John Watson Work Weekend

The Annual John Watson Work Weekend is right around the corner, May 30 – June 1!

What better way to spend a spring weekend then to get the Keewaydin and Songadeewin campuses spruced up for the summer alongside other Keewaydinessi?
Bring your work gloves and your sleeping bag; we’ll provide the cabins and the meals.
For more information or to RSVP please contact

Praise For Temagami’s Girls’ Program

Willem Lange Features Keewaydin in A Yankee Notebook

Willem Lange, one of the most beloved writers and storytellers in Northern New England, recently recounted the annual Wilderness Paddlers’ Gathering in his weekly column, A Yankee Notebook. Lange’s article focuses on the success of  Keewaydin’s girls’ wilderness canoe tripping program in Ontario, Canada and how it’s all-girl canoe trips give “girls a chance to be fully themselves, take positive risks, and learn invaluable leadership skills….foster positive gender identity…understand the importance of ‘sisterhood’…bolster girls’ physical and emotional resiliency.”


Willem Lange 802-223-3223

1309 Towne Hill Road

East Montpelier, Vermont  05651

March 10, 2014 For week of 3/9/14


FAIRLEE, VT – The pine-paneled dining room here at the Hulbert Outdoor Center is steeped in tradition; it’s where generations of summer campers have dined.  The function room adjoining it is decorated with dozens of rustic varnished plaques bearing the names of long-vanished kids.  At the moment, the room itself is filled with long-vanished kids, too – men and women, some quite elderly, who pursue one of the most traditional of activities: canoe travel in the North American boreal forest, taiga, and tundra.  It’s the annual Wilderness Paddlers’ Gathering.

When I was just getting into this fine madness, about 50 years ago, the field was still pretty much dominated by native Americans and rugged hairshirts from farther south – bankers, doctors, government ministers, writers, and attorneys – who delighted to tackle difficult and remote canoe routes for several weeks of each summer, and have their pictures taken as a group, tousled and sunburned, at the end of each trip.  I have quite a few of those heroic photos myself.

How times have changed!  As I look around me here, I can spot several young women – girls, really – who’ve come to talk about their recent adventures in the North.  Their videos (Who shoots slides anymore?) feature long lake crossings, roaring rapids, portages through fire-scarred black spruce forest and sucking muskeg mud, and lots of moose, bears, loons, and bugs.  They carry their canoes solo – wood-and-canvas ones, at that – and their heavy wanigans with traditional tump lines.  In their videos they squat with their knees impossibly bent, feeding smoky fires and tending bannock in reflector ovens.  They go in for lots of group hugs and line dancing on carpets of reindeer moss.  And they’re invariably smiling!

It’s hard for many people to remember now how disenfranchised women were, even decades after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.  When Mother and I were married, during the Eisenhower Administration years, she couldn’t open a charge, savings, or checking account without my signature on the application.  This was still a man’s world – actually, in those days before the passage of the civil rights or voting acts, still a white man’s world.  The subsequent steady erosion of that demographic state of affairs is most likely the source of the current gridlock in our body politic and the spate of Jim Crow-type state laws governing women’s health issues and minority access to voting.  A lot of us old white guys are refusing to accept the inevitable end of the historic patriarchy.

The beginning of the end was presaged as far back as John Kennedy’s inaugural speech, in which he announced the ascendance of “a new generation of Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed….”  Three and a half years later President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, and the political polarity of the United States began to reverse.  Many Americans, reeling from phenomena ranging from Elvis Presley to the 1965 Watts riots, or from the Summer of Love to the multiple assassinations of leaders, or from the police riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention to the Kent State Massacre in 1970, must have felt the way Cornwallis felt at Yorktown, when he ordered his band to play “The World Turned Upside Down.”  In any case, the genie was out of the bottle.  The bumper sticker, “Question Authority,” said it all.

Previously single-gender academies and universities could see the handwriting on the wall – students increasingly were making the decisions about where to apply – and adopted coeducation.  The results, at least in my opinion, have been spectacular.  My old secondary school, though it became coeducational in a very clunky fashion, has achieved a wonderful result.

In the matter of wilderness adventuring, however, many organizations have held the line.  The venerable canoe camp Keewaydin, based in Ontario, had for literally generations introduced boys to the rigors of wilderness tripping.  Some years ago they began admitting girls, but unlike Outward Bound and NOLS, kept the genders separated on canoe expeditions.  The enthusiastic alumnae of those trips who are here this weekend attest to the policy’s success.

“We offer unforgettable adventurous canoe trips in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian North,” reads Keewaydin’s web site.  “This all-girl environment gives girls a chance to be fully themselves, take positive risks, and learn invaluable leadership skills….foster positive gender identity…understand the importance of ‘sisterhood’…bolster girls’ physical and emotional resiliency.”  Watching these young ladies here, I’d say they’ve succeeded.

