Merrymeeting Audubon provides scholarships for chapter area teens to attend Hog Island Audubon Camp and the Hurricane Island Science Center, and for younger students to attend one of two Maine 4H environmental education summer camps. All camps are residential. We provide full and half scholarships to 25-30 students each year. Half scholarships range from $200-300, full scholarships from $595-995.  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 kids to camp and hope that you may be able to help.  Anything which you can contribute to our scholarship fund will help us 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, Chairperson [email protected] – 353-8863; Beth Bullock [email protected] - 729-9650; Sue Sergeant [email protected] -  442-8195; Ted Allen beanallen[email protected] - 729-8661; Bronda Niese [email protected] – 406-2396.

4H Environmental Education Camps

Applications must submit essays with a completed application form, available below and in chapter area schools beginning 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 789-5868.

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.

Application Deadline: Visit this page next January for applications for the summer of 2017.

Scholarships Awarded for Summer 2016

The Merrymeeting Audubon Scholarship Committee met in April to review scholarship applications from students wishing to attend the Tanglewood and Bryant Pond 4H Camps.  We are pleased to announce that, due to the generosity of our donors, we were able to award scholarships to all students who applied.  Eleven children will be attending week long programs at Tanglewood, while thirteen will be headed for Bryant Pond.  Earlier we awarded a scholarship to a Mt Ararat student who will be attending the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership for a week in August.  That’s a total of 25 young people our donors are sending to camp!  In addition, a Bath teacher from Fisher Mitchell Elementary School was awarded a half-scholarship for Educators’ Week at the Hog Island National Audubon Camp.  We look forward to learning about our awardees’ camp experiences when they return to school in the fall.