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Jul 12, 2019

Help low income campers attend camp this summer!

Successful one-match fire in progress!
Successful one-match fire in progress!

Dear ecology champions, defenders of vulnerable kids, supporters, and nature lovers!

Camp Forest is in full swing. We are submerged in our canoeing, one-match fire-building, swim safety, animal track identification, eating wild edibles, and using knives safely and competently. In short, we are learning a ton and loving every minute of it!

Thank you for taking this journey with us! Because of you, we are able to provide low income kids affordable and meaningful woods experiences. Yet there is still unmet need: we are only able to fund about 50% of our campership applicants this year due to the mission shift of one of the grant we relied on for camperships. We strive for every child who needs it, whether because of financial constraints or guardians' time constraints, to be able to access healthy relationships and natural experiences.

To that end, please consider providing partial or full day camp camperships ($225) or overnight camperships ($500) to provide healthy and confidence-building camp fun to deserving children.

We also have several camp openings remaining for the 2019 season. Check out our schedule to sign up for a week with Camp Forest. We have camp experiences for both children and adults, so feel free to share our report with those who may be looking for such opportunities!

Thank you again for all you do to help us treasure the beauty surrounding us and share it with others.

 

Sincerely,

Catherine and the Camp Forest Team

Salamander harbored by an Oak tree
Salamander harbored by an Oak tree
Learning tool use at Camp Forest
Learning tool use at Camp Forest

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May 13, 2019

Family searches, rains, and community study

Family search
Family search

JWHS

A new girl was brought to us at our home (JWHS) in April. A neighbor cared for the child and alerted the officials. There had been severe neglect and the mother is now serving time in jail for it. The children have all adjusted well and the new girl is assisting one of our other little girls who is having some very difficult adjustment issues. Living at the Home as of this date are three girls and three boys. Outside of the home but being educated with our assistance are ten additional children ranging from college to lower primary.

 

The rains delayed two months past the traditional start of rainy season – the fear of famine loomed over the village. Finally in May the rains began and the rush to plant filled the homesteads with activity. We also got our hands dirty and spirits lifted. At this time the potatoes, and maize and beans are popping their heads up promising at least a small harvest.

 

After settling all our children in school for 2019, the search for families continued. A day long adventure into the village of two of our children brought unexpected (and expensive) adventure and a firm lead for locating the grandmother. Family searches are important. Each child knows they have relatives and as long as they remain disconnected, they feel acute pain. Occasionally the rejection is unwarranted as the extended family has been searching for the child. Unfortunately often the family has avoided the child due to the fear of monetary burden. Regardless of the reason, the child has a need to know. We work with families to help reduce the real or perceived barriers to connection, as well. Family reintegration is often a wonderful occasion. Other times the child would not be safe in that environment, so we try our best to maintain some sort of remote relationship.

 

GCSC

Last year a donor assisted us to complete an addition that was started in 2003. It is now functioning as the Gordon Clem Study Center (GCSC). The study Center houses a small library, and large study/group space. Three days per week is for Open Study, and Sunday afternoon brings a movie matinee. During the day adults and college students may use the center for enrichment activities or private study, and Saturday morning will soon offer an enrichment activity for children.

Fields awaiting late rains
Fields awaiting late rains
GCSC group study center
GCSC group study center
Studying at GCSC
Studying at GCSC
Apr 19, 2019

Waking up Camp Forest in Maine Spring

Adam newly recertified in Wilderness First Aid
Adam newly recertified in Wilderness First Aid

It is April already. The snow has melted, Maple syrup season is ending and the trees are starting to bud. Adam Stone, our Maine Guide and Lead Counselor, is back in town from Peru and busy waking up the campgrounds and getting recertified. Mark, counselor, is also busy, brushing up on his wilderness skills and exploring fun corners of the Maine woods for diverse species of wild edibles and fire-starting fungi.

In the coming weeks, we will be receiving requests from low income campers for discounts on their camp admission. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support - we subsidized part or all of over 30 camperships last year!

Please consider renewing your support for Camp Forest's 2019 campers so we can provide wilderness training, fun, and newfound confidence to childrren badly in need of affordable outdoor fun.

We also hope you, too, are considering Camp Forest for your outdoor retreat this year. Remember, all children and adults are welcome!

See you in the great outdoors, we hope!

Mark in Camp Forest
Mark in Camp Forest's common area
Fungi Art from one of our campers
Fungi Art from one of our campers
 
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