People are our strength. And this summer’s staff certainly exemplifies that. Meet our summer staff for 2012: Ellen Kerchner Ellen (Kerch) is from Colorado and is excited to learn about the wilderness in the east as she jumps on board her first summer with Chewonki. She loves reading, running, and cooking and her favorite animal is the night hawk. Christina Roach Christina, or Weezy, is a veteran trip leader and 4th time returner to Lake Debsoneag. She has been working with children in the outdoors for 6 years and just returned from working on farms, teaching, and practicing her Spanish in Ecuador. Weezy loves being outside as much as possible, and can be found fishing, hiking, running or relaxing in a hammock during her down time. Kelly Lecko Kelly is from California and has been making her way east by teaching and playing at outdoor education centers in various states. She loves to rock climb and hang out in the desert climate of Joshua Tree National Park, but is very excited to experience the new ecosystems Maine has to offer. Kelly can often be found searching for wild edibles or just a good place to sit and draw. Holly Whitney Holly is a returning Chewonki staff member, after taking a summer to train in the epic sport of nordic skiing. She is a passionate educator who wishes to pass on the magic of the camp experience to the next generation of campers. Holly loves to run (as part of her ski training, too) and her favorite animal is the caribou. Abigail Marshall Abigail has worked as a farm apprentice at Chewonki, and is now returning to work at Girl’s Camp. She loves getting to the top of hills, mountains, rocks and trees. While on the Farm, Abigail fell in love with Sal the Drafthorse, but is still a goat person at heart. Maggie Yocius Maggie originally comes from Chicago, and is excited to live in the woods all summer. She has been traveling overseas for much of the year and is still searching for new learning opportunities, new communities to engage with, and new art projects to get started. Maggie loves riding bikes, reptiles, and having adventures. Aimee Davidson Aimee D is new to Chewonki but brings an enthusiasm to emphasize the importance of community, respect and intentionality, with her campers. Some random facts about Aimee include the fact that she is learning to play ukulele, and thinks she may have been an elephant in a past life, however she also loves the octopus and practicing her fire-building. Aimee has read and loved Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the many Poems by Rumi. Emma Christenson Emma is most excited to be working with children outside this summer. She is currently studying Adventure Education at Green Mountain College and her favorite place was discovered on a backcountry ski trip in Newfoundland. Emma loves to ski and play soccer, but also likes to take some relaxation time to write letters and read. Her favorite animal is the orangutan. Erica Lehner Erica is ready to jump in the lake, take a break from technology, and spend some time relaxing in the true bliss of community meals and supportive smiles. This will be Erica’s second trip to Lake Debsoneag and following this summer she will be headed south to Patagonia for a NOLS course. Erica loves to read and learn, run and ride bikes. She is ever ready to get in a kayak, or hop on a bike and teach the girls how to appreciate the little things in life. Abby Lukensmeyer Abby is enthusiastic about all the opportunities of Girls Camp, both in terms of wilderness experiences and personal growth. She believes that being in the outdoors can teach us all something new every day. Abby loves being active, and can often be found hiking, photographing the landscape around her, or running. She has had many travels and cannot pick her favorite place! Mimi Duran Mimi loves being outside and experiencing the peace of the woods. She has not worked with Chewonki before, but has been an interpretive guide in CT, and loves working in the outdoors. She has a son and daughter who will be attending camp this summer as well. Mimi loves Austria and Narnia, and firmly believes that life is what you make of it, so have fun! Amanda Baker Amanda is excited to take her campers on polar bear swims and learn about canoe building during her second summer at Girl’s Camp and fifth year at Chewonki. She enjoys hiking and paddling in her free time, especially on the George river. Katelyn Costello Katelyn (Scout) loves teaching and connecting outdoor/ camp experiences with life in the “real world.” This summer will be Katelyn’s first summer at girl’s camp but she has been working in the outdoor classroom at Chewonki. She is excited to have a lot of fun and work hard as a leader at 4th Debsconeag. Katelyn loves Corgis, reading Harry Potter and going on adventures. Morgan Lapointe Morgan is looking forward to the simple life of 4th Debsconeag as she returns in her first summer working at Chewonki after being a semester student and wilderness tripper. She is a woods wanderer rain or shine (especially in the rain!), but also loves to read. One of her all-time favorite books is Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dilliard. Bryce Koukopoulos Bryce originally hails from North Carolina, but has been living at Chewonki as a semester school teaching fellow for the past 9 months. In her first summer at Girl’s Camp she hopes to both make space for growth and honor the past experiences, expectations and values that each person brings. She can’t wait to connect through sharing stories, singing and playing music, cooking and playing outdoors! Jo Dixon Jo is excited to visit Maine and fall in love with camp. This is Jo’s first summer at Chewonki. Jo loves reading all sorts of books but especially post modern Canadian fiction and Romantic poetry. Jo is sad to say that although she is a born and bred Scot, her accent is terribly