Day Camp Schedule
2018 Day Camp Schedule
Camp Forest sessions are weekly. Campers may attend as many weeks as desired.
ACTUAL DATES May need to be adjusted based on the announcement of the JMG Encampment
July 9 - 13 LOCAL WATERSHEDS EXPEDITION and DAY CAMP Adult and Youth See Expedition Schedule. This is a 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.
July 16 - 20 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 week. There is a required Sleep over this week.
July 23 - 27 JUNIOR MAINE GUIDE TESTING WEEK - Not a DAY CAMP 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 30 - August 3 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 6 - August 10 EAGLE AND BEAVER SKILLS WEEK (required two night sleep over Wednesday and 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 survival, shelter, navigation, carving, baskets, natural arts, tracking, plant, cooking fires, ecology and community skills. With everybody sleeping over on Wednesday andThursday nights, 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 have 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! -- Osprey Badge skills or equivalent is desired. Eagle Badge is encouraged. Skills for the Beaver and Maine Woodsman will be learned. Call with questions! All ages.
August 12 - 19 HILLS TO SEA EXPEDITION AND DAY CAMP Adult and Youth. This is a special day and overnight expedition. The Trail is 47 miles long and passes through private property. Camp Forest has been given permission to conduct this expedition under the guidance of Maine Guide Adam Stone. We will traverse 10 or fewer miles per day to make it possible for young children to participate. Any member of the public is invited to participate provided they are able to compete the trail. Camp Forest will provide drop off and pick up spots if you want to particiate ony days, or only one or more days. It begins Sunday afternoon in Unity, Maine and ends the following Sunday afternoon in Belfast, Maine. Families are welcome!
August 20 - 24 FOREST BASICS WEEK This is a day camp only week and is great for beginners and those who want to ofocus on a skill area.
August 27 - 31 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 31 HARVEST DINNER See Special Events
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).