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Enrichment

Enrichment - Why is it important?

Enrichment programming plays a crucial role in community development by providing individuals with opportunities to learn, grow, and connect. These programs foster personal and social development, encourage lifelong learning, and promote physical and mental well-being. By offering a diverse range of activities, from arts and crafts, to STEM, to fitness and educational workshops, enrichment programs help participants discover new interests, develop valuable skills, and build meaningful relationships. At York Parks and Recreation, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our community through engaging and accessible enrichment opportunities.

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We're always looking for volunteers to help us provide high quality programming. All volunteers must complete a Background Check Authorization Form and submit to our office before beginning.  

 

Art Camp – Lets Create! - Grades 1-2

Art Camp – Lets Create! - Grades 1-2

Ready, set, create! In Art Camp, artists will use a variety of materials to create masterpieces. We will explore 2D and 3D materials and use paint, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed-media techniques. An important part of being an artist is finding inspiration in the world around you, so artists will have time to be playful and enjoy being in a creative environment together. Artists will take home their finished pieces. This camp is for everyone who loves art!
Please bring, snacks and plenty to drink.

PROGRAM IS FULL!

INSTRUCTOR        Alexis Kochka - VES Art Teacher
REGISTRATION:  Ongoing
STARTS:                  July 15th
ENDS:                      July 19th
COST:                       $115.00 Resident / $125.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:            Village Elementary School Art Room
DAYS:                      Monday-Friday
TIME:                      9:00am-12:00pm

Get Ready for 5th Grade - Students Entering Grade 5 @ YMS

Get Ready for 5th Grade - Students Entering Grade 5 at York Middle School

Everything you will ever need to know about coming to 5th grade!!!! Are you a little nervous about entering York Middle School? This camp will help! We will tour and explore the building so we can find our way around, spend some time in different classrooms, talk about what we will be learning and studying in Grade 5, go over some study and organization tips, play some games. Enter fifth grade feeling relaxed and ready. Come join Ms. Dussault and have a blast learning everything you always wanted to know about 5th grade!

INSTRUCTOR:       Laci Dussault, Teacher at York Middle School
REGISTRATION:  Ongoing
STARTS:                  August 12th
ENDS:                      August 13th
COST:                       $40.00
LOCATION:            York Middle School
DAYS:                      Monday & Tuesday
TIME:                      8:00am-11:00am

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Guitar Lessons - Beginner Ages 8-12

Unlock the magic of music with Beginner Guitar Lessons! Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time or looking to enhance your skills, this 6-week journey is designed for you. Led by our expert instructor, you'll explore the basics of music theory, learn essential chords, and strum your way to success. Embrace the joy of playing the guitar and let the melodies begin! Each participant must provide their own guitar. No idea what to get? Pat will help you pick the best beginner guitar for you! Reach out to Pat at PatrickGrantWeston@gmail.com

INSTRUCTOR:         Patrick Weston
REGISTRATION:     Ongoing
DATES/TIMES:        Summer: July 8th-August 12th - 4:00pm-5:00pm
COST:                          $200.00 Resident / $210.00 Non-Resident (Includes workbook)
LOCATION:               Grant House Barn - 200 US RT1 in York
DAY:                            Mondays

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Horse & Farm Camp - Ages 5-12 - Mahogany Bay Farm

Horse & Farm Camp - Ages 5-12

Enjoy educational and fun days at a horse farm! Campers will learn about horses, goats, chickens, honeybees, and gardening. They will be taught about safety and responsibility around farm animals and will go in depth, learning all about horses and horse care. Campers will also participate in light farm chores including grooming horses, collecting eggs from the chickens, and feeding the farm animals. Campers will enjoy adventurous nature walks with our friendly herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats and have pony rides with our lesson horses. Camp wouldn’t be complete without STEAM activities, arts & crafts, sprinkler fun and water games!
Campers should bring long pants with boots and shorts with sneakers. They should also bring lunch, snacks, drinks, sunscreen & bug spray. Bathing suits and beach towels are optional for the water games. Certified riding helmets will be provided when campers take pony rides.

Horse & Farm Camp is run by Erin Sheffer, the owner of Mahogany Bay Farm and the Director of Riding & Educational Programs at the farm. She is a Certified K-12 Comprehensive Business Education Teacher and has taught STEAM, Computer and Business classes alongside managing her very popular riding lesson program. Learn more at www.MahoganyBayFarmLLC.com 

REGISTRATION:    Ongoing
SESSIONS:                Session 1: June 24th-June 26th
                                     Session 2: July 8th-July 10th
                                     Session 3: July 15th-July 17th
                                     Session 4: July 29th-July 31st
                                     Session 5: August 5th-August 7th
COST:                         $295.00 per session, per camper (max of 10 per session)
LOCATION:              Mahogany Bay Farm, 44 Major McIntire Road York, ME 03909
DAYS:                         Monday-Wednesday
TIME:                         9:00am-2:00pm

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Intro to Cooking - Ages 8-12

Intro to Cooking
Ages 8-12

Join us for a fun and interactive intro to cooking class designed for children aged 8-12! In this class, your chefs will learn basic cooking skills, create delicious and healthy recipes, and enjoy quality time in the kitchen. Perfect for budding cooks, this class encourages teamwork, creativity, and a love for good food. Come make memories and tasty dishes! We will prepare dinner during class and eat our dishes at the end of class in our dining room!

