Summer Camps

There’s plenty of science, engineering, and exploring to do this summer! Deadlines are fast approaching, so apply now–many  camps fill up, and financial aid or scholarship applications are often due before the final deadline.


Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) Summer Camp

MSSM-camp-1Residential (day option for local commuters), 7 days, MSSM in Limestone

Ages: 10-14

Dates: Boys ages 10-12 June 21-27; boys ages 11-13 June 28-July 4; boys ages 12-14 July 5-11; girls ages 10-12 July 12-18; girls ages 11-13 July 19-25; girls ages 12-14 July 26-August 1

Cost: $700 for the week-long residential camp ($450 for local day campers); financial aid is available



Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY)

Residential, 6 days, University of Maine at Machias

Ages: Students entering grades 6-8

Dates: August 9-14

Cost: $500 for the six-day residential camp; financial aid is available



Aeronautics + Engineering Summer Camp

Residential, 6 days, Gould Academy in Bethel

Ages: Grades 8-12

Dates: July 19-24

Cost: $850



Coastal Studies for Girls Summer Programs

Residential, 5 days, Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport

Ages: Girls entering grades 6-8

Dates: Girls entering grades 6-7 July 6-10 or July 13-17; girls entering grades 7-8 July 20-24

Cost: $750 for the five-day residential camp; some financial aid is available



Maine Summer Transportation Institute

Day camp, two weeks, Foster Innovation Center at the University of Maine Orono

Ages: Middle school, only open to students attending public and private schools in the Greater Bangor Area

Dates: July 6-17

Cost: Scholarships cover cost of attendance



iExplore STEM

Day camp, 5 days University of New England campus in Biddeford

Ages: High school or 2015 graduates who have taken a year of high school biology

Dates: Session 1 August 3-7, 9 am to 3 pm; Session 2 August 10-14, 9 am to 3 pm

Cost: $250




4-H Camps at Bryant Pond, Tanglewood, and Blueberry Cove

Residential, one week, 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Tanglewood in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor

For ages, dates, and costs of the wide variety of opportunities, visit,, or There’s something for everyone!


College of the Atlantic Summer Field Studies

Day camp, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor

Ages: Students entering grades 1-9

Dates: Programs throughout the summer, ranging from 4 days to two weeks

Cost: Programs range from $200 to $480, with discounts for local residents



Lead + Innovate + Make Summer Camp

Residential, 6 days, Gould Academy in Bethel

Ages: Grades 8-12

Dates: July 12-17

Cost: $850



Hurricane Island Summer High School Programs

Residential, 1 week, Hurricane Island

Ages: 15-18

Dates: Offshore Ornithology: Seabirds, Songbirds, and Raptors in the Wild: July 5-11
Island Ecology: Foraging Plants for Fun & Food: July 19-25
Marine Biology: Ocean Shore to Sea Floor: August 2-8

Cost: $1,400; Financial aid is available



Hurricane Island ‘Living on the Edge’ Middle School Summer Programs

Residential, 5-7 days, Hurricane Island

Ages: 11-15

Dates: Living on the Edge: Discovering Island Species that Survive and Thrive; August 9-15 (for ages 13-15); Jr. Program: August 17-21 (for ages 11-13)

Cost: $1,000-1,400; Financial aid is available



High Touch Group Summer Coding Camps: Game Development Prep Academy and Game Development Academy

Residential (day option for local commuters), 1-5 weeks, Thomas College in Waterville

Ages: middle and high school

Dates: Game Development Prep Academy: Discover Programming for Games and Web Applications: July 20-24 (for middle school); Intro to Digital Art and Design: July 27-31 (for middle school); Game Development Academy (for high school): Week 1: The Game and Application Development Process: July 13–17; Week 2: Designing 3D Art for Games and Applications: July 20–24; Week 3: Making Game Engines Do Your Bidding: July 27–31; Week 4: Game Coding 101 – The Launchpad: August 3–7; Week 5: Game Coding 201 – Space & Beyond: August 10–14

Cost: $1,000/week for overnight campers (+$250/weekend stay); $500/week for day campers; Financial aid is available



Wells Reserve Summer Day Camps

Day camp, 4-5 days, Wells Reserve

Ages: Ages 8 to 15

Dates: Earth Stewards: June 29 to July 2 (ages 13 to 15); girls entering grades 7-8 July 20-24; River, Mudflat, Salt Marsh, & Beach: July 6 to July 10 (ages 8 to 12); other 1-day and week-long camps are available

Cost: $160-$200; some scholarships available



Space & Energy Camp at UMaine Orono

Day camp, 5 days, University of Maine in Orono

Ages: Grades 6-8

Dates: June 29-July 3 and August 17-21

Cost: $170/week





Camp Survivor: Adventures in Healthcare

Residential, 5 days, Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor

Ages: Students entering grades 9 and 10

Dates: June 22-26

Cost: $275



Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed Summer Nature Day Camp

Day camp, 5 days, YMCA Camp of Maine in East Winthrop

Ages: Grades 4-6

Dates: July 20-24 and August 3-7

Cost: $220



Challenger Learning Center of Maine Summer Camps

Day camp, 5 days, Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor

Ages: Entering grads K-8

Dates: Fun with Science: June 22-26 (for students entering grades K-2); Animal Science: July 6-10 & July 13-17 (for students entering grades 3-5); Engineering: Rovers, Robots & More: July 20-24 & July 27-31 (for students entering grades 3-5); Astronaut Academy: August 3-7 (for students entering grades 6-8)

Cost: Fun with Science $265; Aminal Science and Engineering $285; Astronaut Academy $410



Sustainable Ocean Studies

Residential, 23 days, Waynflete School in collaboration with the Chewonki Foundation

Ages: rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and 2015 graduates

Dates: June 25 through July 18

Cost: $4,000; Financial aid is available




There are more options for summer camps and STEM exploration, both in Maine, nearby, and far away! For more Maine opportunuties, check the Maine STEM Resource Bank, contact us, or talk with your local robotics, bird-watching, astronomy, or other clubs to find the perfect opportunity for you!