All of a sudden, it’s the season: time for the Chewonki Holiday Craft Fair! Makers of all ages sold one-of-a-kind gifts to the Chewonki community and the public at this year’s lively fair, which took place on Tuesday, December 10, in the Center for Environmental Education’s Chapin Hall. The youngest sellers were nine Chewonki Elementary and Middle School students. They bustled around before the doors opened, setting up their work on tables, making signs, stacking up their business cards, … [Read more...] about Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Craft Fair
It's been a quiet week at Chewonki, one of the few moments in the year when we don't have any programs on campus, but there's still pockets of hustle-and-bustle, most notably the farm & food teams who are in a mad dash against time to pick and process a mountain of fresh ripe tomatoes. “Right now, my life is ruled by milk and tomatoes,” says Chewonki Kitchen Manager Bill Edgerton, wearing an expression that’s half-fatigue and half-bliss. It is the golden season at the farm and the tomato … [Read more...] about Ruled by Milk & Tomatoes
At Camp Chewonki, there is a pocket of time between the end of Session I and the start of Session II that belongs exclusively to seven-week campers. It’s one of the long haulers’ perks, sort of like unlocking a special bonus round of summer. During the intersession last week, Heron campers (ages 11 and 12) from South Hall cabin undertook a never-been-done-before adventure, something counselor Shane Killen dubbed the “Tour de Salt”, while Gordy Hall cabin seven-weekers explored North Woods … [Read more...] about The Tour de Salt
Since 2007, “Doc Fred” Cichocki has been the pied piper of natural history for Camp Chewonki. A dignified cross between the eminent biologist E. O. Wilson and a rakish Shakespearian bard, Cichocki cuts a stately figure with a full white beard and mane of hair. On campus, he's distinctive in his khaki vest (replete with pockets and pouches stuffed full with flora and fauna) and can usually be found carrying a "natural history mystery" gently dislodged from somewhere in Chewonki’s woods, waters, … [Read more...] about Natural History Mystery
Just as they have done every summer for more than a century, Camp Chewonki boys are hard at work in the Wood Shop. A group of Ospreys (our oldest campers) bend over the paddles they are making, using spokeshaves and block planes to sculpt the wood. “They’ve put in about six hours to get to this point,” says Orville Mooney, BS, MA, VET, Maine Guide, WL, facilities team member, carpenter, and this summer's undisputed boss of the Chewonki wood shop. “They’re doing great. After today, all … [Read more...] about I Made This Paddle
Tucked into the woods on either side of the Blueberry Hill Trail, beckoning all adventuresome souls, are the 18 wood and rope elements of Chewonki’s Challenge Course. Shelly Gibson, team development coordinator, knows each element like the back of her hand. She decides how to use them to help campers and staff learn about themselves and each other and expand their sense of the possible. On a sunny afternoon during this first week of camp, Gibson and her team had all the Boys Camp cabin … [Read more...] about Challenge!
They burst on the scene with bags and backpacks, tennis racquets, musical instruments, bathing suits and rain gear, mothers, fathers, siblings, and grandparents in tow, and even a perky pooch or two to see them off. They had big smiles, butterflies in their stomachs, and unbound energy. And we were ready for them! We dream of Camp Chewonki opening day all fall, winter, and spring, and when the time comes, it feels a bit like a festival--all hands on deck, all departments in full swing, the … [Read more...] about Camp Chewonki Opening Day – 2019
Throughout our 100+ years of history on this saltwater peninsula, everyone from the youngest camper to the loftiest scholar in our ranks has offered an explanation for the name “Chewonki,” (the Anglicized form of a Penobscot word). One vocal faction often explains the word "Chewonki" to mean “the place of the turning,” perhaps because when the incoming tide in Montsweag Bay reverses, it flows north and south around neighboring Westport Island to return to the sea. Another passionate group … [Read more...] about It’s for the Birds