Financial Aid Available for Maine Youth and Teens (2/06)

BREMEN, Maine, February 21, 2006 — Financial aid is available from Maine Audubon for Maine youth and teens to attend residential sessions this summer at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen.

Youth ages 11 to 17 who are interested in the natural world and demonstrate financial need can get an application by e-mailing , calling (207) 781-2330, ext. 215, or downloading from www.maineaudubon.org.

Sessions at Hog Island Audubon Camp this summer include Youth Camp for ages 11-13 and Coastal Maine Natural History and Coastal Kayaking Adventure for teens ages 14-17.

Accessible only by boat, Hog Island Audubon Camp is located on a 330-acre coastal wildlife sanctuary in midcoast Maine. Since 1936, its summer sessions for adults, educators, young people and families have been led by some of the most respected naturalists and environmental educators in the nation.

Summer 2006 sessions for Youth and Teens

Natural History for Teens, July 2-8 ($1,050)

Teens ages 14-17 discover and explore by kayak and foot the interrelationships between coastal Maine’s plants, animals, habitats and landscape.

Coastal Kayaking Adventure, July 10-15 or July 25-29 ($995/$850)

Based from a tenting site on a remote cove of Hog Island, teens ages 14-17 combine sea kayaking, backcountry camping and investigation of the natural world along the Maine coast.

Youth Camp, July 30-August 5 ($1,050)

Boys and girls ages 11-13 learn about themselves, nature and how it all relates. Small sessions promise plenty of personal attention.

For more information on these and other Maine Audubon camp sessions for youth and adults, visit www.maineaudubon.org or call (207) 781-2330.

Memorable days of childhood

I attended the Audubon Youth Camp on Hog Island thirteen years ago, when I was just 10 years old. I actually won a scholarship to attend through an essay contest in the Audubon newspaper we received in my fourth grade class.

I have never forgotten the experience I had while on Hog Island … those were the most memorable 10 days of my childhood. The experiences being in the environment, being in nature, were ones I will never again be able to match.

Those were the most memorable 10 days of my childhood.

I specifically remember the fun I had getting all muddy at the mud flat. I also loved the boat ride where we dropped a net and then brought it up to see all the creatures we had collected along the way. But most of all I remember being in the Fish House at night singing all the songs. I met the most wonderful people while at the camp and kept in touch with a few campers after we left.

Now I am about to graduate from college, and I was recently assigned to write a paper on any topic for a leisure studies class. I was trying to think of something that really had an impact on my life, something that I could remember the most vivid details about. The first thing that came to my mind was the camp on Hog Island.

As I revisit my memories — along with looking at the Web site — I thought I’d comment on what a wonderful experience it was for me. I’m so happy to see that it has been such a successful program as the years have passed.