Plan, Prepare, Practice, Play!

Camp Goals

  • Provide inspiration, top level coaching and supervision in a successful learning environment
  • Challenge and support all campers to grow in confidence and reach their full potential
  • Coaching will meet or exceed the needs of new, experienced and elite high school & college athletes
  • Provide 1-on-1 attention for position-specific skills with the world’s best coaches
  • Develop and improve individual and team skills through games
  • Develop an intellectual understanding of how to play the game
  • Ensure an excellent, satisfying experience 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. My commitment to you is to provide an exceptionally rewarding learning experience that will have each camper excitedly sharing and showing what they’ve mastered to their teammates, family and friends.  Our low camper-to-coach ratio allows us to work with campers of all experience levels in a safe, supportive and positive learning environment. Through games-based learning, 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 at camp in July 2018 on Bowdoin’s beautiful campus in the great state of Maine!

Warm regards,
MaryBeth Mathews, Bowdoin Women’s Varsity Coach, 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 12th, 2018.  Lunch is included for campers and is available in Thorne Dining Hall at Coles Tower.  Family members are welcome to dine with their camper. (Approx. $10)


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