Monthly Archives:April 2018

  • 5 Lifelong Lessons from Summer Camp

    Summers at camp can be some of the best times in a child’s life. Summers away from home and spent in nature with new friends and opportunities can definitely shape their view of the world around them. At Indian & Forest Acres Camps, once you’re a part of the camp community, memories and lessons learned stick with you for a lifetime – no matter when you first came to camp!

    A child’s time at camp lasts longer than the few weeks they are with us in Fryeburg. Countless memories are made and stories are still being shared long after the children return home. A summer at Indian & Forest Acres creates an opportunity for children to learn some of life’s greatest lessons and other important skills for their future endeavors.

    Here are some lifelong lessons learned from being a camper at Indian & Forest Acres:

     

    Friendship
    Friendships made in the camp community are some of the best friendships that a child can have. Getting to know others in their cabins, units, and from places around the world is an amazing opportunity for them to gain a new perspective of the people around them! At camp, age groups don’t limit opportunities for friendship when campers are all eating, learning, and growing up together. Many times, these friendships last long after their time as campers, building a network for life. With all the technology available today, it’s very easy for campers to stay in contact after camp ends!

     

    Forest Acres Frienship

     

    Confidence & Courage
    A summer at camp is the perfect time for children to learn a new skill and try a new activity – perhaps something they may not have time for during the school year. Trying new things can give kids the courage to make mistakes and learn without the boundaries of the classroom. During a summer at camp, children can build up their self-confidence as well. They are surrounded by people who support them and encourage them to do their best on a daily basis. Children are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones at camp and when they succeed, it’s a perfect moment for boosting their self-confidence!

     

    Indian Acres Teamwork

     

    Teamwork
    Learning how to be a team player and member of a community is a skill that can easily be carried into adulthood. Learning how to work with others on a team or in their cabins, learning from one another, and learning how to solve problems and disagreements together is just part of the beauty of teamwork. Building that team and community mindset at camp is a great life skill that sticks with campers long after they leave Indian & Forest Acres.

     

    Indian Forest ACres Teamwork

     

    Responsibility
    Time at camp is a great way for campers to practice a little personal responsibility. Campers are charged with cleaning tasks in their cabins, keeping their personal spaces tidy, choosing some of their daily activities, or serving in a leadership role around camp if they are an older camper! Practicing responsibility early helps children to feel capable and like they can contribute to the camp community, plus it’s definitely something that will help them in future educational and professional pursuits.

     

    Indian Acres Responsibility

     

    Memories
    Ask anyone who has ever been to summer camp, chances are they still remember some very vivid moments from their camp experience. Whether it’s camp songs and cheers, Color War, their favorite camp foods, or campfires, there are always stories to be told.

     

    Forest Acres Memories

    Life lessons are learned every day at Indian & Forest Acres! While they may think they are just at camp to have fun and make friends, they’re building character, learning new skills, and becoming more independent.

    Learn more about why sending the kids to summer camp is a great idea! 

    Have any questions about camp? Ask them here! 

  • INTERVIEW WITH A C.I.T. – Harrison M.

    At Indian & Forest Acres, we love our C.I.T.s! Our Counselors-In-Training are valuable assets to our Administrative Staff and their fellow counselors. Our C.I.T.s  have “graduated” from being campers in the past, but now, they just can’t stay away from camp! They assist with cabin activities, trip days, and help with other camp traditions throughout the summer. Since they’ve been coming to camp for a while already, they make great resources for current campers because they already know all the tricks of camp!

    This summer, we’re excited to share that we have several past campers coming back to be C.I.T.s. Today, we’re introducing you to one of our C.I.T.s who is excited to be back at camp this summer.

     

    Meet Harrison M. from England!

     

    Q: How many years have you been coming to Indian Acres?

    This will be my third summer at Indian Acres.

     

    Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at Indian Acres…so far?

    My favorite memories at camp start with being voted as co-captain of the Color War-winning Red Team this past year. Second, for me, because I started camp when I was older, it’s the friendships I’ve made. Plus, how accepting people were to me to embrace me into the camp culture.

