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March 10th, 2017

We’re here because there’s no place we’d rather be

Yes, it’s almost here. There still might be snow on the ground in Minerva, but I can almost smell it. S’mores, Campfires, those secrets with our bunkmates…basketball, archery, tennis, Color War! And don’t forget about playing air guitar with a tennis raquet. Camp Baco & Camp Che-Na-Wah…What an amazing gift! Those crazy camp songs…talent shows…rainy-day activities.   How many friendship bracelets can you fit on your wrist? And how this simple accessory links us to those we love most. We go on a “digital-detox” and take a wild ride to find freedom, friendships, fierceness, and the opportunity to act the Read More

February 24th, 2017

Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt

Just in case you missed being assigned to evening activity, we decided to make one for you! We all love scavenger hunts so much – but since we aren’t together, you are assigned to a photo scavenger hunt! Go through the list of our scavenger hunt items, and check off as many as you can!  Haven’t been to camp yet?  Don’t worry, you can do this with a new camp friend.  They can explain everything to you!! Submit all of your pictures in 1 email to allison@campbaco.com If you submit pictures from the scavenger hunt, you will be entered into a raffle.  It doesn’t matter how many pictures you submit.  (Teams can enter together, but there is only 1 prize).  The winner of the raffle will receive a limited edition 2016 Senior Staff Flannel, which you will receive the first night of camp. With yours or your parent’s permission, we would also love to post the top pictures and winner on Instagram! Anyone can participate… campers, parents, staff, alumni! BUT in order to be entered [...]

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January 27th, 2017

Top 10 Things We Miss While We’re Home

Camp is, undoubtedly, the one thing that’s always on our minds over the year.  Being that it’s our favorite place to spend time, it would only make sense for it to be our favorite thing to think about, whether it be daydreaming in school or doodling on our homework.  As lonely as it may feel sometimes to be a little camp-sick without your camp friends, it always makes us feel better to remember some of the best parts of our summer.  Here’s the Top 10 list of things we miss the most while we’re away from the best place on earth: 1) Waking up next to our best friends 2) Getting to jump in the lake during general swim, especially on those 90 degree plus days 3) Pausing during all of our lunches and dinners to sing songs in the dining hall 4) Wearing our bunkmates’ t-shirts when we get bored of our own 5) Having a s’mores party for evening activity and getting to watch the sunset over the lake 6) Golf cart karaoke [...]

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August 16th, 2016

Camp Che-Na-Wah Counselor Toast 2016

On behalf of the counselors, those that used to be campers, and those that love camp, we would like to make a toast to the summer of 2016. (Rachel): I started camp in 2002. I was 6. My bunk likes to say my parents shipped me off, the truth is I begged them to go. I got to camp and cried every night. I didn’t share my food. The people around me were strangers with completely different backgrounds. They had weird habits, like putting ketchup on eggs. By the end of that summer I finally knew the words to camp songs, I could waterski, I began to share with my bunk, and I cried because I was going to miss the sound of rain on the roofs. I had learned it all. (Sophie): I soon became bunk 23. While I went into that summer with the excitement of someone who’s about to be on the green team, it was backed by intense dread for the end. I was scared this signified the end of our [...]

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August 15th, 2016

Camp Baco Counselor Toast 2016

I started to think about what I would say if given the opportunity to write the counselor toast about a year ago. I don’t think there is anything more intimidating and, for me, more emotionally intense than attempting to summarize my feelings and gratitude I have for camp. After thirteen summers, I still can’t even put into concise words what camp really is, but I think I have gotten close. Camp is not an amount of time or a place- the superdome, the lake, the bunks; they will all be here when we leave. Camp is a feeling: an emotion we all share. It is the pride we exude during a game, the heart we feel during Olympics, the passion we demonstrate during leagues, or just the simple goofiness we share during a free-play. It is always there, and we feel it course through our veins by just being in the presence of one another. But what is most amazing about camp, is that we have the power each year to define it. Camp is [...]

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August 12th, 2016

How many days until next summer?

