25 Guptil Farm Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605


Camp Sunshine

Summer at DMS promises plenty of fun, making full use of our outdoor environment. Our summer program begins with a deep respect for each child as an individual. We will continue to educate our campers by inspiring an interest in learning through the exploration of weekly themed lessons using our school’s Montessori approach.

DMS Camp Sunshine will provide your child with plenty of fresh air activities; gardening, sprinkler fun, nature walks, story time yoga, outdoor art, and full use of our playground at drop off and pick up. We will focus on providing direct spontaneous contact with nature, and continue the growth and development of the whole child. Additionally, our summer camp program will help build and maintain an affinity towards nature that begets curiosity and play in the natural world.

DMS summer camp also provides a daily rest period. Those entering K & 1st grade excluded, and will participate in a quiet restful afternoon session.

Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00 - Arrival @ the Playground with Ball & Lawn Games
9:00-9:15 - Snack with Story Time or Camp Songs
9:15-11:15 - Camper Choice – Your child will have opportunities to choose from a variety of activities in Practical Life, Sensorial, Science, Art, Group Crafts, Gardening and Nature Activities, Quiet Reading and more all in our outdoor environment.
11:15-11:30 - Bathrooms & Change for Sprinkler (M-W-F)
11:30-12:00 - Sprinkler or Nature Walk (T-TH)
12:00-12:15 - Bathrooms & Change for Lunch & Sunscreen
12:15-1:00 - Outdoor Picnic Lunch, Yoga Games & Stories
1:00-1:15 - Transition to Indoor Rest Time
1:15-2:45 - Rest Time (children entering 1 st grade excluded)
2:45-3:15 - Snack & Camp Songs
3:15-4:00 - Camp Games & Dismissal @ the Playground

Schedule is subject to change. Download Schedule.

Montessori student work, weaving fabric, fiber arts

Weekly Themes

Week 1*Red White & BlueJuly 1 -3
Week 2Gone CampingJuly 8 – 12
Week 3Space is the Place!July 15 - 19
Week 4Birds Bugs & ButterfliesJuly 22 - 26
Week 5Mighty MandalasJuly 29 – Aug 2
Week 6OceansAugust 5 - 9
Week 7Exploring the Rain ForestsAugust 12 – 16

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Flat Weekly Rate of $190.00. Weekly payments due MONDAY of your child’s attending

* Week 1 DMS is closed July 4th & 5th, flat rate of $114.00.

The mission of Dirigo Montessori School is to provide creative and stimulating intellectual, artistic, and developmental experiences for pre-school and kindergarten aged children (3-6 years old). We strive to nurture each child’s innate desire to learn and to foster his/her natural curiosity and love of knowledge. True to the classical origin of its name, Dirigo Montessori School mentors its students in their first steps to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.