Junior Maine Guide
The Junior Maine Guide Program (JMG) is a long-established wilderness camping skills program sponsored by the Maine Youth Camping Foundation and the Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It is an outdoor skills program designed to foster enjoyable, safe and healthy outdoor living experiences for youth ages 9 – 18.
The program, unique to Maine, was created in 1937 as an act of the State Legislature, in an effort to promote the use of the Maine wilderness for recreation as well as to train new generations of youth to adopt use practices that conserve the environment. It is offered by various Maine summer camps.
The program progression is divided into age-appropriate levels of skills that will enrich a camper’s summer program.
There are 3 levels:
Junior Maine Woodsman (ages 9-12)
Maine Woodsman (ages 12-14)
Junior Maine Guide (ages 14-18)
Junior Maine Woodsman & Maine Woodsman will be taught at CAMP FOREST. Award badges are presented for successful completion of these units.
The Junior Maine Guide level requires a candidate to have completed the Junior Maine Woodsman and Maine Woodsman levels (or equivalent), and to successfully complete a five-day testing encampment. Final testing is conducted by the Maine Youth Camping Association in cooperation with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the beautiful Stephen Phillips Preserve, Oquossoc (Rangeley) ME. To learn more about the requirements for junior Maine Guide please visit http://juniormaineguides.org/jr-maine-guide/
CAMP FOREST will teach the following MODULES
Level 1: Junior Maine Woodsman
Ages 9 – 12
Goal of the Junior Maine Woodsman Level: Individual Maine camps offer instruction and testing on each module to certify campers for the Level 1 Junior Maine Woodsman patch, and to lay the foundation for level 2, Maine Woodsman.
Level 2: Maine Woodsman
Ages 12 – 14
Goal of the Maine Woodsman Level: Individual Maine camps offer instruction and testing on each module to certify campers for the Level 2 Maine Woodsman patch, and to prepare them for the 3rd and final level training of JMG.
Methods of Evaluation: Oral Tests, skills tests, written tests, according to individual camp’s philosophy.
Length of Time Required: Varies due to length of camp session & age. Can be completed in one summer, or over several summers.
Modules & Areas of Evaluation
|Tool Craft||Trip Equipment||Fire Building|
|Canoeing||First Aid / Wilderness First Aid||Trees|
|Individual Shelter||Cooking||Hiking & Backpacking|
|Map & Compass||Group Encampment||Leave No Trace Camping|
|Map of Maine||Maine Issues & Environmental Concerns||Outdoor Living Skills|