     

    Q: What are you most excited for this summer as a C.I.T.?

    This summer,  I am really excited to reunite and see my friends again.  I’m so excited to get back to my “happy” place.

     

    Q: What do you hope to share with/teach new campers this summer?

    I want to share the Indian Acres camp traditions with the new campers, but also teach them that it’s okay if some traditions change and they adapt to the new traditions.

     

    Harrison & Billy at Indiana Acres

     

    Not only do C.I.T.s bring great camp knowledge to the table, they still get to experience all the fun that Indian & Forest Acres has to offer! While transitioning from campers to counselors as C.I.T.s, they’re learning leadership skills and building their work ethic for future endeavors. C.I.T.s are passionate about camp and working with children and they make incredible additions to our team.

     

    Read about another C.I.T. returning to camp this summer – Sarah S.!

    Have any questions about camp? Ask us here! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to keep up with current camp news!

     

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  • Five Common Myths About Summer Camp…DEBUNKED!

    We’ve made it to Spring Break, which means summer isn’t far away. As you’re considering summer options for your family, you’ve probably come across a few common myths about summer camp. We’ve gathered up some common ones so you can readily send your children to Indian & Forest Acres for a summer of trying new things, building self-esteem, and joining a new community of friends and mentors.

     

    MYTH: Summer camp isn’t for everyone.

    Definitely not true! There are numerous types of summer camps all over the United States for just about every type of activity you can imagine. At Indian & Forest Acres, we offer a wide variety of activities for all interests. Whether it is arts & crafts, sports, drama, music, or waterfront activities at Lovewell, there are areas for every camper to grow and excel. Our flexible program allows campers to keep enjoying their favorite activities, but also opens the door to trying new things throughout the summer.

    MYTH: Summer camp isn’t educational.

    It’s definitely not a formal learning situation, but there are plenty of things that are educational at camp. While children aren’t sitting in a classroom learning, they are definitely still learning life skills during their time at camp. Campers are constantly learning physical, social, and leadership skills throughout their time at camp.  


    girls watersports

     

    MYTH: Kids sleep in tents, with zero electricity and running water ALL summer!?

    Definitely not the case! While many of our campers go on an actual camping excursion during the summer, when they’re at Indian & Forest Acres they live in an actual cabin. This cabin definitely has running water and electricity. It’s not a luxury resort, but trust us, they have beds and showers.

     


    MYTH: My child will not survive a summer without electronics!

    Oh, they will! They might even like it! A summer unplugged at Indian & Forest Acres is beneficial to campers and staff alike. Without the added digital distractions, campers are so busy diving into their daily activities that they don’t even miss their devices.

     

    MYTH: Homesickness will ruin their entire camp experience.

    That’s doubtful. If it’s their first time away from home for an extended amount of time, then your child may experience some short-term homesickness. Homesickness is pretty common! It just means they miss their loved ones and feel safe at home and in their normal surroundings. After a few days, once they’ve got into a new routine of fun activities, they’re having a great time.

     

    boys hockey

    We’re just 72 days away from starting our summer on the Saco. Will your child be joining us for a summer of new experiences and memories?

    Click here for answers to your questions about Indian & Forest Acres!

  • Five Easy Ways to Prepare for Camp this Spring

    Now that Spring Break is over, many Indian & Forest Acres campers are counting down the days until they’re back under the pines and swimming in the Saco River! Preparing for a summer away at camp can be a bit overwhelming for children (and their parents), but a little bit of early planning can help put your mind at ease. It doesn’t matter if it’s your child’s 1st or 8th summer, here are a few things to start thinking about before sending your child to Fryeburg, Maine for the summer!

     

     

    Enroll Your Campers
    If you haven’t already, spring is a perfect time to complete your child’s enrollment and camp paperwork! Blocking out some time in the spring to finish up the necessary forms will save you time as the camp arrival date approaches. No need for last-minute panicking if you get the required forms completed early!


