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.
Annette@keewaydin.org 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.
Daria@keewaydin.org 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!

“Boats Out”

The following speech was delivered at Keewaydin Dunmore’s Sunday Circle during the summer of 2013 by Wiantinaug Director, Johnny Clore.

I have but one piece of advice for you: Go to “Boats Out.” After dinner, after store, head down to the waterfront and get in a canoe. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Almost every day that I’m at camp, I get into a canoe at least three times. Once, in the morning, before the gong, once at activity period, and once during boats out. Each time, I walk down to the racks and walk among the canoes, trying to decide which one feels right for that day and that time. Then it’s off the racks, onto my shoulders and down to the lake. I slide the boat into the water, pull it alongside the Wiantinaug dock, and take my place, kneeling on the cedar of the ribs. I grip my paddle and dig into the water, driving quiet whirlpools towards the stern. But, although each paddle begins in the same way, they are not at all the same.

That morning paddle is a workout. I hope for still waters as I drive the boat through the mist on my way towards the island. My stopwatch is running, and I keep a record of how long it takes me to get there and back. I take 100 strokes on my right side and then switch to my left. I keep a record of my average strokes per minute. I love this time of day, alone on the lake, arms pumping, the water fanning out behind my boat as I break the early morning glass. I arrive back at the dock just in time to hear the gong. I check my time and hope for something under 34 minutes.

A few hours later, I’m back on the water again, this time for activity period. Activity period is goal-oriented also, but the goals are different. It is an assignment, scheduled in advance with the specific purpose of helping campers achieve skill mastery. This is a time for me to teach and for campers to learn. It is a time to pass on the skill of a K-stroke to a camper and then to pass him on his coups. This paddle is about achievement, it is about helping a camper to gain the credentials he needs for his trip or for his coup K.  When the OD calls “boats in!” I am always eager to fill out a coup slip and celebrate the tangible progress that this paddle brought.

Then, after dinner, comes my final, and favorite, paddle of the day: “Boats Out.” I love “Boats Out” because it is different from the other two, a departure from goals, schedules, and deadlines. It exists not for the advancement of some certain skill or the achievement of some coup. “Boats Out” exists solely as a time to be content, to enjoy the boat, the water, the mountain. It does not demand the same focus or determination.  Sometimes I do a few dock landings, not so much for practice, but instead as a way to affirm my connection to the canoe. And sometimes I just glide, paddle resting on the gunwales, water smooth beneath the canvas.

We live in a fast-paced world. It is a world of schedules and appointments. It is a world that values promptness and sets deadlines. It is a world focused on achievements, skills, and credentials.  And in many ways, there’s nothing wrong with these values. Indeed, a boy who is motivated to earn his first coup in canoeing will gain a valuable skill as the fruit of his labor. However, we must often remind ourselves that time outside of such focused, goal-oriented pursuit is not at all wasted.

Too often, we are reminded that there are 24 usable hours in every day and we are told to fill them up with worthy pursuits. In the few moments of down time that we manage, we fear boredom.

But there is also value in peaceful quiet. There is value in those precious moments after dinner and before the frolics, those moments spent not in the pursuit of anything. Cognitive psychologists would tell you that in these moments, your cognition broadens, allowing creativity and synthesis. But even without their science, we know that there is value in these moments spent fully engaged in the present, content in the world, in a wood canvas canoe, on a lake in Vermont, listening to the water, looking at the mountain, and feeling the breeze on your face. There is value in “Boats Out.”

I may not be the first to remind you of the value of these moments. Indeed, such a reminder has become almost cliché: stop and smell the roses. But to me, that’s not quite it; we shouldn’t need to interrupt our lives to enjoy the simple stillness and goodness of the world we live in. Live with the scent of the roses ever in your nose. Live in the moment and be in the place you are. Seek contented stillness in the moments filled with nothing at all. Go to “Boats Out.”

All too soon, we will head home from Keewaydin, back to Boston or Philly or New York. And as we leave we lose that time after dinner on the lake. But the value of “Boats Out” is only greater in a world more hectic and intense. So make “Boats Out” a part of your life throughout the year. It may not be in a canoe. You may find “Boats Out” in a quiet walk or in sitting on the porch alone. Wherever it is, let your mind go to that contented place, unbothered by credentials and to-do lists. And when you’re there, let yourself glide like a canoe on a calm lake on a warm August evening.

Wherever you are, go to “Boats out.”

Events in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. Events Coming Up!

Thursday, December 4 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) 
  Keewaydin Dunmore and Songadeewin Open House for prospective campers and families.
Friday, December 5 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
 Alumni Reception for alumni and families of Keewaydin Dunmore, Songadeewin and Keewaydin Temagami.
 For More Details Please Call 802-352-4247!

Camp Directors In A City Near You

Join Camp Directors As They Hit the Road! 

 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 Dunmore and Songadeewin Gatherings 

Sunday, November 16 (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.) – Los Angeles, CA
Friday, November 21 (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) – Chicago, IL
Thursday, December 4 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) – Washington, D.C.
Saturday, January 17 (TBD) – Middlebury, VT
Wednesday, January 21 (TBD)  – Brooklyn, NY
For more information or to RSVP please contact Daria Carden 
Daria@keewaydin.org or 802-352-4770.

Keewaydin Temagami Gatherings 

Monday, February 2 (TBD) – Charlotte, NC
Look for more information on Recruitment Gatherings in:
Seattle, WA
Philadelphia, PA
Ipswich, MA
Bethesda, MD
Westchester, NY
For more information or to offer to host a gathering please contact Annette Franklin
Annette@keewaydin.org or 802-352-4709.  

Early Bird Discount

Sign Up Before Nov 1 to Receive the Early Bird Discount!

All applications received before November 1 will receive a $225 discount off tuition!

Questions? info@keewaydin.org, 802-352-4247

Join Camp Directors at Open Houses

Keewaydin Dunmore and Songadeewin Open House Gatherings

Fall 2014

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

Sunday, October 26 (1:00 – 3:00) – Philadelphia, PA 
Tuesday, October 28 (5:30 – 7:00) – NYC, NY 
Wednesday, October 29 (5:30 – 7:00) – Darien, CT 
Saturday, November 8 (6:00 – 7:30) – Waban, MA
Sunday, November 16 (4:00 – 5:30) – Los Angeles, CA 
Friday, November 21 (5:30 – 7:00) – Chicago, IL 
Thursday, December 4 (6:00 – 7:30) – Washington D.C.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Daria Carden
Daria@keewaydin.org or 802-352-4770

2014 NYC Alumni Reception

You are cordially invited to attend

The 2014 Keewaydin Alumni Reception

 Highlighted by Presentation of the Keewaydin Service Award to 

~ Anne Adler ~

Monday, October 27, 2014 6-8 p.m.

Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Keewaydin Cheer

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

Attire: Business Casual

Please RSVP to Keewaydin prior to October 17th.
theresa@keewaydin.org or 802.352.4247


New Director of Development Joins Foundation

Dear Keewaydin Alumni, Families and Friends,LGM Headshot 2012

It is with great pleasure to announce that Lauren Moye will be joining the Keewaydin Foundation team as our new Development Director!  Many of you already know Lauren from her work with us during the campaign as a consultant with Demont and Associates.  Currently, she is a senior development officer at Norwich University.

Lauren officially begins on October 1. I feel very fortunate to have Lauren directing our development operations.  She has rich experience, terrific people skills, great instincts, and an abiding appreciation of Keewaydin.





Pete Hare

Executive Director