Category: Alumni & Friends

Alumni & Friends

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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Alumni & Friends

A Full Bag and Empty Journal

In learning to become a Chewonki leader, I’ve tried many different teaching methods amongst the woods and waters of the Neck and beyond. In all these experiences, two things stand out as simple essentials: an empty journal and a full bag.

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Alumni & Friends

Find Friends on our Updated Alumni Map

Ewes flash: we’re giving away 12 warm, fuzzy Chewonki sheep pelts to our alumni & friends on Wednesday, November 30. Wool you enter? We’ll sheep, oops, we mean “ship” pelts to winners, free of charge, anywhere in North America.

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Alumni & Friends

Alumni & Friends Sheep Pelt 2024 Giveaway

Ewes flash: we’re giving away 12 warm, fuzzy Chewonki sheep pelts to our alumni & friends on Wednesday, November 30. Wool you enter? We’ll sheep, oops, we mean “ship” pelts to winners, free of charge, anywhere in North America.

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Alumni & Friends

Join us in Wishing Tim Ellis a Happy Birthday!

From 1970 through 1991, Chewonki experienced a profound transformation, and in honor of his 86th birthday on October 1, we are honoring the man who steered these monumental changes: Chewonki’s First President, Harwood “Tim” Ellis Jr., by publishing guest-written blogs about Tim over the next few weeks.

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Alumni & Friends

He Ignited a New Chewonki Era

Tim Ellis’ lifelong connection to Chewonki began in 1937. He arrived in a bassinet when his father, Harwood “Hardy” Ellis, Assistant Head at the Rivers School, was recruited by Chewonki founder Clarence Allen as head counselor. Tim spent every childhood summer at Chewonki, eventually becoming a counselor. After college, he ventured abroad and met his wife, Margaret Ellis, while teaching in Switzerland in the early 1960s.

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