"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
Self-motivated; Self-reliant; Self-directed
Coyote teaching is is an approach that is similar to the Socratic method but less systematic. A coyote teacher answers questions with questions inspiring natural curiosity and emphasizing inspiration, interaction, connections and creativity.
"Children who participate in "wild nature" activities such as camping, playing in the woods, hiking, fishing and hunting were significantly more likely to consider themselves active environmentalists as adults than those whose experiences in nature were more controlled or instructional activities or 'domesticated nature'." - Nancy Wells, Nature and the Life Course
Camp Forest Activities
The week is generally divided up into activities that will provide continuity and opportunity for skill building. Hikes are generally planned for Tuesday and Thursday and a group game for closure on Friday.
At Camp Forest campers may work toward the OSPREY, EAGLE or Beaver award and/or the State of Maine Junior Maine Woodsman and Maine Woodsman awards.
There are a lot of activities to choose from at Camp Forest.
- Shelter building
- Outdoor safety
- Fox Walk
- Coal burning
- Plant identification
- Compass and map skills
- Friction fire
- Wet weather fire
- Basket making
- Tool making
- Lost proofing
- Bow and Arrow
- Knife and Machete use and safety
- Identifying and tasting wild foods
- Stories in the TeePee
- Stories around the camp fire
- Special guests
- Week Long Expeditions
- Capture the Flag in the Forest
- The Culture Game
- The Animal Game
- Earn the Osprey Award
- Earn the Eagle Award
- And More
- Campers at Camp Forest build a natural village.
- They become its forest-dwelling inhabitants.
- They observe and participate in the natural world around them.
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