Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
200 Reviews
1234.975
Write A Review
April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

I attended Chewonki for 2 summers in the early 1950s. The Camp had a history of strong nature programs dating back to its founding by Mr. Allen in 1917. At the time I was impressed with the emphasis on the environment to which the campers were exposed, and by the dedication of the staff to the values and appreciation of Maine and its many natural attributes. Many of the campers came from families who cared deeply about nature. They sent their children to Chewonki because of the camp's reputation as a place where environment received significant emphasis. Among the areas where the camp enjoyed an outstanding reputation was its emphasis on Maine birds. The Osprey was the Camp's logo. The son of Roger Tory Peterson was one of the young campers who attended the camp. In the many years that have passed I have seen Chewonki mature and grow into a major presence in the National enviromental community. As the world grows closer together, the skills of those fortunate enough to attend Chewonki will be an important resource for finding ways to retain and preserve our environment. Thank you, Stephen Bullock

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the size and scope of the original organization grown from a summer camp with a great philosophy into an organization devoted to environmental education and research.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue on the path the current management has set

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching it mature with the times.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from all different places and with different skills that worked toward common objectives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a bigger impact on global interest in the enviromnment.

Ways to make it better...

Had a chance to stay longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

those involving the need for greater exposure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

I have been a donor, an attendant at a workshop, and a member of the general public. In every way, I am impressed with Chewonki, not only how it has stayed true to its original mission as a camp for young people, but also in how it is constantly exploring ways to live more sustainably on this earth and educating others as to how to do so. I will have three grandchildren at the camp this summer, and look forward to more attending in the future.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The lives of people who work at Chewonki and who have participated in Chewonki's programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the programs for girls.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being on the forefront of education for the general public.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outgoing, kind, thoughtful, and with a mind of service to the wider community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help this country implement policies that would make our economy more ecologically sustainable.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time to be with the program participants.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding in the face of the current recession. Despite the loyalty of Chewonki "alumni" there is not enough funding to do all that this organization could do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish that there were more organizations that not only developed ideas about sustainability, but also implemented them as Chewonki has done in its day-to-day living.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

I spent a semester on Chewonki Neck in high school.I learned a tremendous amount about who I am, how to work effectively within my community, and about the beauty and intricacies of the natural world. It was a phenomenal program, and I'm still in touch with many of the people I met.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my every day interpersonal interactions, my awareness of the natural world, my deep interest in environment and sustainability, and my optimism for the future.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful people there (including teachers and students)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

phenomenal. Among the best I've ever had.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to do what it's doing now but at a grander scale.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

I am inspired by Chewonki's well rounded and integrated approaches to environmental education, all emphasising an active engagement with the natural world. I direct a smaller non-profit SeedTree, working internationally in forest protection and renewal. We overlap in the allied fields of environmental education and human ecology, but utilizing much more low tech methods, such as biodvierse tree planting and biogas plants. I am so impressed at how Chewonki is able to engage so many sectors of American society from the green entreprenuers with the various levels of government, and demonstrate renewable energy technologies, at how Chewonki fosters initiative -- for example: letting a young woman start a program of leading women and girls together on a wilderness canoe trip, their sailing programs, etc. Altogether a wonderful and well managed educational institution!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

demonstrating renewable energy technologies.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have my hands full

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their virsatile and engaging capacity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

first class.

Ways to make it better...