disappointing. She is currently studying Adventure Tourism at college in the beautiful mountain town of Golden, British Columbia. Jo loves frogs, being outdoors and working with kids. Kate Quirk Kate is absolutely thrilled to be returning to 4th Deb after far too short a visit last year. Since chickens provide us with the most amazing free range eggs everyday, Kate’s favourite animal are chickens. Kate is looking forward to not only sharing her own experiences and knowledge with campers but learning from the campers in this amazing outdoor setting. Kate knows camp will go extremely fast so plans to wring the last drops of fun and excitement out of every day. Julia Munson Julia is bringing her love of cooking healthy and delicious food from scratch and her passion for education to her second summer at Girls Camp. Look for her in the herb garden, on the cliff picking blueberries or hiking to 5th Debsconeag on a day off. She is a recent graduate of Oberlin College and her future is wide open, but will likely include some time in Tuscon, Arizon, where she has been involved in food justice, immigration justice, and sustainability community organizing. Jenn Goldstein Jenn is excited to return back for her 3rd summer at girls camp and to really soak in the place. Jenn is keen to support camp programming and have fun with the girls. During her time off, Jenn is looking forward to hiking the cliffs and finding berries. In the fall and spring, Jenn works for Chewonki’s Outdoor Classroom. Jenn loves the Pacific Ocean, her dogs and reading the alchemist. Andy Williams Andy joins us as the site manager where he will be responsible for our site during the camp season and then in the off season the rentals and other programs at Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps. Andy is the past Director for The Aloha Foundation’s Ohana Family Camp and prior to which he was the Director of The Aloha Foundation’s Hulbert Outdoor Center. A Maine Guide, Andy continues to lead adult trips in Maine and Vermont. Andy recently restored his Wood Canvas Chestnut Canoe. Caitlin Camillierre CC is excited to come to Chewonki to improve her outdoor leadership skills and meet exciting new people. She has spent the last two summers working in Yellowstone National Park and just spent her spring semester studying in Hawaii. While there were many great animals to see in Yellowstone, her dog is her favorite. This is CC’s first summer at Chewonki and she is looking forward to having fun with kids and exploring the North Maine woods. Schuyler Thomson Schuyler is a master boat builder from Connecticut. A wilderness trip leader from Keewaydin, he began repairing their boats in order to keep their fleet afloat. A former HS history teacher, he has been working with wooden boats for nearly 30 years. When not in the boatshop he can be found racing canoes, felling trees and working on antique cars to keep them in working order. Historical books, mostly maritime history, find their way to his library. One of his favorite places is the Thimble Islands. Annie Nixon A former Sailing and Outdoor Classroom Instructor for Chewonki, Annie is a sailing instructor for Wooden Boat School as well as a licensed boat Captain for boats up to 100 tons, so our sunfishes are no problem for her; she has been working to develop Sailing, Navigation and Map and Compass curricula for Girls Camp. We welcome her and her family to camp as a resource person. Jane Barron A Maine Guide and longtime outdoorswoman, Jane returns as a resource person for camp and will head up the paddle making program. Jonny Quirk Jonny has lived in the UK, Scotland and now the States. Moving from their sheep farm on Skye Island in Scotland, the Quirks are now in Upstate NY, where they have chickens, pigs and many great plants and vegetables. Loryn Kipp Loryn returns to Chewonki as Head Cook. Loryn has been the Kitchen Manager at our Wiscasset campus. She has run a Bed and Breakfast and worked in Kentucky as a pastry chef. She is a Nordic Skier, Mountain Biker and is looking forward to being back in Maine. Isadora Llarena Traveling the farthest to get to camp, Izzy is Chilean and has been working at Patagonia Sur. She has a degree in Ecotourism and works well with families and kids traveling to Chile. When you see her, ask her about her remote site and the unique animals and plants that live there. Janet Willie Janet returns to the health center again this year. During the year she is not only a nurse, a Wilderness First Responder but also a Licensed Massage Therapist. Janet works hard to be pro active with the staff and participants to keep us in good shape. She has worked both as a guide-Sea Kayak and White Water Canoe, as well as in the food industry for Outward Bound. Sarah Hirsch Hirsch is the Lead Instructor for Chewonki’s Outdoor Classroom. A fan of Plant Identification, Hirsh often goes exploring with Field Guide Books in hand. This is Hirsch’s first summer on Debsconeag where she enjoys playing her Banjo while sitting on the porch of the cabins. For the last two summers she has worked for Outward Bound in her native State North Carolina. Kate Hutchison Kate returns for her second summer with Chewonki. Originally from Chicago, Kate graduated from Northwestern University. While in college, she completed a semester in the Rockies with the National Outdoor Leadership School which included 4 separate expeditions with an emphasis on leadership skills. She has spent the last two winters in Lake Tahoe, CA as a ski instructor and I enjoy exploring different parts of the US on my commute between coasts twice a year. In my free time, I love running, learning how to play guitar, hiking, practicing my Spanish, traveling and skiing. Jeanette Eaton Growing up at Camp Huckins, Jeanette understands camp and the leadership development possibilities. Jeanette is a writer, who belongs to 2 writing groups.