LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR What a summer it was! In just 52 days, 1,191 campers in 107 cabin groups made lifelong memories at Kieve and Wavus, building inseparable bonds in the Maine wilderness, while 261 counselors, directors, and staff members gave all they had to help those campers grow more independent and resilient. At the end of August, we
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thirty-plus years ago, my dad returned home to run what was then Kieve Affective Education. I was two, and my sister Blair had just been born in January. By then, this place had long been home to an undeniable magic. Generations of campers had grown up on Damariscotta Lake, forging a lasting attachment to their
Dear KWE Families and Friends, During my magical Kieve camper days more than 50 years ago, our counselors and directors taught us to always leave our campsites better than we found them. Over these past 32 years at the helm of the first Kieve Affective Education and then Kieve Wavus Education, that lesson resonated with me every single day. The
Kieve Wavus Education partners with many great organizations as we all work toward achieving common goals. Midcoast Conservancy shot this short film at Kieve in October 2021. Check it out! You’ll see some familiar faces and beautiful foliage at the 12 minute :30 mark!
KWE Families and Friends, We’re fast approaching a series of milestones in the evolution of Kieve Wavus Education. In 2022 Wavus will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Kieve reaches the century mark in 2026. Our camps were once again full of kids this summer after a 12-month pandemic hiatus, our educational programs continue to impact the communities that need us the
The Leadership School and Summer Camp Connection Since their beginnings, The Leadership School, Kieve and Wavus have been great places for enthusiastic young teachers to launch their careers – at most recent count, more than 200 current educators started out on Damariscotta Lake. This summer, over 70% of our TLS Educators will be working as camp counselors and assistant directors,
This has been a difficult year for all of us. Here at Kieve Wavus Education, it’s been too quiet without the usual roar from kids running around these campuses. We are ready for normal to return and we are so grateful to have a team that has totally dedicated themselves to finding new and creative ways to fulfill our mission.
Do the Hard Things: A Perspective on 2020 from Damariscotta Lake This summer has been unlike any other since Dick Kennedy hired me as a Camp Kieve counselor in the spring of 1983. With no summer camps, we had to re-imagine ourselves and find new ways to fulfill our mission of empowering others this year. This started locally in March
Deliveries are made twice a week to approximately 40 households, and families who are able to pick up food themselves can access 10 food pantries in Lincoln County. When the coronavirus hit Maine and businesses began shutting down in mid-March, a group of businesses, individuals and nonprofits came together to take care of people in Lincoln County experiencing food insecurity
Kieve Wavus Education Pitches in to help Lincoln County Food Initiative This March, as the Coronavirus pandemic made its effects felt in Maine, Kieve Wavus Education suspended all programming through the month of May. This spring has been hard for all of us, for so many reasons. At KWE, the sudden quiet on our campuses was unsettling. Not known for