Camp Kawanhee is located on the East shore of Webb Lake, in Weld, Maine—eighty-five miles north of Portland, and thirty miles south of the Rangeley Lakes. It has a shoreline of woods and sandy beaches. Early legend tells us that Chief Kawanhee and his braves lived here for many generations.
The location of the camp is one of the finest natural settings for a boys’ camp in the country. Situated at the “Narrows” of the lake, there is a protected cove for sailing, canoing, boating and fishing, and a sandy beach for swimming. The lake is surrounded by miles of pines and pointed firs and spectacular mountains producing fabulous sunsets. Wildlife is abundant, from bald eagles, loons and deer to moose and bear. The surrounding country is unspoiled and pristine, with quaint country roads and farmhouses, an area that has remained virtually unchanged for many, many years.
George and Raymond Frank said about this location when they founded Camp Kawanhee in 1920… “The surrounding country is wild and rugged and appeals to the adventurous spirit of growing boys. Just to run, to swim, to follow trails over lofty peaks, to spy on deer and moose as they come to the lake to drink, to investigate beaver dams, to capture woodchucks and porcupines, to fish for trout in swirling rapids, to sit by glowing camp fires at night, or to roll up in blankets under the stars and listen to strange noises of the deep woods—what a life! Such thrilling experiences make every fellow worth his ‘salt’ – a bigger, better, more self-reliant man!”
Mission & Values
The George and Raymond Frank Foundation was created in 1998 to perpetuate Camp Kawanhee. The Foundation now owns and operates Camp Kawanhee as a 501(c)(3) corporation. At the 2002 annual meeting, the Frank Foundation Board of Directors adopted the following mission and values statements:
Raymond & George Frank
The Frank Foundation's mission is to provide boys and young men with experiential educational opportunities designed to encourage self-sufficiency and teamwork and an appreciation of the natural world. Our program consists of a summer session of seven weeks that promotes cooperative living in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer a rustic camp setting on the shores of a pristine lake surrounded by mountains, together with a staff sensitive to the needs of boys and a liberal arts philosophy that has stood the test of time, and yet continues to evolve. It is our hope that members of the Kawanhee community will return to their everyday lives as better, more productive citizens of the world.
A Caring Community: A network of supportive interpersonal relationships are the foundation for all we do. We show the value we place on succeeding generations by establishing for them an environment of acceptance and belonging and by mentoring in the values of fellowship, mutual respect, and service to others.
Character Development: We do not preach leadership; we practice it. We consciously strive to enhance the self-awareness and self-esteem of all whom we serve. We provide opportunities for the kind of personal growth, leadership development and personal enrichment that comes from prudent risk-taking, good sportsmanship and perseverance toward the achievement of a worthy goal.
Integrity: We accept personal responsibility for our words and actions. When we give our word, we honor it. We finish what we start. We treat each other directly and fairly. And we build trust in the community of those we serve by delivering on our promise to provide quality in everything we do.
Environmental Consciousness: Our programs reflect our belief that to appreciate the natural world one must experience it, directly, personally and authentically. We are committed to fostering a sense of personal responsibility toward the natural world and, when appropriate, to taking a hand in preserving what we can.
Freedom Within a Framework: Personal safety is our priority. Within this framework we provide a flexible, open environment rich in self-challenge and self-discovery where all are encouraged to seek out, find and gain acceptance for their own personal best. The lessons learned are for life, and we recognize that some of life's best insights and memories come from so-called idle hours spend in ideal settings in the company of close friends.
Financial Stability: Financial stability is our way of securing our traditions in perpetuity. Our financial health provides the freedom and the resources to focus on quality programming, share our offerings with those less fortunate, and protect our pristine setting from possible threat.
Mark Standen, President of the George and Raymond Foundation from 2003 to 2005, now serves as the Foundation’s Executive Director, along with his wife Liz Standen. Mark’s association with Kawanhee began in 1960 when he was an Eagle-lodger. He spent the next twenty-three summers in various roles, as camper, lodge counselor, wrestling instructor, trip leader and director of activities. Mark received a B.A. from Colby College and a law degree from the University of Maine. He is a former educator and coach and now practices law on the coast of Maine, where he and Liz live with their children, Mary, Jed and Alex. Sons Jed and Alex have attended camp for many summers as campers and counselors.