    Schedule Pre-Camp Appointments
    Things like a trip to the pediatrician, optometrist, or dentist may need to be scheduled a few months in advance. These appointments are a great time to think about any medications that a camper may need to bring to camp or any immunizations that your child may need. For athletes, eyewear and mouth gear may need to be checked prior to camp.

     



    Practice Camp Skills at Home
    You won’t be living with your camper while they are at camp, so helping them learn a few basic skills before camp will help ease this transition. Children can practice making the bed, sweeping the floor, and packing their laundry bags so they’ll be pros by the time they get to Indian & Forest Acres!

     

    Stockpile Supplies
    Rather than making one big shopping trip prior to camp, it’s easy to begin gradually buying items your child will need once they arrive at camp. Socks, bug spray, sunscreen, and writing supplies are easy items to pick up when you’re out and about shopping! Children love to help pick out items that they can take to camp, plus buying early helps you avoid any last-minute forgotten items!

     



    Plan for Some R&R
    When your child is at camp, make sure you plan to recharge your own batteries! Parents need to look forward to the summer also. Whether that’s a vacation or regular dinner plans with friends, embrace the quiet time while the kids are having an amazing summer at Indian & Forest Acres.

    It’s never too early to get in the camp spirit! Coming to Indian & Forest Acres is a great opportunity for your child so start getting them excited about the idea of a summer at camp!

    Check out the Indian Acres & Forest Acres Camp Stores to start stocking up on items for your campers.

  • Interview with a CIT – Sarah S.

    At Indian & Forest Acres, we love our C.I.T.s! Our Counselors-In-Training are valuable assets to our Administrative Staff and their fellow counselors. Our C.I.T.s have “graduated” from being campers in the past, but now, they just can’t stay away from camp! They assist with cabin activities, trip days, and help with other camp traditions throughout the summer. Since they’ve been coming to camp for a while already, they make great resources for current campers because they already know all the tricks of camp!

    This summer, we’re excited to share that we have several past campers coming back to be C.I.T.s. Today, we’re introducing you to one of our C.I.T.s who is excited to be back at camp this summer.

    Meet Sarah S. from New York City!

     

    Q: How many years have you been coming to Forest Acres?
    I have been at Forest Acres for 7 summers and am excited that my 8th is only a few months away!

    Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at Forest Acres…so far?
    My favorite memory from Forest Acres is the banquet. Every year, Tanglewood gets decorated to look like something out of a movie, and it always looks amazing. We eat great food and reflect on the summer that is sadly drawing to a close. One of my favorite parts of the banquet is the song where everyone stands up when we sing the year they came to camp. We sing this song on the first night of camp and then again at the banquet on the second to last night. To me, this song symbolizes that no matter what year you came, whether it’s your 1st year or your 10th, by the time we sing the
    song again at the banquet, we are all a part of the same wonderful camp community that will hopefully be here for many more years to come.

    Q: What are you most excited for this summer as a C.I.T.?
    I am most excited to see my friends again and be able to bask in the wonderfulness of camp. I have grown up at camp and have made so many lifelong friends here. I am also excited to be able to learn how to be a counselor because the counselors are a huge, but underrated, part of camp. Without the counselors, there would be no camp, and I am excited to start the process of becoming a counselor.

    Q: What do you hope to share with/teach new campers this summer?
    I hope to share my love of camp with new campers this summer. I’m excited to be able to pass down everything I have learned from camp onto the younger campers. I’m excited to be able to influence younger girls and help them grow, like my counselors did for me. I also hope to teach campers that camp is all about having fun, making friends, and learning new skills.

    Sarah and Bert (Forest Acres’ Head Counselor) at the Banquet where Sarah was awarded the Gertrude Krasker Award for Outstanding Camper!

    Not only do C.I.T.s bring great camp knowledge to the table, they still get to experience all the fun that Indian & Forest Acres has to offer! While transitioning from campers to counselors as C.I.T.s, they’re learning leadership skills and building their work ethic for future endeavors. C.I.T.s are passionate about camp and working with children and they make incredible additions to our team.

    Have any questions about camp? Ask us here! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to keep up with current camp news!