Summer Programs 2022

Our team is excited to bring another summer of adventure to the Seacoast! Registration is open!  Keep reading to learn about our offerings this summer and please be sure to read the “fine print” at the bottom of this page for updated registration policies.

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To keep our program as accessible as possible, we’ve made the decision to keep pricing the same as 2021, despite increases in staff and supply costs. What that means, is more than ever, 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. 

Looking for 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.


Coastal Forest Summer Camp: Ages 5 – 11 (Entering grades 1 – 5)

Imagine embarking on a journey that will expand your child’s relationship with the natural world. Spark their inner curiosity and build their self-confidence. Together with experienced White Pine leaders, they will spend the day storytelling, playing games, doing sit spots, mapping the landscape, journaling, learning survival skills, and wandering throughout the fields and forests. 

Children will leave camp with new experiences, friendships, sense of self and a deeper connection to our Earth. 

Camp Details

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm
Friday, 9 am to 12 pm

Cost: $425 (financial aid is available)

Location: Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York Maine

Note: This is an all-outdoor camp. 

For More information and to Register Click Here

*must be 6 by October 15, 2022 (see fine print below for details)

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Piney Survival Skills: Week #1: July 5-8 and Week #4: July 25-29

Have you ever wondered what it would take to survive a week in the Wild? Wonder no further: spend a week with skilled wilderness mentors and learn how to make your own shelter, use a compass, tie knots, make tree tea and collect supplies for a successful tinder bundle. This is just a touch of what we will be working on in these weeks of camp. If you’re up for the challenge, join us to become a Piney Survivor!

Junior Wildlife Tracker: Week #2: July 11-15 Week #5: August 1-5

Wildlife tracking is a life skill used by humans all around the world to reveal the secret life of our animal neighbors. This week we will study the art of wildlife  tracking by looking for signs and trails that teach us that we are not the only wild ones playing in the woods.  Using field guides, track casting materials, wild-play games, and other tracking tools we will hope to ID those that walk and frolic in the night.

Junior Naturalist: Week #3: July 18-22  Week #6: August 8-12

Are you curious? Are you eager to explore the mysteries in your backyard and further into the wilds beyond? Bring all your questions!! Come play games, make new friends and celebrate the outdoors with us. Unlock the secrets of the forests, the streams flowing through them, and the creatures who dwell among us. Join fellow humans who yearn to be more deeply connected to the natural world. 

Piney Tweens Camp:  Ages 11 – 14 (Entering grades 6 – 8)

A wilderness camp designed specifically for Tweens. White Pine educators will focus on exploring the natural world along with acquiring the skills required to be comfortable and safe in the wild outdoors. Campers will join their peers on a 5 day program (all) outside. Learning about local ecology and ancestral skills, like fire making and navigation, all culminating in an overnight on the fourth day, where skills will be put to use and stories will be made. While each week has a theme, naturalist skills, hand crafts, mapping, orienteering and team building will be a part of every session.

Camp Details:

Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9 am to 3 pm
Thursday – 9 am drop off with overnight, 9 am pickup Friday

Cost: $525 (financial aid available)

Location: Weeks 1 & 2 in York, Maine, Week 3 in Epping, NH

Note: This is an all-outdoor camp. 

For More Information and to Register for the Tweens Click Here 

*must be 11 by October 15, 2022 (see fine print below for details)

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Nature’s Makers Week #1: July 11 – 15, York, ME

Join us for a week learning about the natural resources in the forest, and what we can construct with them! We will be spending our time whittling tools, creating art, building fire and exploring nature crafts with materials found on the land. We will be teaching how to respectfully harvest from the land, and how to utilize all that we have harvested. 

Wilderness Survival Week #2: July 18 – 22, York, ME

Spend a week with skilled wilderness mentors and learn how to enter and be the forest with confidence. We will learn and explore the sacred order of shelter, water, fire and food. Survival skills are helpful whenever someone finds themself in a sticky situation, and also help develop a deep sense of respect for the natural world.

Wildlife Ecology Week #3: July 25 – 29, Epping, NH

We will spend our time in the woods, fields and wetlands learning about who lives in these ecological niches, alongside connecting to nature through play, skills, and fun!

Teen Expeditions:  Ages 13 – 16  

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

White Mountain Jaunt July 11-14

White Mountain Ramble July 31-Aug 5
 
Click Links for more details
 
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CIT’s – Counselor’s In Training

Join our team of educators as a CIT and get on-the-job leadership and mentoring training. CITs have the opportunity to develop and strengthen their naturalist skills as well as be part of a dynamic and fun community-minded team. CITs directly support the Piney staff by assisting groups with adventures, playing games, singing songs, telling stories and tackling chores and projects with a positive, helpful attitude.

For more information and to click here.

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The Fine Print

Deposits
All sessions have a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $50. 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, 2022. 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, 2022 (regardless of grade level).  This means a child can be 5 during the summer but must turn 6 by October 15, 2022. For Piney Tweens Camp, children can be 10 but must turn 11 by October 15, 2022 (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, 2022.

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.

COVID and Masking
COVID-19, as of February 1, 2022 is still a thing. Yuck. Our current protocols to minimize the spread of the virus to keep both our participants and our staff safe, is to mask when 3 feet of distance cannot be maintained and always when indoors. While this may change to be less stringent by July, we cannot, with certainty, say that it will. Our refund policy will remain the same and that can be found here. If you feel that your family cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you consider waiting until next year to participate.

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

Financial Aid
We have worked hard to make applying financial aid as simple as possible. 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 not to turn 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.

Special Needs
One of the most wonderful things about the outdoors is that nature is an equalizer. Some of the children who participate in our programs have IEPs and thrive at White Pine. It is very helpful when families share these plans with us so that we can communicate with teachers, counselors and parents/guardians about special accommodations and sensitivities. If, during the school year, your child has a one on one aid, please call Program Director Todd DuPont at 207-361-1911, prior to registering.