Hello Camp Chewonki Families,
I’m Katie Goodman, the new Camp Director for Camp Chewonki! I am thrilled to be joining the Camp Chewonki Community. In this new role, I’ll be overseeing the residential programs for all campers, ages 8-15.
I grew up going to sleepaway camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and since my first summer as a nine-year-old, I have loved every aspect of camp. I was signed up to be a one-session camper, and the very first thing I said to my parents when they came to pick me up was, “Can I stay?” I vividly remember standing outside the dining hall in my favorite blue Mickey Mouse sweatshirt with my parents (who were also visiting my older sister, a full-summer camper). I was worried they would say I had to return home as planned, and then I began shrieking with delight when my camp director said I could stay for the whole summer.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the beginning of one of the most significant relationships of my life, my relationship to summer camp. I grew to love every element of camp over the eleven summers I was there, as a camper and later as staff. And, I have found those same elements I love at every camp I have worked for since.
Community, ritual, physical place and connection to nature, deep personal connection, safety that fosters courage and growth, opportunities to try new things, and the opportunity to enjoy all of this, summer after summer. That moment was also the beginning of a lifelong connection to my camp director. She went on to be the person who coached me through my first painful disagreements with my friends, who taught me about healthy boundaries, who encouraged me to go for challenges that scared me, and ultimately pushed me to grow into the person I am today.
I am honored and delighted that I get to be a meaningful part of your Camp Chewonki experience, just as she was for my childhood camp experience. I have seen the profound impact camp has on a young person, and I am so grateful to continue this journey with Camp Chewonki. And I am beyond excited for the beginning of this beautiful relationship with you, this place, and this community.
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
About Katie Goodman
Katie’s love of camp started as a child attending sleepaway camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Her summers working as a counselor, while completing her B.A. in American Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut, solidified her desire for a career working with young people in nature-based programs. Katie spent over four years working in international service learning programs as a facilitator and program manager before returning to the U.S. to complete her Masters of Education at Vanderbilt University. After completing her studies, Katie returned to camping as the Assistant Director for Camp Cobbossee in Monmouth, Maine and subsequently for Trail Blazers Day Camp in Brooklyn, NY. Katie also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design Certificate and has worked as an outdoor educator in California.
Katie is thrilled to be back in Maine! She is a native New Yorker but has lived on three continents, in four countries, and in six states. In her free time, Katie does organizing work for economic justice, loves to hike and explore nature, and sit by a fire with a great book or knitting project.
After many years of working in different types of youth programs, Katie is excited to join Camp Chewonki in a role that combines all of her professional interests. She was drawn to Camp Chewonki for its focus on cultivating a love and knowledge of nature, food systems, and outdoor exploration in a camp setting that embraces many camp classics: campfires, storytelling, singing, and the arts! Most importantly, Katie is inspired by Camp Chewonki’s mission to support campers in cultivating personal growth and community connection.
Degrees & Certifications
Masters of Education in Community Development and Action (CDA), Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Awarded Outstanding Student of the Year for CDA Program, 2016-2017.
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Human Rights Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
Permaculture Design Certification, Oct 2019.