NYC Alumni Reception

Join Keewaydin at the 2015 NYC Alumni Reception!

Highlights include a presentation of the Keewaydin Service Award to Stuart Fraser, as well as, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Keewaydin cheer.

Monday, October 26, 2015 6-8 p.m.

The Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave (Lexington and 47th St.)
New York, NY 10017

Attire: Business Casual

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 802-352-4247 prior to October 16, 2015.

Fall 2015 Recruitment Gatherings

Keewaydin Camp Directors are Hitting the Road for Fall 2015 Recruitment Gatherings!

Prospective campers and their parents, alumni, and families are invited to join Camp Directors to hear stories and see photos of camp!

Keewaydin Dunmore & Songadeewin Gatherings

Philadelphia, PA – October, exact date TBD
NYC, NY – Tuesday, October 27 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
Darien, CT – Wednesday, October 28 ( 5:30 – 7:00 pm)
Boston, MA – Saturday, November 7 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
London, UK – Saturday, November 14 (3:00 – 5:00 pm)
Paris, France – Sunday, November 15 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
Washington D.C. – Sunday, December 6 (TBD)
Brooklyn, NY – TBD
Middlebury, VT – TBD

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Daria Carden: [email protected] or 802-352-4770

Keewaydin Temagami Gatherings

Look for more information on Open Houses in:
Greenwich, CT
Chicago, IL
Austin, TX
Bethesda, MD
Middlebury, VT
Jackson, MS
Charlotte, NC
Philadelphia, PA
Seattle, WA

For more information, please contact Annette Franklin: [email protected] or 802-352-4247

Abby Fenn Memorial Service

A service celebrating the life of Abby Fenn will be held on Sunday, August 30,
beginning at 11:00am at the Keewaydin campus on Lake Dunmore, Vermont. A buffet lunch will follow.

For more information or to RSVP Contact:

Theresa MacCallum, [email protected], 802-352-4247

John Watson Work Weekend

Save The Date!

June 5 – June 7, 2015
Salisbury, VT

Friends of Keewaydin,

Each spring Keewaydineesi gather to spruce up the Keewaydin and Songadeewin campuses  for the coming  summer season.  There are a whole host of projects on both campuses involving rakes, paint brushes , and even saws. So put on your work gloves and bring your sleeping bag ; we’ll provide the cabins, the meals and the good cheer.

We hope you’ll come and celebrate the start of the camping season alongside friends old and new!   


Pete & Ellen

RSVP By May 30, 2015
Theresa MacCallum, Alumni & Donor Relations Coordinator
[email protected], (802)352-4247

Passing of Abby Fenn ’39

Dear Keewaydineesi,

It is with great sadness that I bring you the news of the passing of Abby Fenn. He died early this morning while asleep at his apartment at Eastview in Middlebury. He was 93 years old.

A memorial service will be held for Abby on Sunday, August 30 at 11:00am at Keewaydin Dunmore. A service at his church, the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, will take place later this spring.

Another Keewaydin giant has passed. Perhaps Waboos, Abby and Slim are reunited again, making plans for their next summer camp.



Reflections on Songa’s Early Years

In celebrating 70 years of Keewaydin programs for girls Songadeewin initiated its own history project.  A part of this included having campers interview some of the charter campers and staff about their experiences in the early days of Songadeewin on Lake Dunmore. What follows is a portion of Courtney Mulcahy’s interview. She was a charter member of the Songa staff in 1999. Courtney was on campus for ten days in 2014 to fill in for the Camp Mom position.


Interview conducted by campers: Paloma Garcia, Trixie Stewart-Frommer and Eliza Bowman

How did you first find out about Songa?

CM: I found out about Songa from Theresa MacCallum, who still works in the Foundation office. My family has a house on Brown’s Bay, so I grew up coming to Lake Dunmore. The summer of 1998 was the only summer that I had ever been away from Lake Dunmore and I was very sad about it.  When our neighbor, Theresa, told my mother that Keewaydin was starting a girls’ program on Dunmore in 1999 I paddled over to Annwi in my kayak, where Ellen Flight was the Wigwam Director.  I introduced myself and told her I was a lifeguard and that I had taught riflery, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and other things.  I think Ellen was very excited to have someone who could teach all of these activities and had camp experience as she started to plan for a new camp.

What is your memory of the first time you came to campus?

