Schools are out, the sun is shining and the days are warm – summer is officially upon us. Summer is often a very busy time for families, as they are deciding how to spend these few precious days. Traditionally, many families choose to send their kids to summer camps and the staff at the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District want to tell you a little more their great summer camps!
The PCSWCD is holding two hands-on, outdoor, exploration-based Natural Resource and Agriculture Summer Camps for children ages 7-18. Our first camp is geared towards ages 13-18, runs from 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday, from July 7th-July 18th. Our teen summer campers will enjoy activities such as hiking, boating, swimming, fishing and interactive presentations about topics such as native fisheries, wildlife, aquatic insects, water quality, forestry and ecology. Our camp schedule offers something for every teen – whether they enjoy the outdoors, spending time with friends, learning about our environment, exploring natural resources, farming, eating delicious local foods or just enjoy trying something new!
The PCSWCD has planned a highlight for each week of the Teen Summer Camp. For the first week, Natural Resources Week, the teen campers will spend two days and an overnight at Little Lyford Lodge, where they will have a blast participating in outdoor activities and recreation, eating great food and spending the night enjoying cozy accommodations. Little Lyford Lodge is owned and operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the campers will learn about forestry from AMC’s fantastic staff. For the second week, Agriculture Week, the campers will be collecting produce, local meats and other yummy farm products and will be cooking up a storm and enjoying a Local Foods Picnic on Sebec Lake. After our picnic, the campers will enjoy an afternoon of fun, sun and swimming!
Our second camp is geared towards ages 7-12, runs from 9AM-12PM, Monday through Friday, from July 28th – August 8th. Our youth campers will also enjoy presentations, activities and field trips, all of which will be well suited for their age group. Our goal is to provide our campers with a fun, active and exciting camp where they can learn all about natural resource conservation and agriculture. This year, the youth campers will learn about soils, energy, ecology, water quality, local fisheries and tour a fantastic line-up of diverse farms. All our presentations are hands-on and our campers are always given opportunities to learn by touch, taste and feel.
The staff at the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District are in the office from 8AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday, to answer any questions anyone might have about either summer camp or help with registration. These great summer camps are offered to youth in our area through partnerships with and support from local businesses, civic groups and organizations and through a grant from the Maine Community Foundation’s Piscataquis County Fund. In addition to the support received from local business and organizations, the PCSWCD is working with the STEM Guides Project to provide $100 scholarships for every teen interested in attending our Teen Summer Camp. For more information about our summer camps or STEM Guides Project scholarships, contact Lynn, Joanna or Kacey at the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, 207-564-2321 ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.facebook.com/PCSWCD. Our office is located in the USDA Service Center building in the Pine Crest Business Park off of route 7 in Dover-Foxcroft, right next door to the Ready, Set Grow PreSchool and Daycare.
We look forward to seeing you at camp!
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