Camperships for Ecological Wilderness Camping

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Coal Burning a spoon
Coal Burning a spoon

CAMP FOREST is preparing for the 2014 camping season. While snow blankets the Camp, the office is warm and busy.   2014 will feature a wonderful expedition from Lobster Lake to Chesuncook Lake along Wabanaki Trail in the Maine wilderness. This is a journey that Henry David Thoreau took in 1853. The Camp Forest expeditions are open to anyone from around the world! 2014 will also continue the special Day Camp EAGLE week and introduce BEAVER week for more advanced skills.

"Teach Less, Share More...The outdoors brings out a spontaneous enthusiasm in the child that you can skillfully direct toward learning."  - Joseph Bherat Carrell, Sharing Nature with Children. Camp Forest provides this unplugged experience for children.

But one in every 8 Maine people lives below the Federal Poverty line. This means that no matter how important a camping experience is for children, no matter how much they will gain from it, the family cannot meet their basic needs never mind even a modest amount for camp.

The campership program for Camp Forest assists with partial and full camperships for children in poverty.  

Thank you for your contribution making it possible for a child to attend Camp Forest.

Teaching Basket Weaving
Teaching Basket Weaving
Circle time
Circle time
Wood Carving
Wood Carving

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Coal burning spoon
Coal burning spoon

Camp Forest builds character, resilience, and provides a safe place for children to learn, grow, experiment and find release.

 Let me share a few quotations from parents in our annual evaluation.

“Camp Forest offers a camp experience unlike any other locally”

“I think Camp Forest is one of the very few really valuable experiences for children. I still consider it a miracle that I found you guys.”

“Camp Forest gives children the opportunities to fully experience a connection with nature.  Children learn important skills for existing in the forest.”

From a camper: “When I whittled a spear so sharp that the kid who was helping me with my nebulizer wanted it (the spear)”

“Camp Forest brings a three continent exposure to rural Maine”

PLEASE consider gifting a CAMPERSHIP to Camp Forest for all your 7-17 year olds this holiday season.

Shelter Building
Shelter Building
Basketweaving
Basketweaving
Coal Burning a spoon
Coal Burning a spoon

Today was the last day for CAMP FOREST 2013.  It is bittersweet.  The campers worked hard to build shelters, make baskets, try their hand at a bow drill fire, swim, fish, track animals, carve, make coal burned spoon and so much more. The summer was full but now is time to return to school. To know that Camp Forest is the subject of many of those “what did you do this summer?” essays is venerating.

Your contributions made it possible for a low income child to experience the freedom and peace of the forest.  The skills they learn assists them with their confidence and non-violent resolution skills ,both in the forest and in other social settings.  Research has repeated the power of nature to reduce stress and ADHD symptoms.

As we wrap up the 2013 Summer, we begin plans for 2014. One of those plans can include you as we replenish and rebuild our campership fund.

Central fire
Central fire
Basket Weaving
Basket Weaving
Exploring and riding the waterfall
Exploring and riding the waterfall

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The joys of weaving at Camp Forest
The joys of weaving at Camp Forest

Summer 2013 is well underway.  Campers are learning and having fun.  This week Camp Forest hosted Ray Reitze, a Maine Guide and founder of Earthways School of Wilderness Living. Mentored by a Native American, he taught indigenous skills at Earthways for many years.  His teaching sparked and fueled many cultural initiatives. This week he taught brown ash basketmaking.

Camp Forest has several weeks with opening this summer.   Those living or visiting in the Waldo County area of Maine can send their children to Day Camp; they can attend an adult workshop; or send a child on a wilderness expedition from anywhere in the world!!  Although Camp Forest is one of the less expensive camps, it is still out of the reach of many families.  Camperships are needed for children whose families could not otherwise send their child to Camp.

Ray Reitze teaches basket weaving
Ray Reitze teaches basket weaving
Cooling off on a hot day
Cooling off on a hot day

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A waterproof "Eagle Shelter"
A waterproof "Eagle Shelter"

The Time Has COME!!  SPRING is Here.  Parents and children are planning for summer!  Camp Forest is ready.  This year Camp Forest is offering three week long expeditions.  Chidlren from all over the world can participate in these adventures:   June 24 - 28   Passagassawaukeag River Expedition - The Passy: Campers travel by canoe through slow and fast water to reach the ocean at Belfast, Maine. Along the way they hone their canoeing skills, learn to make shelters, fire, cook, fish and forage.
July 29 - August 2 High Alpine Appalachian Trail Hike: This is a more advanced expedition and offers a taste of the Appalachian Trail. For those who have traversed the entire trail, it is an experience each hiker holds close to their heart.  Maybe some of these campers will be enticed to complete it in the future.  August 19 - 23   Beaver Expedition: the Beaver Expedition is a wonderful first expedition or a great place to hone more advanced skills.  Hiking into the forest,  creating camp, foraging, fishing, learning about fire, and water all add to this most memorable week.

Cooking over the open fire
Cooking over the open fire
Getting to know the river.
Getting to know the river.

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Location: Brooks, ME - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.exop.org
Project Leader:
Beverly Stone
Brooks, Maine United States

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