Camp To Belong Maine

Camp To Belong Maine, now the longest running member camp of the Camp To Belong International Membership of Camps, will hold its twelfth session in 2015. Camp To Belong Maine held its first session in 2004 at Camp Wigwam in Waterford, Maine and has continued to hold all successive camps at the same phenomenal host site, owned and operated by Bobby Strauss.

A non-profit organization under Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine (AFFM), Camp To Belong Maine began when a phone call from a former youth in care started the ball rolling after she saw Lynn Price on Oprah and knew that the State of Maine needed to provide this opportunity to Maine’s youth in care. The Camp To Belong Maine Planning Committee is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to bring this unique camp experience to Maine’s youth in foster care each year. They continue to work year-round to plan the camp week and to create awareness about the plight of brothers and sisters in foster care.

Camp To Belong Maine will again be held at Camp Wigwam. The 2014 camp dates are as follows: Staff Training TBD and Camp session August 17-22nd. At this time Maine accepts only separated brothers and sisters from the Maine foster care system. We anticipate approximate 50 brothers and sisters this year.

We always look for dedicated volunteer counselors who are willing to commit to the entire week of camp (including staff training). Counselors must be kind, caring, nurturing, willing to jump in the trenches and be team players, understand the importance of the sibling bond, and maintain a positive attitude. Applicants interested in coming to Maine to experience a fabulous camp environment and the beautiful Maine woods should contact the Camp Director.

As a non-profit organization built on grassroots efforts, we welcome and appreciate all donations. Monetary donations are used to fund camper scholarships, to pay for film development so campers can keep photos of their experience, and to purchase needed supplies. We also welcome new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 8 and up to help supply our birthday store, which supports our all-camp birthday party for brothers and sisters who don’t often get to celebrate this milestone together because of separation.

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