A nor’easter hit the coast of Maine last night, and Chewonki is in the thick of winter. I can hear the bitter wind howling through the trees and I can see the snow piling up outside my window. My tracks get covered almost as soon as I put them down.The wheel of seasons has turned to the cold months, and for those of us at camp, Chewonki is all about snow sports, hearty soups, cozy fires, and thinking about the coming summer.
This fall was busy with travel as I crisscrossed the country to meet new campers and catch up with current camp families. I was grateful for the opportunity to see so many of you at coffee shops and climbing walls, in bakeries and in family rooms.
Emma, Garth, Greg and I were thrilled to hear the Chewonki story from so many perspectives. Many of you spoke about how Chewonki inspires you to feel good about yourselves, be comfortable with others, and become energized by the knowledge of and responsibility for the world around you. Your warm welcome, gracious hospitality, and enthusiastic support was appreciated! Thank you!
The next few months is a time we intentionally set aside to work with on programs for the year to come, ways to better teach wilderness skills, building community, nature, and understanding “ages and stages” of working with campers.
I’m really looking forward to sharing these programs with you. Whether you want to paddle over rivers and streams, hike mountains, or laugh and sing under a canopy of pine trees, I know a summer at camp will test your mettle and amazing things will happen!