Our Values


From stories around the campfire to sunset paddles along the shore, we build our summer camp community to share the challenges and fun as a team. Campers return summer after summer to reunite with old friends and dive into the next adventure. At Chewonki, we expect every member of the community to contribute with an “all hands on deck” attitude.


There are few things in life that help build character and self-awareness like life at summer camp. We work with our campers to embrace authenticity, develop new skills, take a break from the ordinary and reflect on who they are, and what they want to be. Camp is a wonderful chance to grow and discover new interests with the guidance of excellent role models and compassionate counselors.

Embracing the Natural World

Unplugging from the pace of modern life has become increasingly rare for kids. Time away at overnight camp allows for simple living and nearly every waking moment outdoors in the natural world. Camp Chewonki is founded on a love for ecology, wildlife, and learning about the relationship between humans and the world around us.

Latest News from Camp Chewonki


Camp Chewonki December Newsletter

Dear Chewonki Families,

Winter is officially here in Maine and the holiday season is upon us! We love this time of year- time with family and friends, getting cozy inside or bundling up for trudging through the snow.

We’re very excited……..

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Camp Chewonki November Newsletter

Dear Chewonki Families,

The leaves have fallen and the mornings are crisp here on Chewonki Neck. Outdoor Classroom has wrapped up for the semester and many of your beloved trip leaders and overnight camp staff who stayed around for the fall are heading on to their winter adventures.

We’re excited to announce that……..

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Camp Chewonki October Newsletter

Hello Camp Chewonki Community,

We hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start! It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since the Second Session campers left Chewonki Neck. The trees are already starting to turn here and the Neck is filled with students from the Elementary Middle School, Maine Coast Semester, and Outdoor Classroom.

The year round camp team is

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Re-enrollment Reminder

Hello Camp Families, This is the final reminder to get your Summer 2023 applications submitted ahead of the crowd. On Friday, September 16 we will begin accepting applications from new campers and siblings. I hope to hear from you soon. Leslie Associate Director of Admissions

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Upcoming Events

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It’s brrrrrisk out there, but that’s no reason to hibernate! Shake off your winter torpor at our pawsitively FREE Polar Bear Party on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. This all-ages outdoor event will feature bonfires and toasty snacks, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Don’t give us the cold shoulder; join us and find out why there’s snow place like Chewonki Neck in the winter. 

Please bring your own outdoor equipment, like sleds, snowshoes, ice skates, cross-country skis, and warm waterproof clothing. 

Who’s invited?

  • Current and former Camp Chewonki, Maine Coast Semester, Elementary and Middle School, and Waypoint families.
  • Outdoor Classroom alumni, chaperones, and their families
  • Current and former Chewonki staff members 
  • Organizational partners and colleagues
  • Current and former donors
  • Local Wiscasset Families
  • Families who wish to join us for Camp, Maine Coast Semester, or Elementary and Middle School in the next year.
January 21, 2023 12:00 pm
January 21, 2023 3:00 pm

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We celebrate the power of unplugging from ordinary life and plunging into the rivers, lakes, mountains, woods, and coastline of Maine and eastern Canada. Discover what’s out there – and then discover what’s inside of you.

Ready, Set, Summer!