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:
Omelets Made to Order
Greek Penne Pasta
Vegetarian Quinoa w/Artichokes and Parsley
Squash Ravioli with Sage cream sauce
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.
Spring Volunteer Work Weekend
Volunteer at Camp Chingachgook
Come on out and help Camp Chingachgook shake off winter and get ready for our Spring groups! In exchange for a few volunteer work hours, you can enjoy some time on Lake George where we provide meals, open up a few program areas like climbing tower and archery- all while giving back to the community. Work projects may include prepping and opening up facilities that have been closed for the winter, raking, landscaping, gardening, cleaning fire pits and painting.
Come for the day or stay for the weekend! Meals and overnight accommodations are provided. Rain or shine service time will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday.
YMCA Camp Chingachgook strives to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities through it’s summer camp, outdoor education program, and retreat/family programs. With over 15,000 visitors a year, we need your help to maintain our facilities and program areas.
This is a free event. Please call 518-656-9462 to reserve a spot.
Winter Wonderland Days!
Free Winter Fun at Chingachgook!
Keep the winter blues at bay and stop by one of Camp Chingachgook’s Winter Wonderland days for a day of frosty winter fun! Lunch is provided and the event is FREE! Activities include snow tubing, snow shoeing, hikes, crafts, s’mores by the campfire, hot coco and Gaga ball! Programming starts at 10:00am and goes until 4:00pm on Saturday, February 18th & 25th. Please call 518-656-9462 to RSVP!
Chingachgook Alumni Ski Weekend
Join Us for a Weekend of Winter Fun!
When: March 24-26, 2017
Where: Sugarbush Resort
Earth Service Awards
YMCA Earth Service Awards
On Tuesday May 2, 2017 Camp Chingachgook will host the 12th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions, please contact Tricia Biles, Director of Outdoor Education and Group Services – (518) 656-9462 ext. 6644.
2016 recipient Gabriella Falasco with
Executive Director, John Lefner and
Group Services Director, Tricia Biles
Camp isn’t just for Summer!
Can’t wait for summer to come to Camp Chingachgook? Well good news! You don’t have to! Join us for three days of frosty fun at our Winter camp on February 21st –23rd. Our days will be filled with fun outdoor activities and engaging social time in our cozy lodges. Activities include snow tubing, crafts, snow shoeing, music, games, ice fishing and gaga ball. Winter camp gives kids a chance to unwind with friends in the great outdoors. See below for details and registration!
Who: Kids ages 10-14
What: Three days of winter fun over February break. Winter camp gives kids a circle of friends to unwind with in the great outdoors
Where: Children stay in heated cabins supervised by Outdoor Educators at YMCA Camp Chingachgook
When: Tuesday, February 21st 9:oo am to Thursday, February 23rd 5:00 pm
Cost: $250 per child. Y Members: $240 per child. Price includes meals, lodging and all activities
Wrapping Up a Great Fall Season!
We had such a busy and wonderful Fall Season here at Camp! We hosted 32 schools, a family camp, scout groups, a women’s weekend and various other family and volunteer events. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in these programs.
We wanted to share some great thank yous we recieved from students who participated in Outdoor Education trips this season. They can say even better than us the value of these unique learning experiences. Click on the images below to hear what our students have to say!
Thanksgiving at Chingachgook
YMCA Camp Chingachgook’s
Skip the stress of hosting and come to the foot of Buck Mountain for a true Thanksgiving celebration. Reserve a table for your entire family to enjoy a buffet dinner of roast turkey or baked ham with the traditional fixings or a vegetarian dish, all freshly prepared by the dining staff. The dessert buffet offers freshly baked pies and other gourmet desserts. Hike the mountainside, stroll along the shore of Lake George, or play some basketball before or after the meal served in Camp Chingachgook’s Lewi Lodge Dining Hall. You can also relax and watch football in Camp’s Rotary Lodge lounge room. Dinner seatings are at 1:00 or 3:30 p.m. $22 per person, kids and young adults (11 years old and younger) pay their age. Call 656-9462 to make your reservation. The camp serves assorted drinks and guests may bring their own beverages.
- Main Courses:
- Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy
- Baked Ham
- Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Cream Sauce
- Traditional Stuffing
- Sausage Stuffing
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Smashed Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Cranberry Sauce
- Dinner Rolls, Breads and Butter
- Soup Station with:
- Chicken & Corn Chowder
- Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
- Tossed Greens Salad Bar
- Holiday Dessert Bar
- Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Rolls
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Bread Pudding
- Dirt & Worms
Volunteer Work Weekend
Volunteer Work Weekend
We will be hosting a volunteer service workday on Saturday Nov 5th and Sunday Nov 6th. This is an excellent opportunity to spend the weekend in the Adirondacks with friends and family while helping to give back to this one of a kind, year-round conference center and residential summer camp.
YMCA Camp Chingachgook strives to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities through its summer camp, school outdoor education, retreat and family programs. With over 15,000 visitors a year we need your help to maintain our facilities and program areas.
Help us to upkeep the property by volunteering to paint, rake, wash windows, split firewood, move boats, garden, landscape, maintain trails, and assist on special volunteer projects that will be enjoyed by many in the years to come. Rain or shine service time will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday. On Saturday, participants have the opportunity to participate in a number of different activities including canoeing, hiking, archery, and climbing on our 52’ climbing tower facilitated by the Chingachgook Program Staff. Come for the day or stay the weekend! Meals and overnight accommodations are provided. This is a free event. Please call 518-656-9462 to reserve a spot.