Girls Camp Puffins

Their First Adventure Away from Home

The Puffin Program is an introductory program exposing campers to camp life and preparing them for a full session experience. The Puffin Program provides campers with all of the laughter and learning, fun and friendship of Camp Chewonki, concentrated into 10 amazing days!


Girls Camp Puffins

Ages: 8, 9, 10
Program Type: Overnight Camp
Grades: 2-4
Length: 10 Days
Tuition: $3,900


Session 1b: July 8 – July 17
Session 2a: July 21 – July 30

Camp Chewonki At-a-Glance

  • A residential camp program with multi-day off-site expeditions
  • Multi-week trips & expeditions available for all ages, genders, and skill levels
  • Our Wiscasset campus: 400-acre saltwater peninsula on the coast of Maine
  • Our northern sites: campgrounds on lakes and whitewater rivers embedded in pristine conservation land
  • Multiple private islands off the coast of Maine and a network of exclusive north woods campsites
  • A working farm where campers can help grow our food and help care for animals
  • An 18-element challenge course – with low & high ropes
  • Expert instruction in canoeing, whitewater & sea kayaking, backpacking, camp craft, wildlife & ecology
  • Wildlife Center
    A wildlife center with live birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and more!

Days Full of Friends and Fun

Puffins live in cabin groups of 8-10 with two cabin leaders, who help campers get to know each other and feel at home at camp. Puffins take part in daily camp activities such as outdoor living skills, farm and food systems, natural history, watercraft, and visual arts, along with opportunity for free choice and general swim.

Puffin 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:

Puffins get their first taste of outdoor living as we venture out of the cabin and set up tents for a 3-day canoe trip around Chewonki Neck peninsula. Each campsite is situated on a point of land with beautiful views of the saltwater estuary surrounding the Chewonki peninsula. Birdsongs, lapping waves, and a sense of high adventure make this first-time campout perfect for young children.

Let’s go Canoeing!

To get to our campsite, Puffins and their cabin leaders load their gear into canoes at our waterfront and paddle down Montsweag Creek and around the peninsula until they reach their campsite. We learn the basic paddling strokes, water safety, and play games along the way as we explore the beautiful estuary ecosystem.

New Skills with a Focus on Outdoor Living 

While on our trip, campers learn the basics of outdoor living including fire building, tent set-up, and campfire cooking. We finish each day gathered around the campfire, sharing songs, stories, and reflections of our day.

Learning and Growing Together

Some campers return for a full session after participating in the Puffin Program, and some return for another summer as a Puffin. The program has been designed to increase rigor for each age group, ensuring that campers feel prepared for the next step in their Camp Chewonki journey.

Meet the Director

Katie Goodman

Director of Camp Chewonki
(207) 656-1164
She, Her, Hers

Deposit Information:

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 

Health & Vaccination Requirements:

We follow best practices as recommended by the American Camping Association, the Maine Center for Disease Control, and the Maine Department of Education. You can find a full list of required vaccinations here.

Essential Eligibility Information

Providing safe, equitable, and inclusive education programs is our purpose and mission. While we do not specialize in programming for people with disabilities, we welcome a diverse community of participants and we will seek safe, reasonable accommodations whenever possible.

Ready, Set, Summer!

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