Day Camp Schedule
2017 Day Camp Schedule
Camp Forest sessions are weekly. Campers may attend as many weeks as desired.
July 3 - 7 ART WEEK - PARADE FLOAT and CAMP FOREST TRAINING WEEK Come explore your creative side in an all-outdoor experience of artistic fun! Dye cloth with things you find growing in the woods, sketch on mushrooms, paint with mud and bark, and make your crafts beautiful with decorative carving, feathers, glazes, or paint. The wilderness is a perfect place to find inspiration as an artist and creator, and this week, we'll look at the forest with new eyes as we see the possibilities for beauty in the primitive skills world. We'll have a chance to showcase our projects at the annual Brook 4th of July Parade on Monday! All with an interest in creativity in the outdoors will love this camp July 4th is a special day, Brooks field Day, Campers will ride the float and be at the park all day assisting with canoe rides, face painting and participating in demonstrations of skills.
This year we have combined Art Week with our special Training. Camp Forest Staff and anyone interested in learning about Summer Camps, teaching and mentoring children in and about the Natural World. Adam Stone with over 10 years of experience working in this fireld will teach you the skills needed. You will learn deeper levels of the Nature Therapy used at Camp Forest including Coyote Teaching, direct experience, safe space, mentoring, free form scheduling and finding one's inner passion for learning.-- Ages 7 - 17
July 4 Ride the Float in the Brooks Parade! All Camp Forest campers past and present are welcome. Camp Forest's fun float in the annual Brooks Parade is always a big hit, and our booth is known for nature-themed face painting, surprise games of Fox Tails, and canoe rides along the stream. If you're sneaky, you might even see a muskrat from the boat! Come join us in connecting with our community at this fun local event, and look for your Camp Forest friends! All ages. Campers meet in Brooks near the railroad tracks at 9 am. Parents of riders will pick up their children at the end of the parade route. Parents of campers for this week will pick up their children at the park at 4 pm.
Parents please provide your children with lunch and or money for rides and snacks. See Special Events
July 10 - 14 THE PASSY - SPRING EXPEDITION Adult and Youth (see Expeditions Schedule). This is our special Day and Expedition Camp week. We combine day camp by telling your the drop off and pick up place and time each day. The child will join the expedition for the day. If the PASSY is low water we will select an alternate river close by.
July 17 - 21 Maine Woodsman Week Camp Forest participates with the State of Maine's Junior Mainde Guide Program which begins with learning skills for the Maine Woodsman Badge. Campers experience a week in the woods learning the basics of outdoor living: building their own shelters, outdoor cooking to sustain themselves, working on their mapping skills, treating more advanced first aid issues (fainting, stomach aches, sprains), developing an awareness and appreciation of the outdoors, as well as perfecting their water-based skills—canoe paddling, fishing, fish identification, and more.Those campers ages 14 - 18 with sufficient skills can test for their Junior Maine Guide badge on July 24 - 28. This is a GREAT preparation weeek.
July 24 - 28 Junior Maine Guide Testing Week Camp Forest offers the Maine Woodsman badge which is a State of Maine badge leading to the Junior Maine Guide. This week is a special week for testing to obtain the Junior Maine Guide. It is a state-wide weeklong test where campers from across the sate gather at Stephens Phillips Preserver in Rangely, Maine for a week of rigorous testing. Camp Forest expects to bring a group of Campers from Camp Forest to be the first to obtain this honor. Campers will be accompanied to the testing site by Maine Guide, Adam Stone. Campers must be ages 14 - 18 to test.
