Frequently Asked Questions
What is the staff to camper ratio?
Our staff to camper ratio is one counselor to four campers, and our cabin groups and trip programs enroll with up to eight participants and two staff. All of our staff are required to have First Aid and CPR training and undergo two weeks of intensive staff training at Chewonki prior to the start of our programming. Our wilderness trip leaders have their Wilderness First Responder and many are year-round educators for our Environmental Education program.
What kind of food do we eat?
Chewonki is a nut free campus that strives to provide participants with great tasting, locally sourced, and balanced meals regardless of the trip or program. Nearly all of our meals are made from scratch in our kitchens using as many fresh ingredients from our farm as the season allows. A sample menu might include: scrambled eggs, bagels, fresh fruit and blueberry muffins for breakfast; hummus and cold cut wraps, sandwiches with homemade soups, fresh bread and salad for lunch; and black bean or chicken burritos, pasta, or roast chicken and fresh vegetables with salad and homemade breads for dinner. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at every meal and food allergies are accommodated.
What sort of activities are there?
Chewonki days are filled with activities that range from nature roves and map and compass lessons to art and movement; from lessons in paddle strokes and camp craft to swimming and hiking; from journaling and storytelling to outdoor cooking and community building games. Participants on trips are encouraged to learn all aspects of good trip management that includes camp craft, setting a campsite, reading the river, and take on increasing responsibilities as leader of the day.
Do I need any camping experience?
We assume no previous experience with the exception of our most advanced programs, including the George River, Mistissini, and Soper River trips.
What equipment do I need?
We provide you with the necessary technical gear, such as paddles, life jackets, and boats. Beyond that, you will receive a detailed list of the personal gear and clothing that you need to bring.