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Children at Reunion

Make Reunion 2014 a family vacation! This is a great time to introduce your children or grandchildren to your college.

Camp Bates Children’s Program
Camp Bates offers engaging programming for children from ages 4 to 13 on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening. Activities include a magician, a pizza party, sports and games, art projects and, of course, a visit from the Bobcat. Camp Bates is staffed by Bates students. All programs are headquartered in the air-conditioned Pettengill Hall, and you are welcome to check your children in and out of the program throughout the day to suit your family’s needs. Registration for Camp Bates is $65 per child, and we require advance sign-up. We cannot accept children as walk-ins to the program during the weekend, as we need adequate staffing to properly care for them.

Child Care
If you are bringing children too young to attend Camp Bates, please contact reunion@bates.edu for a list of on-call babysitters.

Reunion Weekend for Teens
Reunion is also a great time for your teen to learn about college life. Teens can hear testimonials from current Bates students, attend exciting Reunion programming, catch a documentary film in the Olin Arts Center or join a campus tour.


Schedule for Camp Bates 2013

Friday, June 7

7 – 8 p.m.
Registration for Camp Bates
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

7 – 8:15 p.m.
Welcome! Ice breakers and get-to-know-you games
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

8:30 p.m.
Fireworks 
Florence Keigwin Amphitheater

9 p.m.
Cookie decorating followed by movies
Decorate your own Bobcat paw cookie and enjoy a movie!
Ground Floor, Olin Arts Center

11 p.m.
Camp Bates ends for the evening
Camp Bates program ends for the evening. Pickup is in the Olin Arts Center.

Saturday, June 8

8 a.m.
Camp Bates opens for the day
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

8 – 9 a.m.
Registration continues for Camp Bates
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

8 – 9 a.m.
Summer games and parade crafts
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

9 – 10 a.m.
Registration continues for Camp Bates
Room 259, Olin Arts Center

9 – 10 a.m.
“Andy’s Animals” with Victoria Wyeth ’01
Victoria draws on her experience leading children’s programs at art museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process. Camp Bates parents as well as families of non-campers are welcome to join for this interactive art activity!
Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Snack, followed by more crafts!
Ground Floor, Olin Arts Center

10:45 a.m.
Pick-up at Olin Arts Center!
Parents are encouraged to include their little ones in the Reunion Parade and barbeque picnic lunch.
Olin Arts Center

3 p.m.
Camp Bates resumes
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

3 – 5 p.m.
Inflatable bounce house playtime
Playtime with camp counselors on an inflatable bounce house.
Merrill Gymnasium

3 – 5 p.m.
“The Real McCoy Show” with Brent McCoy ’03
A wildly entertaining comic performance with breathtaking circus stunts and lightning fast wit make for a rollicking comic experience!
Room 91, Merrill Gymnasium

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Pizza party!
SeaDog Biscuits ice cream sandwiches included…and a special appearance by the Bates Bobcat!
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Making Bates memories
Decorate a frame and build a memento for your picture with the Bobcat.
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

7:45 – 10:15 p.m.
Free swim and games galore!
Lifeguarded swim with camp counselors (little ones first) and various games and activities in Merrill indoor track complex (hide-and-go-seek, tag games, dodgeball, tennis, rockclimbing, and more!). There will be alternative activity options for children who do not want to swim.
Tarbell Pool/Merrill Gymnasium Indoor Track

10:30 p.m. – midnight
Movies and popcorn
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

Midnight
Camp Bates concludes
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

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  • "While I donate to Bates every year, Reunion years provide a particularly strong reminder of the significant impact Bates has had on my life. It would be impossible to repay all I received. Hopefully the little I've given back will help someone else have as fond memories as I do."

    - Carol Spencer '74

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