Adventure Trips

The Journey is the Destination


“It’s only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves.” 
 –Andre Gide

Since the first group of Schenectady boys paddled to our Lake George home in 1912, Chingachgook has been a pioneer in youth development and community building through adventure programming in the Northeastern United States. Today, we explore wilderness from the New York Adirondacks to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Canada as a platform to continue this mission.

Develop independence, confidence, leadership and new outdoor skills that will endure far beyond your trip, as you face new experiences through inspiring environments and awesome adventure sports.


Embrace the unique potential of personal growth that is inherent in outdoor experiences. 

Challenge serves as an outstanding catalyst for growth and is thus the keystone of our Adventure Trip Program.

We harness each obstacle as a tool to develop lasting collaborative leadership skills that will endure for a lifetime. Your Trip Leader will work with you to determine appropriate challenges for you and your new close-knit community.

“Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced.”

–Roy T. Bennett

Our Adventure Trips create a progressive program with four levels to match your age and abilities. You can experience opportunities for growth with every year of participation, along with new destinations, experiences and challenges, allowing you to fine-tune your leadership year after year.

2019 Adventure Trips: Dates & Rates

Backpacking Trips 

Lake George Ramblers – Entry Level

July 21–26

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This trip along the Eastern Shore of Lake George is the perfect introduction to backpacking in the Adirondacks. You will camp at low elevations and day hike to the summits of Sleeping Beauty, Black Mountain and Buck Mountain.

This is the perfect trip for the first time Backpacker or the adventurer that is looking to one day become an Adirondack 46er

Rates: Tier 1: $1,135 • Tier 2: $1,060 • Tier 3: $985

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High Peaks Backpacking – Intermediate Level

July 14 – 19; July 28 – August 2 (Ages 13+)

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 Begin your journey toward becoming a 46er with some of the most impressive mountains in the heart of the Adirondacks. Learn the basic skills needed for backpacking and build a solid foundation for future extended High Peaks trips.
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Rates: Tier 1: $1,135 • Tier 2: $1,060 • Tier 3: $985

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Extended High Peaks Backpacking – Intermediate Level

July 21 – August 2  (Ages 13+)

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Continue your 46er with Part II of our sectional hiking trip that ventures into the Ausable Region, Dix Range, Whiteface Mountain and more. With challenging mountains and longer backpacking sections, you will expand your encampment skills, leave no trace practices, as well as have the opportunity to take the lead in navigation.
Click for Western High Peaks Daily Itinerary
Rates: Tier 1: $1,790 • Tier 2: $1,690 • Tier 3: $1,590 

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Advanced High Peaks Backpacking – Advanced Level

July 7 – 26  (Ages 15+)

Prerequisite: Minimum Intermediate Backpacking Trip (Extended High Peaks, LIT)

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Complete your 46er with Part III of our sectional hiking trip and tackle the depths of the Central High Peak Region: the most remote and wild area of the Adirondacks. Cross the epic boulder fields of Avalanche Pass and camp at the serene shores of Lake Colden to officially become an Adirondack 46er.
Click for Colden and the Flowed Lands Daily Itinerary
Rates: Tier 1: $2,700 • Tier 2: $2,600 • Tier 3: $2,500 

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Leaders-In-Training (LIT) – Intermediate Level

July 7 – 19; August 4 – 16 (Ages 15+)

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This two-week leader-in-training adventure trip will have you exploring the Adirondacks and your own leadership potential. Investigate leadership styles, interpersonal communication, and trip-leading skills through hands-on learning in a variety of workshops and adventure activities. Plan your own backpacking trip in the Adirondacks and assist with local community service. Each participant will have the opportunity to lead the group along the way. 
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,005 • Tier 2: $1,905 • Tier 3: $1,805

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Appalachian Trail Hut to Hut – Advanced Level

July 7 – 19 (Ages 15+)

Prerequisite: Minimum Intermediate Backpacking Trip (Extended High Peaks, LIT)

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Backpack across the most beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, lodging in the iconic mountain huts perched at the top of the peaks. You will cross over the world-renowned Presidential Range along with some of the most rugged terrain in the northeast and experience the ‘thru-hiker’ culture of the AT.
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,295 • Tier 2: $2,195 • Tier 3: $2,095 

