Sunday, May 6, 1-3 pm
Tour, refreshments, and program chat. Meet campers, staff, and directors.
2018 Program Dates
Ten-Day Adventure Camp: 7/22 – 8/1
Explorers: 6/26 – 7/18 & 7/22 – 8/13
Allagash Canoe: 6/26 – 7/18 & 7/22 – 8/13
Central Quebec Canoe: 6/26 – 7/18 & 7/22 – 8/13
Welcome to Chewonki Camp for Girls. We are excited to share important details for the summer. Our CampMinder registration partner hosts the documents that can be completed electronically, including our health forms and travel information. To access these documents, please visit the Girls Camp page under the “For Parents” section and click on the account login. This will take you to your forms & documents dashboard. The remaining documents are on our website, under the “For Parents” dropdown menu.
CHECKLIST REMINDER: Please consult specific notes later in this bulletin and meet all deadlines for returning materials to Chewonki.
- Contact family doctor; appointment for physical made, if necessary
- Health Forms
- Health History – may be completed electronically as soon as possible.
- Physician’s form submitted to your child’s physician to be completed and returned to us. For those who have completed health forms, thank you. For those who are beginning this process, please take care of this as soon as possible.
- Final tuition payment made by May 1.
- Necessary items ordered by May 15 – Summer Camp Supply deadline.
- Optional introductory letter emailed to Nancy for new campers, returning participant follow-up, or other important changes or updates.
- Travel form filled out online by May 15. Info may be found by clicking here. Please note the late booking fees.
- Chewonki strongly recommends purchase of travel program insurance to cover a last-minute cancellation on your part. Our registration policies do not allow for refunds after May 15.
Please look at the Chewonki Health & Safety section on our website. We have a paperless health history form, but still require an additional paper form signed by a physician and faxed to (207-512-1029), scanned and uploaded to your CampMinder account or mailed to us. This form was mailed with the registration confirmation letter, but a copy can be downloaded from the forms and documents section of your CampMinder account. A physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner is required within one year of the starting camp date. We also require that your healthcare provider document all immunizations. All medications are kept in the Health Center, and dispensed by the nurse or wilderness trip leaders, with the exception of families that choose to have their children carry their epipen or inhaler. These specific medications require a special permission form to be submitted before camp begins. This form is available on your CampMinder account page. Health forms must be complete before campers may take part in camp activities. Please be in touch with our Health Center staff if you have any questions.
CLOTHING & LABELS
Please make sure all clothing and gear are labeled with your child’s name. Please do not send along valuable clothes and other expensive items that you do not want your child to lose or get ruined.
Note: There will not be an opportunity to purchase items after the participant arrives at Chewonki. Please follow the packing lists carefully and feel free to contact the camp office directly with any questions you may have about the equipment lists.
THINGS NOT TO PACK
Participants will learn in the wilderness that many of the material things they feel are essential parts of life are not as necessary as they thought. I-Pods, cell phones, video games, and other electronic devices are not allowed on any Chewonki wilderness trips or at camp. With all the connectivity that is influencing our lives on a daily basis it is more important than ever to “unplug” and leave these items behind. We understand that some of our participants will be traveling to Chewonki alone this summer, and will need some communication items in order to be connected with family and Chewonki while traveling. When participants arrive we will gather all items and keep them safe. These will be returned to participants when they leave.
Cameras are permitted, but please keep in mind that your child will be in a remote location and may not have an opportunity to recharge a digital camera. There is also a possibility of losing or damaging an expensive piece of equipment. Please do not send a smartphone to be used as a camera.
If you would like, we would be pleased to receive a letter describing your child’s personality, interests, hobbies, and any other helpful hints about ways we can make her adjustments as smooth as possible. We would also like to know details of any recent changes in home living situations, health, etc. We will pass the appropriate information along to your daughter’s counselors.
TRAVEL TO & FROM CHEWONKI
Whether you are traveling to/from Chewonki on your own or wish to use one of our shuttle services please COMPLETE THE TRANSPORTATION FORM. We require parents to enter their child’s travel plans into CampMinder before May 15. The transportation form may be found in the Forms & Documents section of your CampMinder account. If you have any questions on travel please contact Leslie Hunter, Summer Program Assistant at (207) 882-7323 x-104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first day of the session, please arrive between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. Plan on eating lunch before arriving. On the final day of the session, please pick up your child between 8:30 am and noon.
Letters are really the way to go! Participants really appreciate the thoughtful connection that letters can bring. Mail for most 3-week trips will reach the trip or camp at least once on re-supplies. It is very important that your letters from home arrive at Chewonki before the re-supply date. As of this time we have not set the re-supply dates for summer 2018, but these dates will be available at drop off. 10-day campers will get mail when they return to Chewonki.
