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