Summer is on it’s way!!
White Pine is so excited to be back and we have some fun new programs this year! We’ve spent the fall and winter learning how to operate safely while still delivering programs full of joy and adventure. We’re doing things a little differently this summer, including theme-based weeks for our CRES campers and a wandering tour of local land trust properties for our tweens and young tweens.
More than ever before, we are looking to make our programs accessible to anyone in our communities and have streamlined our financial aid process. This also means asking families, who have the resources, to help sponsor other campers. It’s super easy to do and because White Pine Programs is a a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit , your donation may be tax deductible. During registration, simply select one of our options for “Support A Camper” – at whatever level you can afford – and that fee will cover your child’s registration, plus partially fund a scholarship for another child in the community.
Summer Camp Summary: 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 self-confidence. Together with their experienced White Pine mentors, 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. Your child will leave camp with new experiences, friendships, sense of self and a deeper connection to our Earth. Camps run from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, for 6 individual weeks and will be located at Coastal Ridge Elementary School in York, Maine.
All weeks will include lots of building “Piney Skills”, not just Week 4! If you’d like to speak with our camp manager, please call our office and we are happy to talk you through each session.
Week #1 – Maine Mammalia Week
July 5 – 9
Are you an animal enthusiast? Jump in, paws first, to discover what fur bearing, homeothermic, animal neighbors lurk in your backyard. To Learn More and Register
Week #2 – Birding Blitz Week
July 12 – 16
Campers will soar through the week by learning about nests, feathers, bird track and sign, bird language and MORE. To Learn More and Register
Week #3 – Wild Harvest & Tales of Trees Week
July 19 – 23
This week we will embark on a journey to explore and celebrate the edible, medicinal and practical uses, ecological magic, and mystical lore of plants. To Learn More and Register
Week #4 – Piney Survival Skills Week
July 26 – 30
Spend a week with skilled wilderness mentors and learn how to make a debris shelter, use a compass, tie a square knot, make tree tea and collect supplies for a successful tinder bundle. To Learn More and Register
Note: This week is currently full but we are taking wait list registrations!
Week #5 – Junior Wildlife Tracker Week
August 2 – 6
This week we will be diving into the art of tracking and looking for signs that we are not the only wild ones playing in the woods. To Learn More and Register
Week #6 – Wild & Wet Wetlands Week
August 9 – 13
With curious minds and exploration we will discover in a week’s time the ponds, streams, vernal pools and swamps that await young naturalists. Get ready to be muddy! To Learn More and Register
Woods, Water and Farm Summary: Ages 11-14 (Entering grades 6-9)
This unique program will combine adventure with learning and stewardship. Designed in partnership with local land trusts and private land owners, tweens and young teens will have the opportunity to navigate a variety of environments. The flow of each week will change based on the region and days will be filled with opportunities to develop naturalist skills such as building debris shelters and carving a bow drill, play games, create a deeper connection to the land through sit spots and journaling, and even participate in some stewardship projects. Through individual and team-based challenges, campers will build self-confidence, develop new leadership and accountability skills and establish a deeper connection to the Earth.
Each week we will visit 3-4 different locations, which will be chosen to provide experiences in varied ecosystems such as forests, estuaries, rivers, marshes and agricultural lands. Our groups will model a caretaker attitude and show how we can leave a place better than we found it. Exact locations for drop-off and pickup will be available in April. We hope to use vans to transfer for some camp locations, but that will depend on how COVID protocols develop through the spring.
July 5 – 9 & July 26 – 30
July 12 – 16 & August 2 – 6
July 19 – 23 & August 9 – 13
2021 Teen Expeditions: Ages 13-16
*Registration Opens March 8th
What better way to end a crazy school year than with some intense outdoor time? Teens interested in backwoods exploration and more advanced bush-craft and naturalist skills will enjoy overnight trips throughout Maine and New Hampshire with our experienced guides.
CIT’s – Counselor’s In Training
For Ages 14 and over
Join our team of mentors in providing awesome nature experiences for others- and yourself! Develop and strengthen leadership skills, share your own wilderness skills and be part of a strong community-minded team. Counselors in Training (CIT’s) will directly support the Piney Staff by assisting with adventures, playing games, singing songs, telling stories and tackling chores and projects with a positive, helpful attitude.