The circle of staff at our weekly Monday Morning Meeting grew on June 1 as a gang of summer trip leaders joined year-round staff to kick off the season. The next day, trip leaders and Boys Camp Osprey counselors planning to lead trips for campers set forth in five different groups for five days of intensive training. The whitewater kayaking group departed for Big Eddy; canoeists and backpackers headed for the North Woods; while sailors and saltwater kayakers put to sea from the Chewonki waterfront. Senior outdoor programs staff are leading the training, honing trip leaders’ teaching style as well as their wilderness skills. Trainees learn about effective ways to teach hard skills and how best to serve as role models to cultivate interest, commitment, and teamwork among their young trippers. Because trip leaders come with experiences of their own, trainees will also learn from each other, trading tips and strategies for developing competence and passion for the outdoors. Chewonki trips always have two leaders. At least one must have Wilderness First Responder training and at least one must be certified by the State of Maine as a wilderness trip leader. If they are new to Chewonki, staff training prepares them to do things “the Chewonki way.” This is just the first wave of summer arrivals. Between June 7 and June 23, 325 trip leaders, counselors, campers, and Adventures for Girls and Wilderness Trips participants will arrive on Chewonki Neck with energy and high hopes for a wonderful summer.