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April 14th, 2017

Camp Habits that Stick with us at Home

Coming home in August with our camp wrists and flip flop tans makes for a difficult adjustment—especially in terms of our summer habits! For a little while, we find ourselves telling jokes to our friends at home that may make no sense, or casually utilizing camp lingo in our everyday vocabularies. Although, there are simply some habits we just can’t shake all year long! Here are the most common camp behaviors we catch ourselves, even during the off-season… -Singing the wrong lyrics to a pop song because you like the blue and gold version better -Hearing the song your age Read More

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 silliest we ever have. Baco & Che-Na-Wah smile. It is about the sounds of laughter, rain on the roof, and singing. It is about the setting of the sun, and the warmth of a campfire. It is about connecting to all of those generations of Baco boys and Che-Na-Wah daughters that paved the way. It’s about the high 5’s. Its about belonging to a community. And sometimes, there’s work to be done even before a [...]

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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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Baco Che-Na-Wah Blog

Camp Habits that Stick with us at Home

Coming home in August with our camp wrists and flip flop tans makes for a difficult adjustment—especially in terms of our summer habits! For a little while, we find ourselves telling jokes to our friends at home that may make no sense, or casually utilizing camp lingo in our everyday

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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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  • Celebrating National Pretzel Day 94 days before you can get our favorite pretzels from Bunk 20 at the Bazaar (and 61 days before camp) 💙💛💙💛 #bacochenawah #12851 #bestplaceonearth #adirondacks #living10for2 #pretzelday #nationalpretzelday #summercamp #summer17
  • We always stop to appreciate every sunset, every time we catch the fog rising from the lake, every animal, every flower. Happy Earth Day 🌍🌺🌸🌻💫🐸🐣🦋🐢🌲🌲🌺🌎 #MOSTBEAUTIFULPLACEONEARTH #bacochenawah #12851 #bestplaceonearth #adirondacks #adks #summercamp summer17 #living10for2 #earthday
  • New blog post at campbaco.com - Camp Habits That Stick With Us At Home. 💙💛 "For a little while, we find ourselves telling jokes to our friends at home that may make no sense, or casually utilizing camp lingo in our everyday vocabularies." Thank you to Katie Stone for another awesome post!! What habits from camp did you take home with you?! 💙💛💙💛 #bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #12851 #summercamp #summer17 #adksummercamp
  • They might not be in camp, but that isn't stopping these Che-Na-Wah girls from having a campfire. They sang some songs, played campfire games, lit the 4 lamps of beauty, truth, fortitude, and love, and enjoyed some s'mores. 72 days until campfires by Lake Balfour 💙💛💙💛 #living10for2 #bacochenawah #12851 #adkcamp #smores #campfriends #campfriendsarethebestfriends
  • 75 days until the summer family is together.  Meet Bob and Barbara Wortman, Directors at Baco & Che-Na-Wah. 👫
💙💛Barbara’s favorite activities are Blue and Gold, and Penn/Cornell.  During free play, she loves to drive around in the golf cart and see how everyone is doing.  Its a great time for her to catch up with everyone, especially the girls sunning themselves on Senior Hill😎. Her favorite camp tradition is campfire🔥. The song that makes Barbara think of camp is “Now and Forever” by Carole King. 💙💛 Barbara’s favorite meal at camp is Friday night dinner, especially the challah.  The top 3 items on Barbara’s side cubby are a walkie talkie, a schedule, and a picture of her granddaughter Hazel👶. Fun fact… Barbara was the first female Junior Group Leader at Baco.
💛💙Bob’s favorite camp activity is swim🏊🏻. During free play, he loves to watch tennis and other games going on.  He also loves to drive around in the golf cart with his 3 dogs and catch up with everybody🐶🐶🐶. His favorite thing to eat at camp is the salad bar🥗. The song that makes Bob think of Camp Baco is “Blue Moon”. 💛💙The top 3 items on Bob’s side cubby are a walkie talkie, a water bottle, and an alarm clock.  Fun fact… when Bob was a counselor at Baco, he was first on swim staff, then Junior division leader, and then program director.💙💛💙💛 #bestplaceonearth #summer2017 #adks #adkcamp #meetthestaff #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2
  • 80 days until we are on 28N… time to meet Allison Wortman, one of the Directors at Baco & Che-Na-Wah. 💙💛 Allison’s favorite camp activities are arts & crafts👩🏻‍🎨, lightning ball🎾, and Swedish Relays🏃🏻‍♀️. Her favorite camp traditions are 🔥campfire, singing California Dreamin’ after all camp activities, and when the CNW bunks jump into the lake together after the Bucket Brigade.  The top three items on her side cubby (and in her fanny pack) are extra friendship bracelet string, yesterdays schedule, and her walkie talkie. 💛💙 Fun fact… While Allison spends her winter getting ready for summer, she also teaches surf inspired fitness classes at @surfsetnyc.  Bonus fact… she’s still collecting forms for this summer - don’t forget they are due by June 1!!!🗓📝 #bacochenawah #summer2017 #living10for2 #summercamp #meetthestaff #adkcamp #adks #bestplaceonearth
  • 85 days until camp... time to meet Rick Weiss - Camp Dad at Camp Baco. 💙💛 Rick loves that  general swim... 🏊🏻 Triple 21!  His favorite thing to do during free play is throwing the disc on the upper. His favorite camp meal is the salad bar... "Spoiler Alert: The chickpeas are ridiculous!!!"🥗🥗🥗
Ricks favorite tradition is when the 16 year old boys are painted in their Olympic team colors, carrying flags, storming a field, leading us to 4 more days of fun... 🖤❤️💚💙The top three items on Ricks side cubby are a FLAB guidebook, IPOD with the Guys and Dolls soundtrack, and an autographed picture of Mickey!
Fun fact... Rick shot the Baco 3 two times! 🏀Bonus Fact: He loves to vacation at the Kish Duna! #bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #meetthestaff #summer2017 #living10for2 #adks #summercamp #adkcamp
  • 90 days until our hands are messy in clay!! 💙💛 Time to meet Adva Shemer, the head of the Arts and Crafts program at Che-Na-Wah. 🎨 Her favorite activity is campfire. 🔥During free play, Adva likes sitting on her porch, or taking long walks with her bunk mate Susan. 👯 Her favorite camp tradition is Adirondack Mountain Jam. 🎤🎼🎸🥁The songs that remind Adva of camp are Joy to the World, and Three Dogs Night.  Fun fact… Adva has a dog named Duck, a cat with one eye, and 3 cats with 6 eyes (2 eyes each), and fish named Golan. 💙💛💙💛 #bacochenawah #meetthestaff #living10for2 #12851 #bestplaceonearth #summercamp #summer2017 #adkcamp #adks

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