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KIEVE-WAVUS ? A joining of great traditions.

October 11, 2005

Now that Kieve and Wavus have combined missions, assets, traditions, programs and Boards, and have a new name ? Kieve-Wavus Education Inc. ? we are all excited about laying the groundwork for a future that holds great promise. The boys? camp and girls? camp will operate on the same schedules for both the 3 ? weeks and 10 day introductory sessions. The cost of tuition is the same for all programs. The goal for the new Wavus Camp for Girls is to have 100 girls for each session in 2006, with expectations of equaling Kieve Boys? camp enrollment within the next few years.

The signing ceremony took place on July 22 at the original Wawanock Girls? Camp Council Circle on the Wavus campus. More than 60 Kieve and Wavus alums, friends, and leaders attended. The ceremony signified the union of the two camps that will now be able to serve far more families together than either has been able to do separately. Dick Kennedy, Kieve Director Emeritus, opened the ceremony, followed by Executive Director, Henry Kennedy; Wavus Board President, David Keeley; and Camp Directors Suse Wicks and Katie Moulton. Henry was presented with an original print of ?Safe Keeping? by Maine artist Ronald Frontin by Wavus Board member Jane McKean. Identical framed documents that bear the signatures of the Kieve and Wavus leaders who worked on the merger for nearly a year are permanently displayed at the Kennedy Learning Center at Kieve and the Jewell Lodge at Wavus.

This past summer has been fun-filled with numerous boat tours tripping back-and-forth between Kieve and Wavus, beginning with parent weekends from the Junior Kieve Boys? Camp and Boys? Camp, Kieve?s 80th Celebration, KLC gatherings, Wavus? alumni weekend, 9/11 Camp and other welcome visitors to both Kieve and Wavus. All participants of the tours have been enthusiastic and encouraging about the future for Kieve-Wavus.

Junior Kieve campers and senior wilderness trippers paddled the 4-1/2 miles to Wavus for overnights during the boys? camp season. The Kieve Girls' camp also had overnight trips to Wavus and camped out on the point. All were inspired by the beauty of the Wavus campus, as well as by the experience of paddling Damariscotta Lake?s ?Narrows? and ?Great Bay?. Campers and staff from Kieve Girls? camp worked with Rebecca Rockefeller from the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association to re-route and blaze part of the Wavus nature trail. Thanks to their efforts the trail is once again completely accessible for a pleasant nature hike.

A Wavus Committee has been formed to consult on facilities improvements slated for the Wavus Campus. Kieve-Wavus Board members Jane McKean and Susan Russell are co-chairs. Other members are Lisa Parker, Ollie Parker, Elly Spicer and Pris Watson. Renowned architect Eric Beckstrom, who has been working with Kieve for the past four years in the development of Kieve?s master plan and Nobleboro campus reconstruction, is aboard as the architect for the Jefferson campus. He is assisting in the development of a five-year master plan and with the immediate design and construction of four new cabins and infirmary-staff housing approved for the opening of Wavus Camp for Girls in June 2006.

The Wavus waterfront will be expanded to include two swim areas, additional docks for boating, and environmental observation sites. A high and low ropes course will be developed on the point, and an Aqua Zip will be installed on the cove side. The construction of two new tennis courts is under way at the top of ?the drumlin?. They will also serve as basketball half courts. Pottery, photography, and woodworking will be integral parts of the arts and crafts program. Riflery and archery will be returning for all those who love target sports. Favorites known to Wavus alumni such as the Medal Program (progressive challenges and rewards in program areas), the Dorman diamond ball field, field games, singing, paddling and swimming to Echo and Treasure islands, the Log newsletter, and chapel gatherings will continue.

The buff and green colors of Wavus have joined the orange and black colors of Kieve. This new palette stands for the shared values of Kindness, Respect, Courage, Loyalty, Responsibility and Perseverance, values that Kieve and Wavus alumni, families, and campers shall always treasure.

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