Camp Food Service and Maintenance Conference

Camp Food Service and

Maintenance Conference

March 27-29, 2018


The Food Service & Maintenance Conferences have long been staples of the Adirondack Training Institute’s offerings and we are excited to announce an update for this year’s conference! We are combining these great professional development opportunities into one conferenceWe will continue to focus on providing industry-specific and hands-on sessions as well as opportunities to collaborate and network with your colleagues. The new format will make traveling to the conference more cost effective for you and your Camp, thus allowing for multiple food service and maintenance staff members to benefit from this unique and worthwhile experience. Instructors and speakers come from national associations and are recognized experts in food service, maintenance and camping.  Click here for information on pricing and registration.


Pre-Conference: Monday, March 26th

  • ACA Standards Course. 9am-2:30PM. Free course to prepare directors for their ACA accreditation.
  • Serv Safe Class and Exam. Extra fee – see conference registration form.
  • Camp Food Service Management. Extra fee – see conference registration form.



Please mail, fax, or email one Registration Form per attendee. Register before February 16th to get our Early Bird Discount! 

  • If flying into Albany Airport, we can provide a shuttle for an additional fee of $25 each way. Please arrange to arrive by 3PM the day before the conference and depart after 2PM the closing day of the conference.
  • Overnight lodging is available at Chingachgook in rustic, heated, shared bunk cabins with bathrooms in a separate building. The cost for lodging is $25 per night.
  • The Best Western Hotel in Lake George offers a discounted rate of $85/night for conference attendees, please call the hotel directly at 518-668-5701 and mention “Camp Chingachgook YMCA.” A shuttle will be provided to and from Camp each day.
  • There is also a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night at the Courtyard by Marriott Lake George, click here to reserve a room or call 518-761-1150 and Mention “Camp Chingachgook.” A shuttle will be provided to and from Camp each day.

Mail: YMCA Camp Chingachgook. 1872 Pilot Knob Rd. Kattskill Bay, NY 12844.
Fax: 518-656-9362
For more questions please call 518-656-9462.


EndorsementsACA Educational Endorsement

The North American Camp Food Service Conference is an Educational Endorsed program of the American Camp Association and also endorsed by the YMCA and the Girl Scouts.


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New Skill Classes for 2018!

Garage Band : This class gives campers a chance to showcase their talents, while exploring new musical abilities in a group setting. Classes will work on learning a new song to perform featuring an ensemble of instruments. For beginner and experienced musicians. Bring your own instrument (or voice), or use one of ours!



Basketball: Learn basketball basics through drills, and scrimmages. Practice teamwork and new skills through daily games on our two basketball courts.


The Newsroom: Join the team responsible for reporting the news at Camp Chingachgook! Contribute to the weekly newspaper featuring articles on noteworthy events around camp, comics, poems, essays, and drawings, and much more. This class is a great way to explore individual creativity, while working as part of a bigger team!


Varsity Sports Club: For Seniors. Develop new skills, practice teamwork and have fun every day with a different sports activity: Chingaball, whiffle ball, kickball, soccer, basketball and more.

Adult Snowshoe Excursion

Explore the Adirondacks Via Snowshoe!


Keep cabin fever at bay and explore the beauty of the Adirondacks in the winter season. No previous experience required! Whether you’re a beginner or have years of experience, our staff will create a custom adventure exploring the network of trails surrounding Chingachgook. This event runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and is $43 for YMCA members and $48 for nonmembers. Snowshoes, instruction and lunch are included in the cost.

Click Here to Register for Adult Snowshoe


Winter Camp


For more information call 518-656-9462
Returning Campers (including summer) register here
New Campers register here

Earth Service Awards

YMCA Earth Service Awards


On Tuesday May 1, 2018 Camp Chingachgook will host the 13th Annual YMCA Earth Service Awards, recognizing area high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the environment. Camp Chingachgook will also recognize the Earth Service Educator of the Year at this event.


High School students from Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties are eligible to apply for the $1,000.00 scholarship award. One overall winner will be selected. All nominees will be recognized at the awards banquet.


