Skill classes are
a large part of the Camp experience at Chingachgook. Each camper is given the opportunity to
select their preferred activities for skill classes when they register. Upon arrival at Camp, you will receive a schedule of four skill classes,
which focus on individual progression rather than competition. Descriptions of available skill classes can
be found below.
To participate in
some water-based classes (indicated in skill class descriptions below), campers
must pass a swim check of either 220 or 440 yards on the first day of
camp. Campers that do not complete the
220-yard swim check will be enrolled in a swimming skill class that follows the
YMCA swimming standards.
Questions? Give us a call! (518) 656-9462
offered in 2013:
Swimming: “YMCA Progressive Swimming” emphasizes personal improvement
as campers progress through skill levels at their own pace. “Competitive Swimming” is an advanced
swimming class available for qualified campers.
Canoeing: Must pass 220-yard swim test. Learn the basics, explore the
lake and marsh, and play games in aluminum and war canoes.
Waterskiing: Must be at least 12 years old and pass the
440-yard swim test. Learn to ski with a
qualified instructor and earn medals for accomplishments. Additional fee of $65 per 2-weeks and $35 per
one-week applies to offset costs of equipment and gasoline.
Fishing: Juniors only. Learn
the basic skills of baiting, casting, and fishing. Campers must bring their own fishing poles.
Farming and Animal Care: Learn the basics of agriculture and animal care in this hands-on program. Gardening, composting, and caring for goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits and horses are some of the skills campers will learn in this class.
Arts: Explore your creative abilities through painting,
candle-making, beading, nature crafts, tie dying, and more.
Nature/Outdoor Living Skills: Explore the dynamic natural areas of
camps—mountain, brook, wetlands, lake.
Learn about habitats, ecosystems, and conservation principles.
Improv & Theater: Explore drama, juggling, costumes, and
Drawing: Explore the world of sketches, story-boarding, comics and more. This class will teach basic skills and allow campers to explore their creative side.
Riflery: Must be at least 12 years old. Learn safe firearm operation under the
supervision of an instructor certified by the NRA.
Archery: Structured according to standards of the National Archery
Development Association. Shoot for fun,
to score, and in tournaments.
Dance & Movement: Stay fit and have fun. Learn different
types of dance and choreography.
Guitar: Learn chords, strumming techniques, and play camp and
popular songs. Campers may use guitars
provided by Camp.
Outdoor Cooking: Cooking outside is fun and useful. Safely build and use an outdoor fire or stove
for easy-to-prepare meals.
Junior Sports Zone: Juniors only. A different activity everyday: Chingacross,
whiffle ball, kick ball, crab soccer, international games day and more!
Water World: Juniors only. Play basketball, volleyball and other games…
all in the water! Special rope swing
Woodworking: Juniors only. Create great wooden projects while learning
to safely use hand tools.
Softball: Learn to bat and field on a regulation-size little league
Soccer: Practice basic soccer skills and scrimmage on a
Tennis: Bring your racquet.
Learn tennis skills and rules in singles and doubles play.
Yoga: Must be at least 12 years old. Relax and meditate while learning yoga basics, including introductory poses, breathing techniques and theories. Bring your own mat if you have one, but Camp will provide as needed.
Photography*: Campers must bring 35mm camera (not
digital). Take creative shots, then
develop black-and-white photos in Camp’s well-equipped darkroom.
Sailing*: Must pass 440-yard swim test. Learn sailing terms and techniques in Sunfish
and 14-foot Capris. Advanced sailors develop solo skills.
High Ropes*: Must be at least 12 years old. Experience
the challenges and thrills of a 14-element course. Safety is maintained with harnesses, helmets,
and belay ropes.
Mountain Biking*: Must be at least 12 years old. Bring a
bike, helmet, lock and patch kit. Learn
riding and tune-up skills while exploring camp’s roads and trails.
Rock Climbing*: Must be at least 12 years old.Learn to
climb and belay on our climbing tower and on rocks on and near Chingachgook
property. Harness, helmet, and belay
rope worn for safety.
lasting two periods rather than one