Camp Bates

 
Make Reunion 2017 a family vacation!

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, as we need to arrange adequate staffing.

“I like Camp Bates because I got to dance with the Bobcat and play in the bounce house. I got my face painted like a Bobcat and I liked the counselors.” — Avery, age 6

All programs are run by Bates students and are headquartered in the air-conditioned Pettengill Hall. You are welcome to check your children in and out of the programs throughout the day to suit your family’s needs.

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

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, June 9

7pm
Welcome and Registration
Icebreakers and get-to-know you games (children usually eat dinner with their parents)

8:15pm
Cookie Decorating

9pm
Fireworks
Olin Arts Center Terrace

9:30pm
Movie and Popcorn

11pm
Camp Bates Ends for the Evening

Saturday, June 10

8am
Camp Bates Opens
Registration continues

8–9:15am
Summer Games and Parade Crafts

9:30–10:30am
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.
Benjamin E. Mays Center

10:45am
Pickup for Alumni Parade and Lunch
Parents are encouraged to include their children in the Alumni Parade and barbecue lunch.

3pm
Camp Bates Resumes

3:15–4pm
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.

4 -6pm
Bobcat Adventures: Inflatable Bounce House and Field Sport Playtime
Campers will participate in multiple activity rotations.

6:15-7:15pm
Pizza Party
Lots of pizza, plus Sea Dogs Biscuit ice cream sandwiches and a special appearance by the Bates Bobcat!

7:30-9:15pm
Movie or Games

9:30pm
Camp Bates Campfire
Roast marshmallows and tell stories!

10pm-midnight
Movies and Popcorn

Midnight
Camp Bates Concludes