As I write, a giant full moon is rising over Chewonki. The moon casts a light that reminds us that we are part of a larger world and universe, which seems very appropriate at this point of the camp season as 12 of our 19 cabins are out on their wilderness trips at this time. Our camp world is also large and expansive at this point of the summer. It is fun to think of our campers settled into their campsites all over Maine, enjoying the same gorgeous August moon that we have here in Wiscasset on this perfectly clear August evening. While much of camp is enjoying their wilderness trip, those of us still here enjoyed a near perfect Sunday. Sundays are a very special day for community here on campus. We enjoy a later breakfast, highlighted by the perfectly gooey cinnamon buns. After breakfast, we spend a little extra time cleaning before heading to Sunday Service. Sunday Service uses readings, songs and skits to focus on friendship, community and fostering a stewardship ethic. Our outdoor Sunday Service space in the woods allows for reflection and a closer connection to the natural world around us. Sunday lunches feature wait service provided by our stellar support staff and music on the piano provided by our talented campers. Following rest hour, our two traditional camp teams (Sags and Hocs) head out to the woods for Scouting Games, a combination of tag and hide and seek. Afternoon general swim is next, followed by an evening buffet picnic on the lawn with ice cream cones. After ice cream, we all head down to the lower field where the Sags and Hocs meet up once again for Rocks, our version of Capture the Flag. Sundays just may be the best day of the week here. Of course, Tent Days are pretty special… and so are Saturdays with Campfire… Oh and regular activity days are also pretty special…
Speaking of Campfire, last night’s campfire wrapped up just in time for some natural fireworks: lightening! With thunder in the distance, we ended campfire a bit early. Our timing was perfect as the storm arrived a few minutes after we tucked our campers in for the night. This storm was brief but powerful, as a few rounds of thunder shook cabins and buildings. This morning, many campers reflected on how much fun it was to be comfortable in their cabins with the rain on the roof and the light show outside. I admire the adventurous spirit of our campers, and the support of our excellent counselors as they made this a fun event rather than a scary one for our campers. Living in the great summer outdoors brings many joys!
-Garth Altenburg, Camp Director
Speaking of the joys of the natural world, we thought you might appreciate this update from the Doc Fred and the Nature Activity:
Would you be able to find an insect in the order Coleoptera, or a tree leaf that poples, or a mushroom made by a fungus that helps create nature’s WWW. (that is, Chewonki’s forest internet, the Woods Wide Web), or the exotic gourmet snack known as the “sea olive”? Well our campers showed their natural history knowledge by doing just that (and much more) on July 14th’s exciting Nature Scavenger Hunt. The competition was keen and close, but Juniper and Fo’c’s’le ultimately won in their respective Cabin Leagues with perfect or near perfect scores!