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Sad news of Alexander McIlvaine

Dear Kieve-Wavus family, With a heavy heart we bring you the news that Alexander McIlvaine, Kieve camper 2006-11, passed away on December 24.  In his dad’s words: “It should be said loudly that Kieve was seminal to Al’s growing up. His character, adventure, outdoors, courage, and stamina all came from his time there. He loved the place and you all.”

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Educators in Residence – 2018!

2018 is the 6th year for the The Leadership School’s Educator-In-Residence (EIR) program. Our 18 EIR’s are working with 15 schools from Searsport, ME to Wood Hill School, MA. The program objectives are shaped by the needs of the school community, the goals of the administration and the strengths of the educator. Educators and school mentors develop individualized memorandums of

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Kieve-Wavus Survey Results and Organization Update

As many of you know, a few months back we conducted a survey to solicit your thoughts and suggestions about how to better serve the kids and adults we see each year.  The response we received was overwhelmingly supportive of our programs, staff, and adherence to the vision of Donald Kennedy which was forged over 92 years ago.  Nearly 75%

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Kieve-Wavus welcomes Vietnam Veterans and Women Veterans to Camp

As the first official measurable snow fell on the mid-coast in December, the staff at Kieve-Wavus was busy preparing to greet 22 Vietnam Veterans and 12 of their spouses & guests at the Kieve campus in Nobleboro to say “Thanks”. For the past 7 years, Kieve-Wavus has invited veterans and their families to come to the peaceful shores of Damariscotta

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Kieve’s Writers’ Conference

Ralph Sneeden — our Writers’ Conference Director Ralph is at it again, doing what he does best… Take a look at the link below for his latest published creation… Ralph was born in Los Angeles and grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and Long Island. He has been teaching English since 1995 at Phillips Exeter Academy, in Exeter,

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Kieve Camper Life in the Early ’50’s

Fond Memories of KIEVE – Bob Bishop Kieve ’49-’52, Kieve Staff ’59-‘78 (photos from his staff years in the ’60’s) We did not discuss courage, perseverance, and loyalty even during the campfires of song and well-told story, not even during the serenity of chapel. But we learned these values – soaked them up – during our young Kieve summers that we

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New Year’s Evolutions

New Year’s Evolutions They aren’t really New Year’s Resolutions, because they have been a long time in the making, and they aren’t New Year’s Revolutions because they don’t really represent a change of course.  We are developing new programs that will allow us to meet the Kieve-Wavus mission in new ways, while building upon the strengths, tradition and history that

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What Feeds Your Fire?

It was two degrees this morning.  As I filled the wood stove, I thought about how kind the mild winter had been to the woodpile.  In early January, we are barely ¼ of the way through the year’s stash of firewood and that gives me a sense of security and safety.  There will be something left when we get a

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How Wavus Camp for Girls Changed One Camper’s Outlook

The following post was written by one of our campers (age 15) from the Wavus Camp for Girls. This I believe  When I think about a belief, I think about something that happened to me that changed my outlook on life. This could be anything. Something new happens everyday; some things are common, and some are rare. I looked at

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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

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