Camp Forest has been a project of Expanding Opportunities for many years. It has been a wonderful project offering a wilderness opportunitiy for many children.
This year, 2022, it has grown and has left the organization's cover. It is still offering the same fantastic programming at the same location. It continues its Campership Program but donations are not tax deductible.
It you would like to see the camp's 2022 offerings, please visit www.campforestmaine.com
We at Expanding Opportunities wish blessings and growth, success and expansion to Camp Forest's new owner.
We thank GlobalGiving for its assistance in growing Camp Forest.
We Thank you, wonderful donors, who supported the Campership Program through Global Giviing.
A message from Camp Forest's curriculum designer, and some images of warmer times:
It's been a thing of pride at Camp Forest to be able to serve the poor and needy of our local community. We have had hard working families that dont have the economic opportunity to participate in any sort of summer camp. We have been able to help innocent children whose families are victims of the opioid crisis. Children who have lost parents. Children who are in risk. We are proud to be able to protect, teach, and heal children with nature therapy and outdoor education. Teaching them confidence, independence and pride of themselves. We Thank all of those who have helped with donations and volunteering.
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!
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
Harvest dinner celebrates local cultural knowledge
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.
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