Camp Forest 2017 is now over. The oaks of Camp Forest stood firm in the latest wind storm. The squirrels and white tailed deer now enjoy the acorns and browse. The memories of time shared around the fire, canoeing in the lake, camping under the stars and learning new skills will remain forever in the minds of campers. Each year campers gain in skill and confidence Behind the scenes, the 2018 schedule is forming. A new family expedition will be offered. The Hills to Sea trail from Unity Maine to Belfast Maine opened in 2017. Camping is not allowed along the trail but Camp Forest will break the way with an open week long expedition led by Maine Guide Adam Stone. Check out the schedule at www.campforestmaine.com and start planning your summer as a family.
The work in Kenya is both rewarding and heart breaking. Each child is dependent upon you, the donor. This was a recent morning at JWHS, our children’s home. A well wisher thought we could help and brought these two girls. They are siblings. The elder one with red dress is Deborah; the small one is Rosemary. Their father died in the year 2013 and their mother died in 2015. They are living with a distant aunt because she is the only existing relative in the village, Mangu. They eat at the mercy of people. They are unable to go to school because they have no uniform or shoes. We told her that at this moment we are behind with donations for the children we already serve but they will be on the waiting list. They returned with hope the next morning. We fed them breakfast and had to send them on their way.
Their uniforms would cost approximately $35.00 each for one complete uniform, their shoes about $15-20 each child. The school will require them to buy a desk for about $15.00 each and then school fees on top of that. That is the one time cost to get them into school. Then each term, three terms per year in a public school is approximately $50.00 plus a few books and school supplies and one new uniform annualy. As they are in lower primary, we seek sponisors willing to take them through high school.
Thank you for your donations as that is how together we can make a difference. Tell your friends about us on GlobalGiving. Our waiting list grows.
Jigglyton, Wigglyton, Copy Cat: All names of villages in the woods of Camp Forest in Brooks, Maine. To obtain their Osprey award, campers must build a shelter; to obtain their eagle award, the shelter must be waterproof and bug proof from the materials provided in the forest. Teams go out and locate a spot and build their shelter. This year groups decided to build “villages”.
After their shelter is built they begin working on their cooking utensils, a coal burned spoon or bowl. Activity at Camp is individually driven around Camp Forest’s own wilderness badge system with campers working toward their Osprey or Eagle awards or the Maine based Junior Maine Guide curriculum earning a Junior Maine Woodsman, Maine Woodsman or Junior Maine Guide patch.
Your donation provides a full or partial campership for a child that might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. As we wind down the 2018 camping year, we dream of 2019 and begin building the campership fund.