Charlie Fear first came to Chewonki in 1998 as a camper and has remained highly engaged with us ever since, including 8 years on the Boys Camp staff and 3 years as a Chewonki Outdoor Classroom instructor before re-joining the team in 2018 as the Director of Camp Chewonki for Boys. Charlie’s experience includes his training as a Registered Maine Guide and Wilderness First Responder.
Charlie continued to share his passions for youth development and the natural world by teaching science at Bath Middle School and serving on the Advisory Council for Teens to Trails, a local non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor experiences to young adults.
Charlie holds a B.A. in Communication from Denison University and a Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine.
Charlie and his spouse, Heather live in Brunswick, Maine.
A Few Words From Charlie
I have always been impressed with Chewonki’s ability to allow people to be themselves, often the best version of themselves. This is especially unique at the boys camp where young people open themselves up to risk and new experiences in ways they might not at home or in a coeducational setting. Chewonki has been, for me, the place where I grew to be a confident and responsible educator who cares genuinely about other people and the world around him. My experiences here gave me the tools to navigate the complex communities that I face when I am “off the Neck” and to be successful regardless of the challenges I am faced with, personally or professionally.
I want to continue the legacy of bringing children to a special place with amazing people and allow them the opportunity to discover the inner self and the depths of what they are truly capable of. Our young people need authentic outdoor experiences more than ever and we are fortunate to be able to truly make a difference in many lives; from 8 year old Puffins all the way up to post-grad trip leaders and outdoor educators.
I cherished the time I have had building deep relationships with campers. We face homesickness together. We are inspired to try new meals or new activities to broaden our skill sets. We set off into the wilderness to scrub away the grime of the front country, and uncover who we truly are, whether summiting Avery Peak or portaging our gear around rapids. A camp director is responsible for not only finding the inspiring individuals to provide these opportunities to our campers and trippers, it is also my job to help them on their own journey, setting goals for growth and providing feedback and support to help them develop the same confidence and ability I found when I was in their shoes. I couldn’t be more excited to work in this community. Together, we will do great things.