 Year olds
$175 YMCA Members/$195 Non-members

Work on basic skills and fundamentals of basketball, while enjoying a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Each camp day consists of basketball skills and drills, chalkboard talk, competitions, games and swimming at the YMCA. All abilities are welcome and camp is structured to promote a safe, fun and enriching program for every participant. Come join in the fun at the YMCA, where basketball was invented!!

Tennis Camp
Session #1: June 26 – 30, 2006
For 9 – 12 year olds
$175 YMCA Members/$195 Non-Members

Learn the fundamentals of the serve, return, forehand, backhand, overhand and approach shots. Each camp day consists of instruction, skills, drills, matches, and swimming at the YMCA. Make YMCA tennis camp a part of your summer time activities. Participants may bring their own racquet or borrow one from the Y.

Stroke Clinic
Sessions #2: July 3 – 7, 2006
Jr. Camp for 6 – 9 Year olds
$140 YMCA Members/$160 Non-Members

Session #3: July 10 – 14, 2006
Sessions #8: August 14 – 18, 2006
For 9 – 16 Year olds
$175 YMCA Members/ $195 Non-Members

This camp is for competitive swimmers who are interested in continuing their training and improving their stroke technique. Camp will include in-water technique instruction, stroke video-taping & analysis, proper nutrition, and much more. Swimmers must be on the swim team or pass a swimming test.

Sports Sampler
Session #6: July 31 – August 4, 2006
For 8 – 12 Year olds
$175 YMCA Members/$195 Non-members

Campers will learn the necessary basics to play games such as basketball, soccer, tennis, ultimate frisbee, flag football, and more. As with all of our camps, campers will have a chance to swim every day. The Sports Sampler camp focuses on fun and learning new skills.

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Leaders in Training (LIT)

Sessions #6 & #7: July 31 – August 11, 2006
For 12 – 14 year olds
$240 YMCA Members/$260 Non-members (2-Week Session)

Do you enjoy being with children and helping them learn? In-Town Camp introduces a program that will help develop leadership skills. Participants receive two-weeks of training, as well as guidance in developing team-building and communication skills. During the program, LITs will be able to assist counselors as well as participate in activities. they know LITs like to hang out too, so they’ll set aside some time to have fun with each other by participating in group activities. By joining this two-week program, campers will gain skills that will make them better leaders for tomorrow. Space is limited.

Counselors in Training (CIT)

Session #2 – #5: July 3 – July 28, 2006
For 14 – 15 year olds
$330 YMCA Members/$350 Non-members (4-Week Session)

Do you have what it takes to get into this life-enriching program? Interested teens should have a strong desire to work with children, be mature, outgoing, and want to learn while having fun this summer!! The CIT program serves as a first step into the job world by developing responsibility, decision-making skills and teamwork. A good portion of the Otter Pond staff are graduates from this program, so they have decided to bring this successful program to In-Town Camp this year. Candidates must apply, be interviewed, and get at least two community references. Spaces are limited and competitive. Please contact the camp office for more information and an application.

Pine Tree Swim Club at the Greater Portland YMCA

The Polar Bears
For 6 – 18 year olds / Prices Vary

Why become a Polar Bear? Our swimmers tell us:
“Its Fun!”
“I like the inclusiveness.”
“I feel like I belong to a family.”
“I have made new friends.”
“Supportive coaches”
“Everybody swims, everybody wins.”

The Greater Portland YMCA PTSC: Polar Bears offers one of the most comprehensive swim programs in the area for both YMCA and USA swimmers. The team is instructed by experienced coaches, who work to develop the whole Spirit, Mind and Body of the swimmer. Our program provides for individual swimmer development within a team framework in order to satisfy both the needs of the novice and the seasoned competitive swimmer.

In addition to sound swimming principles, the program and coaches are committed to instilling the YMCA core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. The coaches also work on promoting accountability, which assists in the swimmers’ progress. In other words, “you get what you put into it.”

The PTSC Polar Bears invite you to try out one of our summer programs. Join a team in which your child(ren) will flourish as a person as well as a swimmer. The YMCA helps build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

There will be a few invitational meets and one championship meet. Participation in at least one meet is required. Swimmers must be capable of swimming all strokes legally. This program runs Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 pm.