Liz Standen joins Mark in the Executive Directors’ role. Liz has summered on Lake Webb for many summers and worked at both Kawanhee and Kawanhee Inn as secretary, WIGWAM editor and waitress. She has a degree in early childhood education from Tufts University, is an educator of many years and most recently the Director of a school in Falmouth, Maine. Both Mark and Liz enjoy the Maine outdoors including canoing, hiking, and fly fishing.
Robert 'B.A.' Altmaier
B.A. Altmaier lives in Wilton, Maine with wife Anita and has three children: Becca, Andrew, and Ben. All three have been either campers, staff members or both, and Becca and Andrew were on the staff in 2008. B.A. has been involved with Camp Kawanhee for 43 years as a camper and staff member. He has been a member of the board since it started and is still on the staff as the Camp Scorekeeper along with other duties such as being the head guardian angel for camp In the winter. After working at Bass for over 27 years in distribution until it moved out of Maine, B.A. has been working for Walmart's new Distribution in Lewiston, Maine since it opened in 2005.
John and his wife Iris live in Barrington, NH. John was a camper and counselor at Kawanhee from 1959 through 1966. He has been a member of the board since its inception. John retired from the practice of Emergency Medicine in March, 2014. He has two daughters, Sarah and Rachel. Sarah was a staff member in 2007 and 2008.
A second generation Kawanheean, Will lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Kelly, and their sons William and David. Will attended Kawanhee for eleven consecutive summers in the 70's and 80's, as a camper, junior counselor, and senior counselor. In addition, both sons have attended Kawanhee. Will is a graduate of Carleton College and the Wharton School of Business, and is currently CEO of a technology company he co-founded.
Bill Dargusch is a partner of Metropolitan Partners, a commercial real estate development company and City Brands, a multi unit restaurant company, both based in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio University and Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, AMDP. He attended camp from 1958 to 1962. He served on the original George and Raymond Frank Foundation board and serves on the Vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Granville, Ohio. Bill has two daughters Dareth and Lindsey, both of whom have been exposed to all things Kawanhee. He and his wife, Chris reside in Bexley, Ohio.
Henry "Butch" O'Neill
Henry "Butch" O'Neill resides in Columbus, Ohio and is an executive in the software industry. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and attended Camp Kawanhee for over 10 years during the 40's and 50's. Both of Butch's sons have attended Kawanhee, and his grandson, Quinn, just completed his fourth summer.
Beth Cuda Baker
Beth resides in New Canaan, CT with her husband, Todd. They have three grown children. Their son, Foster, was a Kawanhee camper from 2002-05 and their son, Fred, was a Kawannhee camper from 2007-2012. Ellie, their daughter, attended Camp Arcadia, in Casco, ME and Beth has fond memories of being a camper in the 70's at Camp Avalon in Chatham, MA. She graduated from St. Lawrence University and Thunderbird School of Global Management and was a banker in New York City for eight years. Beth has been a member of the Frank Foundation board since 2006. She also serves as trustee at The Westminster School in Simsbury, CT and is a Stephen Ministry Leader at The Congregational Church of New Canaan.
Robert "Bob" Barnes
Bob arrived at Kawanhee as a second generation camper in 1954 and enjoyed outstanding summers on the shores of Lake Webb through 1964. He and his wife Nancy own a cabin at the Kawanhee Inn and spend several weeks on the lake every summer; while residing in Southwest Florida and Northern New Jersey the rest of the year. All three sons, Scott, Derek and Ryan attended camp. Scott started camp in 1981 and continues at Kawanhee finishing his 29th season in 2015. Derek's son, Riley, is a prospective camper class of 2018. Bob is the Managing Partner of Broad Street Trading, LP, an asset management and investment business.
Kimberly Hokanson is a Maine native who now lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with her husband, Dennis Stein. Their sons, Nate and Baillie, have been at Kawanhee since 2000, as campers, JCs, and SCs. Kimberly, whose career in college fundraising spans three decades, currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Resources at Wellesley College. She has also worked at Bates College and Harvard University. She earned her doctorate and master’s in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University and her BA in American Studies from Colby College.
Don M. Casto, III, a Columbus, Ohio native, is a partner of CASTO, a regional development company specializing in the development of shopping centers, multi-family housing and mixed-use entertainment projects. He joined Casto in 1971, prior to which he was in private practice of law in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School and holds a master's degree in natural Resources Law from George Washington University. He is responsible for the direction of the firm's development activities.
