Wilderness Day Camp 2022

Camp Forest is a registered Maine day camp to preserve, teach, and honor primitive and wilderness living skills from around the world.  Camp Forest sessions are weekly. Campers may attend as many weeks as desired.

Note: All camper weeks are open to campers of all skill levels.
  • Campers at Camp Forest build a natural village.
  • They become its forest-dwelling inhabitants.
  • They observe and participate in the natural world around them.
June 27 - July 1 | TRAINING WEEK

Join with Camp Forest Staff and learn about teaching and mentoring children in and about the Natural World. Learn about the deeper levels of Nature Therapy used at Camp Forest. Learn about Coyote Teaching, direct experience, safe space, mentoring, free form scheduling and finding one’s inner passion for learning. Adam Stone, with over 10 years of experience working in this field, will help you develop the skills needed to work in a wilderness camp.  Register for training week HERE
July July 4-8 |WATERSHED EXPEDITION AND DAY CAMP

Join with Camp Forest in this unique combination of Day Camp and Expedition for youths and adults. A camper, youth, adult, or family can spend the week on the river or choose some days in which you only attend Day Camp on the river. Learn about the local watershed by hiking, canoeing, navigating, tracking, studying ecology, learning survival skills, and working on the badges of Camp Forest and Maine Woodsman. Open to Families, adults, and youth ages 7-17.  REGISTER HERE
July 11 - 15 | OSPREY WEEK DAY CAMP

Continue working on the first badge level, The Osprey Badge. Build shelters, make fire, hike, and play nature games while respecting the natural world and developing your wilderness skills.  Open to youth ages 7-17. REGISTER HERE 
July 18 - 22 | JUNIOR MAINE WOODSMAN DAY CAMP

Learn skills for the Junior Maine Woodsman Badge. Experience a week in the woods enjoying the basics of outdoor living: building shelters, cooking outdoors, developing mapping skills, treating advanced first aid issues (fainting, stomach aches, sprains), developing an awareness and appreciation of the outdoors, and perfecting their water-based skills: canoe paddling, fishing, fish identification, and more. There is a required sleepover for this week if you are working on your badge. Open to youth ages 7-17.  REGISTER HERE

Camp Forest participates with the State of Maine’s Junior Maine Guide Program. Once Campers have developed sufficient skills, those ages 14 – 18 can take the test for their Junior Maine Guide from the State of Maine during Maine Guide Testing Week. For information on the Junior Maine Guide program, visit https://juniormaineguides.org/.

July 25 - 29 |NATURE CRAFTS
A wonderful HANDS ON week learning how to make beautiful and useful things from the supplies created by Mother Nature. Bones, fur, roots, seeds, grasses, wood and clay, are all our natural materials to gather and prepare. Learn Nature games Open to youth ages 7-17. REGISTER HERE.
August 1 - 5 |EAGLE AND MAINE WOODSMAN WEEK
Eagle Week is a week for digging deep into the part of your badge journey that inspires you! During this self-directed week, you’ll have lots of access to one-on-one and peer mentoring to make progress towards your next badge level.

The Maine Woodsman Badge is also offered during this week. Campers age 12 – 4 will test in 15 skill areas to earn the Maine Woodsman Badge.

Osprey Badge skills or equivalent is required. Skills for the Eagle, Beaver and Maine Woodsman Badges will be learned. Required two night sleepover Wednesday and Thursday night for the badges.
Open to youth ages 7-17 though more advanced skills are taught during this week. REGISTER HERE

 

July 26 - 30 | ANIMAL WEEK DAY CAMP

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. 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 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 tracks and signs 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! Open to youth ages 7-17. REGISTER HERE.
August 22 - 26 | HARVEST WEEK DAY CAMP and DINNER

Nearing Fall and the time of harvest, we will be in natural abundance. Harvest blueberries, apples, hazelnuts, and fish. Learn forest harvest skills, play games and prepare for the community harvest meal. Families welcome. Open to youth ages 7-17.  REGISTER HERE

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