Decades of Memories at Camp Chickawah in Maine

Craig Gelband is a pharmaceutical industry veteran who has extensive experience in medical education. A Camp Chickawah alumnus, he spent 13 memorable summers at the Harrison, Maine, retreat as a camper and a counselor prior to the camp’s closing three decades ago. Craig Gelband has taken part in two alumni reunions and stays in contact with many of the friends he made while enjoying the Maine outdoors.

Situated on Island Pond in southern Maine’s Lakes Region, Camp Chickawah started in 1920 and offered boys a diverse camping experience, which included activities such as swimming and canoeing. Campers also enjoyed wood crafting and land sports, with many going on to become successful family men and business executives. Despite the closing of Camp Chickawah in 1985, the area has remained home to successive generations of campers in the years since. Today it is the location of Fernwood Cove, a well-established camp for girls. Former camp leaders Uncle Moe and Aunt Betty continue to be involved in the local community, and they attended the 2007 and 2009 reunions.

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