Flying Higher with Ospreys
Campers age 14 may attend Camp Chewonki as an Osprey for a three-week session. This experience provides campers with an opportunity to learn and grow as part of a cabin group of eight campers and two cabin leaders. Campers spend time in camp developing skills and having fun in daily activities, participating in camp life and traditions, and building towards embarking on an exciting and challenging remote trip in the beautiful woods and waters of Maine. While new campers join us in every age group, we have designed our overnight camp progression to increase in rigor with each successive summer to develop caring and confident leaders who are prepared with the skills to successfully graduate into our Leadership Expedition program.
Birds of a Feather
14- and 15-year old campers have the option to spend more time in the overnight camp or make the transition to our Leadership Expeditions. For those who opt for the residential experience, they are focused on a specific activity area and are developing advanced trip skills on a 12-day remote trip. Ospreys take part in our special canoe trip to the legendary Allagash River. While in camp, Ospreys are committed to leading by example, helping to organize special events, or taking on additional community responsibilities like reading a bedtime story to one of the younger cabins.
Osprey Cabin Trips
Please note: The specific trip itinerary for each cabin will vary based on weather conditions, river water levels, site availability, and the overall skill level and age range of the group. Here are some example cabin trip adventures:
Ospreys on the Allagash
Paddle North on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
This classic trip takes us through some of the most spectacular wild and scenic lands in Maine. Ospreys will experience a true leadership expedition as they take on more day-to-day responsibilities, learn about decision-making in a trip setting and navigation. Traveling on historic native canoe routes, participants experience the landscapes that make the North Woods famous.
River, Lake and a Splash of Whitewater
The Allagash offers a variety of paddling and you travel downriver. Start by honing your paddling skills on lakes as you prepare for Chase Rapids, a class II rapid just below Churchill Dam. From that point, the river widens and narrows as you paddle a mix of moving water and lakes. All of this packed into the 92-mile-long Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Everyone is Welcome!
From the first moment you arrive at Camp Chewonki this summer, we want you to know you are a welcome member of the community! Your cabin leaders and cabin mates will greet you at the cabin and help you get settled in. In the opening days of camp, we establish community norms & expectations through collaborative work on the challenge course and through the creation of a cabin agreement. The goal: determine who we are as a group and how we want to be as members of the group.
A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.
- $950 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions
- $600 per child – Puffin Program
- $100 per child for families applying for financial aid