Bryant Pond, Maine — University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond is one of two programs to receive $60,000 from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s annual Moose Hunting Permit Auction for its youth conservation education summer camp programming.
The department auctions 10 moose hunting permits annually to applicants who submit the highest bids through a written bid process. All funds from the sale of these permits, including bidding fees, are deposited into a nonlapsing fund to be used to pay the costs to administer the program and to fund youth conservation education programs in Maine. Winning bids for 2013 ranged from $10,191.11 to $11,734.56.
The Bryant Pond 4-H Camp awards these funds as $250 scholarships toward the cost of many of its summer camp programs. These scholarships are for Maine residents only, are all one-time use and issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Bryant Pond program has been a recipient of these funds since the moose permit legislation was enacted in 1995. As a result, hundreds of Maine young people have used the scholarship funds to attend a summer session of “Conservation Camp,” earning their boating or hunter safety certification.
More information about University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center’s programs is online (umaine.edu/bryantpond/summer-camp). For summer camp scholarship information, contact Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, 207.665.2068.