Make a Difference

Stronger Together

Help us secure Camp’s future by donating today to our Sustaining Campaign. A lot has changed at Chingachgook over this past year, but our commitment has remained the same—to always be here for our camp family when people need us most, with open arms and caring hearts.

At Chingachgook, we believe in the magic of Camp. We believe in creating a welcoming community, where we are constantly striving to improve ourselves and others. We focus on building a deep connection with the natural world and with those around us. We believe in instilling confidence and independence in everyone who steps foot on Camp. We are passionate about providing programs that promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit for all. Now, more than ever, we need your support to help us keep the spirit of Chingachgook alive. Your gift to YMCA Camp Chingachgook will ensure we rise from this challenge and continue to excel at providing life-changing experiences in the outdoors for all.



The COVID-19 crisis has changed our world, but not YMCA Camp Chingachgook’s commitment to serve. When this crisis is over, Camp will be here to help our communities recover, with your help. We rely on supporters like you to help us serve our community with resilience and determination. Now more than ever, your support is critical. Please donate today to support us in the key areas listed below. 


Strengthen the Foundations of our Community

Help us emerge from this crisis ready to tackle new challenges and even greater need. Our commitment to strengthen the community through services and programs that promote healthy living, social responsibility and youth development remains as strong as ever. As the pandemic continues, more children, adults, and families will rely on programs and financial assistance to meet these needs.

As the leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community, we’ve been working harder than ever before to make sure everyone in our community feels safe and cared for as we navigate these challenging times. Help us emerge from this crisis stronger by supporting the programs and services that are the foundation of meeting our community’s growing need. At Camp Chingachgook, we know we’re better together.


Sustain YMCA Camp Chingachgook

With COVID-19 sweeping across the country, the Capital Distrct YMCA is here to support our communities by providing meals for those facing hunger, child care for essential workers, and virtual learning spaces as schools transferred to remote learning. We are proud to be here for our community as this crisis continues, but we need your support.

This work is the lifeblood of our mission, but the essential services we’ve been providing to our community come at a cost and, unfortunately, we’ve suffered significant economic loss and setbacks due to suspending operations and canceling all Camp programs since March. We simply cannot do this critical work alone – we need your help.

Please give to our sustaining campaign to ensure we can continue operations and stay financially stable for years to come. Forever in service. For a better us.


Advance Racial Equity and Inclusion for All

As an anchor in the communities we serve, Chingachgook is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, knowing that these efforts create better opportunities for all. In the critical role as community advocate and partner, Camp and the Y are uniquely positioned to bring our community together.

We continue to provide safe spaces for difficult discussions and personal growth. This year we will work to establish partnerships with organizations working to make the outdoors more accessible for all. We will continue to engage our staff and Council of Advisors in Racial Equity training. We will work to ensure the camp magic is available for all current and future Chingachgook kids – because we are stronger together.