INSTRUCTOR:       Melissa Burlingame - YHS Culinary Arts Teacher
REGISTRATION:     Ongoing
DATES:                  Session 1: Thursday, July 18th
                                           Session 2: Wednesday, August 7th
                                           Session 3: Thursday, August 8th
COST:               $60.00 Resident / $80.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:          Center for Active Living Kitchen and Dining Room
                                           36 Main Street York, ME 03909
TIME:                4:00pm-7:00pm

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LEGO® Camp - Ages 5-12

LEGO® Camp - Ages 5-12

Campers will have access to Motorized Mechanisms (Mindstorms and WeDo) as well as a large amount of traditional LEGO® to use their creativity to build. There will be a few sets, but most building will be from camper’s imagination. We will have a daily challenge to inspire creativity. Halfway through each day we will take a break and go outside to play and eat a snack, weather permitting. Don’t miss out, sign up early! Sign up for multiple sessions, there’s always a new, creative thing to build! Bring a snack and drinks.

Instructor: Andrea Gould, York Middle School math teacher for many years. She loves math and science and bringing them together in creative, educational ways.  

REGISTRATION:    Ongoing
DATES:                      Session 1: July 22nd-July 26th
                                     Session 2: July 29th-August 2nd
                                     Session 3: August 7th-August 11th
COST:                         $110.00 Resident / $120.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:              York Middle School Library
DAYS:                        Monday-Friday
TIMES:                      9:00am-12:00pm

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Lifeguard Camp - Ages 11-14

Lifeguard Camp - Ages 11-14

The York Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program is a week-long program for aspiring lifeguards, taught by our USLA Accredited Lifeguard staff, that provides instruction in First-Aid, CPR, open water safety, rescue techniques, rescue equipment, and Jet Ski rescue training along with other on-the-job training experiences. Our instruction, supervision, and activities are managed by experienced certified lifeguards and certified educators. Swimmers, ages 11-14 who can swim a minimum of 25 yards unassisted in open water, are welcome to join this program. SAFETY FIRST! The York Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program offers step-by-step skill development with a safety-first motto. We take pride in offering a variety of challenging activities in a fun atmosphere designed for young people who want to be safe at the beach and learn about what it takes to be a member of the York Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Service. Camaraderie, respect, building self-esteem, physical conditioning and good clean fun are all important aspects of this exciting and engaging program.

PROGRAM CANCELLED

REGISTRATION:    Ongoing until full
STARTS:                    July 15th
ENDS:                        July 19th
COST:                        $125.00 Resident / $135.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:              Long Sands Bathhouse
DAYS:                        Monday-Friday
TIMES:                      9:00am-12:00pm

REQUIREMENT: Swimmers, ages 11-14, who can swim a minimum of 25 yards unassisted in open water.

Marine Science Camp - Grades K-8 - New Logic Marine Science

Marine Science Camp - Grades K-8th - Must be 5-years-old by start date

Attention, young marine science enthusiasts! Join us at New Logic Marine Science at Long Sands Beach, for an exhilarating journey into the ocean world! Focused on marine science conservation, this acclaimed camp immerses participants in the mysteries of Beluga whales, the science of Bioacoustics, and the fascinating realm of Sharks, Alligators, Crocodiles, and much more. Our interactive curriculum breathes life into marine science, underscoring the significance of ecosystem preservation. Dive into our Citizen Science project, contribute to ongoing research, and revel in the immersive outdoor learning environment with hands on and feet wet activities.

Water shoes with a closed back like old sneakers!
Walking shoes for non-aquatic activities (flip flops, sandals etc.)
Swimsuit for sampling
Sun Protection - Hat, Rash Guard over swimsuit, etc.
Plenty of Sunscreen
Towel
Drinking Water (at least two reusable bottles are recommended)
Lunch and Snacks - Peanut and tree-nut free food items are preferred. Reusable containers are preferred.
A Sense of Wonder!