The United States is still changing, fairly rapidly, and women will play a larger part in whatever is next.  A greater percentage of women than men are going to college, and they’re also exceeding the Y-chromosomers academically.  In spite of this – though they comprise half of our population – they make up only about 19% of the members of Congress, occupy only about 8% of chief operating officers’ positions, and earn significantly less than their male counterparts.

The possibility that our next President will at last be a woman has been stirring the pot a bit.  Some major changes in our national consciousness may be in the offing.  If so, I welcome them.  The girls here at the paddlers’ gathering, eagerly anticipating this summer’s trips to Hudson Bay or the Arctic Ocean, will in just a few years be active in them.  Any lady who’s battled black flies while filleting a trout, then flipped a canoe up onto her shoulders and carried it away – she’s got my vote!

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Let us know how you and yours are doing and what you’ve been up too!

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We can’t wait to hear from you!

Calling All Paddlers to the Run of the Charles Canoe Race

Looking to flex your paddling muscles?

Join Keewaydin’s relay teams for the Run of the Charles in Boston, Sunday, April 27, 2014!

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

Following the race enjoy good food and Keewaydin friends from 1pm to 4pm at the finish line in Artesani Park, off Soldier Field Road in Brighton, Ma.

Sign up now to paddle!       Check out the course map!

Questions? Please contact Abby Hazen at or call 802-352-4247.

Discover Hudson Bay with the Boys of Section A

Live the thrilling rapids, breathtaking vistas and wildlife, melt in your mouth foods and tremendous teamwork of Section A on their 50 day adventure to Hudson Bay with Keewaydin Temagami in 2013.The group traveled in northern Quebec and Nunavik with their journey ending at the village of Kuujjuarapik on Hudson Bay’s coast. Many thanks to staffman John W. Frazier V who shot and edited the video footage.

Section A 2013

For more information about a wilderness canoe adventure like this one,
contact Keewaydin Temagmi’s Director,

Meet Camp Directors as they Hit the Road

Perspective campers and their parents are invited to join camp directors, alumni
and parents to hear stories and see photos of camp
 in Philadelphia, Chester County, PA, Brooklyn, D.C and Toronto.
Please RSVP to if you are planning on attending any one of these events.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – Temagami Gathering 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Mark Appleberry & Maureen Carr
633 West Ellet Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Temagami gathering  
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Corkran Family Home
398 Apple Grove Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
Thursday, January 16, 2014  -  Dunmore & Songadeewin gathering
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Littleton Family  Home
421 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
Saturday, January 25, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – Temagami gathering  
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Nulsen Family Home
5341 Falmouth Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
January 29, 2014 – Toronto, Canada – Temagami gathering
Time and Location To Be Determined

Looking For a Last Minute Holiday Gift?

 Give a Keewaydin L.L. Bean Flannel to Your Favorite Keewaydinessi!

L.L. Bean’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirts are some of the softest, longest wearing, most comfortable flannel shirts you can buy, and now they are complete with Keewaydin’s moose and paddles.
Perfect for staying warm and feeling light in the dark and blustery months ahead.
Visit the Camp Store for that unexpected holiday gift or for one of your very own!


Keewaydin Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement

The Keewaydin Foundation Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Appreciating Camp’s life lessons

The Keewaydin Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners- charities, businesses, families, and individuals- to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to give back to the non-profits and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday following Thanksgiving- #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global movement dedicated to giving. #GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of holiday giving should be about community and not just consumerism. Additionally, this day of giving celebrates that the most meaningful gift we can give our children is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.

To live for a summer in a world largely unstructured and shaped only by nature itself, this is an adventure few are privileged to know. Keewaydin is the simple balance to our overly complicated lives. The Keewaydin Foundation partnered with the #GivingTuesday movement to show our appreciation for camp, it’s community and  its life-lessons, such as “Help the Other Fellow”.

For those who are interested in learning more about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website, Facebook page or follow #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

Alumni Jack Angelo’79 Directs Holiday Film

Looking For A Film Full of Holiday Spirit?

“The Christmas Spirit,” a movie written and directed by Keewaydin’s very own Jack Angelo ’79, premiers on Sunday, December 1 at 7 p.m. on the Hallmark channel. It will also run throughout the month. Congratulations, Jack! We look forward to seeing it!


Calling All Boat Partners To Tell Your Story!

Have a funny, dramatic, or poetic story of your camp boat partner experience?

Share your story and it may be featured in the upcoming Northwest Wind!

Looking for memories, anecdotes, and photos from various decades to be remembered for many years to come!

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