Camp Forest 2015 is instilling confidence building wilderness skills and widening cultural understanding. Thanks to Global Giving donors, more children who would not otherwise be able to attend have enjoyed a week at Camp Forest this summer. Especially special is the week dedicated to GIRLS!! Girl’s week was an enormous success. Girls will often “allow” the boys to dominate the more active and challenging skills. But when there are ALL GIRLS, they step up and give it a try.
The Watersheds Expedition, August 24 – 28 is still accepting enrollments. A child and/or parent can come from anywhere in the world to enjoy Maine’s primitive beauty. So send a child you know or donate to assist a child you don’t.
Join us for this wonderful expedition! We'll spend five whole days exploring the watersheds of the Passagassawaukeg River and the Marsh Stream in Brooks, Maine. This expedition begins at Camp Forest on Monday morning, where we'll learn how to use our gear and pack up for the expedition. After practicing with the gear and packing it all up, we set off on our first hike to Half Moon Pond to set up a comfortable primitive campsite and canoe and fish on the pond. We can visit our friends the beavers, muskrats, eagles, and fox. Who knows what you'll catch sight of!? From there we will hike up a mountain where we can see the entire Passagassawaukeag watershed from Brooks to Belfast Bay and see sail boats on the harbor. From there we will travel to the Marsh Stream watershed. We'll end the week traveling down the Marsh River to the Brooks Park. During this expedition, skills for the Osprey, Eagle, Beaver and Maine Woodsman will be learned. If you're ready for an amazing wilderness camping experience, this expedition is for you! Ages 8 and up, if ready.
Camp Forest 2015 schedule is up on line. Take a look and see how exciting this ecological wilderness day and expedition camp is! Among the new offerings this year are Earth Girl’s Camp – an entire week of Day Camp just for girls and Beaver Skills Week - a week of advanced wilderness skills. Returning for campers from anywhere in the world is the week long expedition down the Passagassawakeag River in Waldo County, Maine. This river offers slow moving lazy travel through field and forest, white water approaching the salt water of Belfast Bay.
Research has shown the many advantages of getting out into nature, Richard Louv wrote of the need for children to unplug and the healing nature of the outdoors for ADHD and other issues with plugged in kids. So help unplug children who might not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp. Your donation goes directly to pay a partial or full campership. THANKS as we look forward to a GREAT SUMMER
Camp Forest 2014 was a great year. With several very well trained staff and volunteers we were able to reach many children this year. Teaching them about the great outdoors and mentoring in community and nature. We were able to give opportunities to children who are very interested in learning more about the natural world, to come to several weeks of camp that they normally couldn’t afford. We were able to give children who would never be able to afford any camp experience, a highly trained staff, and one on one immersed in nature and Camp Forest educational program. Some children have continued to come back to Camp Forest from 7 years old to 17. With help from our scholarship program at Camp Forest their interest has been fostered even when their families have hard economic times, Camp Forest is still there for them. Some children have attributed Camp Forest to their interest in higher college education in environmental studies and wilderness emergency medicine. Our expert staff at Camp Forest is able to mentor children who are very interested and great learners, as well as children who have many emotional needs and parents that are not around for them. We are there for them. And we wish to continue to be able to mentor children at Camp Forest from all economic classes and needs. That is why we need our scholarship program at Camp Forest so we can continue to serve those in the area who really need the help, and would not otherwise be able to afford to have this experience that can help them in their very important childhood years. Thank you for supporting Camp Forest Scholarship Program. Sincerely Adam Stone at Camp Forest.
Maine has many forests, lakes and streams, and many Summer Camps. Camp Forest is a unique camp. Not only is our programming a full immersion experience in the forest, but also integrates wilderness education, interpersonal relationships and psycho-emotional healing in all the activities. Camp Forest also has the mission to offer this camp experience to low income children. Through the assistance of donors, finances have not been a barrier to camp attendance.
Children of parents limited by physical ailments, opiate addictions, or family tragedy are not uncommon. These children are not often given an opportunity to heal, or experience how the natural world can help them. Holding a frog in her hand and seeing its life, learning to hike and be strong to overcome physical restrictions, spending time playing and being happy brings the opportunities to confidently face life.
Camp Forest has provided a bit of stability for children who are forced to sleep in the vehicle with their single mother, or those with unstable home lives. Occasionally these children would run off and cry to a tree for a while, then return ready to face the world.
We have watched children who have problems with school, gain interest and a passion for learning at Camp Forest. We have watched children who would not listen, grow into amazing, attentive students.
Our low camper to staff ratio, un -walled free learning style, coyote teaching techniques, respect for all life, and peer mentoring is designed to find a child’s own inner passion for learning. We have successfully blended these children with high functioning children from healthy and skilled families.
If you want to help us make a difference in a child’s life, Step up and Do it.
Adam Stone, Senior Counselor
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