REGISTRATION:  Ongoing until full
DATES:                    Session 1: July 15th-19th
                                   Session 2: August 5th-9th
COST:                       $400.00 Per Week
LOCATION:            Long Sands Beach – Drop off and Pick up at Long Sands Bathhouse
DAYS:                      Monday-Friday
TIME:                      9:00am-2:00pm

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Mad Science – Junior Engineer’s Lab - Grades 1-6

Mad Science – Junior Engineer’s Lab - Grades 1-6

Put on your hard hat for this exciting week of Engineering Science! We will span the fields of Aerospace, Electrical, Structural & Mechanical Engineering. Explore the role that wind and the movement of air plays on simple flying devices, delve into Newton’s Laws of Motion, create and test self-supporting structures and use your construction skills by assembling and controlling fun machines like pulleys, levers, hydraulic lifts, and robots! Put your skills to the test by building balloon racer cars, hovercrafts, cube puzzles, a hand crank flag waver, suspension bridges, rockets, and other mechanical devices. Come join us to learn how engineering helps us understand the way the world works! Please bring, lunch, snacks, and plenty to drink.

INSTRUCTOR:      Mad Science Instructor
REGISTRATION:  Ongoing
STARTS:                 August 5th
ENDS:                     August 9th
COST:                     $350.00 Resident / $360.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:           York Middle School - Art Room
DAYS:                     Monday-Friday
TIME:                     9:00am-3:00pm

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Sailing 101 – An Introduction to Seamanship - Ages 8-13

Sailing 101 – An Introduction to Seamanship - Ages 8-13

We are pleased to partner with the Agamenticus Yacht Club to offer this unique introduction to Seamanship. In this 2-day mini-camp, participants will be introduced to the basics of sailing; knot-tying, points of sail, wind & tides, parts of the boat, and more. The first day of the camp will be spent preparing to set sail on day 2, aboard one of the Club’s J-22 Sail Boats. If sailing is something that you’ve always wanted to try, this is the opportunity for you! No boating or sailing background is necessary. This camp is run by AYC’s knowledgeable staff. All campers will be provided a list of items to bring, including appropriate clothing and footwear, prior to the camp start date. Space is limited, please register early.

Please Note: The 2nd Saturday times may vary, slightly, to allow ample time for sailing. A makeup session will be offered if cancellation due to inclement weather occurs.

INSTRUCTOR:        Agamenticus Yacht Club Staff
REGISTRATION:    Ongoing
DAYS/DATES:         Saturday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 29th
COST:                        $70.00 Residents / $80 Non-Residents
LOCATION:             Agamenticus Yacht Club, York Harbor
TIMES:                     Ages 8-10: 10:00am-12:00pm / Ages 11-13: 1:00pm-3:00pm

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Step Up to CRES - Incoming 2nd Graders

Step Up to CRES - Incoming 2nd Graders

Are you a student who just finished first grade at VES? If so, you'll be coming to CRES next year! It's an exciting time to meet new friends, gain new teachers, get to know a new principal, and have a whole new world of experiences! But you may be a bit nervous...How will I find my way around? What is CRES like? Will I have fun? If you have any of those questions, this camp is for you! We will tour the school, meet any staff members who are around, spend time on the playground, go for a short hike in the "CRES Woods," sing songs and play games! There are so many amazing things that make CRES unique...from "Wake up and Read" to the "Mile Run" program, fun assemblies, Kids Cabinet, Civil Rights Team, and so much more! This fun introduction to CRES is sure to make your start to 2nd grade more relaxing and enjoyable. What are you waiting for? Sign up for "Step Up to CRES!"

Please bring a snack and comfortable clothing to hike and play in!

INSTRUCTOR:      Sarajane St. John
REGISTRATION:  Ongoing
DAY/DATE:           Monday, August 12th
COST:                      $40.00
LOCATION:           Coastal Ridge Elementary
TIME:                      9:00am-12:00pm

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Surf Camp – Ride the Five! - Liquid Dreams Surf Shop - Ages 8-15

Surf Camp – Ride the Five! - Ages 8-15

Liquid Dreams is offering “Ride the 5” surf camp, once again, for kids ages 8 to 15! This camp is designed to teach all 5 wave and watercraft activities LDS has to offer: surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding, stand up paddling, and body surfing... all in 5 days!

Each day, the Ride the 5 camp begins at 10:00am at our Long Sands location in York, where students will be equipped with wetsuits and surfboards for a 1-2-hour morning surf lesson. Following the lesson, the students will break for lunch, and maybe a sandcastle or two. After lunch, students will learn another water activity that best fits the conditions that day. Ride the 5 camp will break at 3:00pm every day, with student pickup at 3:15pm. Students should bring lunch, bathing suit, towel, and sunscreen. If you own your own board or wetsuit, feel free to bring it to class.

REGISTRATION:    Ongoing until full
DATES:                      June 24th-June 28th
COST:                        $435.00 - This is a $60.00 savings
LOCATION:              Liquid Dreams – Long Sands Beach - Students meet at Liquid Dreams
DAYS:                        Monday-Friday
TIME:                        10:00am-3:15pm

Any student taking a class with Liquid Dreams Surf Shop can receive a 10% discount on wetsuits and all accessories, plus $50.00 off the purchase of a board.

