BANGOR, Maine — Representatives from 26 Maine summer camps were at the Bangor Mall on Saturday for a fair designed to recruit prospective campers and to let the public know what the Pine Tree State has to offer.

The 2017 Summer Camp Fair was hosted by Maine Robotics and sponsored by the mall, Maine Robotics’ Amanda Wilbur said as the event was getting off the ground early Saturday afternoon.

The United Way hosted camp fairs while the city of Bangor received summer camp funding from the Libra Foundation but stopped doing so until that program ended in 2010 after a 10-year run.

But last year the Bangor-area fair returned in the form of a partnership with Maine Robotics and the mall, Wilbur said, adding that she hopes that relationship will continue.

The camps represented at Saturday’s fair spanned a wide range of interests.

Want to learn how to speak Chinese? Or how to sail, or paddle a canoe? Or build your own computer or develop and market an invention of your own creation? Or are the arts more to your liking?

There are camps in Maine that cater to all of those interests and more and in many cases, financial aid, according to Ron Hall, executive director of Maine Summer Camps, a nonprofit organization that represents 125 of the state’s 175 summer camps.

The organization’s website features a camp-matching tool that allows the user to search camps by type and session length, by keyword or by reviewing the list of all camps or Maine Summer Camps’ yearly catalog.

Ann Shea was at the mall on Saturday scoping out camps for her son, Declan Schilling, who will be 11 in a week.

Shea said that the family just moved to Glenburn from western Massachusetts and that Declan, who is a fifth grader at Glenburn Elementary School, is interested in technology.

“I’ve been [watching] the Maine Robotics website and that’s where I learned about this because for a long time they didn’t have a lot of information about the summer programs,” she said. She was encouraged to get the latest information during Saturday’s fair, which she did.

She also picked up some information about Camp Invention in Bangor and the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, which she said Declan might attend when he’s older.

“I’ll be remembering that one because he’s very interested in science and math and that kind of thing,” Shea said.

As Wilbur sees it, there are some benefits of summer camp that go well beyond playing outside.

“It keeps their minds stimulated and it’s proved that kids who do summer camp also tend to get better grades,” she said.

An estimated 40,000 children and teens attend summer camp in Maine each year, a figure than includes nonresident campers, according to Hall.

The summer camp industry employs an estimated 10,000 people each camping season, he said, adding that a recent economic impact study indicated that summer camps indicated that summer camps pump more than $330 million, both directly and indirectly, into Maine’s economy each year.

He said that roughly $5 million a year in scholarship funding is given out annually to children from Maine.