We are excited to announce a significant round of additions and improvements for Chewonki, including new cabins and facilities for Camp Chewonki for Girls on the east side of Chewonki Neck, updates to the Center for Environmental Education, and new private waterfront area. The initial round of construction includes modern cabins, a washhouse, indoor and outdoor activity spaces, and … [Read more...] about Chewonki Announces Campus Expansion
With the start of the summer camp season, we are excited to formally announce Emily Bell-Hoerth in her new role as the Director of Camp Chewonki for Girls. Emily had previously worked as the director of the 10-day girls' program at Debsconeag Lake, and will now be overseeing all girls’ residential and wilderness trip programs at Chewonki. Editor's Note: Stay tuned for a major … [Read more...] about Welcome Emily Bell-Hoerth, Director of Camp Chewonki for Girls!
Today marks the summer solstice, the half-way point in the year with the longest day of sunshine. Thanks to the generosity of the Chewonki community we're also more than half-way to our spring fundraising goal! Campus is absolutely a-buzz with counselors and staff getting ready for the opening day of Camp Chewonki, and next week we will welcome more than three hundred incredible young people … [Read more...] about River, Take Me Along
Doc Shocked by Poetic Schlock! - or - Epistemological Onomatopoeic Disaster on the Neck! - or - “Bye Bye, Birdee!” (Editor's Note: last week's article "It's for the Birds" generated a flood of interest in the origin of the name "Chewonki", but no response was quite so keen as the letter we received from Master Maine Naturalist Doc Fred (aka Fred Cichocki), a professor of ecology and … [Read more...] about Doc Shocked by Poetic Schlock!
The odd title of this piece is a take on John Ciardi’s classic book, How Does A Poem Mean? Ciardi was one of the great literary interpreters and word sluths of our day. To him every word “…is a feeling…involves the muscles…is a history…is a picture.”, that is, a dynamic “how”, not a static “what”. As Ciardi said, “the history tends to remain in them [i.e., words] as an immediate and intrinsic … [Read more...] about How Does a Cheer Mean?
Our 2019 Annual Meeting took place at Chewonki on May 17 and 18, and among the items on the agenda were appointments to the board of trustees and the board of advisors. Trustees and advisors play an essential role in shaping Chewonki. They use their skills and wisdom to guide us toward more effectively meeting the Chewonki mission. We are grateful for all that Kate Wilkinson (an outgoing member … [Read more...] about Chewonki Announces Incoming and Outgoing Trustees and Advisors
When Chewonki became a non-profit in 1962, a charitable purpose became an essential piece of our organizational DNA. Since that time, we have served participants across an increasingly broad range of identities, backgrounds, and experience. Camp Chewonki welcomes campers from more than 15 nations each summer, Maine Coast Semester typically has students from more than 15 states, and we serve well … [Read more...] about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Chewonki
Human beings domesticated mallard ducks about 4,000 years ago, and today there are more than 10 million of them living in North America, but for the past 22 years, a single mallard has held many thousands of children in thrall: Peepers, who sadly passed away last Friday. “Peepers was one of our most charismatic ambassadors,” says Emma Balazs, Traveling Natural History Program coordinator. … [Read more...] about In Memory of a Dapper Dabbler