The Owls, our second-youngest group at camp, have completed grades 4 or 5 and have the option of spending 10 days, 3 weeks, or the full summer with us. In cabin groups of six to eight campers and two cabin leaders, Owls are typically in their first two years of camp at Chewonki. With a blend of new and returning campers, Owls are experts at enthusiastically welcoming new friends to the community and showing them the ropes.
Owls continue to build on the strong foundations in our core activities as they prepare for their first wilderness trips away from Chewonki Neck. All of our 3-week Owls go on a four-to-six-day wilderness canoe trip, which involves exploring the Maine coast or the ponds and lakes of central and northern Maine as they develop their flatwater paddling skills. Campers enrolled for the full summer experience up to 3 wilderness trips including an excursion bridging the break between 3-week sessions. Our 10-day campers go on a three-day canoe trip to one of our remote campsites on the Chewonki Neck peninsula.
Programs for Owls:
Owls enjoy cabin life with other Owls and two counselors. They participate in the full range of Chewonki’s outdoor and indoor activities including kayaking, woodworking, nature, farm, tennis, and pottery. Learn more about camp activities.
The daily schedule at Chewonki is full. Campers select three different activities during four separate “blocks” of three days each. There are two activity periods in the morning and one in the afternoon, followed by a General Swim or free-choice period.
We make sure not to rush campers from one activity to another, so they can realize the satisfaction of learning and achievement while also having time for reading and quiet enjoyment of Chewonki Neck. Owls in the seven-week session have time to progress through a variety of activities at different skill levels, concentrating on those that especially interest them.
Adventure Trips for Owls:
Within the first few days of camp, each Owl cabin spends an overnight at a Chewonki campsite, working on their wilderness skills and enjoying encampment living. Later in their session, Owls go on a four-to-six-day wilderness adventure, which may involve canoeing, kayaking, or hiking.
Campers enrolled in a seven week program who display particular interest in a specific wilderness activities may be invited on an additional, more challenging trip.