It’s quiet here this morning as three more of our cabin wilderness trip groups (Q-Deck, Shang-Tu, and South Hall) have departed for their trips. We look forward to the return of Gordy Hall and Xanadu later today from their trips. I’ve asked a few of our other leaders to share some updates from their perspectives about life at camp. I hope you enjoy the glimpses that their posting provide, and know that all of our campers are enjoying themselves and staying as cool as possible in this July heat. Sincerely, Garth Altenburg, Camp Director July 4th Parade by Andy Richardson, Program Director Several campers, staff, and ducklings (staff children) marched in the 4th of July parade in downtown Wiscasset. Campers carried a Chewonki banner and signs promoting the various Chewonki programs. They also handed out temporary Chewonki tattoos to the crowds along the parade route. We found out on Thursday that we won second place in the school/youth divison. Our prize was a red ribbon and 25 dollars in cash! Campers agreed to donate the money to the camper scholarship fund.Several campers said their favorite part of the parade was having candy and toys tossed to them from the float of local icon “Big Al.” Wild Animals at Chewonki, by Matt Weeks, Head Counselor One of the great attributes about Camp Chewonki is the multiple programs we offer throughout the year and their applications to camp; however, one of the resources hasn’t been utilized to its full potential until this summer: the Traveling Natural History Programs. For a bit of background, the Traveling Natural History Programs (TNHP) travel all over the state of Maine to educate people of all ages about the natural world with live, non-releasable wild animals in an hour-long presentation. During the summer, the camp benefits from these programs about once a week, learning about the all sorts of different animals, from insects, to reptiles, to mammals, even live owls! While it is great that the camp is able to benefit from these programs, there is so much more going on that the camp hasn’t been involved with, until now! When the animals are not out on a traveling program, they live in our outdoor aviaries or inside our animal lab in the Center for Environmental Education, and those animals need to be cared for. During the school year, students help the TNHP instructors with some of that care, from feeding to cleaning, so why not the campers? In January I started working for the TNHP while still being able to keep a position at summer camp (which is stellar), and have been actively building a bridge between the two programs. In addition to the TNHP presentations, I have been involving the campers in some of the responsibilities of our TNHP instructors, like helping me to feed our live owls – which is a unique and magical opportunity for our campers. I have also been bringing some live animals up to the Quad for “Meet an Animal” during our General Swims, or our free time. Combining with Nature, a plan I have is to collect wild edibles to feed to our Eastern Box Turtles, working up to eventually learning to handle a turtle! Camp is going exceptionally well this summer, and I am excited to incorporate such an amazing resource to our already enriching summer experience! Greetings from the Chewonki Waterfront by Colleen Hamilton, Head Lifeguard We have had a really exciting week at the waterfront. The weather has been amazing which has allowed for a lot of swim time, sailing and kayaking. A few campers have mastered their rolls in kayaking and we have already had a white water trip up to Sheeopscot Falls! There have been sailing races, pirate wars and lots of time sailing around on the great waters of Hockomock Bay. Swimming has been extremely active as well. We’ve been playing water games, doing Junior Lifeguarding training and splashing around during these hot summer afternoons. Many mornings our waterfront director Henry Heyburn along with some brave campers and counselors have done polar bears. Just before the wake up bell “polar bears” are called and everyone has the option to start your morning off with a quick swim from the boat dock to the swim dock. Overall it has been a fun and exciting time at the waterfront.