The UMF Fitness & Recreation Center offers a number of fun, activity-based programs for children, throughout the year: after school programs, school vacation programs, and more.

UMF FRC Announces Cancellation of 2020 Summer Daze Camp    6/3/2020

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the cancellation of Summer Daze Camp for the 2020 season. While we would have loved to have been able to offer camp this summer, the University of Maine System has determined that no campus will be allowed to offer summer camps this year.

How to safely conduct a children’s summer camp in our environment has been a topic of great deliberation since the FRC closed in March. The state guidance provided in May regarding best-practices for summer camps not only set benchmarks for how to open safely, but also left us with questions about how to provide an enjoyable experience for campers and staff while meeting our safety obligations. While the decision on whether to offer camp was ultimately taken out of our hands, we support the system stance not to offer camps this summer. We realize that this may create a child-care burden for many, but we are in agreement with the system that the risks of hosting camp ultimately out-weighed the benefits.

We are saddened by our inability to offer a camp experience this year. Summer Daze Camp is more than just a service that we provide to the community. We treasure our interactions with the children who attend camp, and the bond that it fosters within the community. The games, meals, and activities we enjoy with the campers is not an experience that we give up lightly.

We’ll miss you this summer, and we hope to see you next year.


Leah Brackett

Assistant Director – Youth Programs


After School Program

Our After School Program introduces school-aged children to a wide variety of fun activities and games.

Our aim is to offer a structured program to ensure that children receive a diverse experience active and interactive experiences but also allow time for free choice, open swim and open gym activities. During our pool times on Mondays and Thursdays we keep the participants active and energized with pool games.

Each month an updated After School Program calendar of events keeps parents up to date on the variety of activities we offer their children. Upon registration, parents can also join a closed Facebook group to follow activities, chat with other parents and keep up on upcoming events.

ASP Registration Form (pdf)
ASP Brochure 2019-2020 (pdf)
Children Info forms (pdf)

Cradles & Crayons Program

Cradles & Crayons is our supervised on-site daycare program designed for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten.

In this program, young children have fun playing games, reading stories, exercising and making new friends while their parent uses the hour for their own exercise programs.

Cradles & Crayons is free for all Fitness & Recreation Center members and those using the Fitness Center on a Guest Pass.

Monday–Friday, 9am–10am (closed if the facility opens at 10am)

Summer Daze Camps:

Summer Daze Campers enjoy fun summertime activities including swimming (in our indoor pool and at the Sandy River), water games, field  trips (Aquaboggan, Popham Beach State Park, etc.) dance parties, sports, arts & crafts, hiking, theme days and much more daily. Whew!

The Summer Daze Camp staff are enthusiastic, well trained college-aged women and men, including trained lifeguards. All staff are Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified. We have a minimum of 5 staff members working with campers at all times and maintain a maximum 10-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio.

2019 Camp Registration Form (pdf)

2019 Camp Flyer (pdf)

Children Info form  (pdf)

Leader In Training Program: Those going into grades 8 – 11

Our summertime Leader In Training Program is for older children, those going into 8th grade+, and is designed to prepare them to become camp counselors. They receive CPR and First Aid Training, leadership training and work closely with our Summer Daze staff who mentor them to work with younger campers.

2019 Application (pdf)

2019 LIT Registration Form (pdf)

Contact us for details:


Youth Fitness Program: 6-8 graders

Group-Youth Swim Lessons

Our Group-Youth Learn-to-Swim Lessons are taught under the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program curriculum and are designed to teach children water safety and confidence. Skill, coordination, growth, regular attendance, and practice, will determine children’s’ advancement through the different swim levels.

More information can be found here

For Children’s Programs info, contact:

Leah Brackett
Children’s Programs, Front Desk Operations
tel 207-778-7138

Contact Us

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine at Farmington
152 Quebec Street
Farmington, ME 04938
tel 207-778-7495
fax 207-778-7202