Summer Camps

After the last bell rings in June, TA is quiet...but not for long! Campus buzzes with activity during the summer months, offering camps for athletics and the arts, as well as opportunities for international students to study the English language, immerse in American culture, or get hands-on experiences through a new STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) program. New opportunities continually arise, so check back here often!

TA Summer Arts For Kids - FULL FOR 2017

Thank you all for your support and interest, the 2017 Summer Arts for Kids Camp is full.

TA Summer Arts Camp for Kids

July 17-21, 2017 · 9AM-3PM

(ages 8-12)

Each year our professional staff designs and implements engaging and age-appropriate activities around one theme. Every day begins with all campers joining together for Circle Time to discuss the day and upcoming events. Campers are grouped by age and are lead by a Jr. Staff Volunteer through a rotating schedule where they participate in projects and activities in 2D and 3D visual art, theatre, dance, music, creative writing and physical education. We celebrate the achievements of campers  on Friday from 2-3 PM with visual art on display in the Atrium and performances in the Auditorium.

TA Summer Arts For Teens

TA Summer Arts for Teens

July 24-28, 2017 · 9AM-12PM and 12:30PM-3:30PM

(ages 13-17)

This week is dedicated for Teens that are looking to stay active and practice their creative skills. A variety of courses in the visual and performing arts and new media electives are scheduled each year. Courses are offered in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Our professional staff are experts in their field and provide quality instruction for serious teens with a desire to learn new ways of working and to have fun.


TA Soccer Camp

WHEN:  June 26th – June 29th (Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – Noon)

WHO:  Boys and Girls (Ages 10 -14 // Grades 5 – 8)

WHERE:  Thornton Academy Stadium Field

COST:  $75.00 donation to Thornton Academy Boys Soccer

Click the image below to access the camp brochure. 

Campers will participate in a fun-filled soccer program that is age and ability appropriate emphasizing teamwork, participation, and enjoyment.  The main goal is to develop individual soccer skills within the context of team play and the growth of a “soccer sense.”  Topics to be covered will include: technical skills, tactical skills – attacking and defending, team tactics and development.

The Thornton Academy Soccer Camp is organized under the direction of Coach Andrew Carlson. Since the Fall of 2000, Coach Carlson has run the men’s soccer program at TA. Andrew holds a D – level coaching certificate from the United States Soccer Federation and a National Diploma coaching certificate from the National Soccer Coaches Association.


Additional coaching staff are current Thornton Academy coaches, and former Thornton Academy players for their ability to teach and demonstrate the game of soccer. Coach Carlson has worked with these coaches in the past and has only the highest of praise for their experience and skills.


Andrew Carlson, Head Boys Coach


TA Girls' Basketball Camp

This camp provides top quality instruction from Camp Director and TA Head Girls' Basketball Coach Eric Marston with support from several Thornton coaches and varsity players. It is held at Linnell Gymnasium. For information on the summer 2017 camp, please click HERE.


TA Football Camp

The Thornton Academy Football Camp provides a fitness and injury pre-screening test for all our incoming players. The will help access the physical fitness of each individual and discover any areas of weakness that could lead to an injury. Each player will be individually accessed and be given information for the summer conditioning program. Camp also exposes all participants to fundamental skills, techniques, and terminology used in the Thornton Academy Football Program. The staff is committed to proper attitude and discipline and will stress this with positive reinforcement. The atmosphere will be an integral part of the improvement and development of all participants. The week will conclude with participation in a controlled scrimmage based upon grade and skill level.


TA Youth Football Camp

The primary goal for the Thornton Academy Youth Football Camp is to build a sense of continuity, consistency, and pride throughout the entire football program. All participants will be exposed to proper fundamental skills, techniques, and terminology used throughout the scheme of football played in the community. Individual attention will be given to each camper, and the instruction level will be geared to all age groups attending the camp.


Click here for the 2017 Youth Football Camp Brochure!

TA Summer Programs For International Students

TA is excited to offer specialized summer experiences for groups of international students who have specific interests in areas such as STEM (science-technology-engineering-math), American culture, the arts, English language, and more! Please contact the Admissions Office at: or 207-282-5383 to discuss possibilities. Learn more about summer experiences, then apply online and come join the fun in Maine!


TA Field Hockey Camp

Thornton Academy Field Hockey Camp open to players of all abilities entering grades 2-9 at Thornton Academy’s Hill Stadium Monday, July 10th - Thursday, July 13th 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Players will learn or improve the fundamentals of field hockey while also working on individual and team concepts of offense and defense.

The TAFH Camp will be directed by head coach Lori Smith and assisted by TAFH assistant coaches and current TA players and alumnae who are now playing in college.

Please come dressed to play and bring a snack, and a water bottle. Sunscreen is recommended.

Mouth guard, shin guards, eye protection and a stick are required.

Youth stick packages available at Longstreth:

Equipment rentals are also available through Saco Rec. by reservation ahead of time.

Bad weather cancellations will be emailed/texted by 7:45 a.m. the morning of a session and money will be refunded per day cancelled.

Cost: $85.00 per player which includes a camp shirt. Please make checks payable to Thornton Academy Field Hockey. Fill out registration form and mail both by June 10th to:

 Lori Smith
Thornton Academy
438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072

TA Boys Basketball Summer Camp

Full Brochure Here

The TA Boys Basketball Program will run our summer basketball camp for 3rd through 8th grade boys from July 10 through July 14. Each camp session will consist of station work emphasizing offensive and defensive skill development as well as 5-on-5 play. Come join us for a fun week of basketball! 

TA Cheering Summer Camp

Full Brochure Here 

Join us for the TA Cheering Summer Camp on July 21-23! The camp runs 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the cost is $200. Email coach Kyle at for information!

Thornton Academy
438 Main Street Saco 04072 
(207) 282-3361
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