Hello Chewonki campers and famlies! I hope this finds all of you having enjoyed a wonderful holiday season! Now that it is a new year, do you know what that means? There will SOON be another summer to spend at Chewonki Camp for Girls! Meanwhile, the snow continues to fall and school keeps your days full of adventure. I thought it would be fun to share with you what all of the staff from Girls Camp are up to while you are in school. Over the next couple of weeks, we will share a glimpse into the inspiring work, adventures, and schooling the staff are embracing since leaving Debsconeag Lake! Most of the updates are directly from that staff member to you! Enjoy and hope it inspires you to keep up the hard work so some day you can have similar adventures! ~ Courtney Vashro (2010 Program Director) KITCHEN STAFF UPDATES: RECS (Sarah Records): I feel sooooo lucky to have spent the month of September at 4th Debsconeag, cooking semi-fancy meals for Chewonki’s retreat programs and hiking up the cliffs to view the beautiful changing leaves! Farmer Jason’s fall harvest included beautiful acorn squash, bushels of swiss chard and zesty brussel sprouts! Now I’m spending lots of quality time in Western Mass with my dog, Austin, and my niece, Leah, who I hope will become a Girl’s Camp camper when she’s old enough. Girl’s Camp inspired me to start knitting again, so I’ve also made lots of hats. Recs cooking for the Fall Retreats at Debsconeag! (Yes, we do install a woodstove in the main lodge to help keep us warm! ) Addie Liddic: I worked at Chewonki this fall for the Outdoor Classroom, which was wonderful! I am in India now for some of the winter. Here, I am practicing yoga and meditation, and also volunteering at an Ayurvedic herbalism clinic. I’ll be back at Cheownki to work again in late January. LEADERS: McKayla Dunfey: I’ve just returned from an eleven-week European bicycling tour! My two friends and I, all college juniors, decided to spend the semester traveling through Europe on our bikes. On September 5th, we flew into Amsterdam, the world’s most bike-friendly city, and from there, we headed southwest towards Belgium, dipped down into France, pedaled east from France’s Atlantic coast into the Swiss Alps, biked back through the French Alps region, followed the Rhone River down to the Mediterranean, crossed the Pyrenees into Spain, and finally made our way to Madrid by November 19, 2010 for our flight back to the United States. We had a truly incredible adventure! Along the way, I learned all about bicycle transportation in major European cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, and Barcelona. Since coming home, I’ve been working on a research project/memoir about my experiences and what I learned about bicycle transportation. I’ve come home invigorated to help make cities in the U.S. more bike-friendly! McKayla hiking in the Swiss Alps! Becky Harth (Woodsorrel, S1 and Woodsorrel S2): I spent the fall working for Chewonki’s Outdoor Classroom program in Wiscasset and enjoying the beautiful colors of my second New England fall ever. I had fun exploring the rocky shore of Maine, as well as the salt marsh and other cool environments and learnt a lot more about Maine. When it got too cold to camp, I traveled down the East Coast visiting family and friends for about three weeks. In Miami I met up with my boyfriend Paul, who flew over from Australia and we flew down to Ecuador in South America. We are still there and have also seen some of Peru, Bolivia and Chile. I am still not very good at Spanish but a lot better than I was when I got here! My favorite part of the trip so far was climbing a 19,974 ft mountain called Huayna Potosi. The view was so beautiful! At the end of January we will go back to Australia and I will get to see my family for the first time in a whole year. I can’t wait!