About Camp Gustin

Camp Gustin, a cherished natural place nestled in Sabattus, Maine, spans a remarkable 95 acres and forms an integral part of the Androscoggin Land Trust’s conservation efforts. Officially acquired by the Trust in September 2022, the site represents a significant conservation achievement aimed at safeguarding its rich biodiversity and offering public recreational opportunities.

Conservation and Community Significance

Originally established as a Boy Scout camp in 1948 through a generous donation by the Gustin family, Camp Gustin has long been a hub for scouting and community activities. The land, which features stunning natural landscapes including Loon Pond and Curtis Bog, continues to uphold its legacy of outdoor education and recreation under the stewardship of the Androscoggin Land Trust. This acquisition not only preserves the area’s ecological features—such as forested uplands, freshwater wetlands, and extensive shore frontage—but also ensures its continued use for low-impact recreational activities like hiking, camping, fishing, and bird watching.

Collaborative Efforts and Funding

The acquisition of Camp Gustin was a community effort, underscored by significant financial support from the Land for Maine’s Future program, various foundations, local businesses, and individual contributors. The Trust raised over $425,000 through donations and secured additional funding through grants and a strategic gap funding loan to finalize the purchase. This community-driven fundraising campaign highlights the widespread support for preserving local natural landscapes.

Future Plans and Public Access

The Androscoggin Land Trust is committed to maintaining the integrity of the Camp Gustin Conservation Area while enhancing public access to its trails and natural beauty. ALT plans to manage the area with a focus on conservation and sustainable use, ensuring that Camp Gustin remains a valuable resource for both wildlife and people for generations to come.

Camp Gustin now serves not only as a sanctuary for wildlife but as a vibrant venue for community engagement and environmental education, reflecting the collective dedication to preserving Maine’s natural heritage.