Program Support

Our needs aren’t only capital. Since 1974, when Kieve became a 501(c)(3) non-profit, our programs have sought to address the pressing educational, economic and social challenges facing many Maine communities. Last year Kieve-Wavus granted over $800,000 in scholarships to help kids and adults from Maine and beyond attend our programs. A valuable part of our summer camp community comes from economically and socially diverse populations where we offer over 80 children scholarships each year.

Kieve Camp for Boys
was founded by Donald Kennedy as a wilderness tripping summer camp with a minimum of rules, balanced by understanding counselors and a program that downplayed competition while encouraging campers to set and surpass personal goals, have respect for and understanding of the natural world, and to treat each other with kindness and respect. The Boys’ Camp continues to thrive on this model with nearly 600 campers from all over the world attending each summer.

Wavus Camp for Girls,
founded by the Andrews family with the deep and rich traditions continued by the Westerman family, is also a wilderness tripping camp for 8-16 year olds. Through our fun, adventurous, noncompetitive environment, we develop leaders who have a strong sense of self, and possess the strength of character necessary to meet the challenges of the world they live in. Our incredibly caring and experienced staff helps campers gain confidence while forming lasting friendships with peers.

The Leadership School
Celebrating its 30th year of helping adolescents avoid risky behaviors, build and maintain healthy relationships, and contribute to their community, The Leadership School has become a national model that serves thousands of students annually. Many of the schools live and breathe the Leadership School curriculum back in their schools and communities throughout the year.

9/11 Family Camp
Last summer Kieve-Wavus hosted the 14th Annual Family Camp for families affected by the September 11th tragedies. More than 70 individuals from a number of FDNY firehouses, The Pentagon and Cantor Fitzgerald spent another magical week at Kieve. Pat Friscia, whose brother was a fireman with FDNY Ladder Co 3, said after the week, “This is a very special week for my family. Our entire family visited Disney earlier this year and all the kids talked about was coming back to Kieve. It holds a special place in our hearts”.

Veterans Camp
Since 2009 KW has welcomed home veterans of all eras by inviting them and their families to the Kieve and Wavus campuses along the shores of Damariscotta Lake. From the moment they arrive our guests are greeted with kindness, respect, and the opportunity to participate in a broad range of physical, creative and healing activities. One of our Veteran guests, said, “There aren’t enough breaths in one lifetime to Thank You and your organization for the experiences you’ve given us.”

Please help us help others and support our character building programs by sending a generous check to: Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc., PO Box 169 - Nobleboro, ME 04555 or to make a secure online gift, click here.


  • 9-11 Camp