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Surf Camp - Ages 6-9 - Liquid Dreams Surf Shop

Surfing Camp - Ages 6-9

Learn to surf with the Liquid Dreams surf team. Your instructor will guide you through the fundamentals of surfing. They will cover paddling, wave selection, how to stand and how to ride the waves. Surfing etiquette, ocean awareness, and beach safety will also be discussed. Classes will be offered in the morning from 8:00am-9:00am in the surfing area at Long Sands Beach. Please be sure to arrive by 7:45am. All equipment and supplies will be provided by Liquid Dreams surf shop, however, if you own your own board or wetsuit feel free to bring it to class.

REGISTRATION:    Ongoing or until full
DATES:                      Session 1: July 15th, 17th, and 19th
                                     Session 2: August 12th, 14th, and 16th
COST:                         $99.00
LOCATION:              Surfing area at Long Sands Beach - Students meet at Liquid Dreams
DAYS:                         Monday, Wednesday & Friday
TIME:                         8:00am-9:00am (Please arrive by 7:45am)

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Surf Camp - Ages 10 & Up - Liquid Dreams Surf Shop

Surfing Camp- Ages 10 and Up

Learn to surf with the Liquid Dreams surf team. Your instructor will guide you through the fundamentals of surfing. They will cover paddling, wave selection, how to stand and how to ride the waves. Surfing etiquette, ocean awareness, and beach safety will also be discussed. Classes will be in the evenings from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the surfing area at Long Sands Beach. Please be sure to arrive by 4:45pm. All equipment and supplies will be provided by Liquid Dreams Surf Shop, however, if you own your own board, feel free to bring it to class. You have a choice of 3 different weeks, but classes are limited, so be sure to sign up for one of them now!

REGISTRATION:    Ongoing or until full
DATES:                      Session 1: July 15th, 17th, and 19th
                                     Session 2: August 12th, 14th, and 16th
COST:                         $180.00
LOCATION:              Surfing area at Long Sands Beach - students meet at Liquid Dreams
DAYS:                         Monday, Wednesday & Friday
TIME:                         5:00pm-7:00pm

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Teen Outdoor Yoga with Maria Lovo - Grades 9-12

Teen Outdoor Yoga - Grades 9-12

Our meditative, gentle yoga class provides a non-competitive environment for teens to explore more complex poses and asana as well breathing exercises, movement games, mindfulness activities, and much-needed relaxation techniques. Students learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while still being playful and fun. Classes often revolve around a philosophical theme and may include discussion or mindful journaling. Please bring a yoga mat, water, and wear loose-fitting clothing to allow for easy movement. Register for grade entering in the fall.

INSTRUCTOR:       Maria Lovo 500 RYT
REGISTRATION:   Ongoing
STARTS:                   June 28th
ENDS:                       August 23rd
COST:                        $80.00 Resident / $90.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:             Moulton Park
DAY:                          Fridays
TIME:                       10:00am-11:00am

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Wild Wonders with Ms. G - Ages 5-8

Wild Wonders with Ms. G - Ages 5-6 and Ages 7-8

Come spend some time outside in nature…creating, observing, crafting and so much more. Each day we will have a new challenge using natural materials. This camp is all about building and making as well as learning about the nature around us, right in our own Maine woods. Please bring, snacks and plenty to drink. Please dress appropriately for the weather and safe footwear (no flip flops). We will be inside in inclement weather.

INSTRUCTOR:       Candra Glen
REGISTRATION:  April 1st
DATES:                    August 12 - 15
COST:                       $125.00 Resident / $135.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:            Mount Agamenticus Summit
DAYS:                      Monday-Thursday
TIME:                      Ages 5-6: 8:30am-11:00am
                                  Ages 7-8: 12:30pm-3:00pm

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Youth Outdoor Yoga with Maria Lovo - Grades 5-8

Youth Outdoor Yoga - Grades 5-8

Our meditative, gentle yoga class provides a non-competitive environment for preteens to explore more complex poses and asana as well breathing exercises, movement games, mindfulness activities, and much-needed relaxation techniques. Students learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while still being playful and fun. Classes often revolve around a philosophical theme and may include discussion or mindful journaling. Please bring a yoga mat, water, and wear loose-fitting clothing to allow for easy movement. Register for grade entering in the fall.  

INSTRUCTOR:       Maria Lovo 500 RYT
REGISTRATION:   Ongoing
STARTS:                   June 25th
ENDS:                       August 20th
COST:                       $80.00 Resident / $90.00 Non-Resident
LOCATION:             Moulton Park
DAY:                          Tuesdays
TIME:                       10:00am-11:00am

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