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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

Never before have I been a part of such a caring and thoughtful community. Both camps (in Wiscasset and at Fourth Debsconeag) attract the most interesting and inspiring people from all around the globe, and I am honored to say that I worked there for two summers. Every trip leader and staff person I have met at Chewonki puts all of their energy and passion into each day.

The Chewonki Foundation is an exceptional community filled with beautiful people. I hope to return to Chewonki as a trip leader again. I would hope too that those unfamiliar to this place would come and join us for the days to come!

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

Improve the Girl's Camp.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 1, 2009

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May 1, 2009

Twelve years after my first year working at Chewonki, and I still rank it among my best jobs ever. The extended wilderness trips, the quality of environmental education, the supportive, knowledgeable and generous staff, the beautiful campus, the experiences they offer to staff, campers, trippers, students, etc. all combine to make it a one-in-a-zillion kind of place.

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

leading five week wilderness trips. There is nothing like living outside in a beautiful area for an extended amount of time to make one review her own values, skills, strengths and weaknesses.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

April 30, 2009
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April 30, 2009
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Chewonki's mission is one that has grown within me over the years. The lessons learned benefitted me both as an educator, but more importantly as a person.

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

...the faces and minds of those who are involved with the oranization. It is very easy to identify people who have been through the Chewonki program in New England and throughout the country. In speaking with a young woman in the Atlanta airport a couple of years ago, I asked her if she had gone to Chewonki. She was amazed to know how I knew.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

I've been involved in one way or another with Chewonki since 1986. It very simply changes peoples lives in a significant way. Chewonki brings people closer to each other in small intentional communities while focusing on the natural world around them.

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

just about every person that has come through one of their programs.

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

the people I've met and the places I've taken them.

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

of the highest caliber

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

put it toward endowment and help with both scholarship and staff enrichment.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer

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

the current economic situation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 29, 2009

I worked as a summer camp counselor and trip leader at Camp Chewonki for three summers during college and graduate school and would say that I've never been around a more inspiring and dedicated group of professionals -- many of whom are still working there over ten years later! Even though I live on the opposite coast, I keep in close contact with many old Chewonki friends and am planning to enroll my own daughter there as soon as she's old enough. It's simply the best!

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

...the choices I make in my everyday life, such as riding my bike to work or participating in a local CSA.

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

...knowing the people who work there.

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

...kind, smart and enthusiastic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 29, 2009

In a song called "I Knew This Place," Dave Mallett sings, "This is where my life begins/ This is where I learned to use/ my hands and hear my heart." Chewonki is that place for many of us: students, campers, employees, and visitors who have walked the paths, slept in the cabins, worked in the pastures, sang around the campfire, or studied in the salt marshes. It's a place where every moment seems full of learning and discovery about the connectedness of all people, all living things, all ecosystems. Such a marvelous antidote to the disconnection and isolation of the world!

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

helping young people see themselves as capable, powerful, good when they can work with others.

Ways to make it better...

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

question the growth paradigm and look for ways to evolve that are about reaching new audiences, not just growing programs.

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

how it made my life more vibrant - and the lives of those around me.

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

outstanding people being called to their best selves.

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

reach out to a more diverse audience.

Ways to make it better...

only I could have done everything twice!

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

keeping the programs small and intimate, and maintaining funding for the physical plant and the expense of excellent staff.

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

everyone who has been to Chewonki can claim to have been a part of its ongoing success. That's unique!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

I worked as a trip leader at Chewonki during the summer of 1992. I have gone on to work in environmental advocacy and policy. I was impressed with the whole approach to developing kids' awareness and appreciation for one another and for nature. As a new staff member, the camp and program leaders made me feel welcome, empowered and valued. Chewonki has a great reputation well beyond Maine as a place that provides kids and adults with a hands-on educational experience on natural history and the environment. And I'd highly recommend Chewonki to anyone who is eligible for its programs.

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

The way its wilderness trip programs taught kids from diverse backgrounds about appreciating the environment.

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

how it created a uniquely fulfilling and maturing experience for me (as an employee) and for the kids whom I led on a wilderness trip.

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

warm, friendly, outgoing people who did their jobs very well.

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

Provide outdoor education experiences for so many kids who might otherwise never have the chance to attend its great summer and school year programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

As a former employee, I continue to be enriched by the experiences provided at the Chewonki Foundation. More than anything, the sense of place and outlook on interacting with the natural world and the people around us are the lasting legacies gained on Chewonki neck and beyond. I look forward to sending my own two children to experience some of what makes this place special.

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

the faces of children as they understand new ways to experience our world.

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

the lasting friendships with both staff and participants alike.

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

inspiring individuals whose friendships have stood the test of time.

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

reach even more individuals than it already does.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

I loved co-leading a Chewonki-Alford Lake summer trip in 1992. Now, seventeen years after my Chewonki experience, I love that my 8 year old son is excited about starting camp at Chewonki this summer. One of the things he asked as we talked about his going to camp is if they would expect him to throw away plastic utensils-- of course they don't have plastic utensils ever at Chewonki! Composting toilets are another big attraction for my son!

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

raising awareness of environmental issues.

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

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

that my experience with Chewonki has indirectly influenced by son, who will get to go to Chewonki himself this summer.

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

great!

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

be an even more influential and widely known example of the possibilities for sustainable living and environmental stewardship.

Ways to make it better...

... I can't think of anything!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

As an Environmental Educator at Chewonki, my job wasn’t just about doing remarkable things each day, it was about the deep joy of nurturing other people to do remarkable things each day. The awe I felt at seeing so many youth grow in their awareness of the environment, and of themselves as relational beings opened the path for me toward my calling to the ministry. I shall be forever grateful to the Chewonki senior staff who supported me to grow as a leader, to live with integrity and to work on behalf of the greater good. Though the pay was modest, the learning environment was priceless.

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

students who were inspired to pursue careers in environmental science and advocacy.

Ways to make it better...

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

partner with urban and suburban organizations to create environmental internships to reshape the American lifestyle.

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

being at the leading edge of integrating appropriate technology at the institutional level, along with the culture that supports those innovations.

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

optimistic, kind and real believers in the power of community.

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

help America understand and want to get off fossil fuels, forever, by partnering with a local community to transform their use of energy.

Ways to make it better...

there were more benefits for staff.

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

limited resources and the inertia of the wider culture.

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

Chewonki is a great gift to the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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