At Chewonki, we organize our campers into age groups called Puffins, Owls, Herons, and Ospreys. Our youngest campers, the Puffins, receive special attention as they learn about camp rhythms and become accustomed to living away from home in a lively, close community of peers and leaders. We offer Puffins an enthusiastic welcome; age-appropriate, traditional camp activities; and full membership in the camp family.
Programs for Puffins:
Puffins live in simple summer cabins with other Puffins and two counselors. They participate in all activities, including kayaking, woodworking, photography, nature study, archery, farm, tennis, field sports, games, arts and crafts. Learn more about camp activities.
The daily schedule is full, with a good mix of scheduled and free-choice activities.There are two activity periods each morning and one in the afternoon, followed by a General Swim or free-choice period.
We plan the day carefully for Puffins so that campers do not have to rush from one activity to the next but instead have time to enjoy themselves and make the most of learning, forming and deepening friendships, having fun, and taking in the beauty of Chewonki Neck.
Adventure Trips for Puffins
All Puffins go on a two-day wilderness adventure trip with their counselors and cabin mates. This may involve canoeing, kayaking, or hiking.
This short trip is a wonderful introduction to camping and traveling in the wild. With help from their counselors, Puffins set up a campsite, pitch their tents, and learn to cook over an open fire. They develop hiking or paddling skills and discover what it’s like to live and sleep outdoors with a close-knit group.
For many Puffins, Chewonki is their first experience away from home, spending days and nights apart from their families. We provide a warm and friendly environment, highly trained staff, and careful supervision to make their first camp experience a success.