The main lodge at Greenland Point Center in Princeton is shown in this undated photo. Credit: Courtesy of University of Maine

A foundation that supports a University of Maine youth development program has purchased a lakefront camp in Washington County.

The Maine 4-H Foundation plans to use the 64-acre Greenland Point Center in Princeton, Maine, as a camp for the UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H program, according to foundation officials.

The camp, located on a peninsula that juts into Long Lake, will become one of four UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers, with the others located at Blueberry Cove in St. George, Bryant Pond in Woodstock and Tanglewood in Lincolnville.

“With some facility upgrades and new educational and recreational equipment, the [Princeton] property is expected to open next spring as a youth camp, focused on outdoor education, ecology and conservation,” foundation officials said Tuesday in a prepared statement.

Donors helped raise the initial $350,000 to purchase the property, according to foundation officials. USDA Rural Development also provided a “generous” grant toward the project, they said.

Foundation officials said they are working to raise an additional $350,000 to upgrade the camp’s utilities and septic system and to purchase new equipment and supplies.

“We are very excited about the property and want to thank all of our wonderful donors that helped make this purchase happen,” said Carla Lafayette, Maine 4-H Foundation board president.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....