Volunteer Opportunities at
YMCA Camp Chingachgook
Volunteer Work Weekends at Camp Chingachgook
Every year Camp Chingachgook hosts two volunteer work weekends a year. On these weekends volunteers can live at Camp while working on facility projects both Saturday and Sunday. Camp provides all the necessary tools and guidance for the projects, as well as camp programs on Saturday evening and meals throughout the weekend.
October 26-27, 2019
April 25-26, 2020
October 24-25, 2020
Our Spring Work Weekend is typically held on the last weekend in April, and is focused on opening up facilities that have been closed for the winter. Volunteers clean cabins, set-up campfire pits, paint buildings and fences, and plant the Camp’s garden and flower beds.
The Fall Work Weekend, typically held the first weekend in November, is focused on closing facilities for the winter months to come. Volunteers rake leaves, store supplies, split firewood, and clean out garden and flower beds.
Each work weekend provides an opportunity to enjoy the Camp’s facilities, the fellowship of friends, and a chance for teens to earn valuable service hours. As a Thank You all meals and lodging are free during the weekend (starting Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch) Space for volunteers on these weekends are limited, so please call 518-656-9462 for more information and to make your reservation.
Chingachgook Challenge Road Race – September 8, 2019
The Chingachgook Challenge raises money for camp scholarships. Volunteers are needed for the morning to support our half-marathon and 10K runners along the course and at the finish line. All volunteers receive a free race shirt and lakeside lunch. Click here to register!
Y-Knot Sailing for People with Disabilities
Y-Knot sailing is a program of YMCA Camp Chingachgook that allows sailors of all physical abilities to enjoy sailing on Lake George. Using specialty equipment participants can be moved safely from a wheelchair into a sailboat designed for and equipped for their specific needs.
Volunteers can be sailing companions, but even those without sailing experience are welcome to join. Volunteers also help participants into the slings they are lifted in, run the hoist, rig and de-rig boats, walk dogs, and a number of other easily trained but valuable tasks on the dock.
Our Y-Knot sailing days are typically on Saturday or Sunday, and run on weekends from May through September. You can sign-up to help based on your availability on a weekly basis.
Volunteering for Y-Knot is a chance to meet new friends in a beautiful place while helping a worthwhile cause. Find out more on the Y-Knot Sailing website, or by calling the Camp at