The History of Chewonki
In 1962 a group of loyal camp alumni formed a nonprofit corporation called the Chewonki Foundation and embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds to buy the camp. The campaign was successful, and shortly later “The Boys bought out The Boss.” Clarence retired in 1965, and in 1966 the foundation hired a young teacher named Tim Ellis, who had grown up at Chewonki, to succeed him. Under Tim’s leadership, Chewonki began experimenting in the 1970s with year-round programs and more extensive wilderness trips. Thus began Chewonki’s transformation into a full-time, year-round educational institution.
Today Chewonki continues to maintain its traditional boys camp. It also offers wilderness adventures for girls, a broad array of environmental education programs, travelling natural history programs, coed wilderness trips for teens and workshops for adults, and Chewonki Semester School, a rigorous academic program for high-school juniors. The current president is Willard Morgan, who succeeded Don Hudson on his retirement in 2010.