His professional associations include membership in the California and Ohio Bar Associations, the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has written a number of publications regarding retail commercial development. Casto is on the Board of Directors for Huntington BancShares, Inc. and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. He also serves as a trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art.
Mr. Casto's wife. Ann, also a Stanford law graduate, is retired from the active practice of law, where she specialized in areas of general corporate and securities law.
Mr Casto's outside activities include running, back-packing, trout fishing and mountain climbing.
Steve Yale has been associated with Camp Kawanhee for almost 50 years. He has been a camper, team captain, JC, SC, DOA and Assistant Director and then served as the first president of the Frank Foundation. Steve is strong advocate for organized camping, and the values and ideals taught at Kawanhee. Steve is President of Summit Medical Services, Inc., a distributor of medical devices. He currently lives in Truckee, California with his wife Diana, and children, Eli, age 18, who is a 4-year veteran of Camp Kawanhee and a JMG, and Olivia, age 17. In his spare time Steve enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, fly fishing and photography. His goal is to have more spare time!
Kate Estabrook Schoedinger
Kate Estabrook Schoedinger has always loved her role at Camp Kawanhee. She began the tutoring program, served as Camp Mother for several summers and has been on the board since its inception. She and Ferd live in Weare, NH and their son Ferd began camp in 2004 while their daughter, Liza, worked in the kitchen several summers. Ferd IV now enjoys Senior Counselor status and Liza now enjoys working in the Water Ski Department with him. Kate continues her work as a reading specialist in the Bedford, NH school district where she has been since 1984. May There Always Be a Kawanhee!
Michael Russo is a licensed CPA & CFP specializing in taxation. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1985 with an accounting degree. Although, his original roots are from San Francisco, CA, he has spent the past 24 years living in Central Ohio area. He grow up attending various summer camps out west and loved the many aspects of camp life.
Over the years, Michael has assisted many non-profit organizations including the development board of Nationwide Children's Hospital located in Columbus, Ohio. He looks forward to working with the many individuals that help make Camp Kawanhee be that special place that it is to the many campers who have attended, and to grow the camp life experience for its campers while maintaining its traditions.
Michael and his wife, Kathleen, currently reside in Bexley, Ohio with their two teenage sons, Kyle and Alec. Both Kyle and Alec have spent many years at Camp Kawanhee and enthusiastically look forward to attending each year.
Jon lives in Darien, CT with his wife, Cathleen, and their two children. Jon was a camper at Kawanhee for four years and a counselor for three years between 1974-1982. His son Jed has been a camper for the past several seasons. One of the highlights of Jon's life was winning the Kawanhee Little League World Seriesboth as a player and a coach. Jon has his own governance practice in which he serves as a board member for more than a dozen investment funds and several non-profit organizations. Additionally, he is involved professionally in leadership development, youth education and ethics. Jon is a graduate of Princeton Univirsity and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Jose R. Otero
Jose lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico with his wife, Maruchi, and two kids, Franco and Isabel. He attended Kawanhee for three summers in the 80's. Those summers left a lasting impression on him and he vowed to return to Weld someday.Jose was finally able to reconnect with camp and old friends when he attended the 95th reunion weekend with his son Franco. It was an incredible experience for him to relive many great memories with Franco, who returned as a camper in Hawk lodge this past summer and plans to attend next year. Jose is currently Manageing Partner of Parliament Capital Management, an alternative investment firm, and a member of the Board of Directors of Accepta, a payment processing company, both based in San Juan, PR. Jose is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
John A. Cheley Foundation
In memory of and honor of John Austin Cheley, a Foundation was established in 1989 to help fulfill his dream of providing a camp experience for children whose families might otherwise not have the financial means to do so. Camp Kawanhee is honored to be one of just 6 camps nationally that has been selected to receive campers that the Foundation subsidizes.
If you know of any boy who might enjoy and benefit from a summer at Kawanhee and who you would like to sponsor through the Cheley Foundation, please contact Liz or Mark Standen and we will direct you to the appropriate representatives to speak with. For more information on the Cheley Foundation, please contact us and / or visit the Cheley Foundation's Website at http://www.cheleyfoundation.org/
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