Greetings from Chewonki! On the bustling opening day of 2016 Adventures for Girls on June 28, clouds threatened but never did dampen the day or darken our sunny spirits as we greeted new and returning campers and their families making their way through the rituals of drop-off. Another summer of adventures has begun! After duffle-shuffles and health checks, all the girls were welcomed to Chewonki by two of our resident owls, Veria and Sparky, who were introduced by Keith Crowley and Emma Balazs, educators from Chewonki Traveling Natural History Programs. Keith and Emma advised the students on how best to engage with nature during their summer journeys and encouraged them to be open to a sense of wonder as they travel through the Maine wilderness. We shared a wonderful dinner with all the trippers of Session I and then they gathered in tent groups to get to know each other a little better. The next morning, after a good night’s sleep in their tents, each group departed from Chewonki Neck to begin their respective trips, greeting whatever adventures lie ahead with songs and smiles. Since their departures, we have checked in with every trip group. All the girls are fine, and they are enjoying blue skies and each other’s company as they go about building their small, strong communities in the outdoors and learning new things about both the world around them and the person within each of them. We’re posting photos as they are received from resupplies. Check the Chewonki Flickr page for new photos!