Alexis Grillo

Remember When… Chewonki Through the Decades

Last Sunday, we welcomed dozens of campers for the opening day of Camp Chewonki. This inspired us to reflect on Chewonki’s earlier decades. Founded in 1915 by Clarence E. Allen as a saltwater camp for boys, Chewonki has evolved significantly over the years, even as our core values remain steadfast. Explore historic photos with us and spot the similarities and differences in the Chewonki landscape of yesterday and today. 

Honoring a Champion of Women at Chewonki

In this special tribute, Sue West highlights Tim Ellis’ support for women during his tenure as our first president in the 1970s and 80s, paving the way for leaders like Nancy Kennedy. Last week, we announced that Nancy has become the first woman to hold the position of Chewonki President. Women have long held leadership roles at Chewonki, from leading backcountry trips to developing environmental education programs and managing our farm. Read on to learn about some of Chewonki’s early female leaders and how Tim championed them.

Celebrating 50 Years of Chewonki Outdoor Classroom

Today, we’re marking a significant occasion: Outdoor Classroom’s 50th year. This special anniversary is more than a milestone in time; it’s a testament to Outdoor Classroom’s enduring relevance, effectiveness, and transformative impact. As we reflect on five decades of teaching, it’s evident that Outdoor Classroom’s mission to foster a deep connection with nature and peers, build essential outdoor living skills, and instill a sense of stewardship for the natural world is as vital today as it was fifty years ago.

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