Dear Chewonki Families,
The leaves have fallen and the mornings are crisp here on Chewonki Neck. Outdoor Classroom has wrapped up for the semester and many of your beloved trip leaders and overnight camp staff who stayed around for the fall are heading on to their winter adventures.
We’re excited to announce that Excursion Days will be back in full force for Summer 2023! After two summers of staying on campus for Excursion Days to do fun-filled all-camp theme days, we’re going to venture out across Midcoast Maine twice a session. Similar to pre-covid Excursion Days, campers will have options to explore sites of interest related to Camp Chewonki’s main program areas. Campers will be able to choose between options like hiking nearby mountains/trails to practice orienteering skills, investigating Salt Marshes to gain natural history knowledge, or going strawberry picking to learn more about fruit farming. Our oldest campers will even have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Popham Beach for a relaxing day in the sun!
Do you know the origins of Excursion Days at Chewonki? Before we had cabins and yurts, campers and staff lived in tents. Once a week, everyone would leave the Neck so that the tents could be taken down, cleaned, and aired out. In fact, Excursion Days were originally called “Tent Day” ! It was the perfect excuse to learn more about our local area and connect with the Midcoast community, so even after we moved out of tents we kept the tradition going.
Camp Chewonki is lucky to be located in the gorgeous and fascinating Midcoast and we’re thrilled for campers to be able to see more of it this summer!
Katie & Jen
From the Neck
Salt Marsh Farm
This is a rich season on the farm, rich with nutrients, potential, and heavy totes of vegetables. Under the low light of these shortening days, the farmers are besmirching the pastures with last winter’s livestock manure, tending to the nutrient cycle of the farm. Farmers and students are wrapping up the final heavy harvests of the season, including carrots, beets, and winter radishes, and storing them in the root cellar below the Chewonki kitchen. Cows and sheep are moving into the spaces they’ll inhabit all winter, leaving the pastures until the grass starts to grow again next spring. There is plenty to do in every season; this particular time is focused on wrapping up the growing season. Many tasks feel like we’re giving ourselves presents for the future, like oiling and putting away tools and horsedrawn equipment and packing away the wash station. Come spring, we’ll find things ready to go (and grow!) again.
~ Megan and the Farm Team
From the Kitchen
These muffins have been around since 1978 and are named for the restaurant where they were born, the Morning Glory Cafe, in Nantucket. In 1981 gourmet magazine printed the recipe, and in 1991 it was chosen as one of 25 favorite recipes from the last 50 years.
~ The Kitchen Team
Morning Glory Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- generous pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cup shredded carrot
- 1/3 cups raisins
- 1/3 cups chopped seeds or nuts
- 1/3 cup coconut
- 1 cup chopped apples
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 1: Grease or line a muffin tin.
Step 2: In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add carrot, raisins, seeds or nuts, coconut and apples. Mix well. Add eggs, oil and vanilla.
Step 3: Add the batter to your muffin tin filling each about 3/4 of the way and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Staff Interview – Lachlan Nutting
Role at camp last summer? Previous Chewonki experience?
Summer 2022 was my first season at Chewonki! I was one of the two Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) Activity Heads for camp. I worked with campers of all ages from Eastside and Westside, and taught them the skills they needed to be prepared for their wilderness trips. From building and starting campfires to cook, to processing wood, to learning about the principles of Leave No Trace, I wanted to help my campers feel more comfortable and self-sufficient in nature.
Favorite Summer 22 moment?
The Moose Moments! This summer, I conducted a research project with the campers to help me learn about and try to find a mysterious moose on Chewonki Neck! We never saw the moose, but we had so much fun exploring the Neck, and thanks to the help of some really enthusiastic Puffins and Owls, we got a (blurry) video of it!
What have you been up to since camp?
Since camp, I stayed at Chewonki as an Outdoor Educator in the Outdoor Classroom (OC) program! The Neck is full of Elementary and Middle School (EMS) and Maine Coast Semester (MCS) students, and new groups of students come in each week from schools from the area for Outdoor Classroom, so there is still a lot of wonderful hustle and bustle here. Never a dull moment on Chewonki Neck!
Favorite camp food or song?
My favorite camp song is “I Knew This Place” by David Mallett.
Favorite camp activity or game?
There are so many great games and activities! My favorite game is probably Kingdoms, but the Carnival Day always brings out the campers’ creativity in amazing, and absolutely hilarious, ways.
Tell us a fun fact camp folks may not know about you…
In 2013, when I was in high school, I competed with a team of classmates in the Mule Days packing competition in Bishop, CA. We entered the college division and won the title of World Champion Mule Packer for that division.
From the Camp Office
Admissions / Enrollment
Fall greetings from the Admissions Office! It’s been nice to catch up with our camp families over the past couple of months. The residential camp (ages 8-14) is filling nicely with a couple of age groups already tight on space. Traditionally at this time of year, there is still plenty of space on most of our leadership expeditions. Have you been in touch with your mates from this past summer? Maybe you’d like to get your own group together to hike the Appalachian Trail or kayak along the Maine Coast. There are great choices available! Please get in touch soon!
~ Leslie Hunter, Admissions
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