The theme for May is Courage! The arrival of May means the end of the school year is near and we are almost ready for camp. The final weeks of school require one final burst of effort and focus – the end is in sight and we’ve been working hard all year filling our brains with new learnings.
The theme for April is Compassion! In my search for quotes about compassion, I came across an idea that is identified as an Amish Proverb (a proverb is a piece of advice). The advice is: “Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” This quote represents the essence of how we
The theme for March is Creativity! The end of winter arrives later this month on 20th and if you’re like us, you’re ready to come alive again after the dark and cold of the last few months. Now is a great time to think about ways to engage your mind and body in creative new ways. Quoting Maya Angelou again, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have!”
The theme for February is UNIQUENESS! The adjective unique is used to describe something that is one-of-a-kind and unlike anything else. I spent a little time looking for a quote to help me think about why it is important to celebrate the ways in which I am one-of-a-kind. I found a quote by Maya Angelou, an American poet and civil rights activist, that says: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” This quote brings to mind a summer at Camp Chewonki. We arrive hoping to meet new friends and fit in with our cabin mates. Over the course of the summer we learn about all of the things that makes each of us special and unique so that, when we return home, we leave camp seeing how amazing we can be!
The theme for January is CURIOSITY! With the start of a new year comes lots of opportunities to be curious. Curiosity is the strong desire to learn and understand new things. At Camp Chewonki, we are always asked to be curious. Camp gives us the chance to do and see so many new things, having a curious mind makes the new experiences fun!
The theme for December is CONNECTION! Even though we may be physically far apart, we can still stay connected! Connections are relationships, when something can be linked with another thing. At Camp Chewonki, we take time to notice connections in the natural world. We also build connections with our cabin-mates, our favorite farm animal, and to special places that we discover. Connecting can be physical, like a hug, or a smile, or it can be through words, like a letter to a penpal!
The theme for November is COLLABORATION! Collaboration means working together to create something. At Camp Chewonki, we are collaborating all of the time. We work together to make and eat delicious meals, by setting tables, washing dishes, and even cooking over fires. We collaborate with each other in order to create a camp community where each person can get what they need, and have people who care about and support them.
In this final week of Camp Chewonki@Home, we have celebrated our time spent together, and the ways that the Chewonki spirit has spread far and wide! It’s been truly beautiful to have witnessed campers building connections with each other, getting outside and exploring the natural world, and finding ways to learn and grow this summer, all from their home. While the Chewonki Neck Peninsula holds powerful meaning, we know that the true spirit of Chewonki and the values it teaches, travel with us no matter where we are!
What a fantastic and energetic week of Camp Chewonki@Home! It was such a treat to see campers connecting and dancing on live calls, creating incredible fruit baskets at home, and creating kinetic art! It’s hard to think that there is just one more week of camp left this summer. The thought is made easier because we know that the connections and creativity we witnessed during Camp Chewonki@Home will continue!
This week has asked the Camp Chewonki@Home community to reflect on the challenges that we have faced this summer. Our theme of Grit called upon us to share what has been difficult for us, and what we are looking forward to in the future. Campers have taken on new recipes – baking biscuits over a fire can be a challenge! Others have celebrated their compost, and the ways we can take waste and make something new. In our live calls, we celebrated the gritty, and the grimy, including a tribute to farm chores in the form of a song!