To help each camper appreciate his natural surroundings and take an active role in the stewardship of his environment, every camper works toward the identification of the ten most common birds on Chewonki Neck, has the opportunity to participate in some nature activity in addition to the camp nature activity period.
This could include one of the following: hiking, farm dinner, renewable energy lunch, overnight on the Neck, working in the camper garden, participating in a live-animal lesson presented by staff from our popular Traveling Natural History Program, participates in a cabin overnight and/or wilderness trip.
At the beginning of each session, the campers will discuss as a group the importance of taking care of their camp and the type of things that they need to do, such as staying on trails, not picking flowers, recycling cabin waste, respecting property, and conserving water. Campers and staff participate in composting food after meals, which in turn will nourish the animals and vegetables on the farm. They will have the opportunity to work in small groups during wilderness trips and overnights while they plan, prepare, and clean up after the meal as a group, with each camper taking on different roles.On cabin and special wilderness trips, campers and staff will practice Leave No Trace methods.
To allow each camper to experience the joys of living in a small community, every camper attends Saturday night campfire and Sunday Service during his stay at camp, lives in a group with other campers in cabins or yurts. Within their groups, campers are part of community-making decisions and keeping the area clean and participates in meals served family style.
Each session of camp has at least one all-camp activity that encourages the participation of all campers. Examples include Talent Show, Treasure Hunt, Carnival, Nature Scavenger Hunts.