Summer is here and we are so happy! We officially open the KBIA office on Monday, June 19th, and KBIA classes commence on Season Opening Day, Monday, June 26th. Thanks to our hard-working faculty and staff, we are ready to welcome new faces and welcome back old friends. And if you want to bring a friend, please do! As always, Week 1 requires NO membership fee to register for classes, so this is a great time to share the KBIA experience or even check us out for the first time. See you Opening Day!
It’s been a busy spring for us in the office at KBIA, and we thank all of our pre-registered families for helping us in advance. Just a reminder that registration is first come, first served, and classes are filling up! Send all required paperwork
to [email protected]
We are open all next week in advance of Opening Day, so don’t hesitate to contact us! We can answer many questions by phone, however, class registrations must be requested in writing by fax, email or regular mail. All forms necessary are available on our website at www.kbia.net
. Hard copies of the 2017 Registration Guide are available through the office.
Reminder that we are now at the two week out point for withdrawing from Week 1 classes with only a $10 administration fee per class. See page 26 of the Registration Guide
As of June 19 our office hours are:
Monday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM to 12 PM | 1 to 4 PM
Never been to KBIA? We are
waiving our membership during Week 1 (June 26 – 30), so now is a great time to check us out!
Children ages 2 and up may register for swimming, golf, sailing, kayaking, arts and nature courses (and so much more!) from June 26-30 and pay only the cost of the individual courses. Membership, which is open to the public, is otherwise required for Weeks 2-8. Campers register by the week, and classes are offered a la carte or as a “bundle” for morning and/or afternoon sessions.
Family memberships include twice-daily open swims for children, weekly beach bonfire barbecues, and open sail/kayaks on most weekends. KBIA also hosts an annual Seaside Celebration for members to enjoy cocktails and appetizers by the cove – invite your friends and family to join in the fun!
Prepping for classes
With so many classes to hop around to, it’s hard to remember what to bring! Here’s a cheatsheet to help you when packing up for the busy day ahead:
- Golf: Collared shirt, sneakers and clubs, at least a wood, 6 or 7 iron, and a putter
- Tennis: Tennis whites (each article of clothing is supposed to be 90% white, even hats!), tennis shoes shoes (these can be any color), raquet
- Waterfront Classes: Closed-toe water shoes and personal floatation device (PFD) – we have a limited supply but can’t guarantee a PFD in the correct size will always be available
- Marine Biology: Closed-toe water shoes
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Closed-toe water shoes and life jacket (we have a limited supply but can’t guarantee a PFD in the correct size will always be available)
- Island Exploration: Towel, hat, sweatshirt, a bag lunch, water, plus booster seat as needed; this class requires transportation in staff or parent vehicles
- Seaside Travels: A bag lunch and water, plus booster seat as needed; this class requires transportation in staff or parent vehicles
Jenny Theiler (formally Kowtko) will be back teaching elective art classes for week 8!
Greg Church will be our afternoon maintenance person – replacing Colin Bushnell who will be focusing on CIT and Sea Fleas. Greg previously assisted Vin with the tennis program.
Chelsea Cardner will be teaching Marine Biology. A recent graduate who is a few years into starting her teaching career, Chelsea also previously worked in the KBIA Adventures Tent for a few summers. We are excited to welcome her back in her new position!
Jacqui Holmes will be running our Tennis program this summer. She is a two time captain of Bates Tennis (including a year when the team was nationally ranked) and is a teacher and coach at Kennebunk High School.
Leslie Fiore will be leading our new Yoga class. She is a local Yoga instructor. We are looking forward to a little more zen on campus!
John Wilson will be joining us as our Nature teacher. He has been a teacher and educator for a few years and has just returned to Maine after teaching in Denver, Colorado.
Aquaholics will be contracted to teach our surfing program this season.
Jack Wiseman will be teaching Leathercrafts and Woodworking for the first half of the summer to allow Tony to be with his grandchildren. Tony will continue to teach these classes during the latter half of the summer.
Daniel Baldassare is joining us this summer as our new Waterfront Director, please join us in welcoming him to the KBIA family.
A Day at the Beach Road Race
KBIA 5k Road Race & 1k Kids Fun Run
Sunday, July 9
Registration is open for our KBIA 5k/1k road race on Sunday, July 9th. The 1K Kids Fun Run will start at 8:30am, followed by the 5K Road Race at 9am. Both races start by Mother’s Beach playground.
This year KBIA has partnered with Kids Free to Grow – York County’s child abuse prevention council to host the road race. All proceeds go to KBIA Scholarships and Kids Free to Grow – we thank you for your generosity!
If you are looking to participate in another way, we are also looking for volunteers. A fun way to get involved with a great fundraiser benefiting KBIA summer programs!
LAUNCH! Maritime Festival
Join us this weekend on Saturday June 17th, 10AM to 12 PM for a Cove Walk as part of the Kennebunk Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce event LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival. You will be guided by a marine biologist, exploring the cove by KBIA at low-tide to discover what lurks beneath the waters. Bring the whole family! Call the office to register at 207-967-2180. For more festival details you can visit www.launchfestme.com.