We’ve turned the calendar to June, and all of Chewonki is busy preparing for the opening of our 96th season on June 22. Our campus is abuzz with activity, both with anticipation of the opening of camp, and for the celebration last Saturday, June 5th to celebrate Don Hudson’s 44 years at Chewonki. Our staff training began in earnest on May 26th with the start of our Wilderness First Responder course. On Monday our Trip Leader Training week began for many of our counselors and all of our wilderness trip leaders. The groups are spending four nights on a trip preparing and practicing the skills and protocols that we share with our campers and wilderness trip participants. Training trips include sea kayaking, whitwater kayaking, sailing, backpacking and canoeing. We’ve also worked with the Red Cross to offer lifeguard training to our waterfront staff and trip leaders, and the following week all of our counselors will be engaged CPR and first aid training before beginning our full camp staff training, all in preparation for opening day on June 22nd. In between all of this preparation, we have managed to have some fun. Our unusually warm spring has warmed up our waters, providing for some great early season swimming. A hearty group of staff swam across the creek at high tide on May 27 to leap off the cliff for the first time this year. We’ve spotted a bald eagle and many Ospreys down at our waterfront. These experiences are great reminders of the many joys of Chewonki, even amongst the endless early season details. Thanks for all that you have done to prepare your child for their trip this summer. We realize we ask a lot of you — from doctors appointments, travel forms and equipment orders — but it is all necessary and reflects the awesome responsibility we assume when we agree to care for your children. 2010 TRAVEL TO CHEWONKI & OPENING DAY Arrivals: 9:00 am-12:30 pm Directions to Chewonki: https://www.chewonki.org/About/directions.asp If you are bringing your children to Chewonki on June 22, please do not arrive before 9 am. We ask that you avoid arriving during lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 as most of the camp will be eating at this time and unable to greet you to the extent that we would like. Thanks for reading. We look forward to keeping you posted throughout the summer.