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Whitewater Wanderer Follows The Flow

“When you’re on the river, problems go away,” says Tom Shwartz, a former Chewonki camper, tripper, and leader. Shwartz was introduced to whitewater kayaking during our Umbagog leadership expedition in 2011. Since then, he’s pursued his passion for rapids all over the Americas, including Oregon, Idaho, and Patagonia, Chile. “The river is always home,” Shwartz …

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From Polyps to Policy: A Marine Biologist Finds Her Niche in D.C.

“There need to be more scientists working on policy,” says Lauren Linsmayer. “We are analytical thinkers who do things in methodical ways.”  Linsmayer is an alumna of Maine Coast Semester 35 and a staff member to the United States House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Her Ph.D. research on coral metabolism recently appeared in Scientific …

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Camp Staff Alumnus Rolls Up Sleeves

The first thing most people notice about a house is the surface. And after diving into his own house building project to keep busy during the pandemic, it’s safe to say that alumni Angus Fake (Boys Camp ‘17,’18) will never look at a building so superficially again.  After the Covid-19 pandemic upended his senior year …

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From Umbagog to Bootcamp: The Path to Becoming a Rescue Pilot

“Chewonki,” says Nate Arnold, “was my first real introduction to leadership, and I’ve been able to carry that all the way through my career.”  Based in Bangor, ME, Arnold is a Supervisory Instructor Pilot for the Maine Army National Guard. His job is to train U.S. Army flight school graduates to become highly skilled helicopter …

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Watch: Mission Centered Design – The Chewonki Eastside Campus

Mission Centered Design – The Chewonki Eastside Campus is a recorded panel discussion featuring Susan T. Rodriguez, Principal at Susan T Rodriguez Architecture | Design, and Timothy Lock, Management Partner at OPAL Architecture. Rodriguez and Lock are the principal architects behind our recent campus expansion. This one-hour video will give attendees an in-depth look at …

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