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The first week of August I volunteered as a counselor for Lake Keepers Camp, a day camp organized by Patricia Smith, a summer Liberty resident and member of the Liberty Lakes Association. I was a camper there myself back in 2017, and I look back on the experience fondly. The camp focuses mostly on the ecology of the lake, and the importance of protecting it.

On day one I arrived at Lake Saint George, where the camp takes place,  at about 8:30 a.m., and met the people running the camp as well as the other two counselors, Camden and Carrigan, both from Kittery.

The first day we talked about water, how it moves naturally through the planet and atmosphere and how it is used by humans. This was demonstrated by a number of activities, one using crumpled paper representing a watershed and another game representing  the different phases of the water cycle. The day finished with the construction and attempted floating of a boat.

Day two focused on erosion and water pollution, including a lecture by the Lake Saint George park manager and a demonstration on the mitigating effects of sod on water pollution.

Day three focused on invasive plants, and featured a boat inspector, who taught the campers how to search a motorboat for invasive plants as well as how to interact properly with its owner.

Day four covered macroinvertebrates.  A  local freshwater biologist came with juvenile insects she had gathered from the Saint George River, and allowed the students to observe them.

The camp culminated on Friday, Aug. 5, with a hike along the Saint George River, following the Liberty River Walk and led by the trail’s creator, Bob Kohl. The walk led us by the foundation of a former grist mill, which later became a machine shop before burning down in the 1970s. This hike also gave students an opportunity to see where the water from Lake Saint George travels to.

I would recommend this camp to any family with children in the upper grades of elementary school.

Notices

Montville Field day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Montville town field from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Food will be provided and games and fun competitions will be held.

There will be a town meeting on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m at the Montville Town Hall to discuss and vote on the Interlocal Agreement on broadband in Waldo County.

The Liberty Library is having a prize raffle on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m., with a rain date of the 21st. A sheet of 25 tickets costs $10. Go to the library website for more information.