The Keewaydin Way
KEEWAYDIN (kē wā dĭn) [Algonquin] – Northwest wind, considered a bearer of good fortune and fair weather.
To live for a summer in a world largely unstructured and shaped only by nature itself… this is an adventure few are fortunate enough to know. Some find it on the open waters, some on the mountainside. Since 1893, Keewaydin has been a leader in camping. With its rich in-camp programs and nationally renowned tripping program, Keewaydin provides unique opportunities for youth to develop self-confidence, character, and leadership while living simply in beautiful wilderness settings. For close to 125 years, Keewaydin has thrived by holding true to its values and traditions, while adjusting to the times. Behind the success of our camps is the commitment of our alumni, families, and friends to our mission.
This is the Keewaydin Way.
To provide camping experiences and challenges that help children achieve significant personal growth by living in a community, being independent and living simply in rustic and natural settings.
To achieve our mission, Keewaydin:
- Provides a caring community that emphasizes working together, fairness, trust, kindness, tolerance, forgiveness and compassion.
- Provides challenges through its tripping, activities and life style that help children develop self-confidence and resilience
- Strives to continually evaluate and develop its programs in order to ensure their excellence and safety.
- Provides outstanding staff leadership through careful hiring, training and evaluation.
- Brings together children and staff from a broad range of social, economic, racial, religious and national backgrounds.
- Strives to be an inclusive community that values the worth and dignity of each individual, embraces diversity, and fosters respect.
- Teaches the importance of concern and service to others in keeping with the motto, “Help the Other Fellow.”
- Teaches stewardship of the land through an appreciation and understanding of connectedness to our natural world.
- Provides and models a safe, happy, fun and simple life.
The Keewaydin Foundation is run by a team of dedicated staff, with oversight by a volunteer board of directors.
Meet the Foundation Staff
From camper registration and records to communications and fundraising, the foundation staff provides vital operational support ensuring that all camps and programs thrive.
Daria Carden, Dunmore Office Manager, EMAIL
Daria has been “the voice” of Keewaydin Dunmore since 1999. As the Keewaydin Dunmore Office Manager Daria works closely with parents to ensure their child is ready for camp! From health forms to questions, Daria is the go-to gal for all things Keewaydin Dunmore. In addition, Daria is the technology guru for the Keewaydin Foundation and its programs. In her free time, Daria enjoys knitting, gardening, and foster parenting dogs. Daria resides in Brandon, Vermont with her husband, Joe, and her dogs Rupert and Lilly Potter.
Michelle Daignault, Alumni Relations, EMAIL
This is Michelle’s first year at the foundation. She is a Lake Dunmore resident and resides with her daughter and dog Basil. Michelle has been a Preschool Teacher, Case Manager, and Math Teacher for the past 18 years. She graduated from Johnsons State College with a degree in Education and holds Pre-k to grade six licensures. As a Vermont Native, Michelle enjoys hiking, kayaking, and the changing of the seasons.
Ellen Flight, Director of Songadeewin of Keewaydin, EMAIL
Ellen spent nine summers at Songadeewin on Lake Willoughby, first as a camper and then as staff. In 1977 she joined the Keewaydin Dunmore staff and in 1989 she became the director of Annwi, working with eight-to-ten-year-olds. Ellen has been the Director of Songadeewin since its opening in 1999. In her free time, Ellen is very involved in the local community and enjoys reading, cooking, playing mahjong and spending time with her family. Ellen lives in Middlebury, VT with her cairn terrier, Koko.
Annette Franklin, Foundation Office Manager, EMAIL
Annette brought her southern charm to the Keewaydin in 2014 as the Foundation Office Manager. Always a smiling face and a friendly voice, Annette works closely with the parents of Keewaydin Temagami campers. Whether it’s arranging travel, answering questions, or keeping on top of the Keewaydin Temagami staff, Annette’s got her finger on the pulse. In her free time, Annette is a musician at heart and can be heard all over Vermont, she is also an amazing cook and mother of six. Annette lives in Middlebury, VT with her family.
