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Summer camp can change a child’s life and we love welcoming campers to our Camp family! In everything we do, we believe in fostering growth and passion, in an accepting community that is steeped in tradition. For over 100 years, we’ve provided campers from all around the world the opportunity to experience the magic of camp, with the perfect setting on the shores of Lake George, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.

At YMCA Camp Chingachgook, we value the opportunity to teach, learn and grow with every camper through programs that promote our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

At the root of each program is our main belief that every day at Chingachgook offers the perfect setting for character development, building confidence & independence, making lasting friendships and providing a safe place for kids to be kids. The friendships and memories made each summer are a testament to the fact that the true magic of Chingachgook comes from all the people that make up our Camp family!

YMCA Camp Chingachgook offers four major programs during the summer to ensure there is something for every child. We invite you to continue scrolling to learn more about each program we offer.

We’re building kids that are confident, independent, resilient and who understand that our community is better together. Serving campers aged 7 to 15, our overnight camp program is made up of six 1 or 2 week sessions. Campers may choose to stay for multiple sessions and we offer an optional “hold over” weekend in between each session. Our overnight camp experience is intentionally based on our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We value the opportunity to learn and grown with each and every camper, while providing a variety of activities that give each camper the best time of their lives.

We start the morning with the bugle call of reveille, spend the busy day connecting with friends, trying new things in skills classes, cooling off at the lake during free swim, and then wrap up each day with an all-camp evening program, followed by the sound of taps playing across Camp as campers settle into their bunks for the night.  While our campers always talk about how much fun they have, we know our true impact is in the growth they experience by being a part of our Camp family. You can learn more specifics about our program by scrolling down on this page or contacting us to set up a tour.

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