Frenchman Bay Camp FAQ

What are the dates and times of camp?

We offer two date options, July or August:

July 16: 9am – 12pm
July 17: 9am- 12pm
July 18: 9am-1pm

or

August 5: 9am – 12pm
August 6: 9am- 12pm
August 7: 9am-1pm

Locations listed are for both drop off and pick up.

Where does Frenchman Bay Camp take place?

Each day of Frenchman Bay Camp is held at a different location. These preserves and trails provide rich and varied places for campers to explore. Campers will spend time hiking on days 1 and 2 and kayaking on day 3, weather permitting.

Day 1Tidal Falls Preserve, 72 Tidal Falls Road, Hancock (Google Maps)

Day 2Baker Hill Preserve, Punkinville Road, Sullivan (Google Maps)

Day 3 – Hancock Wharf, Wharf Road/Bay Avenue, Hancock (Google Maps)

These sites do not have enclosed spaces or bathroom facilities, with the exception of Tidal Falls Preserve (day 1 for each camp). Maine Outdoor School will teach the group about using the woods as a safe and discrete bathroom at the start of the program to ensure everyone can meet their needs throughout the camp.

Parents or guardians are responsible for dropping off and picking up campers at each site. Drop off is between 8:30am and 9am and pick up is at 12pm, except for the final day of camp, which ends at 1pm.

Can I sign up my camper for more than one week of camp?

The activities and locations for each week are duplicated and your camper may not want to repeat the same activities for multiple weeks.

How do I sign up? What does it cost?

Frenchman Bay Camp is open to campers between the ages of 12 and 15, regardless of home town or membership status with FBC. Each week of camp is limited to 12 campers. There is no waitlist.

The fee is $165 for the 3-day camp. At our secure payment page, select either the July 16-18 or August 5-7 camp options.

Camp registration closes June 15.

If you are registering more than one camper, please specify in the comment box or call (207) 422-2328. If you are making multiple registrations for separate camp weeks, make a separate payment for each camp week or call (207) 422-2328.

Registrations are not final until you submit completed health and waiver forms. It will take three business days to process your payment. When your payment is processed, we will send you a confirmation and links to the health and waiver forms.

If you are unable to pay the full camp fee, please email info@frenchmanbay.org

What are the health and waiver forms?

Each camper must have a completed health and waiver forms to be eligible to attend camp.

Is my registration fee tax-deductible?

No, camp fees at $165 per camper are not tax-deductible. If you’d like to make a donation with your registration, any amount beyond $165 per camper will be considered a tax-deductible contribution.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, we cannot refund your registration fee. You can transfer your spot to another camper like a sibling or friend.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Camp is rain or shine. If the weather forecast shows heavy rain or thunderstorms, we will change our location to Tidal Falls Preserve at 72 Tidal Falls Road, Hancock, where there is a backup indoor space. We will contact parents the evening before if we intend to change locations.

What does my camper need to bring to camp?

  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and other sun protection. Please make sure your camper applies sunscreen before camp starts each day.
  • Bug spray, if desired. Please apply before camp starts each day. We highly recommend that you do a thorough tick check every day after camp. Removing ticks promptly will often prevent disease. Remove the tick by grasping it with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and gently pulling until the tick is removed.
  • Campers should not bring toys or electronic devices to camp.
  • Swim clothes. This is not a swimming camp and campers will not go in water deeper than their knees. However, when we will be near the water, camper may be allowed to splash around. On hot summer days, some campers are more comfortable in swimming clothes or bathing suits. Since we have limited private areas for changing clothing, we request that campers wear the clothes they plan to get wet in.
  • Appropriate footwear. Participants must wear close-toed footwear you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, such as hiking boots or sneakers. Additionally, please pack a set of sandals or water shoes in case your camper would like to wade in lakes or at a beach.
  • Extra clothing including a rain coat. Even in the summer, it can rain suddenly or be cold near the ocean. Please pack a rain coat and sweatshirt or jacket. Because we often get wet and muddy, please pack a complete extra set of clothes for your child to change into.
  • Water. Please bring a filled 1 liter water bottle or equivalent each day of the program.
  • Snacks. Given the timeline of the program (9am to 12pm),we will not be taking a lunch break. However, we will take plenty of water breaks and at least 1 snack break each day.
  • Pack. A comfortable backpack to carry what they need.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We welcome parent or relative volunteers to stay during camp as an extra set of hands and eyes. If you’re interested, please email Frenchman Bay Conservancy at info@frenchmanbay.org

Can I stay after camp to play or have a picnic?

All camp locations are open to the public. You are always welcome to stay after camp ends.

Is before or after care available?

Maine Outdoor School can offer before or after care for an hourly fee, if needed. Please email hazel@maineoutdoorschool.org for more information.

What if my camper is not between 12-15 years old?

The Friends of Taunton Bay summer camp is offered 5 minutes from Tidal Falls Preserve for children ages 5-11.

Do you have first aid training?

Camp leader Hazel Stark with Maine Outdoor School is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder including CPR and a registered Maine Guide. She will have a full medical go-bag consistent with industry standards.

What is the best way to get in touch with a camp leader during camp?

If you will arrive late to camp or need to contact a camp leader during the day, the best way to be in touch is by sending a text to Hazel Stark at 207-358-0412. If you cannot send a text, you can call her or email hazel@maineoutdoorschool.org

What if my child requires accommodations?

If a participant has a disability, impairment or condition that requires medication or other reasonable modification, please inform us of the participant’s needs as early as possible in the registration process to ensure that we are prepared to address the participant’s needs. Once a modification request is submitted, we will consider that request
on a case-by-case basis and will attempt to accommodate the participant within a reasonable amount of time. Email hazel@maineoutdoorschool.org to notify the camp leader.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions not answered here, we welcome you to contact Hazel Stark at hazel@maineoutdoorschool.org. Thank you!