The YMCA Earth Service Awards banquet is open to the public. RSVP



If you have questions, please contact Tricia Biles, Director of Outdoor Education and Group Services – (518) 656-9462 ext. 6644.


2017 recipient Freya Birkas-Dent with Executive Director, John Lefner and Educators of the Year John Burns and Amy Maxwell

Fall Festival Open House


Enjoy Fall in the Adirondacks at Camp Chingachgook’s Fall Festival


Chingachgook is opening its doors for families to enjoy a day of FREE fun in the beautiful Adirondacks! Outdoor fun for the whole family will include archery, hikes, s’mores, tours & seasonal crafts.





Saturday, October 28th 2017

10:00 am until 4:00 pm


All ages welcome!


On the shores of Lake George, Camp Chingachgook


FREE! Activities and lunch are complimentary!





RSVP is required, please call our office at 518-656-9462

to reserve your spot today!


2017 Fall Alumni Weekend

Join Us October 6-8th for Alumni Weekend at Camp!

Make your way back to Camp this Fall  to reconnect with Alumni of all agesjoin us for an Alumni Reunion Weekend! Bring along your family for a weekend of camp activities, good food, good friends and an all around fun time spent in the beautiful Adirondacks! Tailored for Alumni and their families, this weekend will feature all kinds of camp activities, great food, heated sleeping quarters and more. Can’t make it for the whole week end? Just come up for Saturday and enjoy the day’s activities.
You can join us for a day or join us for the whole weekend! For information on pricing and how to register, please click here.  You can also sign up today by calling the camp office at 518-656-9462.

Chingachgook Challenge

Register Here

Click here for more information


If you would love to support this cause, but don’t want to run, we are looking for voluteers for course marshalls, parking and water stops. All volunteers recieve a free t-shirt and cookout lunch. Please contact Tricia Biles if you are interested or have additional questions!

Giving Back to the ADKs

To continue our mission of responsible wilderness leadership, our Leadership In Training (LIT) program is working closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to help maintain the heavily used trails in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks. This area delivers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state and is home to rare fauna and an array of wildlife, making it an incredible place to explore.


The rising interest in backpacking and hiking has taken its toll on the delicate balance between recreational use and the integrity of the natural environment. Our LIT’s are not only going to be learning the best principals to minimize their impact while camping and traveling in these environments, they are going to be activity rebuilding trails.


We have three groups that will be working towards the completion of one large community service project throughout this summer. Each LIT group will build on the previous group’s hard work and we can’t wait to see how much can be accomplished by 24 rugged mountain folk in nine days. While Chingachgook campers get the chance to enjoy nature’s beauty in our own backyard, we are proud to be among the many organizations working to preserve and protect the Adirondacks for generations to come!


There are still opportunities to be a part of this incredible experience and help conserve this amazing wilderness. This two week leader-in-training adventure trip, offered over various dates, will have you exploring the Adirondacks and your leadership potential. Investigate leadership styles, interpersonal communication, and trip-leading skills through hands-on learning in a variety of workshops and adventure activities. Click here to register today!

Easter Brunch at Camp Chingachgook

Celebrate Easter on Lake George


Camp Chingachgook will be hosting a traditional Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 16th 2017. We start serving brunch at 11AM and end at 1:30PM. Arrive early or stay late to hike the many trails behind Camp Chingachgook and if you have little ones mark your calendar for the Annual Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30pm. Don’t forget to bring your Easter egg basket. The menu will feature a variety of breakfast and lunch options including vegetarian dishes:




Eggs Benedict

Omelets Made to Order

Roast Turkey

Baked Ham

Greek Penne Pasta

Vegetarian Quinoa w/Artichokes and Parsley

Squash Ravioli with Sage cream sauce

O’Brien Potatoes

Steamed Asparagus

Crème Brulee French Toast w/ whipped cream

Fresh Cut Fruit

Assorted Pastries & Desserts


*Menu subject to change



Reservations are required for Brunch.

Please call (518) 656-9462 to RSVP.
Cost is $19/ person, children 12 years and under pay their age.