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  • Posted by on 11/02/2018

    C.J. (Carol) Law has been the Riding Director at Indian and Forest Acres since 1986.  Laurel Anderson, is a writer, who is working on a book project, A Year in America; a gal and her dog reconnecting with America, sharing the adventures along the way. One of her stops along the way was at Forest Acres to interview C.J.  Enjoy reading the short Instagram version. We are so fortunate to have C.J. as a member of our camp family.…

  • 10 Fun Items to Pack for a Summer at Indian & Forest Acres

    We’re 50 days from starting our summer “under the pines!” If you are as excited about camp as we are, you’re probably getting the camp duffel bags down and ready to be packed up for the summer! Think it’s too early? Nah, it’s never too early to start getting prepared for camp! While both Indian Acres & Forest Acres have a packing list, there are always a few fun and useful items that aren’t necessarily essential but can be an excellent addition to your camper’s experience.


    Pre-Addressed & Pre-Stamped Envelopes

    Make writing a letter home simple for your camper with some pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes. Pack a folder or large envelope in their luggage with some blank paper, the prepared envelopes, stickers, and a couple of pens or pencils. Make an envelope for everyone who might want a letter – home, grandparents, aunts & uncles, and some friends from home! If you have everything already prepared for your camper, you’ll be more likely to get a letter or two!

    An Egg Crate Mattress Pad

    With the hustle and bustle of camp’s daily activities, a good night’s sleep is necessary! An egg crate mattress pad is an option to pad their mattress so their bed is just a bit comfier. Plus, the egg crate mattress pads help insulate the beds on the chillier Maine evenings.



    Clothing for Color War

    It doesn’t matter if this is your first summer or 6th summer, clothing for Color War is always a necessity. Having a good combination of clothing in the appropriate team color is always useful once Color War breaks. Shirts, pants, socks, bandanas, hats, costume pieces, etc. are all potential clothing options. Not sure what color to send with your child? At Forest Acres, your options are green and tan (often yellow clothing is worn in place of tan). At Indian Acres, the color options are brown and red.


    Reading Light

    At night or on extremely cloudy days at camp, a reading light can be useful inside of the cabin. Whether that’s a headlight, lantern, or a light that clips to their bedside cubbies, these help keep their hands free for reading or writing letters home once it’s dark.


    An Extra Blanket

    It never hurts to have an extra blanket on hand when it gets chilly! Even if you’ve got a sleeping bag, an extra blanket is great to use for campfires, movies in the gym, or the 4th of July fireworks!



    Books for Downtime

    Even though our campers have packed days, there’s definitely still time to get some reading done! Send some of their required summer reading or some of their favorite magazines for downtime at night, during rest hours, or bus rides on trip days. If your camper doesn’t prefer books, send some of their favorite comic books, MadLibs, playing cards, or even a coloring book!



    Clothing for Special Events

    Don’t be afraid to send a few nicer tops & bottoms for special events. There are often coed dance nights where campers may want to dress up! There’s also an All-Camp Dance near the end of the summer that is usually themed in some way and your camper might want to wear a related costume piece. Keep an eye on your email – we’ll announce the All-Camp Dance theme in June! There are also plays and talent shows that happen during camp, so if you have any clothing that may work for those, consider packing them.


    Extra Batteries

    These are important! Be prepared with a few extra batteries for flashlights or small fans packed in their luggage so they’re already at camp when your child may need them!


    Waterproof Disposable Camera

    The hardshell cameras are a great way to encourage your campers to take some of their own photos over the summer. They can take these inexpensive cameras out to Lovewell, on trip days, or just carry them around camp to get pictures. It’s great to bring a camera to camp, but these disposable ones are great as they are easily replaceable if they are dropped or damaged. But don’t worry, our camp photographer will still be posting photos during camp on Bunk1!



    Something Loved from Home

    Whether this is a stuffed animal or a favorite pillow, it’s a good idea to pack a beloved memento from home to comfort a camper! Even a small photo album with family and pet photos can be a great thing for your camper to share with their counselors and cabinmates after a long day of activities.


    As you begin packing, make an inventory list of everything going into their camp bags. That list is extremely helpful to your child and to the counselors when preparing to pack up for home! A summer at Indian or Forest Acres is a wonderful opportunity for your child to explore the nature of Maine, meet new people, and try new things! Packing them up with everything they’ll need means a happier summer camp experience for them – and you!


    Have questions about packing & preparing for camp? Contact us here!

  • The Power Of The Camp Experience Years Later

    Posted by on 03/21/2017

    Jonathan Klein (1979-1985) was one of my campers in the late 70’s. For the last 20 years, Jonathan has been out in Los Angeles working as an actor, director, producer and sound and lighting engineer as well as teaching acting classes. He was recently interviewed for a magazine article in VoyageLA Magazine. The last question in the interview was, “Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?”

    Jon responded, “By far, my favorite memory from childhood is the time I spent at sleep away camp. I come from the East Coast, where it’s common for kids to go to camp for eight weeks during the summer. I attended Indian Acres Camp in Fryeburg, Maine for seven summers, beginning when I was ten years old. Camp gave me a sense of who I was away from my family and set me on the road to becoming the man I am today. It’s probably why having a strong community of creative, positive people around me is so important in my life.”

    Not that it comes a surprise to me or anyone of us who have attended summer camp, but it is nice to hear that almost 30+ years later, the camp experience still affects his everyday life and what is important to him.

  • IA/FA featured on the World’s Greatest TV show!

    Posted by on 09/11/2015

    We are thrilled to share that Indian and Forest Acres was featured on the television program “World’s Greatest” as the The World’s Greatest Boys’ and Girls’ Summer camp! Click here to view the video and please share with your family and friends.

  • All I Want is Camp

    Posted by on 02/07/2015

    It’s another snowy day here in New England, and all I want is camp!

    The sunshine, the laughter, the music, the friends…anything to be in the 04037. But camp right now isn’t camp as we know it. Piles of piles of snow cover the cabin rooftops; the tennis courts, fields, and trails are all one blanket of white snow; there is no flow of the Saco.

    But changes are being made. The new Indian Acres totem poles are underway, all of the Forest Acres bathrooms have been completely renovated, FA now houses a school of rock, there are new camp clothing designs to sport this summer. Although it is only February, and there’s almost 5 more months until the first day of camp, there is so much for all of us to look forward to. Here is what the next few months might look like for you and your camp friends!

    February– IA/FA launched their virtual tours on the camp website. Take a break from homework to look through the tour. Remember how much fun last summer was and all of the good times that await. Click here (FA) and here (IA) to see each camp’s respective virtual tour.

    March– Take a few minutes to call a camp friend or even write a letter. Everyone loves getting letters at camp, why not extend the excitement of receiving letters to the school year!

    April– It’s April, and it won’t stop raining. If this is your first summer coming to camp, maybe you are starting to get a little nervous about the summer that is to come. Those who are returning can hardly contain themselves; your camp clothing orders have started to come in and you can’t wait to sport your Tan and Green or Red and Brown.

    May– You are ready for school to be over. It was a great school year but you are ready to be free from homework, sport and club commitments, and to have a few months off from studying! You’ll also receive your Big Sister/Little Sister or Big Brother/Little Brother. Your big sister/brother will be a good person for you to talk to about camp and will be there to answer any questions you may have.

    June– The final countdown has begun! In several days we will be back home at our summer place. How excited are you??

    We can’t wait for the next few months to fly by!

    Stay tuned for further blog posts coming your way soon! If you have not yet had a chance to check out the new clothing store, feel free to take a look by visiting the main page of the website where there are links for both camp’s stores. You can also take a look here (IA) and here (FA)!