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.

Sincerely,

Charlie, Emily, & Jen