At Chewonki, we organize our campers into age groups called Puffins, Owls, Herons, and Ospreys. The Ospreys are the oldest camper group, and they enjoy special status as leaders of the camp community. Ospreys learn to accept more responsibility for defining camp culture, providing leadership to younger campers, and taking a mature interest in their own development.
Programs for Ospreys:
Our Osprey program combines a residential camp experience with extensive wilderness adventuring. While at camp between canoe, kayak, and hiking trips, Ospreys participate in experiences designed especially for them as well as the many activities enjoyed by the camp as a whole, including sailing, swimming, nature, archery, sustainability, pottery, farm, and many others.
Osprey Canoeing, Hiking, and Kayaking Trips for 3-Week Campers
Ospreys enrolled in the three-and-a-half-week session will go on a week-long canoeing, hiking, whitewater kayaking, or sea kayaking trip. No previous experience is required.
The Osprey Expedition for 7-Week Campers:
The Osprey Expedition offers an exciting opportunity for qualified Ospreys to engage in camp life and “bridge” to a longer, more challenging wilderness trip. During the first part of their seven weeks experience, they will work on developing technical paddling skills at Chewonki’s Big Eddy campus on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. As a culminating experience, Ospreys will paddle a remote river and test their new paddling skills against stretches of class II & III whitewater.
This 7-week program is designed to be the perfect testing grounds for new skills, experience unparalleled beauty, and discover the fun of remote wilderness travel.