John Frazier, Associate Director of Development, and Associate Director of Keewaydin, Temagami, EMAIL
John grew up spending summers on Lake Temagami, and started at Keewaydin Temagami as a camper in 1996. After six years as a camper, John joined trip staff and led trips for eighteen years. He worked with campers of all ages from Manitou to Long Trips, including eight summers leading Section A. Additionally, John worked by the shores of Lake Dunmore at KEEC for a Spring session. Originally from just outside Philadelphia, John moved to Vermont to join the Keewaydin Foundation, and works as the Associate Director of Development as well as the Associate Director of Keewaydin Temagami. John loves being in wilderness, paddling wood and canvas canoes, learning and practicing traditional skills, woodworking, and playing various musical instruments. He currently resides in Brandon, VT.
Peter Hare, Executive Director, and Director of Keewaydin Dunmore, EMAIL
Pete grew up at Keewaydin Dunmore, where his father, Waboos, was co-owner from 1949 to 1982 and Director until 2000. Pete serves as the head of the Keewaydin Foundation and is the Director of Keewaydin Dunmore. Originally from Philadelphia, Pete is an avid fan of Philly’s sports teams and can often be spotted at games with his children, Jenn, Ali, and James. In his free time, Pete enjoys listening to music, traveling in Spanish speaking countries, hiking the woods of Vermont and playing tennis. Pete lives in Middlebury with his wife Diane, a teacher.
Katie Johnson, Business Manager, EMAIL
Katie came to Keewaydin in 2014 after spending 23 years at the ACSWD in Middlebury. Quick with a laugh or sound advice, she brings her wealth of experience to handle all billing and accounting matters for the Foundation and its programs. In her free time Katie enjoys cooking, gardening, visiting the ocean and spending time with friends and family. Katie currently hails from Rutland, Vermont.
Emily Schoelzel, Director of Keewaydin Temagami, EMAIL
Emily began her career at Keewaydin in 1999 as a pioneer—leading the first Keewaydin girls’ trips from the shores of Devil Island. In 2010, she became the Associate Director, spending 10 years dedicated to the growth of camp and support of staff and campers.
Keewaydin is a family affair for Emily. Her husband Dylan Schoelzel, an alumnus and trip staff, is the summer Business Manager and maintains our fleet of canoes. Their kids Bronson and Evelyn will continue to be campers for a few more summers. In the off-season, Emily and her husband, Dylan, have run Salmon Falls Canoe in Shelburne Falls, MA. In her free time, you can find Emily enjoying the local trails, carving Telemark turns when the ski season is on or curled up with a good book and the families Huskies, Stirling and Lilly, or cat Cora. Emily currently resides in Ripton, Vermont.
Tim Tadlock, Director of Keewaydin Environmental Education Center, EMAIL
Tim Tadlock has been the Director of KEEC since 2005, after first joining the KEEC staff in the Spring of 2000. A graduate of Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, Tim’s studies emphasized building communities in experiential education settings. Tim has been a member of the Keewaydin Dunmore summer camp staff since 1997. In the summer Tim serves as the Director of Tripping at Keewaydin Dunmore. Tim resides in Sudbury, Vermont with his wife Heather and his daughter Tallulah.
Mary Welz, Director of Development, EMAIL
As the Keewaydin Foundation’s Development Director, Mary’s career in fundraising and alumni relations spans 27 years. Before joining Keewaydin, Mary served as Vice President for Vermont Law School’s Development and Alumni Office. She has also held positions at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Norwich University, and the Office of the Chancellor for Vermont State Colleges. Originally from St. Maries, Idaho, Mary grew up swimming, paddling and camping the St. Joe River and the surrounding northern Idaho’s river and lakes. Mary and her husband are avid hikers and spend their autumns “bagging peaks” in the Green Mountains, White Mountains, and Adirondacks. She has two rescue dogs “Cooper” and “Maxwell Smart” who accompany her on all of her outdoor adventures.
Board of Directors:
Janice Farrell Day, President
Jeff Howe, Vice President
Barry Cline, Treasurer
Laurice Arroyo, Secretary
Benjamin B. Beinecke
Garrett M. Kephart
Victoria K. Robertson