Camp Bates

Make Reunion 2018 a family vacation!

Camp Bates 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 or 207-755-5976 for a list of babysitters.

Sample Schedule

Friday, June 9

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

Cookie Decorating

Olin Arts Center Terrace

Movie and Popcorn

Camp Bates Ends for the Evening

Saturday, June 10

Camp Bates Opens
Registration continues

Summer Games and Parade Crafts

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

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

Camp Bates Resumes

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.

Pizza Party
Lots of pizza, plus Sea Dogs Biscuit ice cream sandwiches and a special appearance by the Bates Bobcat!

Movie or Games

Camp Bates Campfire
Roast marshmallows and tell stories!

Movies and Popcorn

Camp Bates Concludes