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Summer Camp 2022

Location: Beech Hill Road and various places within 15 to 45 minutes of the community of Freeport.  Please see the itinerary included. We will use our 15-passenger van for transportation.  Participants will meet at 86 Beech Hill Road for pick up and drop off.  Field trips leave by 9:30 AM.  Some field trips may be limited to ages 5 and up depending on enrollment and intensity of the trip such as the Androscoggin Bike Trail.  If the trip is deemed too strenuous for the younger group, then they will remain at Beech Hill Road to enjoy low key activities such as biking in the driveway and exploring the streams nearby.

Ages 2 to 13 up to 20 children per session with 2 to 3 teachers depending on attendance.  Children will be split up according to attendance and age to keep groups small and manageable.

8 AM to 5 PM

Monday through Friday

Prices: $240 4 days a week/ $180 3 days a week/ $120 2 days a week/ $60 1 day a week (Ask about sibling discount and multiple week discount.)

Enrollment:  Please email rsglearning@gmail.com to request an enrollment form or for inquiries.

Meals/Food: Parents will receive an invitation to a SignUp Genius the week before the child is enrolled. Families are asked to donate to the Ready Set Go pantry.  Teachers will put together snacks and meals in the morning using the food provided. A tentative menu will be included in the SignUp Genius email. You’re welcome to pack extra food for your child but we encourage everyone to try the food teachers prepare to encourage healthy eating, trying new foods, and food positivity. Children tend to try more foods when they are with their peers. We are also experienced with food allergies and special diets.

SUMMER OUTSIDE!

Go Outside will offer children an opportunity to create their own learning environment outside of the classroom.  Children will explore areas in their community through hiking, writing, reading, art, ponding, tide pooling, building with tools, whittling, orienteering, listening, singing, observing, digging, creating and socializing.  The tools used to enhance learning activities will be found in the forest or reused and recycled from the community.  Teachers will facilitate child led learning experiences where children are free to be who they are.  No lining up.  No testing.  No electronics. No ads… just exploration of the natural world where teachers observe, advise on safety, and offer knowledge of natural habitats.  Children hardly need any guidance in learning as they are natural learners.

The main goals will be to guide children in:

  • creating a strong sense of self
  • developing independent learning skills
  • cultivating enthusiasm and curiosity through sensory experiences
  • building skills to handle challenging situations
  • becoming socially confident in an unstructured setting
  • exploring ways to become helpful members of community
  • emotional regulation and happiness

Mixed age groups facilitate more social learning.  Children learn kindness, cooperation and responsibility when grouped with younger and older children. They increase their capacity for empathy and consideration when navigating relationships with children of various ages.   They are motivated by the skills they see being used by children who have mastered them which in turn motivates them to become teachers or helpers to children who have not mastered the skills that they currently have. Teachers will observe children trying new roles and coping skills as the younger, middle or older child in a group setting.

I am passionate about the environment and spending time in natural settings for myself and others.  My natural science background includes studies in ornithology, marine biology, plant identification, wetland ecology, mycology, edible plants, gardening, composting, herpetology, environmental science and entomology. My early childhood background consists of 24 years of experience working with children and various psychology and curriculum courses from college to childcare training.  I have also attended various outdoor recreation courses in and outside of college including the Maine Guide Course and canoeing instructor certification.  I am currently CPR/First Aid certified. (Marisa- owner/director/teacher)

Dates and destinations for 2022:

All trips are subject to change with notice due to scheduling problems and weather.

Week 1 

June 20 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

June 21 (Tuesday)-Thomas Point Beach, Brunswick (LT 12:01 PM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Horseshoe crab study, sand play, playground, mud mucking, bird watching, big field games
  • Wear quick dry clothing or bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off, water bottle

 

June 22 (Wednesday)- Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth (LT 12:58 PM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Hiking, tide pool exploration, rock climbing, mud mucking, big field games, bird watching, beach treasure hunt
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good walking shoes that are easy to take on and off, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle

 

June 23 (Thursday)- Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Freeport (LT 1:55 PM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Hiking, tide pool exploration, rock climbing, mud mucking, big field games, bird watching, herp hunting, fairy house/den building
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle

 

Week 2

June 27 (Monday)- Bradbury Mountain, Pownal meet at Bradbury

  • Possible activities: Hiking, rock collecting, rock climbing, playground, geocaching, fairy house or den building, journaling or drawing in hammocks
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle

 

June 28 (Tuesday)-Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

June 29 (Wednesday)-Bradbury-Pineland Corridor and Elmwood Trails, Pownal

(meet at 500 Lawrence Road, Pownal, ME)

  • Possible activities: Hiking, rock hounding, rock climbing, geocaching, fairy house or den building, journaling or drawing in hammocks, forest games, stream exploration
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes,  water bottle

 

June 30 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

Week 3

July 5 (Tuesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

July 6 (Wednesday)-Cousin’s Island Sandy Beach, Yarmouth (LT 11:24 AM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities:Tide pooling, sand play, sea glass collecting, bird watching, beach hike, rock climbing, wading, games
  • Wear a bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, life jacket, water bottle

 

July 7 (Thursday)- Ferry Beach State Park, Saco (LT 11:43 AM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Indoor nature center, sand play, ponding, bird watching, beach hike, wading, blueberry picking, board walk trail hike
  • Wear a bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, life jacket, water bottle

July 9 (Friday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

Week 4

July 11 (Monday)- Winslow Park, Freeport meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Tide pooling, sand play, playground, mud mucking, bird watching, big field games, nature hike, rock climbing, mini beast hunting
  • Wear quick dry clothing or bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle

