We started this day with an early morning rise for Polar Bears! A handful of campers made their way down to the waterfront for an early morning plunge. The sun was shining brilliantly, making it ever so inviting to get in the crystal clear lake.
Today we also shared high fives with the Penobscot Whitewater Kayak group before they made their way to Chewonki’s Big Eddy Campground. They will spend nearly 20 days base camped on the shore of the Penobscot River learning, practicing, and having a blast learning to read and play in moving water.
In camp, it was our first full activity day. We offered sailing, paddle making, kayaking, birding, nature tours, and lots of swimming. For new members of the community, they received their very own pair of binoculars and Roger Troy Peterson Guide. This is a tremendous gift that the Girls Camp (and Boys Camp) has received for the last couple of years from a generous donor. We welcome two resource women to help lead these activities: Jane Barron and Lynne Flaccus. Jane Barron is a skilled craftswoman and certified Maine Guide. She has been working with Chewonki for the last 8 years teaching girls how to carve out their own wooden paddles. Lynne Flaccus has been an integral part of Chewonki’s Outreach program since 1988 and is currently Chewonki’s Head Naturalist. She shared skills on how to use both the binoculars and bird guides as well as led nature discovery walks around campus.