Camp Bates 2016

Camp Bates Children’s Program offers engaging programming for children ages 4 to 13 on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening. Children must be pre-registered ($25 per child) to participate.

If you are bringing children too young to attend Camp Bates, please contact us at or 207-755-5976 for a list of babysitters.

2017 Camp Bates Programs with Alumni

Story Time with Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares ’97
Join award-winning children’s book author-illustrator Matt Tavares ’97 for a reading of Zachary’s Ball, and hear the story of how his senior thesis at Bates became his first published picture book. Matt will also give a behind-the-scenes look at his process of writing and illustrating children’s books, followed by a drawing demonstration and question time.
Saturday: 9:30–10:30am

“Andy’s Animals” Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals
Join Victoria Wyeth ’01, the grandchild of American artist Andrew Wyeth, for an interactive and family-friendly art activity. Victoria draws on her experience leading children’s programs at arts museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process.
Saturday: 3:15–4pm

2016 Schedule

Friday, June 10

7  – 8pm
Camp Bates Registration
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

7 – 8:15pm
Welcome! Icebreakers and Get-to-Know-You Games
Includes a ferris wheel group activity and Bates Build game (with marshmallows and spaghetti noodles).
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

Cookie Decorating
Decorate and enjoy your own Bobcat paw cookie!
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

Olin Arts Center Terrace

Movies and Popcorn
Olin Arts Center, Room 104 and 105

Camp Bates Ends for the Evening
Olin Arts Center, pickup is on the first floor (Lake Andrews level)

Saturday, June 11

Camp Bates Opens for the Day
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

8 – 10:30am
Camp Bates Registration Continues
8 – 9:15 am: **Merrill Gymnasium** New Change  (Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor)
9:30-10:30 am: Olin Arts Center, Room 259

8 – 9:15am
Summer Games and Parade Crafts
Decorate your own visor, make your own pinwheel, and join counselors for summer games.
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

9:30 – 10:15am
Andy’s Animals” Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals
Join Victoria Wyeth ’01, only grandchild of American artist Andrew Wyeth, for an interactive and family-friendly art activity. Victoria draws on her experience leading children’s programs at art museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process. Please note that no photography is allowed during this presentation.
Benjamin E. Mays Center

10:15 – 10:45am
Snack, Balloons, and Reunion Parade Crafts
Benjamin E. Mays Center

Pick Up at Benjamin E. Mays Center
Parents are encouraged to include their little ones in the Reunion Parade and barbecue picnic lunch.
Benjamin E. Mays Center

Camp Bates Resumes
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

3 – 4pm
Future Bobcat Scientists: Team Egg-Drop Activity
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

4 -6pm
Inflatable Bounce House, Field Sport Playtime and a Bobcat Adventure!
Campers will participate in two activity rotations with children of their same age group: 1) Inflatable bounce house and field sport playtime and 2) a Bobcat nature hike up Mount David or the Camp Bates Scavenger
1) Ladd Library Quad (and the Gray Cage); 2) Across campus

6:15 – 7:15pm
Pizza Party
SeaDog Biscuit ice cream sandwiches and a special appearance by the Bates Bobcat!
Pettengill Hall, Ground Floor

7:30 – 9:15pm
Free Swim and Games Galore
Campers will participate in one or both of two activity stations: a lifeguarded swim with camp counselors and/or various games and activities in the Merrill indoor track complex (hide-and-go-seek, tag games, dodgeball, tennis, rockclimbing and more).
Merrill Gymnasium: Tarbell Pool / WalterSlovenski Indoor Track

Camp Bates Campfire
Roast marshmallows and tell stories!
Page Field

10pm – midnight
Movies and Popcorn
Olin Arts Center, Rooms 104 and 105

Camp Bates Concludes
Olin Arts Center, pickup is on the first floor (Lake Andrews level)