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ADK 46er – Expeditionary Level

June 30 – August 2 (Ages 15+)

Prerequisite: Minimum Two Week Backpacking Trip (Extended High Peaks, Appalachian Hut to Hut, LIT) and Adventure Director approved application only

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The Adirondack 46er is an intense backpacking classic that will take you through an incredible 5-week journey of self-discovery. This trip is offered for the physically prepared, experienced hiker that will strive to take you to become an Adirondack 46er, climbing all of the 46 peaks over 4000 feet in the High Peaks Region. You will be a part of a tightknit community, with a common objective that you will support one another to achieve as you immerse yourselves in the first American wilderness. This exceptional journey has you backpack into the heart of the Adirondacks, crossing the boulder fields of Avalanche Pass, climbing the sheer slides of Mount Colden, tackling the long journey up Mount Allen, the most remote high peak of the 46, and standing above New York on top of Mount Marcy the highest point in the state.  You will also explore the caves on top of Gothic Mountain and truly experience the 6 million acres of wilderness known as the Adirondacks.

This trip will truly put your backpacking and camping skills to the test with your leaders guiding you in the most efficient ways to pack, cook and camp on an extended backpacking trip. These skills will show you how to work closely as a group and create relationships to last a lifetime as you help one another accomplish this impressive achievement, having the privilege of being part of the exclusive 46er club.
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Rates: Tier 1: $4,115 • Tier 2: $4,015 • Tier 3: $3,915 

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The Vermont Long Trail – Expeditionary Level

June 30 – August 2 (Ages 15+)

Prerequisite: Invitation, or Adventure Director approved application only

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The Vermont Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. Backpack the entire 273 miles over the course of this five week epic journey and graduate as an elite wilderness leader from our most demanding trip ever. This trip is offered for the physically prepared and experienced Backpacker looking to take the next step up from the Adirondack 46er as you refine your leadership skills, develop internal strength and become immersed in the ‘Thru-hiker’ culture. Hiking through the Green Mountains from the southern end of Vermont up to the Canadian Border, scrambling through this rugged wilderness, past pristine ponds and over the highest peaks in Vermont including massive Mount Mansfield.
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Rates: Tier 1:  $4,165 • Tier 2: $4,065 • Tier 3: $3,965 

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Paddling Trips

Adirondack Waterways Juniors  – Entry Level 

July 7 – 12; July 21 – 26; August 4 – 9 (Ages 11-13)

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Ride the wild waves of the Adirondacks! Enjoy the thrill of mastering the techniques to propel you across Lake George in the largest sail boats of our fleet. Sailing northbound into a group of islands known as The Narrows, we dock and establish camp for the night. On day two discover the hidden secrets of the lake as you kayak along the eastern shores, stopping to explore the lake’s largest waterfall. Returning to camp, we switch gears and drive north to experience the wildest waters of the Adirondack Park. You will surf the rapids on the Hudson River, tackling the white-water with your whole group as you raft down river with an experienced raft guide hitting the biggest water the Adirondacks has to offer. Round out this wild week by learning the basics of whitewater kayaking with your guides on the smaller moving waters of the Hudson River. This trip is designed to give you the opportunity to try your hand at all the great water activities available, building basic paddling and sailing skills to further develop in the future.
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Rates:   Tier 1:  $1,185 • Tier 2: $1,110 • Tier 3: $1,035

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Adirondack Waterways Teens  – Entry Level

July 14 – 19; July 28 – August 8; August 11 – 16 (Ages 13+)

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Ride the wild waves of the Adirondacks! Enjoy the thrill and technique of sailing and kayaking on Lake George. Camp among the hundreds of islands that dot the lake, and then head northwest for more water adventures: white-water rafting and kayaking on the Hudson River. Build paddling and sailing skills toward peak performance on this great sampler of water activities.
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Rates:  Tier 1: $1,185 • Tier 2: $1,110 • Tier 3: $1,035

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Kayak Lake George End to End – Intermediate Level

July 7 – 12; AUGUST 4 – 9 (Ages 13+)

