News from Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove
May 2020

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Summer is coming!

We are currently working on an amended summer plan with the health and safety of you, your family, and our staff in mind. Following guidelines from the government and the CDC, we are designing a schedule to offer our traditional program experience in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy. Our next newsletter will have more information about the plan we create.

In the meantime, we are getting excited for summer and hope you are, too!

Tanglewood's Story

The place known as "Camp Tanglewood" became Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in 1982. It has always been a place where people of all ages gather to experience a sense of place and connection with both the natural world and other people. When we reflect on the memories built and skills gained over the years, it's quite impressive the impact one camp has had. It is during challenging times like these that the other vital skills gained through the experience of living and learning as part of a community become so essential: resiliency, problem-solving, empathy, compassion, and hope. We cannot wait to celebrate all the joys of this remarkable and sacred place with you all again.

See more about our history and our alumni below.

Educational Resources

Wednesdays in the Woods
In addition to updating our website with new educational resources daily, we have been hosting a Facebook Live ecology learning opportunity called "Wednesdays in the Woods" at noon every Wednesday. These activities are designed for both individuals and caregivers and encourage exploration inside and outside. The videos are posted and archived on our Facebook page.
Try It!
To honor our history, we are sharing a Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove classic. We most certainly did not invent this activity, but it is one that honors our guiding curriculum to encourage people to see themselves as part of an interconnected world.
1. Gather washed materials that you would normally put in the trash or recycling, such as yogurt containers, cans, cardboard boxes, cans with smooth edges, etc. 
2. Think of another creative way you could use the items, either by themselves or in combination.
3. Grab some scissors, glue, string, tape, and whatever else you might need to combine and craft something new from the materials you gathered.
See how long you can use the item(s) you create. 
Remember, everything goes somewhere!
Check out the Educational Resources page on our website for additional activities you can try at home!

Later this month:

  • Updated information about our summer schedule
  • Blueberry Cove history
  • More educational activities

Alumni Memories:

A preview of some alumni memories is below. To see other alumni memories or submit your own memory, visit the alumni page on our website!

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Visit our website to see ways you can support our programs!

More of Tanglewood's Story

In the 1930s the National Park Service purchased 5,700 acres surrounding Camden Hills and along the Ducktrap River as the Camden National Recreation Area. The Civilian Conservation Corps built Camp Tanglewood along the banks of the Ducktrap River as a family camp with its miles of footpaths and forty-seven wood frame buildings. By the early 1900s, the forest had been cut over many times resulting in what must have appeared as a tangle of wood, and thus the camp was named Tanglewood.

When construction of the camp was completed in 1938 it was leased to the Bangor-Brewer YWCA and until 1972 served as a girls camp. There are still many women in Maine who have a special connection with Tanglewood through their days spent there as Y campers.  

When we think back to Tanglewood's early days as a summer camp, we remember that the world was going through historic events then, and like today, going off to camp is what young people needed to heal. The young girls who attended Camp Tanglewood throughout the 1940s were living through a World War, the likes that no one had seen before. And yet, families felt it was important for the girls to attend camp, to get away from cities, stress, and uncertainty to "rusticate" through connection with the natural world and other girls.

The skills in camping and backpacking, canoeing, archery, swimming, and lifesaving, as well as traditional camp crafts, taught the girls resilience, perseverance, and friendship; these are qualities and skills that remain vital for young people to gain. Learning new skills in a social and supportive community environment made for memorable experiences, many of which were life-changing.

Alumni Memories

Kathleen Harriman of Rockland came back to visit Tanglewood 50 years after she attended the Y camp in the 1950s and where all three of her daughters went to camp. "I still remember the blazing campfire, smiling faces, the programs where girls come to learn the wonders of the beautiful out-of-doors and the tear-stained faces of those not wanting to leave Tanglewood."

A few years ago we met former camper Betty Ann Mayo who shared some of her memories with us. She wasn't entirely sure how old she was when she first attended as a camper, but it could have been about the age of eight or nine. She learned to swim at Camp Tanglewood and now at the age of 86 realizes how important it was for a little girl and only child to have the experience of attending camp. "I loved it so much I convinced my parents to keep coming back each year until finally, I was old enough to be on THE STAFF! My last year was, I believe when I graduated from high school in 1947."

We love connecting with former campers and hearing about how camp impacted their lives. To read more of Betty's story, see other alumni memories, or submit your own memory, visit the alumni page on our website!

We would love to hear from you! 
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