Core Camp Curriculum and Activities
At the heart of everything we do at Chewonki is our mission, and our desire to provide participants with learning in the natural world that carries on beyond their time at Chewonki. This includes our daily residential camp activities. When not out on a wilderness trip, each participant takes part in a rotation of time in each of the core activities that are at the heart of what we do. Here they develop the skills and values to prepare them for wilderness trip experiences, and to engage deeply in the world around them outside of Chewonki.
Farm and Food Systems:
Chewonki’s food philosophy outlines the beliefs, values, and practices that guide how we engage in food systems and educate all of our participants. Through lessons, games, and activities on our working farm, participants build context and understanding around where food comes from and how it gets to our tables. Taking part in work projects in our gardens and pastures, and caring for livestock, helps to engage the hands, hearts, and heads of participants, building connections to the land, and to each other.
Chewonki’s campus covers 400-acres of different and exciting ecosystems, from salt-marsh and rocky shore, to ponds and streams, and forest and fields. Chewonki believes that by building connections between participants and the plants and animals that live in the natural world, we can develop empathy, sense-of-place, and cultivate an environmental ethic, empowering participants to be stewards of the earth. Working closely with Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History Program, Camp’s Natural History curriculum creates opportunities to interact with non-releasable wildlife, explore and investigate natural spaces, and develop the skills to make a difference in environmental issues that participants are passionate about.
Outdoor Living Skills:
Camp Chewonki’s Outdoor Living Skills activity teaches participants essential skills for simple living in the natural world, preparing them for their wilderness trip experiences. Important skills such as fire building, axe and saw use, and map and compass skills give participants a sense of self-sufficiency, and challenge, as they work towards deeper mastery and understanding. The Outdoor Living Skills curriculum is informed by Chewonki’s years of experience teaching young people how to live in the woods, in programs including Chewonki’s Outdoor Classroom, and Wilderness Trips. It is also informed by the Junior Maine Guide guidelines.
Camp Chewonki’s Watercraft Skills activity gives participants skills and experiences to spend time on the waters of Maine. Our Wiscasset campus is located on a saltwater peninsula, providing us with a unique and wonderful environment for participants to practice piloting canoes, kayaks, and sailboats around saltmarsh grass and rocky coasts.
Chewonki’s residential camp programs offer time in each day for participants to engage in a wider variety of activities, and provides room for flexibility and individuals’ interests and needs. They are designed to provide further structured learning in areas both inside and outside of Camp Chewonki’s core curriculum, as well as provide a time to engage campers in spontaneous fun!
Activity areas that are regularly offered include:
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Sports and Recreation