Classes & Activites
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Meals are an integral part of the Chingachgook experience.Our chefs prepare food that is delicious, wholesome and plentiful. Each meal includes rituals that promote gratitude, awareness or natural resources, and community.
Our cabins will serve as your home away from home during your trip. Each cabin has a rustic feel while still providing the comforts of home. Twin beds are located in each cabin, there is a private room for staff or chaperones and modern bathhouses are located a short walk from each cabin. We have four units for cabins: Lakeside, Mountainside, & Brookside East & West. One unit has fully winterized cabins for year round programs.
Residential Outdoor Education Experience
At Chingachgook we have something for every grade level and can create an itinerary that matches school-wide needs and reinforces learning. The student residential experience is one where we see tremendous social growth.
Staying at Chingachgook allows children to live close to nature and practice personal independence with guidance from their school leaders and experienced outdoor educators. These experiences are often the highlight of a student's year and can take classroom learning and personal growth to the next level.
Our three part curriculum includes:
Through our exploration programming, students experience the joys of the outdoors. Whether they are on the lake paddling a war canoe or hiking to a view on Buck Mountain, students connect with nature and learn healthy life-long pursuits. All outings can be designed to match students’ physical abilities.
Watch your students grow confidence, build resilience, and develop interpersonal skills through our challenge education program. Students are empowered to choose their own challenge by assessing risks, stepping outside their comfort zones, and building supportive communities where all students strive to be their best selves. Through teambuilding initiatives and climbing challenges, our trained facilitators lead students in safety monitoring, problem solving, and goal setting. All classes are customized to meet the needs of your students and match character education goals identified by your school.
Nowhere else on earth can you find a recovered ecosystem like that of the New York State’s Adirondack Park. Once over harvested, the Adirondacks tell an environmental story of success, where citizen action has resulted in state protection of 6.1 million acres- making Adirondack Park the largest park in the U.S. where people and nature thrive together. Chingachgook is an ideal location to study the Adirondacks. Our campus, at the foothills of Buck and Pilot Knob Mountains and on the shore of spectacular Lake George, is home to an abundance of wildlife within woodlands, wetlands, fields, lake, and streams. Study the Adirondack ecosystem through a lens of wonder, scientific inquiry, and hands-on exploration. All classes are customized to match school academic standards and reinforce classroom lessons.
The hour before dinner time is a favorite with our participants and allows students to take charge for part of their day. Students can choose from a variety of activities, such as, archery, basketball, teatherball, gaga, bouldering wall, farm, swimming, hikes and volleyball.
Fun and learning continue after dinner with an evening activity to close out the day. Evening programs run for 1.5-2 hours and include night hikes, town halls, campfires or scavenger hunts.