The Junior Maine Guide Program

A Joint Program of Maine Summer Camps (Maine Youth Camping Foundation) & the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Read about JMG’s lifetime impact:  Trip to the Woods Lasts a Lifetime

The Junior Maine Guide Program (JMG) is a long-established wilderness camping skills program sponsored by Maine Summer Camps and the Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It is an outdoor skills program designed to foster enjoyable, safe and healthy outdoor living experiences for youth ages 9 – 18. JMG certification can lay the groundwork for later training and certification for a Maine Trip Leader permit, as well as provide a lifetime of enjoyment of living in concert with nature in the Maine wilderness. JMG uses current philosophies in outdoor living. The program, unique to Maine, was created in 1937 as an act of the State Legislature, in an effort to promote the use of the Maine wilderness for recreation as well as to train new generations of youth to adopt use practices that conserve the environment. It is offered by various Maine summer camps.

Who can Participate?

A camper gets involved in the Junior Maine Guide program through a participating summer camp. The JMG program is offered at boys’, girls’ and co-ed camps. For a list of camps that offer the JMG program click here.

Program Description

JMG’s goal is to foster enjoyable, safe and healthy outdoor living experiences for campers ages 9 to 18. These efforts have also resulted in the valuable training and certification of licensed trip leaders in Maine.

The Junior Maine Guide Program is a uniquely Maine activity, with its reference to the legendary Maine Guides, and its emphasis on the State’s magnificent forests, lakes, rivers and mountains.

The program progression is divided into age-appropriate levels of skills that will enrich a camper’s summer program.

There are 3 levels:

mooselookmeguntic lakeJunior Maine Woodsman & Maine Woodsman are taught by experienced instructors in a Maine camp. They may be completed in one season, or may be spread over longer periods of time, depending upon the age and skill of the young people who are participating. Award badges are presented for successful completion of these units.

The Junior Maine Guide level requires a candidate to have completed the Junior Maine Woodsman and Maine Woodsman levels (or equivalent), and to successfully complete a five-day testing encampment.

Final testing takes place during the exciting adventure of a 5-day encampment conducted by Maine Summer Camps in cooperation with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the beautiful Stephen Phillips Preserve, Oquossoc (Rangeley) ME.

For more information: Contact Spencer Ordway, Chairman of the JMG Committee, Camp Winona, (207)-647-3721, Moose Curtis at (207) 966-3081 or the MSC office.

Click here to see highlights of the 2013 Testing Camp.

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