**BIG NEWS**
Now offering aftercare for summer camp ages 5 – 11!

Summer Programs 2024

We still have camp spaces open! 

White Pine Programs offers an all outdoor summer camp experience tailored for kids ages 4 to 17. Our programs provide children with the opportunity to re-ignite their connection with nature, enhance confidence through acquiring survival skills, and cultivate lasting friendships.

Camp fun

Camp days are filled with activities like fort building, nature crafts, exploring cool streams, woodland adventures, and hands-on learning of essential survival skills. Engaging team challenges further encourage children to sharpen their problem-solving abilities and strengthen trust among their peers. Join us for a summer of nature, fun, and skill-building with White Pine Programs!

We are running 5 camp experiences in 2024, so please read on for more information!

  • Crickets Camp: ages 4 – 6
  • Coastal Forest Camp: ages 5 – 10
  • Leadership Adventure Camp: ages 10 – 14
  • Counselors In Training: ages 13* – 17
  • Backcountry Expeditions: ages 12 – 17

Crickets Camp: 

Ages 4-6 Half-Day

Tailored for children aged 4-6 years, our half-day camp delivers a comprehensive program blending imaginative play, forest adventures, and nature-based games. Facilitated by our experienced and enthusiastic staff, White Pine Programs provides a nurturing environment for children to flourish and forge new friendships. Each day, the Crickets gather in a circle to warmly welcome each other, express gratitude, and gear up for a morning of outdoor activities. After a snack break and a captivating story, the group ventures into the woods for exploration, forest play, songs, storytelling, and hands-on outdoor skills.

crickets

Camp Details:
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am to 12 pm
Location: Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York, ME
Note: This is an all-outdoor camp. Children must be 4 by May 1, 2024.

For More Information and to Register Click Here 

Coastal Forest Summer Camp: 

Ages 5-10 (Entering grades 1-5)

Picture your child on a journey that deepens their connection with the natural world, sparking curiosity and fostering self-confidence. Guided by seasoned White Pine leaders, their day will be filled with storytelling, games, sit spots, landscape mapping, journaling, survival skill learning, and exploration through fields and forests.

5 traits of a good human

Engage in hands-on activities like shelter building, bushcraft skills such as basket and cordage making, and stick carving for bow drills (ages 10 and up) – plus much more! Immerse your child in a day of nature, learning, and adventure with White Pine Programs.

At White Pine Programs, community-building is at the heart of our mission. Campers not only get the opportunity to showcase their skills but also collaborate to overcome group challenges and complete projects together. We dedicate time to discuss and exemplify stewardship of the land, aiming to ignite curiosity in children about the world around them.

As a result, children depart from camp with not just newfound experiences and friendships but also with a strengthened sense of self and a profound connection to our Earth. White Pine Programs is more than a summer camp experience; it’s a journey that nurtures community, self-discovery, and a lasting bond with the natural world.

Camp Details:
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 pm
Location: Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York Maine
Note: This is an all-outdoor camp. Children can be entering kindergarten but must be 6 by October 15, 2024 (see fine print below for details).

**NEW UPDATE** Aftercare from 3 – 5 pm is now available! Simply “add” this session to your cart when checking out for each week you’d like to register.

For More information and to Register Click Here

Leadership Adventure Camp

Ages 10 – 14 (Entering grades 5-9)

Tailored exclusively for young teens, this White Pine camp experience is crafted to immerse participants in the wonders of the natural world while equipping them with essential skills for comfort and safety in the wilderness. Engaging in a 5-day program entirely outdoors, campers will explore local ecology and master survival skills such as fire making and navigation. The adventure reaches its peak with an overnight experience on the fourth day.

Young teens will spend their days immersed in activities campers love and appreciate learning at White Pine, such as survival skills, bush craft (weaving, natural arts, carving), fire making, tool usage, wild edibles identification, mapping and navigation.

Sylvia at Burley

Thursday night’s overnight provides an opportunity for young teens to test their skills with fun nighttime games, hikes and exploration. In addition, young teens will participate in stewardship projects and team building exercises.

Camp Details:

Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm
Thursday – 9 am drop off with overnight, 9 am pickup Friday
Location: Zach’s Farm, York, ME
This is an all-outdoor camp. Participants must be 11 by October 15, 2024 (see fine print below for details).

For More information and to Register Click Here

Counselors In Training Program:

Ages 12-17

Application and Registration is Open

Counselors-in-Training (CITs) play a crucial role in White Pine’s inter-generational program, contributing their leadership skills and gaining valuable experience. The CIT experience allows teens to transition from campers to junior and lead counselors, focusing on leadership training, essential skills for working with campers, and hands-on camp experience. *The program is open to those aged 13-17 or (12 with a year of prior White Pine CIT experience).

CIT Fun

In 2024, a three-day training program precedes the camp season, offering preparation for the challenges and opportunities ahead. CITs assist in activities, shadow experienced counselors, and progressively take on more responsibilities. This program is a unique chance for personal growth, teamwork, communication skills, and potential future employment as a camp counselor.

