(A NON PROFIT FOUNDATION)
MISSION STATEMENT: (MWCF) is committed to improving the lives of the youth in Maine who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the great outdoor and wilderness areas of our state. MWCF will accomplish this mission by providing, free of charge, a variety of outdoor/ wilderness experiences to identified youth who range in age from 10 to 18 years of age.
Planned Activities for 2010
All trips are conducted by Registered Maine Guides and are year round activities.
Camping (Summer ) (Winter experienced individuals)
Cross Country Skiing
Fishing and Ice Fishing
Hunting (Under direction of Guides)
Hunter Saftey Courses (provided locally)
These activities will incorporate wilderness appreciation, survival and safety instruction. The groups will consist of approximately 10 youth with at least two additional adults, including at least one woman if there are female youth in the group, in addition to the professional staff..
Future efforts, in addition to expanding the number of youth who participate, will include the acquisition and renovation/ construction of a camp to be used as a sheltered base for wilderness activities.
MWCF will provide everything except sleeping bags and personal care items. Outdoor education classes are taught with an emphasis on conservation.
Needs and Benefits
Mainers are blessed with a beautiful and still very natural state. We all appreciate the wilderness areas, the seacoast and lake regions, and the mountains, all of which are enticing to residents and visitors alike. At the same time, this natural beauty is not available to all. Youth in particular who have no means of even getting to the wild and natural areas, let alone having any opportunity to learn how to safely enjoy these areas, are missing a huge part of the State's heritage. MWCF exists to offer the youth of Northern (and ultimately all of) Maine the opportunity to experience nature while also learning how to help preserve it for themselves and others. We will identify the qualifying youth through referrals from various sources (DHHS, Schools, churches and concerned individuals). Need will, in some cases, be evaluated based on documented income.
Three Year Strategic Plan
2008 was our kickoff year. Going forward, plans include expansion of the opportunities for more youth, including youth statewide as the program picks up momentum. Inherent in the expansion is the establishment of a MWCF-owned, year-around camp facility. Discussions are underway with an owner of land with an existing camp. While a donation of the property is possible, MWCF is pro actively planning a fund-raising effort. This effort will include seeking additional cash donations from individuals and local/regional business and at least one major grant in each of the next three years.
Discussions with a number of individuals and organizations in the greater Houlton area have highlighted the perceived need for the MWCF program. We are partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary International chapter for a fund raising effort this year. We have preliminary commitments of support from FairPoint Communications, TD Banknorth and others, demonstrating the breadth and depth of community interest in our mission.
MACS Trading Post - Houlton
Wal-mart - Houlton
Benn's Trading Post - Presque Isle
Cabela's - Scarborough
Old Town Canoe - Old Town
Hannaford's Shop n Save
York's of Houlton
Katahdin Forest Products
Detailed Plans and Needs
MWCF must acquire certain items of equipment (for example canoes) before any activity can begin. Some items have already been either donated or lent to MWCF to help us get started with our program. (Note: Our dedicated staff is willing to forgo salaries for a limited period of time in order to ensure that the youth we wish to serve can begin to enjoy the benefits of wholesome, wilderness activity as soon as possible.) The requested funding will enable the purchase of needed equipment, timely payment of salaries and most important, an on-schedule commencement of trips that will begin to make a difference for many youth.
The Maine Wilderness Camp Foundation recognizes that to effectively carry out its mission, we must properly and efficiently administer all of our resources, including grant funding. Management and Reporting of grants will be handled by Mr. Don Keiser, who is a HUD-certified Community Development Block Grant Administrator. Mr. Keiser recently retired from the Town of Houlton where he served as Planner and Grant Writer! Administrator for five years.
In this position, Mr. Keiser managed more than one million dollars in Federal, State and other grants annually. He continues to serve the community as Chairman of the Town Planning Board and as a member of the elected Town Board of Budget Review. Mr. Keiser holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Systems Management.
The Maine Wilderness Camp Foundation exists to provide a valuable learning experience that contributes to the maturation of disadvantaged youth in Maine. Accomplishing our mission will encompass outdoor and wilderness appreciation, enjoyment and learning experiences that will give participants lifelong benefits which include wilderness survival skills, responsible use of our remote areas, team-building skills and personal development.
You can help by sending your tax -deductible donations to:
Maine Wilderness Camp Foundation
40 High Street
Houlton, ME 04730
Registered Maine Guide
Registered Maine Guide