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Paddle all 32 miles of one of the northeast’s most beautiful waterways. You will begin your journey at the southern end of Lake George launching from Million Dollar Beach with its incredible views as you look towards the northern end of the lake. You will hug the shoreline as you head north past scenic bays and majestic mountains. You will camp among the hundreds of glacier-formed islands while seeking hidden natural treasures that have made Lake George one of the most popular lakes in the Adirondacks. As you progress through the dramatic channels of the Narrow Islands you will have the opportunity to take a dip in huge waterfalls, track Bald Eagles, hike the highest peak on the lake and listen to the call of the loons as you fall asleep each night. Experience the magic of watching the sunrise over the mountains and shimmer across the waters as you take a sunrise paddle past the enormous rock faces of Rogers Rock as you head to your final destination, Ticonderoga. During this trip, you will hone your skills in paddling, wet exits, open water crossings, island camping and kayak packing to give you a unique set of skills.
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Rates: Tier 1: $1,110 • Tier 2: $1,035 • Tier 3: $960

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Adirondack Voyageurs – Intermediate Level

July 21 – 26 (Ages 13+)

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Explore the Adirondacks the way generations have before, through the lakes and rivers in the Adirondack Lakes Region. Camping along the waterways as we go, this is a true Adirondack adventure born more than a century ago by early Adirondack guides. You will launch your adventure from Long Lake and paddle north, camping on the shores in the northern end of the lake and enjoying the heat of a campfire as you watch the sunset over the western mountains. Next you will leave the open waters behind and head into the network of rivers and streams.  As you snake downstream in the shallow waters, keep your eyes open for all the wildlife scattered along the shores. You will have an introduction to the skills of portaging around waterfalls and work together to pass this obstacle as well as build on your encampment, paddling and navigation skills as you make your way towards Tupper Lake, your final destination.
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Rates: Tier 1: $1,110 • Tier 2: $1,035 • Tier 3: $960

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Canadian Waterways – Advanced Level

July 21 – August 2 (Ages 14+)

Prerequisite: Minimum Intermediate Trip (Suggested: ADK Voyageurs, Kayak End to End)

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Follow in the footsteps of generations of native people on a paddling and camping journey through Canada’s vast wilderness. Algonquin Provincial Park offers an extensive labyrinth of pristine canoe routes. Paddle along shorelines filled with moose, loon and beaver then establish camp by the water and gaze upon the millions of stars. Navigate these waters as you link smaller bodies of water with huge open lakes as you learn the skills of boat control and the feeling of accomplishment from portaging. The second week will have you venturing out into the islands of Lake Huron exploring the vast coastline by sea kayak along the Georgian Bay. Search for the perfect spot as you camp on one of many islands, cooling off by taking a dip in the crystal clear waters and maybe exploring the shoreline for some freshwater mussels. To round out the full experience of the Ontario’s waters you will take on the white waters of the Ottawa River as you raft down the huge rapids. Don’t forget to pick up some of Canada’s finest maple syrup on your way home. Passport required.
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,190 • Tier 2: $2,090 • Tier 3: $1,990

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Multi-Sport Trips

Adirondack Explorers Juniors  – Entry Level

July 14 – 19; July 28 – August 8; August 11 – 16 (Ages 11-13)

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Sample the best the Adirondack Park has to offer all in a single week. You will be based in the heart of the park at the Heart Lake Campgrounds venturing out for the day’s excursion. You will begin the adventure day hiking in the pristine wilderness of the High Peaks Region, maybe even climbing one of the highest peaks in the state to gaze down upon the other 6 million acres of the largest park in the lower 48 states. Next, you will get an introduction to basic trail riding at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, learning the mountain biking skills that will take you through the wooded single track trails. Then you will learn the ropes as you climb the sheer rock faces in the famous Keene Valley area. You will experience the wildest waters of the park as you surf the rapids of the Hudson River. Tackling the white-water with your group as you raft down river with an experienced raft guide, hitting the biggest water of the Adirondacks. Finally, you will head back to camp to take a final dip in the beautiful waters of Lake George.
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Rates: Tier 1: $1,240 • Tier 2: $1,165 • Tier 3: $1,090

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Adirondack Explorers Teens  – Entry Level

July 7 – 12; July 21 – 26; August 4 – 9 (Ages 13+)

