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Kieve-Wavus welcomes Vietnam Veterans and Women Veterans to Camp

As the first official measurable snow fell on the mid-coast in December, the staff at Kieve-Wavus was busy preparing to greet 22 Vietnam Veterans and 12 of their spouses & guests at the Kieve campus in Nobleboro to say “Thanks”.


For the past 7 years, Kieve-Wavus has invited veterans and their families to come to the peaceful shores of Damariscotta Lake free of charge to relax, have fun and more importantly, reconnect with their families and other veterans who may have been in the same military conflict as them.  Kieve-Wavus’ Executive Director Henry Kennedy said, “We are proud and honored to be able to host these friends and brave veterans who gave so much to our country for our freedom”.

These Vietnam Veterans enjoyed activities like pottery, acupuncture, pedicures, haircutting,  rock-climbing, zip-lining, riflery, cribbage, cooking and card games and had great food the whole week!

A few comments from these Vietnam Veterans include:

  • “I can honestly report that my first welcome home from Vietnam came from the staff at Camp Kieve. “ Joe L – Air Force,
  • “I had a tremendous time meeting up with my brothers and making new friends.” Robert H – Marines,
  • “The atmosphere was so relaxing; you couldn’t help but make friends.” William M – Army,
  • “The Kieve crew was great! They were kind, caring, respectful professionals. Keep up the good work!” Philip W – Navy

We also hosted a Women’s Only Veterans Camp in January. These Women Veterans came from all the military branches and from all over the country. Our guests enjoyed many of the same events, activities and delicious food prepared at The KLC and Pasquaney.

Some of the comments include:

  • “What a wonderful camp full of friendship bonding and sharing.” Stacy, US Navy
  • “Warmth and comradery, Kieve feels like home.” Pauline, US Air Force
  • “Thanks for welcoming us to your camp! I loved it and want to come back.” Tabitha, US Air Force

The State of Maine is proud to honor its veterans and their service to our country. As one of the few states with a dedicated recognition program, Maine takes every opportunity to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of our state’s veterans. The State of Maine has established the “Honoring a Veteran” recognition program to recognize our veterans for their military service. Adria O. Horn, Director of the Bureau of Veterans’ Services visited with us and took the opportunity to honor our guests for their service by presenting them with their “Certificates of Appreciation.”  The Certificates read: “We the citizens of the State of Maine, express our sincere appreciation of your sacrifice, courage, and willingness to serve our great state and nation.  We are proud of you and thank you for your contribution to the defense of Freedom.”


Vestal_MichelleAll camps are free of charge to the veterans and their families and are funded by Kieve-Wavus with the support of private donations and corporate grants made by those who deeply appreciate the service that all veterans provided to their country.  Additional donations and support is always welcome. For additional information on all of our veterans camps, please visit

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Share Memories – Give Memories #loyaltyfund


Only 9 more days to give!

We’ve had an amazing response so far, but we can still do more!

We set out to break 150 unique gifts from Kieve-Wavus alumni, and with each memory shared and each friend tagged, we get closer and closer to our goal.
We’ve got this, friends, so as you head home for the holidays, take a few minutes to remember, record, and donate to a REALLY good cause.

You can give any time HERE.

PSss! (Don’t forget that those donating $75 or more will receive a Loyalty Fund gift an awesome KW winter hat!)

If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out what some Kieve-Wavus alumni have been sharing on the KW Blog.

But, in case you forgot –

We want you to share a memory!
1. We want you to hark as hard as you can back to your days as either a camper or counselor.
2. Share it via Facebook or Instagram with #loyaltyfund and @KieveWavus tagged.
3. At the end of your memory, tag and challenge a few friends to get them to share their memory.

Cheers & Thank YOU!

Sam, Cory, Connor, Amaury, Emma & Margaret

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Tis the season – Give your hearts out

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Share Memories – Give Memories

The first “real” snow of the season has just fallen, and the end of West Neck Road and Wavus Point are looking gorgeous! The Leadership School’s 2016 programming is coming to an end and we’re reviewing applications for the next wave of Kieve-Wavus counselors. However, we’ve still got some work to do!

We’ve set a pretty lofty goal of 150 unique gifts from Kieve-Wavus alumni by the end of the year. That said, 2015 was a banner year, so why can’t 2016 blow it out of the water? You can donate any time HERE.

Did we mention that those donating $75 or more will receive a Loyalty Fund gift? Oh, they’re just stunning Kieve & Wavus winter hats, not a big deal at all…we digress…

A huge ‘thank you’ to all that came out for the Holiday Bar Crawl and donated last weekend! Check out all the fun in the Loyalty Fund Facebook group HERE.

We’ve got one more thing to ask of all of you. We want you to share a memory. We want you to hark as hard as you can back to your days as either a camper or counselor, and share it via Facebook or Instagram. At the end of your memory, tag a few friends to get them to share their memory, and so on.

Our memories are what we held dear during the school year between summers, and now they’re priceless. So, let’s share our memories, and give some amazing kids the opportunity to create their own.

Here’s a recap:

  1. Share a micromemory via Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #loyaltyfund
  2. They can be from your time as a camper or counselor and can be filmed wherever you please
  3. Tag two to three friends along with Kieve-Wavus and ask them to share their micromemory and donate!
  4. Wash, rinse, repeat & send kids to camp!

Happy Holidays,

Sam, Cory, Connor, Amaury, Emma & Margaret


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Check out these 2 Leadership School EIR Testimonials

The winter Educator in Residence program has continued to provide an optimal way of deepening our impact in a select number of school communities. We have continued to expand the scope of The Leadership School impact by serving each EIR school and community for ten weeks in the winter. The role of the Educator in Residence is tailored to meet each school’s needs, as each school works with us to create a memorandum of understanding that outlines the goals and objectives of the program. We selected the nine schools based on each school communities demonstration of a high level to commitment and enthusiasm to the mission of the Leadership School. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

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Hey, Dick!

Staying in touch is obviously something I stink at, I’m afraid. I sent you a note, and you replied (some two years ago?!), about how we’d be better about staying in touch than we’d been in the previous twenty years. Life is always busy and complicated! But was speaking with Henry today and remembered that I wanted to send you the attached pic from, I would guess, 1989 or 1990. My all-time starting five.

You asked what I do. I am working in education, as the communications director for a private tutoring company and its affiliated public charity. So much like Kieve, we cover the full range, from the very well off to the most needy and deserving. I would not be surprised if some of your NYC campers were also our clients.

My dad passed away after my first summer as a counselor, right when I started college. Pancreatic cancer got him at 46. Way too young. My mom and brother are still around and in good health, touch wood. My mom is still a huge fan of you and Nancy for all that you did to help her boys grow into not entirely disreputable men. She is very much hoping my boys will get a few summers in Nobleboro too when they are ready.

Very much hoping to be able to make a visit up this summer and have a look at the place–it’s been too damn long. Can’t wait to catch up with you then. In the meantime, much love, respect and lifelong adoration.

Charlie Loxton (Kieve 1980-1986, Council Staff 1989-1992)

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