Keewaydin Foundation

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 over 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.


 

Mission

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.

Keewaydin Foundation Land Acknowledgment

The Keewaydin Foundation acknowledges that our organization and camp programs are based on the traditional territories of the Western Abenaki and the Teme-Augama Anishinabai. We respect their past, present, and future generations, the land, and their traditions. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather, learn, and travel on these lands and waterways.

You can learn more about the Vermont Abenaki here and more about Temagami First Nation here.


Our Team

The Keewaydin Foundation is run by a team of dedicated staff, with oversight by a volunteer board of trustees.

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 and gardening. Daria resides in South Carolina with her husband, Joe, and her dogs Rupert, Diesel, and Lilly Potter.

 


Sandy Chivers, Development Associate, EMAIL

Sandy grew up spending all of her childhood summers and many more, on Devil’s Island.  Her father, Howard Chivers was director of Keewaydin Temagami from 1947 to 1975 and mother, Janie, manager of Ojibway from 1950 to 1975.  Sandy managed Ojibway from 1984 to 2012 and was Assistant Director of Development with the Keewaydin Foundation during some of those years as well.  She loves to be outside gardening and on woods trails, hiking, walking and adventuring. Sewing, craft and house projects keep her busy at other times.  Her daughter, Catherine spent every summer of her childhood on the island and was a camper at Keewaydin Temagami for 6 years and on staff for four.  Sandy lives in Hanover, NH.

 


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.  

 


Annette FranklinAnnette Franklin, Foundation Office Manager, Development Associate EMAIL

Annette brought her southern charm to the Keewaydin in 2014 as the Foundation Office Manager, and further added to her duties as a Deveopment Associate in 2021. 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 FrazierAssociate 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 in 2020, 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.


 

Lauren McDowell, future Director of Songadeewin

Lauren joins Songadeewin after twenty years in southern Vermont and a career dedicated to experiential education across cultures for middle and high schoolers. During this time, she led and directed summer programs focusing on community engagement, outdoor education, service, language, and culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Lauren can often be found outdoors soaking up Vermont’s seasonal extremes alongside her husband Drew, and their three boys— Callan, Holden, and Anders. Lauren is thrilled to become a part of the Keewaydin community.  Lauren joins the Keewaydin Foundation in mid-May and will learn from Ellen Flight throughout the spring and summer. When Ellen retires in the fall of 2022, Lauren will officially take on the full scope of the leadership role as director of Songadeewin.

 


Lee Randlett, Director of Facilities and Operations for Lake Dunmore campuses, EMAIL

Lee has been with the Keewaydin Foundation since 2003 and is responsible for care of the facilities and grounds on both the Songa and Dunmore campuses.  He and his “bride” Annie (Klinck ’81) – who is also a nurse during the summer at Dunmore – live in Middlebury. In his spare time Lee likes to fish from his fishing vessel the “Al~ure.”

 


Emily Schoelzel, Director of Keewaydin Temagami, EMAIL

Emily began her career at Keewaydin Temagami in 1999 as a pioneer—leading the first Keewaydin girls’ trips from the shores of Devil Island. Starting in 2010, she spent 10 years as the Associate Director dedicated to the growth of camp and support of staff and campers. Emily became the Director of Keewaydin in January of 2020.

Keewaydin is a family affair for Emily. Her husband Dylan Schoelzel, an alumnus, is the summer Business Manager and maintains the camp’s fleet of canoes. Their kids will continue to be campers for a few more summers. In the off-season, Emily will be enjoying the mountains, spending time on the trails or slopes with her family.


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 Trustees:

Janice Farrell Day, President
Jeff Howe, Vice President
Barry Cline, Treasurer
Laurice Arroyo, Secretary

Ben Beinecke
Laurie Burton-Graham
Bright Dickson
Rana Kashyap
Tim Nicholson
Carolina Pardo
Frederick Reimers
Chris Seeley
Jim Sperber
Katie Tanz