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Oct 23, 2018

Camp Forest Quarterly Report Oct. 2018

Canoe fun during Watershed Week at Camp Forest
Canoe fun during Watershed Week at Camp Forest

Wow, we had a great year at Camp Forest during the summer of 2018! As you may know, Camp Forest caters to children in and around Maine who wish to learn traditional skills, such as fire-making, animal-tracking, and traditional arts and crafts. Camperships provide low-income children the chance to experience the Maine wilderness in a way they would not otherwise have. Of 28 enrollments this year, we were able to provide 4 full camperships and a total of 15 generous discounts as a result of donor generosity. That means more than half of our campers received aid for their camp experience, thanks to you!

This year, our campers went on a watershed expedition where they learned navigation, canoeing, and the basics of camp-making, and acquired animal tracking skills and knowledge of mammalian habits during Animal week. During Forest Basics week, newcomers to primitive skills gained confidence in their fire-making, map-reading, wood carving, wild edibles, team-building, and many other skills. Our veteran campers and non-veterans alike perfected their skills during Maine Woodsman and Eagle/Beaver weeks, and we were able to take a couple campers to observe elite skills-in-action during the official Junior Maine Guide testing week.

Our evaluations for 2018 suggested campers and their parents were most impressed with Camp Forest's wilderness setting and with the counselors, Adam and Mark, who allowed children the space to try new things and the support they needed to be successful in outdoor fun and skills. 

Every year, the proportion of children requesting financial aid grows, and we rely on donors like you to provide them full camp experiences. As we prepare to make 2019 at Camp Forest an incredible experience for low income American families, we want you to have a few images of camp fun to imprint on you as you decide where to give in the coming year. Thank you so much for all you do for child education and confidence, and please consider giving in support of our upcoming 2019 camp experience.

Best wishes for a holiday season from Camp Forest!

Camp Forest campers learn bowl and spoon-making
Camp Forest campers learn bowl and spoon-making

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Aug 16, 2018

August UPDATE

A lovely afternoon at JWHS browsing a new book.
A lovely afternoon at JWHS browsing a new book.

A very busy year in Kenya. As we approach the third school term of 2018, our children’s home has gained four more children. Only one of the four has a sponsor but we are managing.

One finished college and is now working, one will enter college in September. One started high school and one will take his high school examination. Three will be taking their Primary examination this term. All 24 of the children are in school.

Not only are we pleased with their academic progress but it is exciting to see them develop independence and strong character.

The children's center added a new feature, a Community Study Center and small library. Now all the children in the community can stop in and borrow a text book and get a little help. Many homes do not yet have power so eveing light for study is a treat!

Your donations reap strong, healthy, educated, independent children. THANK YOU

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Jul 31, 2018

SUMMER 2018 - FULL SWING!

Water, Fire Earth - What more could you desire?
Water, Fire Earth - What more could you desire?

Summer 2018 has begun!  Expedition, Maine Woodsman Week completed; Animal Week is next.  Children select an animal and learn about it, and spend a day in the forest BEING that animal!!  Lots of work with tracks, and camo.   Later will be Advanced Wilderness Skills, Forest Basics and Harvest Week.  Shelters will pop up all throughout the woods. After their fresh scents of fir boughs fade and the excitement of children building their first shelters, some last through the winter and shelter some native residents as they leave behind traces of their stay.

Many of the children that come to Camp Forest need our small numbers.  They are often sent from counselors and physicians for the healing work of the forest.   The Camperships for SUMMER 2018 are already expended.  Many children will not be able to attend this summer.  We need to double our efforts to obtain Campership funds as those children that need it most are least able to afford the experience.

The Campers thank you DONORS for assisting them to allow the forest to bring them fun, skills and peace to carry them back to school.

Victory! - A long climb to view the Watershed
Victory! - A long climb to view the Watershed

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