the Great Outdoors Camp
Earn your "Mother Nature" Badge during The Great Outdoors week!
Through exposure learning your kiddo will build wilderness, survival, and outdoor enthusiast skills. We begin our week by opening with a discussion about wilderness safety, first aid, knife safety & training, and the importance of sticking to "The Plan" & following guidelines of parks and trails. We will have the opportunity to practice some of our skills on Tuesday at Camden Hills State Park with a hike on Carriage Trail to Mt. Battie summit.
By midweek we journey to Camp Forest to meet with Senior Counselor & Maine Guidesman, Adam Stone, and his staff to immerse ourselves in Maine Woodsman Week. In the outdoor classroom in the woods, we will learn the basics of outdoor living: building shelters, cooking outdoors, fire safety, carving, developing mapping skills, treating advanced first aid issues (fainting, stomach aches, sprains), while further developing an awareness and appreciation of the outdoors amongst students working towards their Junior Maine Guide certifications. On Thursday we will integrate our skills on campus, work on projects, build outdoor forts, and cool off with water activities.
We will wrap the week up on Friday with an adventure to Ellis Pond to reconnect with the Camp Forest staff and Junior Maine Guides in training. There we will hike to Base Camp and work on water-based skills: canoe paddling, fishing, fish identification, and utilize our outdoor cooking skills to prepare a campfire lunch. Your kiddo will then have the opportunity for free play, swimming (lifeguards on duty), or rest, followed by our Badge Ceremony before returning to campus for pickup. Parents are welcome to attend though it is not required. Photo documentation will be available.
**Hikes will not exceed 2 miles total per day. Students will be offered breaks as needed**
What to bring!
Your kiddo will need:
Sun visor or cap
Walking shoes/ boots
Pocket knife (Only for kiddos 7 yrs old and up, with signed permission slips, having completed knife safety training, certified by z a teacher with a signed compliance agreement by your student. Knife Policy: Knives will be kept in a lockbox until time of use and immediately returned directly to a teacher after carving activities. Students must be in compliance with knife safety guidelines. Violation of this policy will result in the loss of this privilege for the remainder of The Great Outdoors Camp, no exceptions.)
** All items must be labeled with your
kiddos first and last name **
8:30-9:15 AM: Arrival/Morning snack
9:15-9:30 AM: Huddle
9:30-12:30 PM: Activity
12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch/Down time
1:30-3:30 PM: Activity
3:30-4:00 PM: Afternoon snack
4:00-4:30 PM: Clean-up/Wind Down
**Frequent mask breaks will be offered safely throughout each day**
**Each of our summer camp offerings will follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines of masking, frequent handwashing, and social distancing when possible.**