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Things to do Outdoors, June 25, 2011

BROOKS, Maine — Camp Forest Float week begins Monday, June 27, and camp will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The camp is at 84 Payson Road, Brooks. Wilderness youth camping activities include hiking, swimming, tree planting, canoeing and fire and knife safety. Learn lost-proofing, plant identification and compass and map skills and create weaving, coal burned bowls and jewelery to take home. Campers will also create a float and participate in the 4th of July parade in Brooks. The fee is $175. For more information contact Adam Stone at 722-3708 or visit

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter (AMCM) has listed a series of paddles on the Cathance River on four Saturdays in July 2011: July 2 at Route 201 and heading to Bradley Pond in Topsham; July 9 from Head of Tide to The Cathance River Preserve, including a hike to the Ecology Center; July 16 in Bowdoinham and upriver with the tide to the Head of Tide; July 23 in Bowdoinham and downriver to Merrymeeting Bay and then back in with the tide. Pre-registration is required. Boat size and level of experience required will change due to the more open aspect of the river and the bay. To register contact Michelle Moody at 319-7355 or

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Spend Monday morning, June 27, on the Damariscotta River learning entry-level kayaking techniques, including route planning, equipment and safety gear, self and assisted rescues and the essential paddle strokes. The two hour class begins at 9 a.m. at the Kayak Shack, Main Street. MidCoast Kayak will supply all the gear. The fee is $18. Registration deadline is June 24, advance registration required. Call 563-1363 to reserve your place in Midcoast Kayak’s beginner’s class for active agers. Trips will be canceled if it is raining. For information contact Peter Lawrence at 563-7663 or email Marianne at

RANGELEY, Maine — Saddleback is offering complimentary moose tours on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. beginning June 27. The Saddleback Pickle bus will leave from the Saddleback Guest Service Center on Main Street in Rangeley. Meet the bus at 6:45 p.m. The tour takes approximately 1½ hours. The bus tours the back roads and pits in search of the Maine Moose. Seating is limited to 32 people. To make a reservation call 864-5441.

RANGELEY, Maine — Saddleback Mountain is offering a four-day Survivor Camp July 5-8 with Survivor’s Bob Crowley, winner of the CBS television series Survivor Gabon. The oldest winner of the show, the first teacher and the first Mainer to win, Crowley and his assistant, registered Maine Guide Peter Christensen, will take participants into the woods each day with a focus on fire-building techniques, cooking over fires, gathering food, shelter building and navigation. Anyone age 10 and older who is able to walk in the woods for a few hours and carry a light pack (10-20 pounds) may participate. The cost to is $500 per person. For more information visit To register call 877-864-5441 or email

NEWPORT, Maine — RSU 19 adult education will hold a state-approved hunter safety course at Nokomis High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9-10. Call 368-3290.

NEWPORT, Maine — A state-approved bowhunting course will be held at Nokomis High School from 6-9:30 p.m. July 11 and 12, and 6-9 p.m. July 13. Call Newport Adult Education at 368-3290 or Harold Currier at 277-3115.

NEWPORT, Maine — A state-approved crossbow course will be held at Nokomis High School from 6 to 9 p.m. July 14. Call 368-3290.

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