 

July 12 (Tuesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

July 13 (Wednesday)- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: We will spend the morning exploring the gardens, tree houses, ponds, streams, and children’s area.  After lunch we will head to the Maine Aquarium for hands on study of live ocean creatures like crabs, sea cucumbers, skates, sharks, lobsters and more.
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, a hat for sun protection, water bottle

 

July 14 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

Week 5

July 18 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

July 19 (Tuesday)- Maine Wildlife Park, Gray meet at RSG

  • We’ll take the day to explore all the animals in the park.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle

 

July 20 (Wednesday)-Florida Lake, Freeport meet at 82 Wardtown Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, stream and pond study with nets, whittling, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting, swimming
  • Wear quick dry clothing or a bathing suit, good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, water bottle

 

July 21 (Thursday)-Peak’s Island (LT 12:22  PM)  meet at RSG trip is for age 5 and older

  • Possible activities:, Ferry boat ride, hiking, tide pool and beach exploration, bird watching, rock collecting, rock climbing, icy treat at the island store
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good walking shoes or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle

Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

Week 6

July 25 (Monday)- Toot’s Ice Cream, Yarmouth  meet at RSG

  • We’ll head to Toot’s for a cold ice cream treat and explore the animals that live there.  If we have time/interest we’ll stop at the Yarmouth town playground.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking or running shoes, water bottle

 

July 26 (Tuesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

July 27 (Wednesday)- Frost Gully Trails, Freeport meet behind Burr Cemetery 56 Durham Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: Hiking, stream exploration, log climbing, mud mucking, bird watching and owl pellet dissection, herp hunting, fairy house/den building
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, water bottle

 

July 28 (Thursday)- Mr. Drew and His Animals Too and Mount Apatite, Auburn meet at RSG

  • visit with live Lizards, snakes, insects, spiders, turtles, etc., then hiking, exploration with nets, stream study, bird watching, herp hunting, fairy house/den building
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

Week 7

August 1 (Monday)- Leon Gorman Park, Freeport  meet at 88 Bow Street

  • Stream exploration, rock climbing, herp hunting, hiking, beaver dam investigation, fairy house or den building, bird watching, forest games
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking shoes or water shoes that are comfortable (the children like to take their shoes off and put their feet in the river), water bottle

 

August 2 (Tuesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 3 (Wednesday)-Range Pond State Park, Poland meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Hiking, playground, swimming, ponding, bird watching, edible wild plants, fairy house/den building, mini beast hunting
  • Wear bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, towel, coast guard approved life jacket, water bottle

 

August 4 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

Week 8

August 8 (Monday)- Vaughan’s Woods, Hallowell (Hall Dale High  School 41 minutes) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: hiking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, whittling, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 9 (Tuesday)- Mackworth Island, Falmouth (LT 3:07 PM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: hiking, bird watching, fairy house building, games, pond study, journaling, animal tracking, nature crafting, turkey hunting, insect collecting, tide pooling, sand play, fairy house building, rock climbing
  • Wear quick dry clothing or bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, water bottle

 

August 10 (Wednesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 11 (Thursday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

 

Week 9 

August 15 (Monday)- Mast Landing Sanctuary, Freeport meet at 65 Upper Mast Landing Rd Freeport

  • Explore old mill and dam, waterfall experiments, rock climbing, freshwater and saltwater comparisons, hiking, picnicking, games, mini beast hunting
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits, good walking shoes that can get wet, water bottle

 

August 16 (Tuesday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 17 (Wednesday)- Hedgehog Mountain, Freeport  meet at Pownal Road Fields next to Hedgehog Mountain Road in Freeport

  • Playground, herp hunt, log climbing, bird watching, forest hike, fairy house/den building, blueberry picking, rock climbing
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 18 (Thursday)- Reid State Park, Georgetown (LT 11:31 AM) meet at RSG

  • Possible activities: Tide pooling, sand play, rock collecting, bird watching, beach hike, stream play, rock climbing, swimming
  • Wear a bathing suit, easy shoes to take on and off or water shoes, bring extra layer for windy/foggy conditions, life jacket, water bottle

 

Week 10 

August 22 (Monday)- Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: hiking, kayaking, bird watching, shelter/den/fairy house building, games, stream and pond study, vernal pool survey, map and compass, whittling, wilderness tool use, journaling in hammocks, animal tracking, nature crafting, gardening, STEM challenge, edible plants, rotting log dissections, insect collecting
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good hiking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 23 (Tuesday)-Leon Gorman Park, Freeport meet at 88 Bow Street

  • Possible activities: Stream exploration, rock climbing, herp hunting, hiking, beaver dam investigation, fairy house or den building, bird watching, forest games
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking shoes or water shoes that are comfortable (the children like to take their shoes off and put their feet in the river), water bottle

 

August 24 (Wednesday)- Androscoggin Bike Trail trip, Brunswick meet at RSG ages 5 and over only/younger group will stay at 79 Beech Hill Road

  • Possible activities: biking, bird watching, games, river exploration, nature crafting, swimming
  • Wear quick dry clothing, good biking/running shoes, water bottle

 

August 25 (Thursday)-Frost Gully Trails, Freeport meet behind Burr Cemetery 56 Durham Road, Freeport

  • Possible activities: Hiking, stream exploration, log climbing, mud mucking, bird watching and owl pellet dissection, herp hunting, fairy house/den building, swimming/wading
  • Wear quick dry clothes or bathing suits and good hiking/running shoes or comfortable water shoes, water bottle