Camp Forest is a day and expedition camp to preserve, teach, and honor primitive and wilderness living skills from around the world.
Camp Forest offers expeditions to expand the wilderness experience.
June 22 – 26 SUMMER KICK OFF CAMP After waiting and waiting, it’s finally time for camp again! Come run and play in the forest with your friends as we welcome back the freedom and fun of summer. Be the first kids back on the land and see what the animals have been up to this Spring, help set up new shelters and play new games, swim in the waterfall and look for fresh tracks on the trail, catch frogs and fish in the pond, and share songs and stories around the fire every afternoon as we celebrate living and learning a wild life together. Ages 7 and up.
Leaders: Adam and Trevanna
June 29 – July 3 NATURE ARTS CAMP 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 Saturday! All with an interest in creativity in the outdoors will love this camp– Ages 7 – 12.
Leaders: Trevanna, Adam assisting.
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 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 6 – July 10 – Passy River Expedition –See Expedition Schedule
July 13 – July 17 Earth Girls Camp Join us for a special new all-girls camp with fabulous women mentors! In this relaxed and fun environment, you can make friends with other girls while you explore the wilderness, play games, sing songs, make fires, carve, and do all the crafts and skills we love at Camp Forest. We’ll decide together what we want to do each day so that everyone has a great time! Girls of all ages can support and learn from each other as we experience the wonderful feeling of being in a truly empowering space. Come prepared to sing, share stories, climb trees, swim, sneak up on each other, and get comfortable getting dirty as we play all day in the forest together! Ages 7 and up.
Leaders: Trevanna and our wonderful volunteers!
July 20 – July 24 EAGLE SKILLS WEEK (required sleep over Thursday night) – Camp Forest’s unique badge system challenges campers to a high level of skill and accomplishment– and Eagle Week is a week for digging deep into the part of your badge journey that inspires you! If you’ve gotten your Osprey Badge by July 20th, join us for Eagle Week and spend five days with other kids who are excited about taking their nature skills to the next level and joining the ranks of the Eagle Badge campers. 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. At Eagle week, you’ll have access to lots of one-on-one and peer mentoring to make progress on part of your Eagle Badge, 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 Eagle Badge skills! All ages– but Osprey Badge is a prerequisite.
Leader: Adam, Trevanna assisting
July 27 – 31 Camp Forest Day Camp (optional sleep over Thursday night) In the heart of the summer, spend a week in a classic Camp Forest day camp. Join other kids who love to play outside as we get to know our woods and fields through games, crafts, and lots of exploring. You can work on your Osprey or Eagle badge with things like practicing starting a fire with one match or a bow-drill; carving more elaborate tools, bowls, spoons, forks, or toys; making a waterproof shelter from sticks and leaves; playing Capture the Flag and the Animal Game; and swimming, fishing, tracking, tree climbing, and all the best kid activities of summer. This is a special week since you have the choice to spend the night with us on Thursday night– meaning you can sleep out in the shelter you build, cook breakfast and dinner over a fire, and get the experience of playing night games with your friends or sitting by a campfire and hearing stories. Join us for a perfect summer camp week! Ages 7 and up– speak to us about young kids and the sleep over.
Leaders: Adam and our wonderful volunteers!
August 3 – August 7 Camp Forest Day Camp
In the heart of the summer, spend a week in a classic Camp Forest day camp. Join other kids who love to play outside as we get to know our woods and fields through games, crafts, and lots of exploring. You can work on your Osprey or Eagle badge with things like practicing starting a fire with one match or a bow-drill; carving more elaborate tools, bowls, spoons, forks, or toys; making a waterproof shelter from sticks and leaves; playing Capture the Flag and the Animal Game; and swimming, fishing, tracking, tree climbing, and all the best kid activities of summer. Join us for a perfect summer camp week! Ages 7 and up.
Leaders: Adam and our wonderful volunteers!
August 10 – August 14 Beaver Skills Week (required sleep over Thursday night) – Like a clever beaver, spend a week making awesome things like baskets, ropes, tools, leather bags, and gear– but all off the landscape! This will be a great week to get things done for the Eagle Badge, and 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 int eh backwoods and required for the Maine Woodsman Badge will be included. The sky’s the limit– let us know if 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. During this expedition, skills for the Beaver and Maine Woodsman will be learned. Call with questions!
August 17 – August 21 Animal 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– 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 8-12