Nature Activities

Camp Forest Activities

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 Learning

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.

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.


  • Shelter building
  • Outdoor safety
  • Tracking
  • Hiking
  • Cordage
  • Fox Walk
  • Coal burning
  • Plant identification
  • Compass and map skills
  • Friction fire
  • Wet weather fire
  • Knot Tying
  • Weaving
  • 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
  • Earn the Junior Maine Guide Award