Due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maine System has decided to cancel all camps affiliated with any of its campuses. This includes both camps located on or off-campus, including RAD Camp. We recognize the void this decision leaves for families with young children who depend on daily coverage throughout the summer. Please stay tuned as we are working to come up with alternative programming. If you had already registered for any RAD Camp program this summer you will be refunded the full amount. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. 

Swim Lessons:

Red Cross Learn-To-Swim lessons are offered all summer Mon-Fri from 8:00-8:45 a.m. or 4:15-5:00 p.m. and cost $30. Each session is one week long. The goal of the program is to introduce the camper to swimming and get them to the point of being able to swim without assistance. Since space is limited your camper must be signed up for a full week of RAD Camp to participate.

*Extended Field Trips:

We are excited to be expanding their extended field trip program this summer.  We will be taking a few campers on an extra field trip during five weeks of camp; The Mighty Jungle, Mystery, Shipwrecked, Lab Rats, and Myths and Legends. This will happen outside of the other camp activities with our normal staff. We’ve decided to limit space to allow for campers to take part in activities that we are unable to offer the large group.  These trips will be longer trips leaving at 8 AM and returning around 5:30 PM. To participate in the Extended Field Trip Program you must be registered for the entire week of RAD Camp. Extended Trips will cost an additional amount that will range from 25 to 35 dollars depending on the trip. 


Camp Goes Green Week – DEW Haven 

Heros Week – Escape Room

Pirates Week – Splashtown

Elements Week – Diver Ed

Story Book Week – Funtown

For more information about RAD Camp please email Dale Russell at dale.russell@maine.edu

Summer RAD Camp

Recreation Activity Day (RAD) Camps
Member & Non-Member:
$150 per week or $50 a day
Ages: 5-12, K-5

UMaine Campus Recreation and the Town of Orono are teaming up to offer Summer RAD camps.  These camps are designed for campers looking to explore many different activities and share those experiences with other campers.  Your child will engage in their choice of activities in a safe, supervised, stimulating, non-competitive environment.  Our home base is located in the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus, and we will be venturing into the town of Orono for many activities as well as the Greater Bangor Area.

RAD Camp offers an assortment of activities including swimming, rock climbing, sports, arts and crafts, canoeing, field games, library time, and many more. These specific opportunities we offer, are designed to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, responsibility, and teamwork.

Our philosophy is environmentally oriented, so while at camp our directors and counselors will be promoting environmental consciousness/sustainability in all aspects of the camp; a skill that your child will take into everyday life.

Registration Information:

We will process all registration and payments online.   Please click here to register for camp.  We will no longer accept drop-in registrations for RAD Summer Camp.  To hold your child’s spot, you must be registered and paid for by the Friday at 9:00 am before that week of camp begins.  This allows us to have more accurate camper counts and better planning.  We want your children to have a wonderful experience at RAD Camp, and with your help in registration and planning, we will get there!

New Payment Plan Option:

This year we are offering a new payment plan option that allows you to register your camper for all the RAD Camp they will be attending for a small deposit and then the remaining amount will be paid the Friday before each week of camp they will be attending.

Contact Dale Russell at Dale.russell@maine.edu


Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You may drop-off/pick-up your child up to 1.5 hours before/after these hours at no extra charge. See the Parent’s Guide for more information.

Camper Ratios:

In accordance with the American Camp Association standards, the counselor-to-camper ratio will be 1:6 for ages 5-8, and 1:8 for ages 9-12.

For more information about RAD Camp please email Dale Russell at dale.russell@maine.edu

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