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Scholarships Available to Help Parents Pay for Day Camps at Maine Audubon

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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Openings still available for children from age 3 to 11 at Gilsland Farm, including week of July 2-6, and July-August openings available at Fields Pond.

In tough economic times, parents often find it hard to afford the fees that range from $140 to $250 per child for week-long day camps. To help alleviate the financial burden, Maine Audubon offers scholarships that can significantly reduce those day camp program fees, sometimes by as much as 75 percent.

Cathy Stivers, Gilsland Farm’s Director of Education, wants parents to not only know about the scholarship availability, but also how easy they are to obtain: “We don’t ask for tax returns, and parents don’t need to fill out a bunch of forms,” says Stivers, who says a simple one page form can be downloaded (pdf) from the Maine Audubon website or picked up in person at Gilsland Farm.

“The form can be filled out in a few minutes and then faxed or mailed to us, dropped off in person or emailed as a scanned document,” says Stivers, who added that the income declarations are based on the honor system. Parents or guardians indicate their level of need in terms of financial assistance and Stivers says Maine Audubon can usually provide the amount requested or very close to it.

Summer day camp programs at Maine Audubon are filling rapidly, says Stivers, although many sessions do still have openings, most notably during the week of July 2-6 when two programs are offered, including a five-day program for kids of ages 9 to 11 and a four-day program for kids 6 to 11.

About our camps: Campers in small groups spend the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with environmental educators who are typically teachers, naturalists, or college students studying biology, forestry and environmental studies. All educators are certified in CPR and first aid.