Meet Sara's Scholarship Recipients
Maria West & Gage Varian
Maria is excited to be joining the All-Girls Canoe Trip to Central Quebec and Gage will be whitewater kayaking for 3 wonderful weeks this summer. Congrats to Maria & Gage.
I've always loved the outdoors because it's where I feel most comfortable and where I have the most fun. The memories I have made outdoors have shaped my life.~ Maria
I firmly believe that outdoor experiences are important to your well being. They helped develop who I am as a person.
Matthew Chapman & Meghan DeLong
2017 recipients Matthew Chapman and Megan DeLong (front) are joined by Carol Leone of Teens To Trails (front right), and (back row, left to right) Arieanna Mills (2016 recipient), Keith Crowley of Chewonki, Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset Outing Club Advisor), Gabby Chapman (2015 recipient), and David Fairfield (2016 recipient)
Outdoor experiences are essential to life.
Arieanna Mills & David Fairfield
I truly believe that outdoor experiences bring out your inner self. Being outside is where life happens.
We got to hike up Katahdin at midnight to see the view that was not there for our summit of Katahdin. We got to top of tree line before 2am and because we hiked that much that fast, we got to lie down and watch some meteors. It was the best experience that I have ever.
It was a beautiful and amazing experience with challenges and trials which tested my MCK group. I learned a lot and had plenty of fun making memories with my Maine Coast Kayak group. Thank you for providing me with such an amazing opportunity.
Gabby Chapman & Josh Kramley
I believe that outdoor experiences are important to my life. I'm thankful that I was born in Maine...and living in the woods because you escape from society and all the noise. This is a good silence. In the winter I close my eyes and I hear the sound the snowflakes make...it is extremely quiet in the woods...I find comfort in that. Everything is better when you go outdoors and use these senses to experience nature. ~ Colleen
I don't know how many miles we actually canoed on the Allagash River, but we started on the West Branch of the Penobscot and ended on the St. Francis River. Depending on the day, we would paddle 5-17 miles before setting up our campsite for the night. I think going on these trips and spending time outside gives you the chance to be pushed physically and mentally... It was also cool to spend 3 weeks making friends with girls I had never known before while helping each other through daily challenges. Thank you for this opportunity. Read Colleen's note ~ Colleen
This opportunity was one I will never forget...building community & friendships with those on my trip. We paddled over 120 miles from Chewonki's waterfront all the way up to Mt. Desert Island! It is one of the best things I've ever done. ~ Maeve
Shania Marr & Nicholas Brackley
The outdoors teaches life skills including responsibility, leadership and perseverance. ~ Nicholas
I think the experience was definitely life changing. It gave me different outlooks on nature and that I don't need makeup to feel pretty. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to gain new skills and get to know new people – not just by living together in tents but also relating to being away from home and knowing what everyone gave up to be there. I really hope the Sara's Scholarship is able to continue to give more teenagers this wonderful opportunity!
I am writing to you from Ice Cave campsite at 1000 ft above sea level on the Allagash Lake. We just finished our 3-mile portage to Allagash Lake a few miles ago. I have met some incredible people on this trip -- 2 from Russia, one from Texas, 2 from Maine, 3 from New York, and 2 from Massachusetts. I just wanted to write you to say thank you for this incredible experience. I cannot find words to describe its awesomeness. Read Nick's note
Annalisa Haase & Joseph Chapman
February 2011 (left to right) Ryan Linehan (Chewonki's Summer Wilderness Programs Director), Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset High School Outing Club Advisor), Joseph Chapman, Annalisa Haase, Genell Vashro (Chewonki's Girls Camp Director), Carol Leone (Teens To Trails)
I think being outdoors helps you get away from problems in life. I can make new friends, explore and find new things.
Outdoor experiences can help you connect with yourself as well as others. I love the feeling you get when you are standing on top of a mountain or the feeling of achieving excellence after you are done with a long hike... This is literally the coolest thing I ever did!
Abigail Foster & James Andretta
February 2010 (left to right) Ryan Linehan (Chewonki's Summer Wilderness Programs Director), Ralph Keyes (Wiscasset High School Outing Club Advisor), Joseph Chapman, Annalisa Haase, Genell Vashro (Chewonki's Girls Camp Director), Carol Leone (Teens To Trails)
I couldn’t thank you enough for providing this experience for students at my school, and then actually picking me to go. I had such an amazing time with all the girls on my trip. We ran rapids in classes I-IV. It was so awesome! I love just going down the rapids and getting splashed in the face. During the course of the trip, I got my roll! I had the best summer of my life. Read Abby's note
I just wanted to take a little time out of this trip to thank you, but I could not thank you enough because this trip is simply amazing. Every morning we get up and kayak. I couldn’t get enough of it and am so hooked now. This trip is such an experience for me. Read Jame's note
I was awarded the Sara Leone Scholarship this past spring and it changed my life. I attended the Chewonki Girls Camp Penobscot White Water Kayaking Expedition in June. I feel like I came back from camp a different girl than when I went. It taught me that I could push myself a lot farther than I ever could have imagined ... that I could survive and thrive on my own. I would like to say, hands down, that this trip was the best thing that has EVER happened to me! I will never forget it. It has changed my life. Read Becca's letter