Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping

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Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping
On the Hills to Sea Trail
On the Hills to Sea Trail

We had a populous and wonderful  2021 camp year, and we were able to provide over $2000 worth of scholarships to deserving Maine children to attend camp, thanks to your generosity! Thank you for supporting the great work of children learning in the woods, gaining skills and confidence in their own abilities and exploring the interconnectedness of this world.

From watershed week, where we traveled by canoe down the Passagassawakeag river basin from Ellis Pond and camped out on Hogback Mountain in the rain, to Harvest week when we pressed our own cider and made acorn flour, Camp Forest provided survival and interpersonal skills, and, of course, valuable time just being in the woods.

Campers traversed the Hills to Sea trail, swam across Half Moon pond, learned to start fires and stick fight, and earned Junior Maine Woodsman skills and badges. From all of us, a big hearty thanks for all these experiences!

We cannot wait to see you next year!

Making fire
Making fire
Post-portage on the Watershed Expedition
Post-portage on the Watershed Expedition

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2021 Camp Schedule
2021 Camp Schedule

Dear lovers of the outdoors, campers, potential campers and cravers of oxygen and trees,

Well, we didn't quite know if we would make it, but spring is in full force here in Maine. The gardens are planted, the chickens are broody, and the bugs have emerged. You know what this means: it's almost time for CAMP! After a year-long hiatus we are ready and rearing for a wonderful summer of canoeing, backpacking, fire-making, swimming, wild edibles, and connection to the land and people on whose knowledge and relationship to nature we rely on a daily basis at Camp Forest. 

We are on Wabanaki land, and during Camp Forest we will take a close look at the principles of stewardship and knowledge of the environment our Wabanaki brothers and sisters have fostered, and because of whom we still reap earthly bnenefits. We will seek out and honor ancestral knowledge of Camp Forest woods, streams, living and non-living things. We will look to a diversity of human relationships with nature to guide us as we build competency in the Maine woods.

As always, we thank you for making this possible in the lives of campers who would otherwise not benefit from this immersion in the outdoors. Help us make a difference in young nature stewards lives by offering camperships to one of the weeks of camp we offer above, starting at $225/week.

Watershed expedition is the first week of camp
Watershed expedition is the first week of camp
Harvest dinner celebrates local cultural knowledge
Harvest dinner celebrates local cultural knowledge

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Camp Forest 2021 schedule
Camp Forest 2021 schedule

We may have to change a few things in terms of social distancing and mask-wearing, but we at Camp Forest are gearing up for a great 2021 season. Adam recently announced his intention to bring both his older children from Peru to join us for the camp season, and they will wow our campers with their jungle skills, deep ecological knowledge, and way of being in the world. 

We wish to thank you again for all of the help you have provided to make it possible for more campers to attend from Maine, where out-of-state children's camps tend to edge out the local competition. At Camp Forest, we cater to the local and the exotic in more ways than one. With an emphasis on local ecology and local children, we also infuse our teaching with the rich cultural globality of the diverse worlds we as staff and children inhabit. Check out this year's schedule above

And for those of you who have not experienced a Maine summer of swimming, canoeing, fire-making, tool-making, and navigation... what are you waiting for? Plan your way through the lingering snow by making summer plans today... and tell your friends!

As always, thank you for being part of our journey.

Camp Forest blends socio-ecological worlds
Camp Forest blends socio-ecological worlds
Come swim with us!
Come swim with us!

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Social distance disc golf in the Maine woods
Social distance disc golf in the Maine woods

Wrapping up what would have been a busy camp season, we at Camp Forest reflect on what our children are experiencing. We hope to be able to provide them both social and ecological opportunities in the coming year, but in the meanwhile, our thoughts are with them and their struggling parents as they navigate the return to work and school amid Coronavirus. 

In good news, we have received funds from a regional foundation, the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust to provide camperships to struggling families' children in coming camp months! We are so grateful for their mission and commitment to environmental education in experiential settings like ours. 

Be well this fall. Alongside you and your families, we are hoping for a gracious adaptation to 'the new normal' in the coming months, for peace and progress during election season, and for lots of time in the fall color.

Thanks for your help with our mission and your attention to our struggles!

The beginnings of fall color
The beginnings of fall color

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On expedition 2019
On expedition 2019

What a trying time, and an amazing time to be alive. I know that you, like we, are experiencing the highs and lows of uncertainty as we navigate new waters. Some of you may have gone from being donors to being receivers, and if that's the case, I hope you'll reach out to the organizations around you who are volunteering their time and revamping their programs to meet need related to COVID-19. Expanding Opportunities has joined multiple local efforts to help feed and provide resources for our neighbors in Maine. We hope Camp Forest will also continue to be a vital resource for children and families.

Coronavirus update

According to our latest update from Maine's governor, Janet Mills, Maine Summer Camps may be allowed to continue starting on July, 1st! This means that our camp may be able to proceed as planned, since our schedule begins in July, and Camp Forest is well set up for social distancing:

  • We have small camp sizes (8 or fewer campers per counselor)
  • Our programming is 100% outdoors
  • We can accommodate multiple stations at a time where everyone can be supervised and still keep their distance
  • Our outdoor setting demands that we already have rigorous protocols in place for observing and carrying out hygiene and sanitation
  • We cater mostly to a Maine-based crowd, so attending camp won't require travel for most of our campers

What we need to do:

  • Adjust our knife safety protocols for smaller groups, since this activity requires constant vigilance
  • Engage the children in more small-group activities to allow for proper distancing
  • Prepare ourselves for even lower camp numbers due to fears and the Corona-related late start/hindrance to our marketing campaign

How you can help:

  • Help us get the word out to campers throughout Maine (and, later, in other areas allowing travel, if restrictions loosen): We have camp weeks available!
  • Continue contributing to our campership fund: now more than ever, parents are in need of educational, outdoor, inspiring childcare while they work from home or ease back into their jobs.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support.

Social distancing debris hut (2019)
Social distancing debris hut (2019)

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