July 31 - August 4 ANIMAL WEEK So many animals live all around us here in Maine, but we hardly ever see them! Spend a week getting close to our animal neighbors in every way-- This week you will learn to walk like a fox, see like an owl, hear like a deer. Starting out with painting our faces like our favorite local animals, we'll go on to track and find sign of all the animals in our woods, make crafts from animal bones and furs, learn bird calls and frog sounds, and even get to see all kinds of animal skulls, pelts, track casts, and photos. Every day, we'll play sneaking games so that we can get closer to the animals, walk like the animals walk, and learn where to sit and hide if we want to watch them. By the end of the week, you'll know what kind of animals live around you, where to go look for them, and what kinds of track and sign they leave behind. You may feel like you're a fox or a rabbit yourself by Friday! Join us for an animal adventure and go home ready for the next level-- biology, hunting, photography, or just seeing lots of animals! Ages 7-17
August 7 - August 11 Eagle and Beaver Skills Week (required sleep over Thursday night) - Camp Forest's unique badge system challenges campers to a high level of skill and accomplishment-- Eagle and Beaver Week is a week for digging deep into the part of your badge journey that inspires you! If you've gotten your Osprey Badge or your Eagle, join us this week and spend five days with other campers who are excited about taking their nature skills to the next level. You will learn sirvival, shelter, navigation, carving, baskets, nartual arts, tracking, plant, cooking fires, ecoloy and community skills. With everybody sleeping over on Thursday night, you'll get the feeling of living in the woods with your friends as you cook over the fire, play night games, and hear the birds singing around you in the morning. You'll have access to lots of one-on-one and peer mentoring to make progress, and this very self-directed week lets you decide what you want to focus on learning. But don't worry, we'll still have time for games, songs, swimming, and stories mixed in with all those skills! If you already hae your Eagle, like a clever, busy beaver, spend this week making awesome things like baskets, ropes, tools, leather bags, and gear-- but all off the landscape! The Beaver is aimed at older and more experienced campers. Mixed in with the usual games, swimming, songs, and skills, we'll spend a week helping each other finish those primitive projects that take more skill and focus, and you'll go home with something you've made to show for your time. Perhaps a bark basket that you can cook in, or a carry basket for holding wild mushrooms or fish? Perhaps a gourd water bottle, or a sun hat woven of cattails? We will also be learning awareness skills and attempting to see a beaver on the overnight. Navaigation, map and compass, and emergency medical skills for your use in the backwoods and required for the Maine Woodsman Badge will be included. The sky's the limit-- let us know in advance if there are specific projects you're super excited about, and we can help you make them! Ages 10 and up-- Osprey Badge skills or equivalent is required. Eagle Badge is encouraged. Skills for the Beaver and Maine Woodsman will be learned. Call with questions! All ages-- but skills are a prerequisite.
August 14 - 18 LOCAL WATERSHEDS EXPEDITION and DAY CAMP Adult and Youth See Expedition Schedule. This is our special Day and Expedition Camp week. We combine day camp by telling your the drop off and pick up place and time each day. The child will join the expedition for the day. If the PASSY is low water we will select an alternate river close by.
August 21 - 25 HARVEST WEEK and DINNER at Camp Forest Nearing Fall and the time of harvest, we will be in natural abundance; blueberries, apples, hazelnuts, and fish. Come learn forest harvest skills, play games and prepare for the community harvest meal. FAMILIES WELCOME
August 25 HARVEST DINNER See Special Events
EAGLE AND BEAVER SKILLS WEEK - This is a special Day Camp Week for next step and advanced campers. Campers need to have obtained their OSPREY, EAGLE or equivalent skill acquisition to attend this Day Camp week. The Beaver is an advanced skills badge. This week will intriouce a few of the advanced skills that will need to be mastered for the full Beaver Badge.
HARVEST DINNER - A HARVEST DINNER will be enjoyed at Camp Forest from 4:30pm to 7 pm. All community members are welcome to attend. A Free Will donation jar will be available with proceeds applied to the campership fund of Camp Forest. Please bring a fresh harvest dish.
Hours: Day Camp is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Cancellations: A camp session may be cancelled if there are less than six registered campers. Register early to ensure your spot!
Refunds: A refund will be issued if camp is cancelled due to low registration. Camp fees will also be fully refunded if cancellation request is made at least one week in advance of the first day of the registered week. Camp fees are non-refundable after the Friday before Camp Week.
Registration: Camp space is limited. Spots fill up quickly. Register early to ensure your spot at your requested week(s). Requested week(s) are considered secured upon receipt of full payment. Full payment must be made by the Friday before the Camp Week. As usual we will accept last minute campers on a space available basis.
Visitors: Parents or guardians are welcome at any time. Other adult visitors are welcome with parent or guardian permission. PARENTS: JOIN US FOR CAPTURE THE FLAG AND AWARDS CEREMONY ON FRIDAY! Bring your lunch.
Camp Forest Camper/Counselor Ratio: No greater than 1-8 (maintained at all times).