Month: December 2020

Illustrated map of Camp Chewonki

Stay Connected this Winter with Camp@Home

Looking to connect to your Chewonki friends this winter while staying up-to-date with the latest news from Salt Marsh Farm and the Wildlife Center? Are you looking for fun Chewonki activities to do on your own at home with family and friends to tide you over until next summer? Well, look no further!

2020 has been a year of firsts. You might say the year has been “unprecedented”. At Chewonki, 2020 was our first summer without in-person programming since our founding in 2015. Did that stop us from getting together to build community, learn about the natural world, and discover new passions? You bet it didn’t!

Instead of hunkering down and waiting for 2021, the camp team produced another Chewonki first – we created a remote camp program to stay connected to all of our wonderful campers by helping them experience the Chewonki magic at home this summer. Camp Chewonki@Home was born! This summer we connected with campers a couple of times a week over Zoom to share about our lives, participate in a fun activity, and sing songs together around the campfire. We posted activities and videos like Bird of the Week on our brand new Camp Chewonki@Home website where campers submitted pictures of all the cool things they were doing at home. We also set up a pen pal program so folks could keep the Chewonki tradition of letter writing alive and well. Needless to say, we had about as much fun as could be expected without actually being at Chewonki.

With the success of Camp Chewonki@Home and the desire to stay connected over the winter, we have reignited the Camp Chewonki@Home flame with the brand new Camp Chewonki Newsletter! Once a month enrolled camp families receive an email directing them to the Camp Chewonki@Home website to learn about the seasonal changes on campus (welcoming new piglets on the farm and learning about how owls prepare for the cold of winter), find a monthly activity for some fun at home, and read about important camp updates as we approach summer 2021. We are also gathering on Zoom once a month to continue the fun we had this summer connecting with our friends from afar. You can check out our Events page to find links to RSVP.

“But wait, Charlie, Emily, Jen – do I have to enroll in camp to see all of this cool stuff you just told us about?” That’s a great question! While we would obviously like to welcome all of you to camp next summer we understand that we might not be in your plans for 2021. With that in mind, while the monthly email will just go to enrolled families, anyone can access all the fun on Camp Chewonki@Home at any time. We hope you’ll visit often to check out our monthly posts. And don’t forget: there are still loads of activities and videos from this summer to keep you warm and connected to Chewonki amidst the snows of winter.

We hope to see you at our next Camp Chewonki@Home Zoom gathering! Visit our events page for more info.


Charlie, Emily, & Jen

Boys Camp and Girls Camp Packing List

Equipment List and Packing Tips

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Coming prepared to camp sets the stage for a summer focused on learning and fun in the outdoors. Please arrive at camp with all of the required items from these lists. All clothing and gear must be well marked with your camper’s name.

Some of the best quality items for life in the outdoors can be found at secondhand stores or gear exchanges! Young people grow quickly, so we highly recommend that you look for stores in your area where you can find secondhand items for a lower price. You can find logoed versions of many items on our packing list in the Chewonki Store (we encourage you to order early). 

Visit our Chewonki Store:

Please see the Gear Lending section below for items you may have difficulty acquiring. 

Gear Lending at Chewonki

All campers will have the opportunity to borrow gear for the summer from Chewonki’s Packout. Items that are available for lending include:

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Compression Sacks
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Trip Dry Bag / Backpack

We are able to provide additional equipment and clothing to campers. Please contact the camp office ( several weeks in advance of arrival for more information.

Camp T-shirt Update

We no longer require participants to wear a Camp Chewonki logoed t-shirt during camp. We are pleased to announce that all campers will receive two Camp Chewonki logo t-shirts as part of their enrollment. They will be distributed upon arrival at camp!

Facemasks at Camp

All participants should arrive at camp with cloth masks. The quantity needed for each program is listed below. Masks should be at least two layers and tight fitting. If a participant wears glasses, it would be important to be able to tightly fit the cloth around the nose to avoid fogging of glasses.  Here is a link from the CDC that provides more guidance.

  • Participants should pack 9 masks.

Packing for Camp

Living in a cabin, yurt or tent at camp means that we all embrace group living and shared space! This means living simply, and leaving items at home that will not be needed during the summer. We request that you limit what you pack to the items on these lists, as we have honed it over many summers, and find that it meets the needs of our campers.

Each camper will have their own set of shelves and shared storage space under their bunk to keep their belongings organized while at camp. We recommend packing for camp in dufflebags or suitcases that can be easily compressed and stored while not in use. Trunks are not recommended due to limited space.

We highly recommend packing together with your camper. This allows them to understand all the items that are going to camp with them and where they are. It also prepares them for the task of packing for themselves on their cabin trips and when they prepare to return home.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about items on this list or how to acquire them. We look forward to working with you to ensure a stress-free packing experience!


10-Day vs. 3-Week Programs

Packing quantities are for 3-week Full Session (10-day Puffin Program is listed in parentheses where different)

A Note About Layering

Layering is combining different garments to achieve insulation and protection from wind and rain. Insulating layers should be synthetic or wool fibers, which insulate when wet. Cotton is a poor insulator when wet. Layers must fit comfortably over each other so that they can be worn together.

Footwear and Headwear

Bedding & Hygiene Items

 Your container for storing and carrying items to and from the washhouse;
must include:


Trip Equipment

(These items can be borrowed from Chewonki)

Miscellaneous Items

Letter writing materials:

Things to Leave at Home

Items with an asterisk can be borrowed from Chewonki