Fish Camp Info

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Don’t Miss it…the last summer of Fish Camp!  
 
Camp Directors
 
As Mr. and Mrs. Fish, we, Jeff and Deb Sandler, are considered pioneers in marine education. For over 35 years we have educated and excited children about the sea and the world of water in 20 countries and over 30 U.S. states. What is most satisfying to us is the fine work we have been privileged to do each summer in Fish Camp.

Location
 
Fish Camp is a seaside ocean day camp for children ages 7-12, located at the Mr. and Mrs. Fish Building on the beautiful campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. There you will find aquarium tanks filled with sea creatures, and beaches and rocky tide pools just outside the door.


Fish Camp Goals: 1. Fun 
2. Ocean Knowledge and Awareness
3. Positive Behavior
 

We want our campers to love coming to camp, so our primary focus each day is on having fun.  Silly skits, the Tests of Strength, Courage and Wisdom, and Dairy Queen Attacks, etc. are some of the activities geared for that purpose.  We also emphasize ocean knowledge and awareness.  Our campers will learn a lot about the ocean in a variety of fun ways such as Mr. and Mrs. Fish shows, crab races, “feature creature”, scavenger hunts, the giant sand castle, and more.  Our third concentration is positive behavior.  We promote kindness, sharing, self-confidence, cooperation and respect.  Campers at Fish Camp learn about themselves, the environment and getting along better with others. 

Choices
 
Choice is a big part of Fish Camp. Each day there are free time optional activities that enable the campers to choose what best fits their mood at that given moment. For example, campers might select mucking in a tide pool, creating a craft project, performing in a skit, playing kickball, 4-square or pillow polo, taking a lighthouse walk, building a sandcastle city or just kicking back for quiet games.
We also have several sweet guinea pigs which campers can choose to play with and hug during free time.

Nurturing and self-esteem
 
Mr. and Mrs. Fish and the staff try hard to make sure each child is having a fun experience. Campers who seem to have difficulty making friends are quietly assisted by a nurturing staff member.

We are focused on helping children heighten their own personal relationship to the environment. We also try hard to build up their self-esteem and their ability to relate well to others. Consistent with this, each session starts with "Tests of Strength, Courage and Wisdom".
 
These are fun challenge activities designed with the idea that everyone must succeed or no one does. Thus, our older campers focus their energy on helping the younger campers do well too. This builds a "we get by with a little help from our friends" ethic and sets a positive tone for the rest of the session. Observing the students in these introductory activities also gives the staff a good picture of who we have in camp and what might work best for them.

Fish Camp’s gift to your child
 
You honestly cannot do much better than Fish Camp. It is a well-run, safe, heartfelt environment. Jeff and Deb, as Mr. and Mrs. Fish, are highly skilled, masterful educators with years of experience. We are warm, caring people who see Fish Camp as an opportunity to give each child a very special gift.

Staff
 
The staff are a mix of professional educators, college students and high school students. They are chosen mostly because they are good role models for the campers. The ratio of staff to campers is about 7-1.

Timing
 
Fish Camp is like a school day in that it runs weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The staff arrives at 8:30am, so it is not a problem if campers need to arrive a bit early.

What to Bring
 
We recommend that our Fish Campers dress comfortably in knock around clothes and sneakers and    bring a bathing suit, a towel, and an extra sweatshirt or windbreaker every day.  As campers don’t always focus on keeping track of their clothes, putting their name on towels and clothing helps with our daily Lost and Flounder.  Fish Campers bring their own lunch and we supply cold beverages.  A water cooler in the building means cold drinking water is always available.  
 
Health
 
We look upon Fish Camp as a safe and nurturing environment. If your child has any health issues please indicate on the health form and/or speak with us personally so that we can address those issues to the best of our ability. If your child encounters any problems during a session, please confide in us so that we can adjust positively to meet your child’s specific needs. We are genuinely interested in making your child’s Fish Camp experience as wonderful as possible. 

Water Safety
 
During free time campers can choose to swim in the ocean if they would like to. This is done with a certified lifeguard on duty at all times and no child can go in the ocean deeper than their own waist. Most of the time, water fun consists of floating with their friends on our huge rubber truck tire tubes. 

Field Trips
 
We do a field trip or two during camp. Our field trips are fun, safe, and the kids are always well supervised. There are no additional field trip costs to parents, Fish Camp pays for everything. 

Transportation Fish camp does not provide transportation, but if you need help carpooling, please call Jan Geyer at 767-5517. 
 
 
2017 Fish Camp Sessions:

Session 1: Monday, June 26 – Friday, July 7 (no camp on July 4th)    

Session 2: Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 20 (SESSION FULL) 

Session 3: Monday, July 24 – Thursday, August 3 (SESSION FULL)

Session 4: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11 (SESSION FULL)

 

Please note that Session 1 goes Monday through Friday with no camp on Tuesday, July 4th.  Sessions 2 and 3 also go Monday through Friday the first week, then Monday through Thursday the second week.     

To make up for the lost day, in Session 1, 2, and 3, we have a “Double Day” which is geared to extra fun and exciting activities!  Instead of going home at the normal 3:00 p.m., campers will stay until 8:00 p.m. enjoying all sorts of good times including pizza parties, talent shows, etc.  Dates for the “Double Days” are as follows:

“Terribly Terrific Thursday” - Thursday, July 6 - Session 1

“Wildly Wicked Wednesday” - Wednesday, July 19 - Session 2          

“Wildly Wicked Wednesday” - Wednesday, August 2 - Session 3

(Please note:  No “Double Day” for one-week special edition) 

 

Cost:

Cost for Sessions 1, 2 and 3 is $675. Cost for Session 4 is $395. 

 

Fish Camp Registration: 
 
 
Register For Fish Camp Here
 
 
 
 
 

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Mr. and Mrs. Fish, Inc. ~ All Rights Reserved 

Mr. and Mrs. Fish, Inc. 
160 Fort Road 
South Portland, Maine 04106

Winter Tel: (207) 767-3629 

Fish Camp: (207) 799-6234 

E-mail: mmfish@maine.rr.com