You might have expected your son or daughter running to you as they came off the bus, and your family catching up together as you drive away in the car. But, if your child arrives home next week asking for their schedule to be posted every morning, or for the family to line up before every meal, you have entered a new phase of re-entry for your camper. There’s tons of advice given to parents about how to handle their departing campers, but what about the children that are suffering from “camp sickness” ? You will be delightfully rested from the summer while your children were away, so now is your chance to shine in the kitchen, “Camp Style”. Have the hot chocolate ready in the morning, break open a box of Ellios pizza, and don’t forget a side of peanut-butter with chopped up ice-cream sandwiches for the CNW girls (feel free to sing songs to your kids too!). Start a chant when you have milk and cookies (but you can really start a chant [...]

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July 23rd, 2016

Take A Look Around – Saturday Morning Speech

Often we hear about famous women who have helped shape society.  What we don’t realize is that we also have these women surrounding us.  Abby and I went around asking campers and staff of Camp Che-Na-Wah what they do to contribute to our world.  We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who shared their stories with us, and today, we would like to share a few with you. Leighton (bunk 2) is part of the girl scout group in her community.  Her girl scout group sells cookies to raise money for an under privileged school in order for them to get new supplies. Marli (bunk 10) set up a lemonade stand to raise money for an animal shelter. Sara (bunk 20) delivered food to victims of whose homes were destroyed in hurricane Sandy. Annie (counselor of bunk 21) worked for the LEDA program for elderly people, which worked towards making sure they were safe while using the fitness center.  Although there were only 7 mandatory classes, Annie continued to help out. Another girl who [...]

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July 22nd, 2016

An exciting week in Camp Che-Na-Wah

A little late, but it is safe to say that we had a beautiful visiting day weekend filled with family, nice weather, and of course…fried chicken. Also, for those who did not get to witness Avenue Q this weekend I personally send my condolences because it was truly incredible. In other news, Bunks 19 and 20 went and returned from their trip to Montreal where they went jet boating and lazer tagging! Also, Che-Na-Wah Bunks 21 and 22 had a “play day” with Forest Lake where we won the volleyball game and they won the basketball game – it was loads of fun. Actually, the forecast called for thunderstorms all afternoon which thankfully was false and we enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon instead. The other night bunks 2-8 and 21-22 had a neon themed dance party with our very own DJ Rick Weiss which got rowdy with the cotton eye joe, cupid shuffle, and the chacha slide. Bunks 16, 17, and 18 took a trip to the Great Escape while here in camp we quite few [...]

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July 11th, 2016

Penn/Cornell…yay!!!

Penn/Cornell…yay!!! The team names were Cornell’s Come Backs and Penn’s Back to the Future. Bunk 22 did a fabulous job leading the camp through our summer’s first color war. At the end of the day Penn won both sing and competition, announced by the four beautiful judges dressed in white: Chloe Fein, Stacey Denbaum, Stacey Ellman, and last but certainly not least Natalie Boden. Also, in the battle between Pinksgiving and Keeping Up With Green, the color war between counselors and waitresses, the waitresses took the victory. But even though there were 2 victories tonight, everyone really won because everyone had loads of fun The night ended with bunk 22 sang taps (saying good night) to every bunk in camp while they all enjoyed a well deserved ice cream sandwich. -Hannah Ross

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July 9th, 2016

An eventful day in Camp Che-Na-Wah

July 9th was an eventful day in Camp Che-Na-Wah. We started the day with a little bit of rain which later led to our favorite rainy day activity…’She Missed America’ where counselors dress up as pageant contestants and explain why they missed the pageant with hilarious stories and acts with the campers. The pageant had Miss Hair Gel, who missed the pageant doing her hair; Miss Emoji, who missed the pageant because she was stuck in the keyboard; Miss snuggles, who missed the pageant because she was sleeping; etc. BUT that wasn’t the only show we has today! For evening activity we had a talent show which concluded with some very exciting news delivered by the Waitresses after their act. The girls sneakily changed the lyrics to their march down to “Were back at camp and on top of senior hill grateful to be green all summer sixteen and get ready to yell CAUSE ITS PENN CORNELL” Penn/Cornell is our 1 day color war, and when it was announced that it will be taking place [...]