CM: That’s a good question. I think it was probably very similar to what a camper feels; a little nervous about what it would be like. I had never worked in an all-girl environment before. We were a pretty small staff that first year. There were only 13 cabin staff.  I do remember going on our first trip school and learning how to load the trailer, put up a tent and tie knots. I remember that as a group we bonded really quickly. We were very excited to be here and to be part of this new camp. And then when the campers got here it was even better. We only used cabins up to Hemlock… I think Hemlock was the oldest campers. I was in Goldenrod that first year with Stacy Allen. She is from the UK and we are still friends to this day.

What other different roles at camp have you had and what you enjoyed about those?

CM: When I first came I was cabin and trip staff. I was only 20, so I was an assistant trip leader. I did that until the first year of the Leadership Team, which was 2003.  At that point, Ellen asked me to take on the Program Director role. So I did what Sally Stoll does now; organizing activities with staff and running Circle. When I was cabin staff I loved being in the cabin with the campers, getting to know our Longhouse, working with my co-staff and just being part of a team. I had some pretty crazy cabins over the years, but it was always fun and sometimes a challenge. I loved, loved, loved tripping. Because we were a smaller staff I got to do some of the bigger trips – Temagami (one of our longest and most challenging trips at the time) and Verendrye – I led the first Verendrye with a couple other staff.  I missed tripping when I became Program Director – that was a piece I had to give up.  As Program Director I got to know the staff a little bit better and I liked building the program so that it was more consistent.

When you had the job that Sally Stoll now has, did you do things like puzzle of the day?

CM: We didn’t. At that point we just came up with the board. It used to be that the staff just stood and said what they were doing and the campers would have to remember what the staff were offering. I don’t remember the way we used to pick – we didn’t do the OD cards as well as they are done now, so it was kind of a crazy circle. Not as organized as it is now. I love all the little images for the different activities on the board now. It’s really neat to see how it’s evolved. We did sing at each circle.

You already talked about this a little bit, but what are your first memories from your first trip school?

At our first Trip School, because there had never been a girls’ camp on Dunmore, two Keewaydin Dunmore guys were the leaders. I remember eating Spam for the first time and realized I like it extra crispy. Other memories…we went to Putnam Pond. Ellen came with us and taught us everything the new staff still learn. I think that trips and trip school are the two things that have been the most consistent since we started camp. Trips are very safe and everything is well covered in Trip School. Attention to safety is one of those things that hasn’t changed at all.

What are your memories of the first trip you ever led? How did you feel?

I was just telling a camper this the other day. The night before I went out on my first trip I got a little camp-sick – really nervous about leaving and taking these girls out on trip – using fire and axes and thinking about all the things that could possibly go wrong. I remember walking with Ellen, back from the dining hall, she helped ease my fears, told me that I was trained, that I knew what to do, and that I was going to be fine. She did what the staff do for a camper – she was there to say I was going to be great, I was going to be fine, and it was going to be just like Trip School. And it was. It was a great trip. We had a really good time.

So you were the first trip leader for Verendrye? What was that like?

That was my favorite trip. I was a co-leader with Mel Joyce and an assistant, Laura Patch, Steph Patch’s older sister. It was actually hard to come back to camp after being out there for so long. We had an awesome group of nine hard core trippers. They knew exactly what needed to be done in campsite. We did a lot of portages and some rapids. We would go days without seeing another human, – something I had never experienced before. A lot of good memories from the first Verendrye.

What was it like having such a small camp and such a small staff?

CM: The advantage is everyone knows everyone; it was like a big family. We used to all fit in Neshobe’s Nest for meals. The hard part of having a small staff means a lot more responsibilities. There wasn’t a Camp Mom, a Head of Tripping, or Head of Waterfront, so we each had to take on several different roles. If you were a lifeguard you were always down at the waterfront.

When you came back to camp in 2014, what were the big differences you noticed?

CM:  The Harter Lodge and The Fraser Dining Hall. Willoughby used to be behind the Wangan Room – we called it Tent-a-villa.It’s more than the physical differences though. There is better communication and a lot more processes to help things run smoothly. It’s still the same – a magical place for girls.

So what was in the area where the Longhouse Willoughby is now?

CM: There was nothing there – it was just open. Even those trees weren’t there, Ellen had the vision from early on she would want to put tents there, so she started planting the trees many years ago.

If you had been a camper here, what do you think you would have loved doing?

