“My son was made to feel valued and an important part of the group. He was involved in activities that were engaging, new and exciting where he could gain confidence. He was able to learn the process of peer discussion and shared decision making.” Parent of a Sr. Boy Camper
Chingachgook offers one and two week overnight sessions for campers ages 7- 15. We are committed to helping each camper experience the best time of his/her life. Camp life promotes the YMCA core values of caring, honest, respect, and responsibility. Through every activity, campers learn lifelong skills while developing self- confidence, independence, and cooperation.
The overnight camp community consists of four units based on age and gender. Campers ages 13-15 call the Senior Units home while campers ages 7-12 live in the Junior Units. Each cabin or yurt houses 8-10 campers (similar in age), two counselors, and a counselor in training (CIT). Bath houses are located in each unit, a short walk from the cabin.
A Genuine Wilderness Experience
Providing a genuine wilderness experience for young people has been a major part of our mission since the early days of Camp. That tradition continues today with camping and wilderness excursions incorporated into all of our programs.
One Week Sessions – One week session campers spend an afternoon with their cabin group venturing from Camp by foot or by boat. Cabin groups summit mountains, paddle to a Lake George island, and explore the beauty in our own backyard!
Two Week Sessions – Two week session campers depart from Camp the second Monday of their session for a three day, two night wilderness excursion. They travel by boat, bus, or foot to reach their destination. Each of our three day camp-outs are rated for difficulty, divide by age, and gender. With the help of their counselors, campers list their preferences and are then sorted by the Unit Directors into Excursion Groups. Each group is staffed with counselors trained in Wilderness First Aid and training specific to the location of their trip.
Our staff are a big reason your child will want to come back year after year! We select only the most caring and talented young adults to be role models for our campers. Nearly 80% of our staff were campers at Chingachgook!
Staff participate in wilderness training courses, receive certifications for the skills they are teaching, and attend staff orientation week trainings. Each staff member is interviewed, reference, and background checked by our year round staff team. Camp also employs a team of healthcare professionals who provide consistent care for our campers throughout the summer.
The rhythm of camp balances group activities with individual pursuits, and education with recreation. There is time to learn, play, and just be. Chingachgook offers over 30 different skill class activities, providing something for everyone!
View a complete list of our Skills Classes.
View our Daily Schedule
Chingachgook’s food service department provides three well-balanced meals and a snack each day. Campers sit with their cabin group and dine together family style. Breakfast might be pancakes or waffles, lunch we enjoy tacos and pizza, for dinner we offer spaghetti and meatballs or Thanksgiving dinner with all the sides. Check out a sample Chingachgook Menu. We offer a salad bar option at lunch and dinner daily. Camp can accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions. For questions or concerns regarding your child’s dietary needs please contact our Food Service Director.
Special Events and Themes are a huge part of the magic of camp! Chingachgook carries a tradition with War Canoe Races each session. Campers and staff dress up in costume to cheer on their unit in a boys vs girls canoe race. In the evening, you will find cabins working together to capture escaped Zoo Animals (counselors) or collecting Gold to save camp from Villains. Session themes range from popular Disney movies such as Aladdin, to our favorite made up camp family the McCluskey’s Family Reunion. Once a summer, campers are divided into the four core value colors for the ultimate Color Wars Competition.