The Bryant Pond 4-H Camp will be the site of a new outdoor leadership pathway program offered to western Maine high school students by UMaine Early College. (Edwin Remsberg)

AREA — University of Maine Early College Program is offering a new outdoor leadership pathway program at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center for western Maine high school students to earn UMaine college credit tuition-free.

UMaine’s outdoor leadership program focuses on developing an individual’s leadership skills while providing intensive training in both contemporary and traditional outdoor activities, and immersion experiences in the Maine outdoors.

Graduates will be well-positioned to succeed in a variety of outdoor-oriented careers in business, nonprofit and educational settings. They also will gain leadership skills and confidence that will serve them in any career.

“Outdoor and Adventure Activities” (KPE 265), an introductory course, will be offered July 29–Aug. 16 at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. It focuses primarily on canoeing, bouldering and climbing, hiking and orienteering, and challenge courses.

“Wilderness First Responder” (KPE 209) will be offered Nov. 12, 2019–June 18, 2020. The
curriculum uses the principles of long-term care, improvised resources and varying
environmental conditions as the framework for learning. The Wilderness First Responder course was created to provide outdoor leaders, guides and rangers with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings.

Instructors at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center include American Red Cross-certified lifeguard Tara Pocock, who manages the waterfront during summer camp; Jeff Prentice, a medical instructor who coordinates the health center; and Ryder Scott, center program director, who has been teaching and leading groups in the outdoors for over 20 years.

Course registration is online at For information, call Allison Small, Early College Programs coordinator, at 581.8004 or email [email protected]; or call Ryder Scott, statewide director, University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center, at 890.8626.

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service.

UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine, 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars.

The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master’s degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S.

The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campus-wide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For information about UMaine, visit


Photo credit: Edwin Remsberg

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