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L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools Offers First-Ever Kids' Summer Camp

L.L.Bean's 33-acre seaside Lower Flying Point outdoor center to serve as the backdrop for a summer camp filled with a variety of outdoor activities – archery, stand-up paddleboarding, fly casting, nature walks and more.

Freeport, ME, March 12, 2013 – Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean announced that it will be offering its first-ever summer day camp for kids in Freeport, Maine, through its Outdoor Discovery Schools program. The camp will be conducted at L.L.Bean's stunning oceanside property on Lower Flying Point in Freeport and will feature a wide variety of outdoor games and activities such as archery, kayaking, canoeing, fly casting, stand-up paddleboarding, wildlife identification and more. The camp will be available to kids 6 to 12, by the day, a few days, by the week or the entire summer. The camp will be led by L.L.Bean's experienced camp counselors, as well as its world-class 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 at an age-appropriate level," said Gretchen Ostherr, manager of the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools. "This will be a unique experience, giving campers of all ages the opportunity to experience the L.L.Bean brand in action."

Each day, campers will be greeted by L.L.Bean's counselors and instructors at L.L.Bean's flagship store, prior to being shuttled to the oceanfront Lower Flying Point property. Once the campers arrive, the counselors and instructors will outline the day's activities, divide the campers into smaller groups and begin enjoying all of the great activities. Young campers will also be assigned certain responsibilities throughout the day, such as Safety Watchdog, Chief Navigator, First Mate and more. The camp runs from June 24 to August 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early drop-off and late pickup available. For more information, please click here or call 888-552-3261.

Activity highlights:

  • Archery: campers get instruction and plenty of target shooting
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding: campers will enjoy this fun and very popular activity
  • Leave No Trace® Outdoor Ethics: teaches campers how to responsibly enjoy the outdoors
  • Fly Casting: a timeless, artistic way to fish
  • Kayaking: explore nature from a unique vantage point

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and always shipped free. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. The 200,000 sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

Contact Information

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