Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping

 
$655
$4,845
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Remaining
Nick adding the final touches to the EAGLE SHELTER
Nick adding the final touches to the EAGLE SHELTER

Summer Day Camp is over for 2012.  Season extenders will go on for the entire month of October. This provides opportunities for home schoolers, teachers in public school and individual campers to continue their education until hunting season begins.

This summer Nick was awarded the FIRST EAGLE BADGE! This represents acquisition of a series of difficult skills.  The camper works on these skills for several years. They include: constructing a water and mosquito-proof shelter; identifying 20 plants, advanced knife safety, bow drill or hand-drill fire, cooking a meal outdoors with metal pots and a small wild meal w/ bowls and baskets, demonstrate 10 knots & make cordage,  making baskets, demonstrating skill with map and compass, tracking in the wild, showing advanced respect of the human community and advanced respect of all life.

Congratulations NICK!

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There is something special about a canoe trip.
There is something special about a canoe trip.

The Passy or formally, The Passagassawaukeag River.  Camp Forest started off its Summer 2012 with a week long expedition down the river to the Belfast Harbor, Maine. The week began with a BANG - literally. No sooner had the canoes hit the water and set off to the first river bend when the sky darkened and the lightning struck within the mile! Rain pelted the evening and the mist covered the morning.  The first white water overturned a canoe sending the unattached gear floating down the river.  But did all this dampen spirits??  NOPE!  An adventure together is always exciting and the rain makes it more so.  The wet week ended with a glorious Friday as the group entered Belfast Harbor. 

What a wonderful way to start the summer.  There are two more expeditions this summer that anyone from anywhere in the world may attend and Day Camp sessions for the local folk.  Many families cannot afford a camping experience for their children.  Camp Forest continues to raise funds for camperships so any child who wants can attend.

Still Water
Still Water
Rapids
Rapids
A bit wet.
A bit wet.
Entering the harbor under the bridge
Entering the harbor under the bridge
Ending an exciting week
Ending an exciting week

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Archery Instruction
Archery Instruction

Camp Forest is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn and grow in the wilderness.  The 2012 season is on us. Already we are getting requests for Campership Applications.  Research shows that experience in the wilderness develops creativity, leadership, problem solving, and personal relationship skills as well as providing "lost proofing" and indigenous cultural and survival skills. 

Camp Forest is offering Day Camp and Expeditions.  You can attend from anywhere!  Take a look at the website and the 2012 brochure.

If you were a camper when you were young, then you are aware of the value of the camping experience.  Help a child have that same experience. 

First Canoe Ride
First Canoe Ride
Eagle Shelter
Eagle Shelter

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Exploring the Lake Ecosystem
Exploring the Lake Ecosystem

Camp Forest begins its 2012 Season with some weekend season extenders starting in March. The 2012 brochure is ready. Take a look at http://www.campforestmaine.com. We are excited about this summer and the opportunities offered pre and post season, expeditions and summer day camp.

Russell Roeder, president of Kipstone Consulting, shared, "I started going to a summer camp when I was 9. I finished as that camp’s program director when I was 21. It taught me honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. It gave me confidence I never would have discovered in the classroom, school yard or even in the loving home I was blessed to have. It gave me lifelong friendships that have continued to this day (I’m 58). It provided a basis for a long and successful career in the health care industry."

We thank you for assisting children who could not attend Camp Forest without financial assistance. 

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Season Extender
Season Extender

For the first year Camp Forest extended the Camp experience for Home Schoolers and others right up until hunting Season!

The small group had intensive training in their desired skill sets. They refurbished the birch bark wigwam, worked on fire making,coal burning, plant identification and more.

Here is a paren'ts comment

Thank you for a great week of outdoor fun! The boys had a fantastic time...& as shown, they continue to do so after camp! Thank you, Camp Forest, for teaching great skills & nurturing a love of nature.

Inside the refurbished WigWam
Inside the refurbished WigWam

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Beverly Stone

Brooks, Maine United States

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