Charlie

I am the director of Camp Chewonki for Boys. I live in Brunswick, Maine, with my wife, Heather, and my dog, Bergamot. I first encountered Chewonki when they brought 3 owls to my second grade classroom to teach me about birds. I later became a camper and school participant before going to on to be a staff member. Most recently, I was a middle school science teacher at Bath Middle School and returned to Chewonki as director to plan and facilitate engaging outdoor experiences for children from around world each summer. While we may not be together in person this summer, I am looking forward to sharing our experiences through our weekly gatherings and seeing your submissions to our Camp Chewonki@Home Chronicle galleries in Chapin Hall on our website!

A Farewell Note from Charlie Fear

Dear Camp Families,

I am writing to share the news that I have resigned as director of Camp Chewonki and I am moving on to the next chapter of my career. From the time I was a camper and a student at Chewonki, it was a dream of mine to one day be the camp director. It has been such an honor to serve in that capacity for the past 3 summers. I have enjoyed building relationships with campers and their families throughout the year, guiding campers and staff through the challenges of their first or fifth summer away from home, and I have experienced immense personal and professional growth during my tenure. 

I am very proud of the work we have done to move Chewonki into the next phase of its history with our efforts to expand who a Chewonki summer is for and how we can learn to welcome and include each other regardless of our background and identity. There is still a lot of work to be done and, while I won’t be involved with the day-to-day planning and operation of the camp, I will be cheering wholeheartedly from the sidelines and contributing to the future of Camp Chewonki in any way I can. Chewonki is a magical place and it has played a large role in my development as a person and an educator. 

As you prepare to return to camp next summer, I will leave you with this: Chewonki is made special by the people who gather together to make camp happen, and that includes you. I will always remember camp, and especially the people, with great fondness and I look forward to when our paths cross again.

With lots of love and best wishes for a wonderful school year,

Charlie

Jump for Joy: Camp is Back!

Hello friends,

It feels like ages since I’ve seen all of your faces on Chewonki Neck and I am so looking forward to welcoming you back to camp next summer. Here at Chewonki, we are hard at work planning fun activities, challenging adventures, and making sure camp is ready to keep you safe and healthy so you can play, learn, and grow with us in 2021. Make sure to let me know you are coming by filling out your application as soon as possible!

Did you know we have a new website? Check it out and discover some opportunities to stay connected to your camp friends between now and opening day of camp. We will be hosting a Camp Chewonki@Home gathering on Zoom once a month to say hi and play a fun activity together. You may also notice some changes to the language we use to describe who we are and what we do at Chewonki. We will be sharing more information about these improvements very soon.

Please let me know if you have any questions about camp. I can’t wait to greet you on the quad and start the next chapter of Camp Chewonki in summer 2021.

See you soon!

Charlie