Never before has my schedule been more jammed packed, but in a good way. The madness began on Saturday morning.
At 6:30, I awoke for Saturday morning farm chores. I chased a chicken around the compost for five minutes. I gave up after it slipped between my fingers, leaving me to catch my breath. I went from farm chores straight to breakfast. After breakfast I had an immediate departure to Habitat for Humanity in a little town called Bath, where my work partners and I gathered supplies and dispersed through the area. Chewonki weatherization teams went as far down east as Damariscotta, and west to the outskirts of Brunswick. We got the Chewonki name further out into these local communities, associating them with a good work ethic and overall friendliness.
The next day was 10.10.10, a global work party day organized by the grassroots organization 350.org. Chewonki participated in many action serving– both the Chewonki community and the community of Wiscasset. I was lucky enough to work trail maintenance with some good friends of mine, and our faithful leader Willard Morgan. Working in the woods, we met up with other helping hands, including a Chewonki legend: Tim Ellis. The night ended with a delicious 35.0-mile stone soup meal organized and cooked by students. All the ingredients, including flour, were gathered from local farms in the area.
Monday was Chewonki Day. Continuing to prove that hard work pays off, the ENTIRE Chewonki community came together to finish some projects around campus on a beautiful fall day. I personally learned how to shingle a roof.
Ending yesterday, was our two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. I happen to already be certified by the Red Cross in First Aid, CPR, AID, and Life Guarding. Even with my previous knowledge of the presented material, I was blown away. Everything I thought I knew was explained in such a practical way that I feel ten times more prepared. I am now confidently WFA prepared for almost any medical emergency, even in the wilderness! The Wilderness Medical Associates truly have an amazing curriculum and fresh approach to teaching it. Knowing that Chewonki Semester School is the only place where this course is offered to a group of students under eighteen made it an even more special experience.
Today is Monday the eighteenth, and it is a rest day. After such a long week, this rest feels much deserved.