Hurrah! The 86th Summer of Kieve Wavus Camps Is Almost Here!

Kieve is getting ready for Maine summer camp season—are you?

Nancy Kennedy, the wonderful new director of Wavus summer camp for girls, traveled with me from Maine to visit members of the Kieve-Wavus camp community this winter. We had a blast. We enjoyed it so much that we’re planning Spring Welcome to Summer Camp barbecues in a few cities, so bookmark our new Kieve-Wavus camp blog for updates.

Charlie Richardson has visited our Maine campus several times throughout the fall and winter and makes his triumphant, full-time return to the end of the West Neck Road as the camp’s Director of Education and Operations in June. A vast majority of last summer’s campers and staff are also returning for an encore of what was one of one of our best summers ever. Visit the Kieve Wavus camp website for a list of camp staff signed on for Summer 2011. Our staff starts arriving in Nobleboro, Maine in early June for various safety trainings and camp orientation. Dr. Michael Thompson, renowned author and child psychologist, will join camp staff once again for a workshop before our campers arrive. We can hardly wait for Kieve’s 86th summer to begin!

Thankfully most of our campus renovations are now complete, so summer camp will look very much the same. The boys and girls arriving for camp may notice some fun new summer camping activities, however. One new camp program we’ve added is much more extensive, off-site outdoor rock climbing adventures. Kieve has also upgraded some of our sailing fleet and plan to hold regattas at each summer camp.

Our collaboration with the Audubon Society on Hog Island is alive and well, and an Audubon educator will be in residence with our own camp staff. We plan to share each of our boys camp and girls camp’s facilities and staff more than in the past, while keeping our single-gender focus.

My dad, Dick Kennedy, recently turned 80 years old. Very soon the camp bell that he and our family erected in his twin brother’s honor and memory will toll. Waking campers up, calling us to summer camp activities, swims and meals, and reminding us of the many people who created the Kieve camps we all now love.


In the spirit of the Kieve Wavus summer, please study hard, play your athletics to the best of your ability and as good sportsmen, and get ready for an incredible time together on Damariscotta Lake. It will be great to see you!


Henry Kennedy, Executive Director
Kieve Wavus