CM: I love that question – I always wanted to be a camper. I think I would have liked Arts & Crafts because I don’t do a lot of that in my regular life. Anything at the waterfront –swimming, diving, kayaking, and sailing – I loved sailing as a staff.  I also loved riflery and canoeing, especially whitewater canoeing.

Final Question, what keeps you returning to Songa?

CM: (laughing) The people, and there is just a spirit about this place that’s awesome. I think campers may not realize it until later, but for staff it was like home. I didn’t care what I looked like; I didn’t put on make-up and dress up. It was nice to just be yourself, be accepted and be supported. It’s amazing to come back into the Dining Hall and see my former campers as staff. That’s awesome. Some of my best friends today, are girls that I met when I worked here. I love Ellen and she’s always been amazingly supportive. Songa is a wonderful supportive place to come back to for a week and be part of it still. I like how both Keewaydin and Songa are multi-generational.  Here you have college kids, as well as, older staff and there is support for everyone.

Final, final question: What is one of your fondest memories here at Songa?

CM: I remember a Carnival with a big slip’n’slide. I remember the joy on kids faces – running and getting ready to do the slip’n’slide. And the trips – Verendrye was a great trip – I remember paddling back to the Songa shore, how excited and happy we were, and the big reunion/celebration we had when we returned. Lots of little memories.

Run of the Charles 2015, Boston

Please Join Us For the 33rd Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race!

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Boston, MA

What is the Run of the Charles?
It is the largest flat bottomed boat race in New England! Each year Keewaydin alumni, campers, and staff enter a team in the 24-mile relay race, completed in five legs, with two paddlers per leg. Sure, some teams take the race pretty seriously, but we go out to have some fun and celebrate the start of the paddling season.

Don’t have a paddle or a pfd?
No worries, let Keewaydin provide the canoes, paddles and life vests.

What if I don’t want to paddle? 
Join Keewaydin alumni and staff in cheering on the racers! Following the race, enjoy lunch in the park and Keewaydin friends from 12pm to 4pm at the finish line in Artesani Park, off of Soldier Field Road in Brighton, MA.

RSVP by April 19, 2015
Abby Hazen, Assistant Director of Development
[email protected], (802) 352-4247
Paddle Sign-Ups!

On The Road Again!

Camp Directors Are On The Road Again!

Prospective campers and their parents, alumni, and families are invited to join Camp Directors,
hear stories about camp and see photos of our 2014 season!

So, bring a friend and join us at a city near you!


Keewaydin Temagami Gatherings

Thursday, January 22 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) – Middlebury, VT

Monday, January 26 (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.) – Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, January 28 (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.) – Washington D.C.

Tuesday, February 10 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) – Charlotte, NC

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Annette Franklin.
[email protected] or 802-352-4709.

Keewaydin Dunmore and Songadeewin Gatherings

Saturday, January 17 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)- Middlebury, VT

Wednesday, January 21 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) – Brooklyn, NY

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Daria Carden.
[email protected] or 802-352-4770.

Happy Holidays From Your Friends At Keewaydin

Happy Holidays!

We hope these videos bring back warm memories of camping seasons past!


What Makes Keewaydin Dunmore and Songadeewin So Special?


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What Makes Canoe Trips with Keewaydin Temagami So Special?




CHARITABLE IRA ROLLOVER extended for those 70 ½+ — BUT ONLY THROUGH DEC. 31, 2014!

The Charitable IRA Rollover was signed into law last week. Donors age 70 ½ and older may now transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. This provision is in effect only through December 31, 2014, so if you want to take advantage of this, you will need to act now!

The transfer is not subject to federal income tax and qualifies for the donor’s 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD).

The reauthorization of the IRA charitable rollover is retroactive to January 1, 2014, and effective through December 31, 2014.

A few other details:

  • If your spouse has IRA accounts, you may each make gifts of $100,000 from these accounts.
  • While you cannot claim a charitable deduction for IRA gifts, this distribution from your IRA counts toward your minimum required distribution for the account and does NOT trigger income tax for you. It is a tax free transfer from your account directly to the Keewaydin Foundation.

How to complete this rollover gift:

Contact your IRA Provider to authorize the qualified charitable contribution from your IRA #____. Tell them to authorize a check in the amount of $— payable to KEEWAYDIN FOUNDATION, EIN 04 272 1019. Indicate to your provider that this distribution must occur before December 31, 2014, and all gifts must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2014.

Please contact Lauren Moye at 802.238.2733 for more information. Thank you!