Send mail to:
Name of Program
485 Chewonki Neck Rd
Wiscasset ME 04578
We ask all participants to write at least one letter home during their time at Chewonki. Please send your child prepared with a zip lock bag containing paper and properly self-addressed, stamped envelopes. In this electronic age, we have found that many of our young participants are not familiar with the proper way to address an envelope. We encourage you to review this with them as they prepare for camp.
Notes about care packages: A handwritten letter is the best way to connect with your child on the trip. Care packages often get sent back from re-supply due to space limitations on trips. Due to individual allergies, we can’t distribute food sent in care packages when on a trip. Care packages may not contain candy, food or inappropriate items.
For international families, or families with special circumstances that make it difficult to mail a letter, email may be sent to email@example.com. These messages will be printed and delivered to your child, but your child will not be able to reply by email. Please limit email messages to no more than 3 per week.
USE OF TELEPHONE/CELL PHONES
Once participants have left on their expedition there will be no opportunities to contact your child by phone. All cell phones are kept back at Chewonki so they will not be in the field with your child. If there is an emergency that requires us to contact your child in the field, we will be able to do so in a timely manner, but please understand that this is used only in serious situations.
We will continue with our Chewonki Camp for Girls blog this summer, where we post program highlights. heck the blog located on our website.
AWAY FROM HOME
Your child may be going away to camp for the first time and this experience may be a turning point in their lives. As the time for camp approaches, they may ask you questions;
- What will camp be like?
- Will people be friendly?
- Will I like my counselor?
- What things will I be doing?
- What is it like to sleep outdoors on a trip?
Fortunately, these concerns disappear almost immediately upon arrival at Chewonki, where we are committed to helping one another. If your child experiences anxiety, parents and staff will work together to help them in a way that is sensitive, effective and avoids embarrassment.
We recommend you discuss homesickness with your daughter before leaving home to help her understand what it is, how to recognize it, that it is normal, and how to talk to her counselor about it. Your daughter needs to know that you have confidence in her, and she will have a positive experience. Your confidence and encouragement are essential. It is important that campers arrive committed to the entire session in which they are enrolled. Sometimes it helps a new camper adjust if she visits beforehand, and we encourage you to attend our Open House on May 6th.
SEPARATING FROM YOUR CHILD
For some parents, having children away from home for the first time and, in come cases, traveling a considerable distance is a new experience and significant commitment. We look forward to helping you and your child with this transition.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Chewonki attracts amazing people and we have a tremendous team of leaders that share the many responsibilities of running our programs. Our leadership group loves the outdoors and Chewonki in particular. They are team players, and have a variety of rich life experiences and talents to contribute to the camp community. They are tremendous role models and mentors to the younger campers and counselors and possess a maturity that is reassuring.
- Nancy Kennedy, Director of Chewonki Camp for Girls
Nancy joins us for her fourth summer at Chewonki overseeing Chewonki Camp for Girls. Nancy has a PhD in Environmental Studies and an extensive background as a leader working with girls and young women.
- Jen Adams, Summer Wilderness Trip Coordinator
Jen is joining us for her 6th summer at Chewonki, and first as our Wilderness Trips Coordinator. Jen has lead a wide variety of wilderness trips for Chewonki. In addition to her extensive Chewonki experience, Jen worked for Maine Huts and Trails this past winter as a crew member. Jen is thrilled to work year round organizing powerful wilderness experiences for youth.
- Garth Altenburg, Director of Chewonki Camp for Boys
Garth will be spending his 28th summer at Chewonki (13th as the Director) with his wife Heather and their three children. The Altenburgs are joining the ranks of camp parents once again with sons Will and Ben attending Chewonki.
- Henry Heyburn, Assistant Director, Chewonki Camp for Boys
Henry serves as our year-round assistant camp director with a focus on our activity program and waterfront operations. His background includes years as a teacher, coach, outdoor product designer and mountaineering instructor. Henry and his wife, Alicia Pulsifer Heyburn have two children who have both attended Chewonki. Their son Henry will be on a Chewonki wilderness trip this summer. This is Henry’s 10th summer at Chewonki.
- Leslie Hunter, Summer Program Assistant
Leslie is an animal (and human) rights activist and has served as board president of the Coastal Humane Society as well as several other nonprofit boards. She worked in hospitality and marketing for many years before joining Chewonki and loves working with camp families. This is Leslie’s 4th summer at Chewonki.
We are deeply grateful for your trust and look forward to sharing this summer with your child. We are confident that it will be a powerful and rewarding experience for all of us. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.