With the start of the summer camp season, we are excited to formally announce Emily Bell-Hoerth in her new role as the Director of Camp Chewonki for Girls. Emily had previously worked as the director of the 10-day girls' program at Debsconeag Lake, and will now be overseeing all girls’ residential and wilderness trip programs at Chewonki. Editor's Note: Stay tuned for a major announcement about the future of Camp Chewonki for Girls later this summer! “The summer team is extremely … [Read more...] about Welcome Emily Bell-Hoerth, Director of Camp Chewonki for Girls!
Today marks the summer solstice, the half-way point in the year with the longest day of sunshine. Thanks to the generosity of the Chewonki community we're also more than half-way to our spring fundraising goal! Campus is absolutely a-buzz with counselors and staff getting ready for the opening day of Camp Chewonki, and next week we will welcome more than three hundred incredible young people from around the country to participate in our summer programs. Two people are especially excited to … [Read more...] about River, Take Me Along
Doc Shocked by Poetic Schlock! - or - Epistemological Onomatopoeic Disaster on the Neck! - or - “Bye Bye, Birdee!” (Editor's Note: last week's article "It's for the Birds" generated a flood of interest in the origin of the name "Chewonki", but no response was quite so keen as the letter we received from Master Maine Naturalist Doc Fred (aka Fred Cichocki), a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and longtime leader of the nature program at Camp Chewonki. We reprint his comments … [Read more...] about Doc Shocked by Poetic Schlock!
The odd title of this piece is a take on John Ciardi’s classic book, How Does A Poem Mean? Ciardi was one of the great literary interpreters and word sluths of our day. To him every word “…is a feeling…involves the muscles…is a history…is a picture.”, that is, a dynamic “how”, not a static “what”. As Ciardi said, “the history tends to remain in them [i.e., words] as an immediate and intrinsic force.” Would it surprise you then, that the Chewonki Camp Cheer might be more than it seems? All … [Read more...] about How Does a Cheer Mean?
Our 2019 Annual Meeting took place at Chewonki on May 17 and 18, and among the items on the agenda were appointments to the board of trustees and the board of advisors. Trustees and advisors play an essential role in shaping Chewonki. They use their skills and wisdom to guide us toward more effectively meeting the Chewonki mission. We are grateful for all that Kate Wilkinson (an outgoing member of the board of advisors) and Birgit Townley (outgoing member of the board of trustees), have given … [Read more...] about Chewonki Announces Incoming and Outgoing Trustees and Advisors
Frisking, frolicking, snoozing, testing the limits of their mother’s patience, entertaining us each day as they grow before our eyes--spring brings baby animals to Salt Marsh Farm, and as predictable as the season itself, we fall in love with them. Fifteen lambs and a new bull calf are the latest additions to Chewonki Neck. Here’s a peek at what’s going on. … [Read more...] about The Bairn of the Barn
When Chewonki became a non-profit in 1962, a charitable purpose became an essential piece of our organizational DNA. Since that time, we have served participants across an increasingly broad range of identities, backgrounds, and experience. Camp Chewonki welcomes campers from more than 15 nations each summer, Maine Coast Semester typically has students from more than 15 states, and we serve well over 15 communities in Maine with our Elementary School and Outdoor Classroom programs. Our broadest … [Read more...] about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Chewonki