We’ve been providing the best summer camp experience in Maine you could ask for since 1915, and we invite you to learn more about Camp Chewonki for Boys, Camp Chewonki for Girls and our signature Wilderness Adventure Trips for teens.
We celebrate the power of unplugging from ordinary life and plunging into the rivers, lakes, mountains, woods, and coastline of Maine and eastern Canada. Discover what’s out there – and then discover what’s inside of you.
Develop your leadership skills. Explore your interests. Become part of a small community where you belong, and take responsibility for the success of your group. Above all, if you’re looking for challenges, friendships, and a new understanding of yourself and the natural world, we want to take you outside.
From stories around the campfire to sunset paddles along the shore, we build our camp community to share the challenges and fun as a team. Campers and wilderness trip participants return summer after summer to reunite with old friends and dive into the next adventure. At Chewonki, we expect every member of the community to contribute with an “all hands on deck” attitude.
There are few things in life that help build character and self-awareness like life at summer camp. We work with our campers to embrace authenticity, develop new skills, take a break from the ordinary and reflect on who they are, and what they want to be.
Summer Camp is a wonderful chance to grow and discover new interests with the guidance of excellent role models and compassionate counselors.
Embracing the Natural World
Unplugging from the pace of modern life has become increasingly rare for kids. Time away at overnight camp allows for simple living and nearly every waking moment outdoors in the natural world.
Camp Chewonki is founded on a love for ecology, wildlife, and learning about the relationship between humans and the world around us.
Unique Chewonki Features
- Separate Boys and Girls residential camps
- Multi-week wilderness adventure trips & expeditions (single gender and coed)
- Southern campus: 400-acre saltwater peninsula on the coast of Maine
- Northern campus: private lake embedded in pristine conservation land
- Multiple private islands off the coast of Maine and a network of exclusive north woods campsites
- A working farm where campers can help grow our food and help care for animals
- An 18-element challenge course – with low & high ropes
- Expert instruction in canoeing, whitewater & sea kayaking, backpacking, camp craft, wildlife & ecology
Chewonki Summer Programs
We offer a variety 10-day, 3-week and 7-week programs for children ages 8-16.
Boys, Ages 8-15
Camp Chewonki for Boys is proud to celebrate a 103-year tradition of excellence for boys and young men on our main campus in Wiscasset, Maine.
Campers have a wide range of activities and skills to choose from, including canoeing, sailing, kayaking, archery, nature study, animal care, arts, crafts, woodworking, swimming, soccer, tennis, and field sports.
Classic summer camp fun with extensive opportunities to build skills and progress to more challenging wilderness adventures.
Girls, Ages 8-16
Based out of our northern campus on Fourth Debsconeag Lake in the Nahmakanta public reserve, Camp Chewonki for Girls offers a 10-day residential camp for younger girls with a focus on classic camp games, arts, crafts, and activities, along with a strong introduction to camp-craft and wilderness adventure trips.
Older girls are introduced to a careful progression of wilderness adventure trips that develop canoeing, backpacking and kayaking skills, with a focus on personal growth, self-discovery, and building community.
Coed, Ages 14-17
For older kids and teens, we offer Chewonki wilderness adventure trips with a wide range of skill levels and options. These trips typically begin and end at our campus in Wiscasset and are 3 or 5 weeks in length. Some trips range into the Canadian north and require a passport.