FREEPORT — Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean announced Tuesday morning  that it will offer a debut summer day camp for children in Freeport via its Outdoor Discovery School program.

The camp will be conducted at L.L. Bean’s oceanside property on Lower Flying Point in Freeport.

It will feature outdoor games and activities such as archery, kayaking, canoeing, fly casting, stand-up paddleboarding and wildlife identification, Mac McKeever, L.L. Bean spokesman, said in a statement.

The camp will be available to children ages 6 to 12, by the day, a few days, by the week or the entire summer, he said. It will be led by L.L. Bean’s experienced camp counselors, as well as L.L. Bean’s instructors, many of whom are registered Maine guides.

“Our campers will engage in a variety of outdoor activities, but our camp will also encourage campers to develop communication, problem-solving and social skills through group games, activities and leadership opportunities,” Gretchen Ostherr, manager of the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, said.

“This will be a unique experience, giving campers of all ages the opportunity to experience the L.L. Bean brand in action.”

Prior to being shuttled daily to the oceanfront Lower Flying Point property, campers will be greeted by L.L. Bean’s counselors and instructors at L.L. Bean’s Flagship Store.

Once the campers arrive, the counselors and instructors will outline the day’s activities, divide the campers into smaller groups and begin the activities, McKeever said.

Throughout the day, young campers will also be assigned certain responsibilities, such as Safety Watchdog, Chief Navigator, First Mate and more.

Activity highlights:

* Archery — campers get instruction and plenty of target shooting.

* Stand-Up Paddleboarding — campers will enjoy this fun and popular activity.

* Leave No Trace®  Outdoor Ethics — teaches campers how to responsibly enjoy the outdoors by leaving only footprints.

* Fly Casting — a timeless, artistic way to fish.

* Kayaking — explore nature from a unique vantage point.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 to Aug. 23, with early drop-off and late pickup available. For more information, call 888-552-3261 or visit

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