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Where are Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah located?

Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah are located in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, about four hours north of New York City.

What’s the weather like?

Camp days are typically warm and sunny, with temperatures around 80+ degrees, perfect for swimming in Lake Balfour. Evenings and early mornings are cooler and may require a sweatshirt.

How long is the camp season?

Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah is a one-full seven week camp. Everyone starts and finishes camp at the same time. We allow campers who are trying camp for the first time to come for four weeks, minimum, with an option to stay for the whole summer.

Where do campers come from?

The majority of our campers come from the Northeastern United States, Montreal and Southern Florida. We also have had campers come from all over the world including Spain, and Venezuela!

How many campers attend Camp Baco?

Approximately 200 boys attend Baco each summer; our youngest are entering 2nd or 3rd grade, our oldest boys’ bunk – the waiters – are entering 11th grade.

How many campers attend Camp Che-Na-Wah?

Approximately 150 girls attend Che-Na-Wah each summer; our youngest are entering 2nd or 3rd grade, our oldest girls’ bunk – the waitresses – are entering 11th grade.

How are counselors trained and qualified?

Our staff consists of university and graduate students and certified teachers, many of whom are returning as our counselors . All waterfront counselors have their Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certifications, and swim instructors have Water Safety Instructor certification; our tennis programs are run by tennis professionals and our ropes course and climbing tower counselors are certified. There are at least three counselors in each bunk. Thorough screening and reference checks are conducted for each staff member.

Are the camp directors actively involved in camp?

Campers’ needs are our priority and we are actively involved with camp every day. We oversee the daily schedule, and get to know each and every camper to make every single child a part of our camp family.

How do campers travel to camp?

Campers travel to camp on luxury coach buses that are chaperoned by senior staff members. Boys and girls travel separately. Buses leave from the New York metropolitan area and from Montreal, Canada. Campers traveling from other locations typically fly to nearby Albany Airport. We pick up the campers and drive them to camp, which is about 90 minutes away. Camp fees include transportation by buses and airport pickup; airfare is not included in camp fees.

What is included in fees?

Included in the Camps Baco & CNW fees includes all camp activities and bus transportation to and from camp. There are additional fees for optional activities:Senior Trip, USTA tournaments, USTA Membership and golf. There is also an additional fee for shipping camp trunks; we provide our families access to a trunk shipping service, pick up is about a week before the start of camp.

Do you require campers to wear uniforms?

We are not a uniform camp. However campers will need camp T-shirts to wear on special occasions. Che-Na-Wah campers will also need navy blue shorts.

What kind of food do you serve?

We serve delicious and well-balanced meals and snacks, including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and we make sure that there are plenty of choices that kids like.

How do you handle food allergies?

We are do not serve food, or allow food in camp that contains peanuts or tree nuts.

We accommodate children with special diets – gluten-free, and lactose intolerant, for example. Our food staff and counselors are adept at accommodating dietary needs.

Whom do I call when I have a question during the summer?

If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to call us at any time. Our office staffs will direct your call or will get you the information you need as soon as possible. Our numbers are (518) 251-2919 (Baco). For Che-Na-Wah (518) 251-3129. During the winter, you can always call us at (516) 867-3895. You can email us: bob@campbaco.com; barb@campchenawah.com.

How does mealtime work?

Each camp has its own dining hall. Campers sit with their bunks, and meals are served buffet-style. We also take advantage of our beautiful setting and serve many meals outside, with regular barbecues and cookouts.

How do you handle homesickness?

We have a caring, committed staff that wants our campers to love being at camp. To help your child make the transition from home to camp, we have a number of safeguards in place. All staff members receive training during our pre-camp counselor orientation. They are taught how to help campers adapt to camp routines and to be on the lookout for signs of homesickness. In addition, our Camp “Moms,” one for Baco and another for Che-Na-Wah, are on site to help ease campers’ concerns. Their sole job is to nurture our campers

Is there a way for brothers and sisters to see each other to just “hang out” during the summer?

Brothers and sisters get together for a visit ever Saturday after lunch at one of the camps.  The location rotates on a weekly basis and we’ve seen siblings grow close.

When do the boys and girls get together?

Baco boys and Che-Na-Wah girls enjoy numerous age appropriate activities together throughout the summer to share in camp spirit.  These include special evening activities such as capture-the-flag games and campfires.  Campers gather together for camp special events such as our Fourth of July celebration and talent show, the Baco/Che-Na-Wah charity bazaar and our end-of-summer dance with a DJ.  Senior campers also enjoy participating in our co-ed musical theater program; we produce two co-ed shows each summer

How can we keep in touch with our child during the summer?

We encourage you to email your camper, and to write lots of letters. You can also arrange to speak to each child you have at camp weekly. Daily, you can see camp in action when you log into our private summer photo gallery.

What's Happening at Camp

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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