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We’re here because there’s no place we’d rather be

Yes, it’s almost here. There still might be snow on the ground in Minerva, but I can almost smell it. S’mores, Campfires, those secrets with our bunkmates…basketball, archery, tennis, Color War! And don’t forget about playing air guitar with a tennis raquet. Camp Baco & Camp Che-Na-Wah…What an amazing gift!

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Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt

Just in case you missed being assigned to evening activity, we decided to make one for you! We all love scavenger hunts so much – but since we aren’t together, you are assigned to a photo scavenger hunt! Go through the list of our scavenger hunt items, and check off

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  • 95 days until camp, it's time to meet Shari Wagman Rotenberg!! 💛💙Shari is the co-operator of the first year counselor program, and official candle lighter at Baco Friday night dinner. 🕯Her favorite activity at Baco is the Unofficial Waiter Hunt, and at Che-Na-Wah is Human Croquet.💙💛 During free play she likes to hang in the gazebo at Baco, or on Senior Hill at Che-Na-Wah. Shari's favorite meal at camp is the Visiting Day Lunch. 🍗Her favorite camp tradition is Big Show (and her favorite Big Show was Guys and Dolls 1987). 🎲 🎲The top these items on her side cubby would be her water bottle, sunscreen, and a fan. Fun fact... when Shari was a counselor at Che-Na-Wah, she was Head Swim. 💙💛💙😁 #meetthestaff #bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #adks #adkcamp #adksummercamp #12851 #living10for2
  • 100 days until your new white t-shirts are beautifully tie-dyed!! Meet Shlomit Flexer, the head of the Arts and Crafts program at Camp Baco. 🎨👩🏻‍🎨You can always find Shlomit at the arts and crafts shack, even during free period.  The song Piano Man makes Shlomit think of camp. 💙💛 She loves Olympics, especially the Apache relay.  The top 3 items on Shlomits side cubby are an iPod, lamp, and the book she is reading.  Fun fact… every other Saturday, she feeds the calves on the kibbutz where she lives. 💙💛💙💛#bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #adks #adkcamp #adksummercamp #artsandcrafts #meetthestaff #12851
  • Yesterday was the Bicentennial of the town of Minerva. Happy 200th (belated) Birthday to a town we all love to call our 2nd home, and our favorite zip code. 💙💛💙💛#goraisetheflag #12851 #summer2017 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawah #adks #adkcamp #adksummercamp
  • Camp Baco Visiting Day 1957 #tbt 💛💙 Thanks to Baco Alum Howard Kantrowitz for sending us some home videos. 💙💛💙💛 #bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #living10for2 #summer2017 #12851 #adks #adksummercamp
  • We would like to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka Kiki) for her birthday 🎉 💛💙 Everyone should celebrate tonight with some cake!!! 💙💛💙💛 #goraisetheflag #chenawahalumni #friendsfriendsfriends #12851 #summercamp #summer2017 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawah
  • 💙💛"It's about the sounds of laughter, rain on the roof, and singing. It's about the setting of the sun, and the warmth of the campfire. It is about connecting to all of those generations of Baco boys and Che-Na-Wah daughters that paved the way." New blog post up at campbaco.com 💙💛💙💛 #summer2017 #living10for2 #summercamp #12851 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawah
  • 💙💛🎉🎉day dreaming of much more spirited [and warmer] mornings 😎☀️💙💛 #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2 #summercamp #summer2017 #spiritday #wegotspirit
  • 105 days until camp… time to meet more staff!  Meet Adam “The Coach” Bloomberg.  The Coach is co-operator of the First Year Counselor program. 💙💛 His favorite activity at camp is the Apache Relay.  His favorite meal at camp is the first night… chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes.  His favorite camp tradition is Olympics🖤💙💚❤️. During free play, The Coach likes to hang out on the slopes.  Fun fact… The Coach has been at camp for over 20 years, and met his wife there.👫 #bestplaceonearth #summer2017 #summercamp #living10for2 #12851 #bacochenawah #meetthestaff

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