Photos by Claire HartnellI’m taking great pleasure in imagining each of these groups of girls in beautiful, unspoiled places “far from the madding crowd.” We’ll be posting more photos throughout Second Session on Flickr.
Update from Emma Carlson, Program Director of Summer Wilderness Trips Gathering together in a circle around the warmth and light of a campfire in the dark has always been a profoundly important part of the rhythm of life at Chewonki. On Sunday night, we had a campfire circle I won’t forget—it was big in size and spirit! About 300 Adventurers, campers, wilderness trippers, and staff made their way through the woods to Campfire Circle for a wonderful introduction to Chewonki and to each other. The boys from camp had the chance to witness the energy of the older, female Adventurers about to set off on their expeditions. The girls, in return, experienced the strong sense of community that marks Boys Camp. Everyone’s heart leapt when the girls sent up their cheer: “Debsconeag Lake, Awake, Awake!” It was a metaphorical call, urging us to venture out into the natural world with open hearts and minds and all senses alert. The 22 girls of Session II’s 10-day Debsconeag Adventure left on Monday after a night in three yurts here at Chewonki. By now they’re well settled on the shores of beautiful Fourth Debsconeag Lake, a nice place to be in the heat we’ve had. Meanwhile, Allagash Canoers also set their compass to the north on Monday. They were heading for the West Branch of the Penobscot, where they’ll begin their voyage through the famous Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The group includes an alumna of many years of Girls Camp as well as two girls from California and a newcomer from Russia! The Debsconeag Explorers spent a day here getting adjusted to each other and their gear and then hightailed itto the North Woods on Tuesday.They will be at Fourth Debsconeag Lake first, then departing to hike in the northern region of Baxter State Park and paddle on the West Branch. As they put it at campfire, “We do everything!” The Nahmakanta Explorers got to know each other during a scavenger hunt crisscrossing Chewonki Neck on Monday. Tuesday morning bright and early, they rolled out toward Abol Pines State Park near majestic Mt. Katahdin. They will be backpacking from there toward Fourth Debsconeag Lake.