Since 2001 we have offered the Junior Maine Guide Program to a select group of young outdoors people. JMG is the highest achievement of our Woodscraft Path, and recognized by the Commissioner of the Department of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The Junior Maine Guide program at Bryant Pond is a demanding training course which prepares students to excel at the Maine State JMG testing encampment. Hard work, balanced with fun and excitement!
To pass the test, candidates must demonstrate competency in outdoor skills and knowledge including canoeing, shelter and fire building, map and compass, map of Maine, first aid, backcountry cooking, tree identification, and more.
Our program is a field-based course designed to allow the natural leadership from within to be cultivated and grow within your group. Led by Registered Maine Guides and Trip Leaders, candidates will plan and lead multi-day canoe and backpack trips, where their skills are applied through real outdoor challenges.
Each year, our JMG’s form a unique bond, having spent almost a month together. Lifelong friendships have been gained, and many return to Bryant Pond as future counselors.
Set yourself apart from the crowd and earn the right to wear the Junior Maine Guide patch! Due to the popularity of this program, space is limited. Call or email for more information and an application packet.
Areas of Evaluation
MAJORS: Axemanship, Canoeing, Individual Shelter, Individual Fireplace, Topographic Map, Map of Area, Map of Maine, Trip Equipment, First Aid, Cooking, Group Encampment
MINORS: Maine Issues, Wet Day Fire, Trees ID, Hiking/Backing, Equipment Knowledge, Environmental Concerns, Leave No Trace, Wilderness Regulations, General Knowledge, Wildlife ID
Program Dates: 6/29/14 – 7/26/14 (4 Weeks)
Image Description: Junior Maine Guide participants sitting on deck