Chewonki is pleased to welcome Andy Williams back in the position of seasonal manager at Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps. “We are thrilled to have Andy back the on the team at Debsconeag,” said president Willard Morgan. “Andy has a rich background in outdoor leadership and a passion for providing outdoor experiences to families.”
Andy comes to us following his recent retirement from the Aloha Foundation in Fairlee, Vermont, where for 25 years he managed the Hulbert Outdoor Center and, with his wife Deb, started and ran the summer-long Ohana Family Camp. Prior to his time at Aloha, Andy served 10 years as director of Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Nature Camp and also taught sixth-grade science in Walpole, Massachusetts.
Although Andy grew up in Massachusetts, his love of Maine began in 1956, when at age eight he was a camper at Camp O-AT-KA on Sebago Lake. He spent 10 summers at O-AT-KA, eventually serving as head of the canoe trip department and in the Junior Maine Guide Program.
Throughout his career, Andy has maintained his Maine Guide’s License, ARC Lifeguard Certificate, Wilderness First Responder, and Maine Camp Leader Permit. He has traveled and guided both canoe trips and backcountry ski trips in Maine and Quebec, which he says, “helps me keep my skills refined and my love of wilderness refreshed.”
Andy is actually returning to Chewonki. In 1986 and 1987 he served as head counselor at Boys Camp under Tim Ellis. Andy and Deb’s three children were all part of Chewonki, from camp to wilderness trips to Maine Coast Semester. “It does feel like coming home,” he said recently.
Andy will work at Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps from late May to early September. With two young granddaughters, he looks forward to helping support Chewonki Camp for Girls in whatever way he can. “We are signing them up now for 2022!”