Plan, Prepare, Practice, Play!

Camp Goals

  • Provide top level coaching and supervision in a successful learning environment
  • Challenge and support all campers to gain confidence and reach their full potential
  • Coaching will meet or exceed the needs of new and experienced high school & college athletes
  • Provide 1-on-1 attention for position-specific skills
  • Develop and improve individual and team skills through games
  • Develop an intellectual understanding of how to play the game
  • Ensure an excellent experience with satisfaction and fun for all

What to Bring

  • Mouth guard, water bottle
  • Rugby shorts, t-shirts, and rugby shirts
  • Scrumcap (optional), any base layer for hot weather comfort
  • Cleats, sneakers, rugby socks and/or athletic socks, flip-flops
  • Eagerness to learn and a great attitude!
  • Casual attire for non-practice activities
  • Bathing suit, towel (for pool)
  • Sweatshirt or fleece top, sweatpants in case of cool evenings
  • Sleepwear and Toiletries, including sunscreen
  • Provided for you:  sheets, blanket, pillow case, 2 towels and a washcloth
  • Portable Fan (recommended)
  • Please leave all valuables at home

Letter from the Director:

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you for considering Polar Bear Rugby Camp at Bowdoin College. In our 6th year, we’ll provide a rewarding and professional experience with excellent coaching to campers of all experience levels in a safe, supportive and positive learning environment. Camper safety and player development are our top priorities.  Campers will receive professional instruction from a team of outstanding coaches who will teach and inspire them to take their game to the next level! We look forward to seeing you in July 2017 and will assure you get the most out of your rugby experience in the beautiful state of Maine!

Warm regards,
MaryBeth Mathews, Camp Director


MaryBeth Mathews
(207) 725-3535


Residential and Commuter campers must check-in at Coles Tower Lobby between 11:30am – 1:15pm on Thursday, July 13th, 2017.  Lunch is included for campers and is available in Thorne Dining Hall at Coles Tower.  Family members are welcome to have lunch at a reduced cost (approx $7).


Bowdoin College is easily accessible by car, train, bus, and air. Rides can be arranged from the Portland airport. Amtrak and Concord Bus Lines at Downtown Station in Brunswick are just a 3 minute walk from campus.  We’re happy to meet students/campers there.


Bowdoin College
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011

Smith Union
College Street
Brunswick, ME 04011