CIT Program Details:

Training Week is July 1 – 3
Monday – Wednesday, 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Zach’s Farm, York, ME
Note: CITs are asked to commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 weeks between July 8 and August 16. Please review the CIT page carefully for other details.

For More Information Click Here

Expeditions: 

Ages 12-17

What better way to end a crazy school year than with some intense outdoor time? Teens interested in back-country exploration and more advanced bushcraft and naturalist skills will enjoy overnight trips throughout Maine and New Hampshire with our experienced guides.

White Mountain Jaunt
Designed for tweens ages 12-14, this is a great trip for students new to back-country camping and hiking. Our theme this week will focus around wildlife tracking and ecology.

White Mountain Ramble 
Designed for teens ages 14-17 with hiking and camping experience. Students carry packs that are approximately 20- 25 lbs for the duration of the trip. Our theme this week will be practicing outdoor skills and back-country navigation.

Hikers

The Fine Print

Deposits
All sessions have a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $50. Expeditions have a deposit of $100. If this is a hardship for your family, please call our office and we can provide you a code to bypass it. If your family is not approved for financial aid, we will refund your deposit in full.

Age Requirements
We use grade levels as a way to group children and follow York’s enrollment cut off date of October 15, 2024. We know this causes a little bit of confusion, especially when so many children have waited a year to enter kindergarten. The minimum age to participate in Coastal Forest Camp is age 6 by October 15, 2024 (regardless of grade level).  This means a child can be 5 during the summer but must turn 6 by October 15, 2024. For Piney Tweens Camp, children can be 10 but must turn 11 by October 15, 2024 (regardless of grade level) to participate. This means your child can be 10 at the time of camp but must turn 11 by October 15, 2024.

Parent Handbook
When registering, parents will be asked to agree to the policies in our parent handbook, which you can read here. The handbook contains important information around our curriculum, safety protocols and disciplinary process. We especially recommend that families new to White Pine review the document together with their child.

Transfers
We often get requests to switch weeks at the last minute and do what we can to accommodate those. However, once we are within a 2 week period of the camp starting, we are unable to make those shifts as we rarely can fill the open spots. These shifts are very labor and time intensive and we simply don’t have the human power to handle them. We appreciate your understanding.

Cancellation Policy
There is a non-refundable $50 administrative fee for cancellations anytime prior to the program’s start date. Cancellations made within 60 – 31 days of the program’s start date may receive a refund of 50% of full tuition, less the non-refundable administrative fee. Cancellations 2 weeks or less before the program’s start date receive no refund. Please Click Here for More Details

Sliding Scale Tuition
This model leans on families who are well resourced financially to help subsidize families who may be choosing between summer child care and basic needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like more information on how to select your child’s tuition. 

To ensure we have enough money to provide a robust scholarship program, we need families to help support our financial aid program by selecting the “support a camper” tuition or by making a donation at checkout. As a small 501(C)3 non-profit, our participant fees do not cover all our actual costs for programming and we rely on generous individuals and businesses to help cover the gap. Any and all donations will be receipted for tax purposes. 

Financial Aid
Our new process is super easy – simply select the tuition your family can afford, then answer a few short questions during registration. Applying for aid does not guarantee we can provide you with the requested amount, however, we will do the best we can based on enrollment and the fundraising we do during registration. Applicants will be notified within 45 days of their registration. If making the non-refundable deposit is a hardship, please call our office at 207-361-1911. We offer tuition discounts of 25% and 50% which can be self-selected during registration. If your family needs more than 50%, please select the lower tuition and provide details to us in the financial aid section. We do everything we can to avoid turning families away, so please ask for what you need. Requests made for aid during registration are reviewed monthly. Should we not be able to fulfill your request, we will provide a full refund of monies paid and your deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot extend financial aid for more than one session to a single family member. If you have questions about the process or want to provide more information about your application, please call our office at 207-361-1911. ** We have exhausted all aid for the summer, if you are still interested in applying for financial aid please email marissa@whitepineprograms.org. 

Groupings & Friends
We understand that, often, friends and family members sign up for camp on the same week to be together, and we do the best we can to honor those requests. However, balancing groups is tricky business! We appreciate your understanding.

Special Needs

One of the most wonderful things about the outdoors is that nature is an equalizer. Many of the children who participate in our programs have IEPs and thrive at White Pine Programs. If your child receives services as part of an IEP, 504, or requires extra behavioral support, please inquire to determine if our camp is an appropriate fit for your child(ren) by calling our office 207-361-1911 or emailing todd@whitepineprograms.org as soon as you register. If a discussion determines that White Pine is not the right fit, we will honor full cancellations. 

If your child works within an IEP or 504 plan, it is very helpful when families share these plans with us so that we can communicate with teachers, counselors, other professionals such as OT/speech therapists, and parents/guardians about accommodations and strategies. We partner closely with caregivers to make every effort to ensure students are successful in the program. However, safety is our first priority and behavior that puts our staff or other children at risk will be addressed swiftly and may result in a child not continuing with the program.

As a small nonprofit, we do not have the resources to provide one on one services to children who need them.  We welcome having outside professionals, such as a school-provided ed-tech/para-professional one-on-one aid, to accompany students to provide that support.