Our Programs
Overview

More than 17,000 Maine youth between the ages of 8 and 18 have benefited from the summer programming at Camp Susan Curtis since it opened in 1974.  Today we offer four sessions of two week co-ed residential camp for a total of around 500 campers per summer.  We provide traditional camp experiences for 3rd through 7th graders, a variety of special ‘bridge programs’ for early teens, and a comprehensive leadership development program for older teen campers. Campers are invited from every county in Maine, and are referred directly by school counselors.  Campers must demonstrate financial need by qualifying for free or reduced lunch through the USDA school lunch program.  They receive full scholarships, calculated to be $1200 per camper per two week session.  The Susan L Curtis Charitable Foundation works year-round raising funds to provide a life-changing experience for these youth.  We are developing ways to stay connected and offer opportunities to campers and their families throughout the year.

 Curriculum

Guided by compassionate role models and focusing on character building, healthy lifestyles, recreation, and socialization; campers are immersed in experiential learning delivered through an engaging, inquiry-based curriculum. CSC youth develop the habits and skills for lifelong achievement with 98.8% of long –term campers who complete leadership development graduating from high school and 80% enrolling in post secondary study.

“Skills such as coping, dealing with disappointment and handling conflicts have improved. Also social interactions are more positive with less conflict. Getting along with others and reporting unsafe incidents has improved also. Better focus on academics and personal goals have been noticed also. Thank you!”
“CSC’s focus on assisting students with understanding the importance of their education has been significant and noticed by our school community. Please keep this up and know that CSC plays a big role in assisting many of our students to feel better about themselves and the important role of being responsible to themselves and certainly others….including their parents, teachers and their peers. 🙂 We thank you for all you do to assist our students to be the best they can be!”

— Feedback received from school referral partners

SUMMER PROGRAMMING

Traditional Camp Program (entering 3rd-7th)

Same-grade campers live together as a cabin family and participate in personally selected activities in Program Areas including arts, environment, sports, team-building, and waterfront. Campers participate in 2 days of team-building and 6 days of skill-building classes including a swim lesson. Character Development, Healthy Lifestyles, Literacy, and Financial Responsibility are part of camp curriculum. Camp-wide activities include campfires, carnival, and theme day with a unique weekend program.

Bridge (entering 8th-9th)

stART Success Through Art: campers create high-quality Visual Arts & Photography while developing interests and showcasing talents at the end of the session. STEM campers imagine, plan, design, and build a project and participate in activities using concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math. SLICE Campers participate in service learning projects and volunteerism while building leadership skills and community awareness.

Venture Out & Sports Leadership (entering 8th-9th)

Venture Out campers participate in adventure activities and practice Outdoor Living & Leave No Trace skills before embarking on a 3 day adventure in the Maine outdoors. Sports Leadership campers strengthen basic athletic skills while building leadership qualities on and off the field and court.

Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development (entering 10th-12th)

Leaders 1 & Leaders 2: As youth transition from camper to staff, they build leadership competencies and develop workforce skills while making meaningful contributions to camp culture in a progressive and supportive experience. College and Career goals and aspirations are interwoven with all activities.

Staff Apprentice

Staff Apprentice is the final level of the program requiring an application and interview. Designed to enhance life-long leadership skills through experiential learning in an emotionally and physically safe camp setting during a four week program.

Future Focus (entering 10th-12th)

Future Focus youth visit college campuses and career sites across the state while participating in workshops that include: college application & essay assistance, public speaking, and interview techniques.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING

Bowdoin Visit - CSC Camp to Campus and Career Trip

Camp Susan Curtis has extended programming, available to former and current campers. The programs encourage them to navigate the path which begins with high school graduation, higher education, and career aspirations by using habits and skills learned at camp – collaboration, communication, motivation to achieve, decision making, critical thinking, and beyond. Participants in year round programming will gain valuable information and resources with:

• Workshops
• Personalized college campus tours
• Job site visits
• Valuable information panels

Topics may include

• Applying to college
• Taking the Accuplacer and other testing
• Choosing a major/career path
• And much, much more

For more information about year-round programming please contact our offices at 774-1552 or send an email to info@susancurtisfoundation.org