The Boatbuilders are here! There’s always a buzz of excitement when Boatbuilding Expedition participants arrive at Chewonki to begin their five-week program. Five boys and two girls will spend the next two and a half weeks building their own 17’ Willow kayaks before setting off on two and a half weeks of kayaking along the Maine Coast. Monday was their first day in the Boat Shop with master boatbuilder Bill Thomas of South Berwick (Maine). Trip leaders Lucas Milliken and Hannah Billian are getting to know the members of this multinational group—four from the U.S., two from Spain, and one from Ireland! One of the Spanish participants spent many years at Chewonki as a camper, watching the Boatbuilders at work. Now it’s his turn. “I finally get to build my dream boat!” he told me on his first day.