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Sample the best of the Adirondacks by land and by water. We’ll be day hiking in the High Peaks region, getting an introduction to basic trail riding at Mt. Van Hoevenberg on mountain bikes, learning to rock climb in the famous Keene Valley, whitewater rafting on the Hudson, and war canoeing on Lake George.
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Rates:  Tier 1: $1,240 • Tier 2: $1,165 • Tier 3: $1,090

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Adirondack Grand Slam – Intermediate Level

August 4 – 16 (Ages 13+)

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An expansion of our Adirondack Explorers trip, these two action-packed weeks will have you exploring the water and land all over the spectacular Adirondacks. We’ll fit in a multi-day canoe trip along classic canoe waterways and have time to play in a variety of boats in the whitewater of some of the big rivers like the Moose and the Hudson River Gorge. By land, we’ll mountain bike the extensive networks of trails, hike in the High Peaks, and rock climb in the famous Keene Valley area. We will camp at state campgrounds and backcountry sites along the way.
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,195 • Tier 2: $2,095 • Tier 3: $1,995

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New England Grand Slam – Intermediate Level

July 21 – August 2 (Ages 13+)

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Begin your experience exploring the green mountain state by kayaking on the 6th largest inland body of water, Lake Champlain. You will delve deeper into the Green Mountains, exploring the Smugglers Notch area and hiking Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont. Then reward all your hard work with a visit to the birthplace of the world famous Ben & Jerry’s and round out your time in Vermont with some of the best mountain biking in New England. New Hampshire’s White Mountains will be the backdrop of your first vertical excursion as you rock climb in the famous Franconia Notch region. You’ll hike over the jaw-dropping Franconia ridgeline with 360-degree views of the entire White Mountains and presidential range, maybe even running into a few Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Your final destination in Maine is Mount Desert Island where you will bike old carriage trails, climb the sea cliffs on the Atlantic Ocean, hike to spectacular views of the shoreline, and tackle an overnight excursion to the ocean islands by kayak. You will take on some of the biggest whitewater in New England as you raft down the Kennebec River and be the first person in the US to watch the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain. This adventure-packed two weeks will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,275 • Tier 2: $2,175 • Tier 3: $2,075

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Maine Multi-Sport – Intermediate Level

August 4 – August 16 (Ages 13+)

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The land and waters of Maine offer a paradise for adventures. Powerful rivers give way to waterfalls, dramatic coastlines give way to the open ocean, and you will experience the best of it all. You will start by getting a lay of the lands when you hike to the top of some of the Bigelow Mountains, gaining great views of the large inland lakes. You will explore the lakes of Flagstaff by canoe and camp along its shores.  Swapping the glassy lakes for the rambunctious Kennebec River offers your first look at Maine’s amazing white water as you join the experienced raft guides to navigate the wild rapids. You will later put these skills to the test when you tackle the huge waters of the Penobscot River. You will get to dry off for the day high on the rock faces of Acadia National Park, climbing some of the only sea cliffs on the east coast. Maneuver your way up these sheer rock faces with the Atlantic rolling in under your feet. Mountains abound for summiting as you hike in Baxter State Park, the home of Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine and the end of the 2189 mile Appalachian Trail.

Finally you will explore the coast, with its wild, rocky shoreline rich with sea life along which you’ll paddle for several days in sea kayaks, camping on the small islands off the coast enjoying the best of Maine.
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,275 • Tier 2: $2,175 • Tier 3: $2,075

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*COMING SOON* Canadian Multi-Sport – Advanced Level

 (Ages 15+)

Prerequisite: Minimum Intermediate Trip (suggested: Maine Multisport, NE Grand Slam, ADK Grand Slam)

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Kayak with whales in the glacier-carved Fjords, hike on the International Appalachian Trail in Gaspesie via Ferrata in Saguenay and explore the Arctic rock formations of Anticosti National Park. If you liked Maine, you will love this trip as it tests your skills in a stunning landscape.

