DAY CAMP AT CHINGACHGOOK
We’re building kids that are confident, independent, resilient, and who understand that our community is better together. Serving campers aged 5 to 10, our day camp program is made up of nine, 1-week sessions. Campers may choose to stay for multiple weeks, each week runs Monday to Friday with an option for extended care until 5:30 PM & an optional overnight each Thursday.
Our day camp experience is intentionally based on our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We value the opportunity to learn and grow with each and every camper while providing a variety of activities that give each camper a unique experience each day plus a chance to practice their independence.
A DAY AT CAMP
Our Day Campers learn to cooperate, work together as a team, share responsibilities and have fun. Camp groups are divided by age, but there is also time each day for our whole day camp community to be together.
The day camp program runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with an early pick-up on Fridays at 3:00 pm. There is also an option for “After-care” which moves pick up to 5:30 PM for those who cannot get out of work earlier! Each day includes a nutritious lunch, afternoon snack, fun activities, and time to swim in beautiful Lake George.
Our main goal is to provide a variety for the campers and give them a taste of all Chingachgook has to offer, so each day camp week includes daily swim time, group games/teambuilding activities, sports, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, and daily choice time.
Day campers have the opportunity to see what staying at camp is all about with an optional overnight each Thursday. Experiencing a campfire (complete with s’mores) and camping out in a tent with friends (or in Rotary Lodge if rain is in the forecast) is a great first step to getting ready for overnight camp.
Outdoor Adventure (Weeks 1, 4 & 8): This is a great option for campers who love to challenge themselves and explore all the ADKs have to offer! In addition to climbing the rock wall (which campers get to try during any day camp week), these campers will try out the bouldering wall, explore the wetlands area, hike to some of the scenic lookouts around camp, learn about shelter building, try cooking over a campfire and learn about survival skills and leave no trace principles.
Creative Arts/STEM (Weeks 2, 6, & 9): For the creative & curious camper! This is a great option for campers who want to create, invent and investigate. In addition to our standard weekly stream exploration time, these campers will get the chance to use microscopes & maps to study Lake George, create art projects, tie-dye, paint nature scenes from all around camp, try out our “Makerspace” to build their own instruments or try to build boats that will race down the stream and explore music through our Garage Band class!
Waterfront Weeks (Weeks 3, 5 & 7): Perfect chance to spend even more time in, on, and around the lake this summer! In addition to our standard daily swim time and weekly canoe outing, these campers will get to enjoy all the Chingachgook waterfront has to offer! Enjoy fishing along the shore, trying out our paddleboards, playing water basketball, having fun on the slip n slide, and possibly even getting a chance to go sailing on Lake George!