Merrymeeting Audubon Scholarships for Chapter Area teens to Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp and for younger students to one of two Maine environmental education summer camps. All camps are residential. Full and partial scholarships are available. Merrymeeting Audubon provides full and half scholarships to roughly 25 students each year. We would like to send more kids to camp and hope that you might help. Half scholarships range from $200-300, full scholarships from $400-550.  Because of higher tuition, we currently send only one applicant to Hog Island which is staffed by nationally and internationally recognized conservationists and ornithologists. We would like to send more campers to that program. Anything which you can provide to our scholarship account will contribute to this valuable way to bring conservation and nature studies into the lives of young people. What one cherishes as an adult very often began in childhood. We will personally respond to any tax-deductible gifts sent to  Merrymeeting Audubon, c/o Steve Spear, 9 Livernois Drive, Topsham, ME 04086. For more information please call or email a member of the scholarship committee: Steve Spear, Chairman  353-8863 Beth Bullock 729-9650 Sue Sergeant 442-8195 Ted Allen 729-8661

Environmental Education Camps

Applicants must submit essays with a completed application form, available below and at schools starting in February. Children in grades 3 through 5 Children now in grades 3 through 5 may apply for Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, Maine. Tanglewood provides traditional camp activities and environmental education on woods and wildlife. Campers select a six-day session from late June to mid-August. For information call 729-3343 or 442-8195. To apply see 2015-01-12-TANGLEWOOD FORM.

Students who will be 10-14 by August may apply to Bryant Pond 4H Camp (formerly Maine Conservation School) in Bryant Pond, Maine. Sessions include Natural Explorer, which focuses on outdoor recreation and forest ecology, Conservation Camp for students interested in outdoor recreation skills and outdoor ethics, and Primitive Skills, which focuses on advanced wilderness skills. For information call 729-9650. To apply see 2015-01-12-BRYANT FORM. Application Deadline Final applications for 2015 deadline has passed. Visit again in Jan 2016.

Hog Island

The 2015 recipient of Merrymeeting Audubon’s Hog Island Scholarship is Tim Cox, a junior at Mount Ararat HS in Topsham.  Tim has an intense interest in biology and environmental science and enjoys participating in research projects focused on wildlife habitat.  He has already gained considerable experience in the collection and analysis of data, as well as the type of detailed report writing required in scientific study.  Tim is exceptionally strong academically, but is also described by his honors biology teacher as a student who is skilled at collaborating with others on group projects.  In his letter of application, Tim wrote about his participation in Mt Ararat’s Envirothon Team.  Among other things, Tim has learned “how important birds are to the environment as predators and seed spreaders, and that they often function as keystone species.  This experience gave me the tools to observe and learn about birds, a topic in which I was already keenly interested.”  The scholarship committee was impressed by Tim’s thoughtful and detailed letter, as well as his strong teacher recommendation.  It was a pleasure to select Tim to attend the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at Hog Island for the summer of 2015.