 

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Specialty Trips

Adirondack Rock Climbing – Entry Level

July 28 – August 2 (Ages 13+)

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Experience your introduction to the vertical world of rock climbing while based in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. You will climb some of the 1000+ available routes while learning the basics in climbing safety and techniques.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,240 • Tier 2: $1,165 • Tier 3: $1,090

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Major Rock of the Northeast – Intermediate Level

July 7 – 19 (Ages 13+)

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This adventure has us literally climbing the walls. Each day of this two-week, rock-climbing extravaganza offers new routes and challenges. From the best climbing in the Adirondacks and White Mountains to the ledges above the salty waters of Maine, you’ll develop your skills in top roping, sport climbing, traditional climbing, bouldering and even multi-pitch routes. Starting in the Adirondacks you will be joined by our in-house climbing specialist that will guide you through basic safety procedures, belay school and coach you in your climbing technique. Each day you will be climbing at a new spot in the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area, Chapel Pond and Lake George. With your newly acquires skills and techniques you will head out to discover the best of New England’s rock. Landing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire you will tackle some of your biggest challenges yet with a massive multi-pitch climb with the AMGA guides. Feel the thrill of approaching a 400-foot cliff face and working together to overcome this impressive feat.  But you’re not done yet. Finally, you will head over to the sea cliffs of the Maine shoreline. You will find yourself scaling the rugged Otter Cliffs as the waves of the Atlantic crash below your feet with the perfect backdrops to keep you company.
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Rates: Tier 1: $2,275 • Tier 2: $2,175 • Tier 3: $2,075

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SCUBA Camp  – Entry Level

July 7 – 12; August 4 – 9 (Ages 13+)

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Find out what lies beneath the surface of Lake George in this PADI Open Water Dive Course hosted at Camp Chingachgook. Certified instructors take you through the basics of SCUBA diving beginning at the Chingachgook waterfront and progressing to other locations throughout Lake George. You will begin with the basic safety instruction and try dives in shallow water eventually progressing to a 60 foot deep dive to explore the depth of the crystal clear waters of Lake George. Evening seminars prepare you for your daily dives to explore shipwrecks and the underwater environment.

Those who successfully complete the Open Water Dive Course are then eligible to stay for the Advanced Scuba Camp program the following week. Put those dive skills to the test for two weeks exploring the depths of Lake George!
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Rates: Tier 1: $1,430 • Tier 2: $1,355 • Tier 3: $1,280 

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Advanced SCUBA Camp – Intermediate Level

August 11 – 16 (Ages 13+)

Prerequisite: SCUBA Camp, or a current PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent certification.

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Delve deeper beneath the surface of Lake George in this PADI Advanced Training for Open Water Divers Course hosted at Camp Chingachgook. Certified instructors introduce you to specialty diving and fine tuning your basic SCUBA diving skills. Beginning at the Chingachgook waterfront and progressing to other locations throughout Lake George developing skills in underwater navigation, search and recovery, deep diving and even a night dive. You will learn the skills needed to explore the inside of wrecks and dive to greater depths reaching 100 feet below the surface. This trip will give you the opportunity to master the skills you learned in the Open Water Cert and explore the joy of the underwater world. Evening seminars prepare campers for your daily dives to explore shipwrecks and the underwater environment of the lake.

(Discounted rate if you sign up for both SCUBA and Advanced SCUBA in the same summer!)

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Rates: Tier 1: $1,240 • Tier 2: $1,165 • Tier 3: $1,090 

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Bike Martha’s Vineyard  – Entry Level

July 14 – 19; August 11 – 16 (Ages 13+)

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Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard to experience the cyclist’s haven of Cape Cod as you enjoy a week of riding along the bikeways. Sample Cape cuisine, swim at the beautiful beaches, become awestruck by the amazing cliffs of Aquinnah, enjoy pedaling through the sunset-lit forest, visit the local landmarks, and more. Using the youth hostel in West Tisbury as your home base you will head out to explore the various parts of the island.
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Rates:  Tier 1: $1,465 • Tier 2: $1,390 • Tier 3: $1,315

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Additional Information

Small Groups

Small-group sizes emphasize the importance of community, communication, respect and responsibility. Co-ed groups limited to 8 or 10 participants encourage personal investment and team-building and leader-to-participant ratios of one-to-four or one-to-five allow our co-ed Trip Leaders to focus on individual facilitation.

Safety

Our experienced staff have wilderness medicine and lifeguard certifications, and intentionally facilitate activities to promote physical and emotional safety and inclusion within the group. Leaders set guidelines for group behavior, instruct safety procedures and report to the Chingachgook administration throughout each trip.

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