Junior Maine Guide Celebrates 75 years!
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
The JMG program is sponsored by Maine Summer Camps, and has helped to create lifetime skills and memories for 75 summers! The Junior Maine Guide program was started in 1937 by an act of the Maine legislature, and was unique in the nation. It is the precursor of the intensive “outdoor living skills” programs later adopted by many camps around the nation. To earn the JMG certification, a camper must earn the first two levels, Junior Maine Woodsman and Maine Woodsman. The JMG is earned only after successful completion of a 5-day test camp where practical skills and wilderness knowledge are tested. Nearly 2,500 Junior Maine Guides have earned the JMG patch since 1937.
Those who hold the Junior Maine Guide certification are now located all over the country. Some stayed in camping or careers involving the woods and wilderness, others just remember it as a great achievement and report that they have enjoyed the wilderness recreationally for their entire lives because of the JMG experience. If you know of someone who is a JMG, spread the word about the 75th Anniversary Celebration. The July 28 celebration includes a lobster-steak bake and commemorative 75th Anniversary T-shirt, along with celebration activities. Tent camping is available for Friday and Saturday evening at the current JMG test camp site in Oquossoc for interested participants. Registrations due no later than July 1, 2012. More details and On-line registration: http://mainecamps.org/junior-maine-guide/