.....they had hired me....:=)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

Chewonki is amazing.. it taught me everything I know about the outdoors. My happiest memories are of summer canoeing trips with Chewonki groups.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

girls camping trips and co-ed trips in the summer. Teaching community skills as well as environmental consciousness.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue doing the same.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people who are associated with CHewonki and who work there are so fantastic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so knowledgeable!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make everyone a better, more environmentally conscious person.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances and getting the word out to people about what a life-changing experience it is going there.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is amazing!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

I was lucky enough to spend a semester at the Chewonki Foundation during high school. I have to say that my time at MCS was one of the most challenging and inspiring times of my life. The environmental education and awareness is outstanding...and they don't just teach it...they love it and live by every word that they say. Chewonki is a wonderful place to experience sound and sustainable living and to really come to understand how complicated environmental sustainability, policy, ethics and awareness can be. I have been able to take what I learned while at MCS and apply it to all aspects of my life and education. The connections that I made with faculty and peers have been incredibly valuable to me personally and professionally. The Chewonki Foundation is a wonderful organization and deserving of every ounce of praise.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the people that have been affected by the education and forward thinking of the Chewonki Foundation. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for having had the chance to learn, teach and work with them. The Chewonki Foundation has something for all ages and interest levels.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep plugging. The future needs that attitude right now.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how helpful, available and knowledgeable all of the staff are.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding. True gems and wonderful to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change to the face of environmental sustainability and awareness in the state of Maine.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't had to leave!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping up, getting the word out and keeping itself funded.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

Having spent five of the best summers of my life living on Chewonki Neck and traveling to amazing places under their supervision, I continue to gain from lessons learned there, and continue to encourage others to leave the environment better than they found it. I've referred friends and family and all have had equal experiences, and more than one have chosen to make their living by joining the amazing family at the Chewonki Foundation. There are few places in the world where a recommendation is easier to give. Chewonki is an amazing foundation which puts the environment and the community that uses it first.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every person that spends time with Chewonki, leaves with a better understanding of how to live with minimal impact on the environment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Community activism, huge family, life-long friendships.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing friends and roll models.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their outreach programs, expand the message of zero impact living, and expand the education programs that have positively impacted thousands.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am forever grateful for my experiences here and sleep better knowing that each day someone else has the same experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

Chewonki is a leader in enironmental sustainability. From its facilities, to its growing its own food, to its fundamental philosophy, Chewonki has touched the lives of thouysands of students, who then take the lessons they have learned back with them into their daily lives.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the students that they teach.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue with their policies.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Whatching them continue to grow and be able to fulfill their mission of environmentalism and sustainability

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding - committed and knowledgable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide scholarships to those who need them, pursue additional sustainability measures that they desperately want, expand various programs and have an endowment to ensure that the organization has the funds to continue to pursue its laudable goals.

Ways to make it better...

I had actually been able to go to camp there instead of just my son!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

additonial funding in these tough economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a superb organization that is entirely worthy of consideration. It is "the real deal."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

My two sons have each spent seven summers at Camp Chewonki where they form remarkable friendships with peers and counselors, challenge themselves in many unique ways, and learn how to be better citizens of this world. They return to our house with a greater appreciation for planet Earth, and they teach us about reusing, recycling, and respecting. In fact, one of them took what he learned about renewable hydrogen from the Chewonki Foundation and presented this information to his entire school. Chewonki is doing great things for young people in the area of environmental education!

Photos

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children's self-confidence and knowledge about how to protect our planet.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

visiting its beauitful campus every summer and seeing how much my boys love being there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

clearly people who care about children and the environment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the planet!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 27, 2009

more

April 27, 2009

I was a camper at Chewonki for three summers, from the ages of 10-12. I learned more during those summers about the environment, the world around me, and about working in successful teams than I did during the school years in between. While off-campus -- during trips from the Maine coastline to the mountains -- campers have the opportunity to learn about ecology, conservation, and restoration. From the counselors to the activities staff to the administration, there was a palpable, whole-hearted commitment to a set of ideals about co-existing productively with the world around us. I look forward to sending my own kids to Chewonki one day.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work my relationships my understanding of the world around me

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their dedication their focus their willingness to commit resources to things that matter

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

thoughtful committed in touch with the world around them

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring countless young people to Chewonki to experience things you won't get at a YMCA or community center in a typical suburban or urban environment

Ways to make it better...

I wish I had continued to participate in trips as I got older.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers

3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

host an event for us in your town or neighborhood. Volunteer