United Midcoast Charities granted Camp Forest in Brooks $500 to be used for 2011 summer camperships.

Camp Forest offers wilderness day camp, expeditions and Homeschool Day Camp for boys and girls. Set among streams and woods in Waldo County, it provides a range of activities, from jewelry- and basket-making, shelter-building and fire and knife safety to swimming, hiking and canoeing.

Special interest is given to global culture, natural history, ecology, wilderness and survival. Other activities include fishing, compass and map, cordage, tree planting, archery and plant identification.

Thanks to United Midcoast Charities, Camp Forest will be able to offer partial and full camperships to some low-income families. Those interested in applying are encouraged to call 722-3708 or email camp@campforestmaine.com.

Camp Forest is a project of Expanding Opportunities, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging self-sufficiency through national and international educational and charitable projects. Camp Forest brings stories, languages, skills and experiences from the Amazon of Peru and East Africa to engage and enrich intercultural diversity. For more information about Expanding Opportunities and its seven projects, visit exop.org.

Camp Forest uses the passion, creativity, energy and curious nature of children to plan and implement its program. Research shows exposure to the natural world and the acquisition of wilderness skills provide children with confidence and an understanding of the natural world, its wonders and importance. Campers are encouraged to think, question, experiment and create a forest village. They are respected and learn respect for all life. Register for Camp Forest at campforestmaine.com.

Camp Forest welcomes volunteers to work with children, work on trail maintenance and work in the office. Those interested in volunteering may call 1-888-760-7943 or 722-3708.