Sunday, May 6, 1-3 pm
Tour, refreshments, and program chat. Meet campers, staff, and directors.
2018 Program Dates
Session I Trips: 6/26 – 7/18
Welcome to Camp Chewonki Wilderness Trips. We would like to share important details for the summer. Our CampMinder registration partner hosts the documents that can be completed electronically, including our health forms and travel information. To access these documents, please visit wilderness.chewonki.org, under the “For Parents” section and click on the account login. This will take you to your forms & documents dashboard.
CHECKLIST REMINDER: Please consult specific notes later in this bulletin.
- Contact family doctor; appointment for physical made, if necessary.
- Health Forms
- Health History – may be completed electronically as soon as possible.
- Physician’s form submitted to your child’s physician to be completed and returned to us. For those who have completed health forms, thank you. For those who are beginning this process, please take care of this as soon as possible.
- Final tuition payment made by May 1.
- Necessary items ordered by May 15 deadline for Summer Camp Supply.
- Travel form filled out online by May 15. Please note the late booking fees.
- Chewonki strongly recommends purchase of travel program insurance to cover a last-minute cancellation on your part. Our registration policies do not allow for refunds after May 15.
- Passports for the following trips: George River, Gaspe, Boatbuilders, Northeast Rivers, Central Quebec Canoe
Please meet all deadlines for returning materials to Chewonki.
Please look at the Chewonki Health Care Letter on our website. We have a paperless health history form, but still require an additional paper form signed by a physician and faxed to (207-512-1029), scanned and uploaded to your CampMinder account or mailed to us. This form was mailed with the registration confirmation letter, but a copy can be downloaded from the forms and documents section of your CampMinder account. A physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner is required within one year of the starting camp date. We also require that your healthcare provider document all immunizations. All medications are kept in the Health Center, and dispensed by the nurse or wilderness trip leaders, with the exception of families that choose to have their children carry their epipen or inhaler. These specific medications require a special permission form to be submitted before camp begins. This form is available on your CampMinder account page. Health forms must be complete before campers may take part in camp activities. Please be in touch with our Health Center staff if you have any questions.
CLOTHING & LABELS
Please make sure all clothing and gear are labeled with your child’s name. Please do not send along valuable clothes and other expensive items that you do not want your child to lose or get ruined. Note: There will not be an opportunity to purchase items after the participant arrives at Chewonki. Please follow the packing lists carefully. Feel free to contact the wilderness trip office directly with any questions you may have about the equipment lists.
THINGS NOT TO PACK
Trip participants will learn in the wilderness that many of the material things they feel are essential parts of life are not as necessary as they thought. I-Pods, cell phones, video games, and other electronic devices are not allowed on any Chewonki wilderness trips. With all the connectivity that is influencing our lives on a daily basis it is more important than ever to “unplug” and leave these items behind. We understand that some of our participants will be traveling to Chewonki alone this summer, and will need some communication items in order to be connected with family and Chewonki while traveling. When participants arrive we will gather all items and keep them safe while they are out on their trip. They are returned when they leave.
A special note on cameras: Cell phones cannot be used as cameras on a trip. Trippers can bring disposable, film or digital cameras. Be sure to have a good way to keep the camera waterproof. Each trip will bring a Chewonki waterproof camera that can be used by any member of the group. Pictures will be posted online at the end of the trip.
TRAVEL TO & FROM CHEWONKI
Whether you are traveling to/from Chewonki on your own or wish to use one of our shuttle services please COMPLETE THE TRANSPORTATION FORM. We require parents to enter their child’s travel plans into CampMinder before May 15. The transportation form may be found in the Forms & Documents section of your CampMinder account. If you have any questions on travel please contact Leslie Hunter, Summer Program Assistant at (207) 882-7323 x-104 or email@example.com.
For the first day of the session, please arrive between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. Plan on eating lunch before arriving. On the final day of the session, please pick up your child between 8:30 am and noon.
Trip participants really appreciate receiving letters from home. It is very important that your letters arrive at Chewonki before their trip is re-supplied (if applicable). As of this time we have not set the re-supply dates for summer 2018, but if you send letters for three-week sessions well within the first week of the trip your letter should make the re-supply. If you would like more detailed dates, feel free to contact us mid-June and we will have them for you.
Send mail to:
Name of Trip
485 Chewonki Neck Rd
Wiscasset ME 04578
We ask all participants to write at least one letter home during their trip. Please send your child prepared with envelopes and stamps.
Notes about care packages: Letters are the way to go! A handwritten letter is the best way to connect with your child on the trip. Care packages often get sent back from re-supply due to space limitations on trips. Due to individual allergies, we can’t distribute food sent in care packages when on a trip. Care packages may not contain candy, food or inappropriate items.For international families, or families with special circumstances that make it difficult to mail a letter, email may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. These messages will be printed and delivered to your child, but your child will not be able to reply by email. Please limit email messages to no more than 3 per week.
USE OF TELEPHONE/CELL PHONES
Once participants have left on their expedition there will no opportunities to contact your child by phone. All cell phones are kept back at Chewonki so they will not be in the field with your child. If there is an emergency that requires us to contact your child in the field, we will be able to do so in a timely manner, but please understand that this is used only in serious situations.
We will be continuing with our wilderness blog this summer with program highlights. You can access the Wilderness Trip Blog on our website.
Please note that if you are a participant of Northeast Rivers, Gaspe Expedition, George River Expedition, Central Quebec Canoe or Boatbuilders, you will need a valid passport. These documents take time to obtain so please start the process as soon as possible.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chewonki attracts amazing people and we have a tremendous team of leaders that share the many responsibilities of running our programs. Our leadership group loves the outdoors and Chewonki in particular. They are team players, and have a variety of rich life experiences and talents to contribute to the camp community. They are tremendous role models and mentors to the younger campers and counselors and possess a maturity that is reassuring.
- Jen Adams, Summer Wilderness Trip Coordinator
Jen is joining us for her 6th summer at Chewonki, and first as our Wilderness Trips Coordinator. Jen has lead a wide variety of wilderness trips for Chewonki. In addition to her extensive Chewonki experience, Jen worked for Maine Huts and Trails this past winter as a crew member. Jen is thrilled to work year round organizing powerful wilderness experiences for youth.
- Nancy Kennedy, Director of Chewonki Camp for Girls
Nancy joins us for her fourth summer at Chewonki overseeing Chewonki Camp for Girls. Nancy has a PhD in Environmental Studies and an extensive background as a leader working with girls and young women.
- Garth Altenburg, Director of Chewonki Camp for Boys
Garth will be spending his 28th summer at Chewonki (13th as the Director) with his wife Heather and their three children. The Altenburgs are joining the ranks of camp parents once again with sons Will and Ben attending Chewonki.
- Henry Heyburn, Assistant Director, Chewonki Camp for Boys
Henry serves as our year-round assistant camp director with a focus on our activity program and waterfront operations. His background includes years as a teacher, coach, outdoor product designer and mountaineering instructor. Henry and his wife, Alicia Pulsifer Heyburn have two children who have both attended Chewonki. Their son Henry will be on a Chewonki wilderness trip this summer. This is Henry’s 10th summer at Chewonki.
- Leslie Hunter, Summer Program Assistant
Leslie is an animal (and human) rights activist and has served as board president of the Coastal Humane Society as well as several other nonprofit boards. She worked in hospitality and marketing for many years before joining Chewonki and loves working with camp families. This is Leslie’s 4th summer at Chewonki.
We are deeply grateful for your trust and look forward to sharing this summer with your child. We are confident that it will be a powerful and rewarding experience for all of us. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.