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

If a child has a peanut allergy, the campers in his or her bunk are alerted ahead of time and asked not to bring food with peanuts into the bunk.

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.

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  • 125 days until we are on the courts… meet Danny Silver, the Camp Baco Basketball Director, Administrator, and Baco Historian. 🏀🏀🏀 His favorite activity is a double period of Intermediate Basketball Leagues.  During free play as a camper, he loved playing games of Knockout, but now, he loves to go to see the music club. 🏀🎼🏀 Danny’s favorite traditions at camp are Twelves, Awards Night, and Honors. 💙💛 The top 3 items on his side cubby are his radio, the keys to the hoops shack, and a folded up schedule from 3 days ago.  Fun fact… if he really though about, Danny could name every Baco 3 shooter of the last 31 years, their Olympic team, and about what they hit it in. #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #meetthestaff
  • We would like to honor all of our camp friends for being the absolute best people ever. 💙💛💙💛 Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Find a way to make a positive difference today, and everyday. 💙💛💙💛 #rakday #randomactsofkindness #living10for2 #12851 #bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #campfriends #campfriendsarethebestfriends #summercamp #summer17
  • #tbt Bob and Barbara Wortman at camp in 1977 💙💛💙💛 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2
  • 130 days until camp - time to meet Mickey Huberman!  Mickey is the Athletic Director at Camp Baco. 💙💛 He loves every activity at camp, but his favorites are sailing and ski⛵️⛵️⛵️. During free play he likes to hang out in the gazebo with campers.  Mickeys favorite camp tradition is a campfire 🔥 .  The top 3 items he would keep on his side cubby are a flash light, a book, and writing material.  Fun fact… Mickey and Bob were in the same bunk! 💙💛 #bacochenawah #bestplaceonearth #12851 #living10for2 #meetthestaff
  • Since Justin Timberlake won a Grammy for Can't Stop The Feeling, does that make the 2016 Blue and Gold break a Grammy winner too? 💙💛💙💛💙💛 #12851 #bestplaceonearth #living10for2 #bacochenawah #golfcartkaraoke
  • 135 days until camp.  Time to meet the Program Director and Head Counselor at Camp Baco, Greg Silver.  Greg’s favorite camp activities are basketball 🏀 , lake activities 🚣🏻🏊🏻⛵️🛶, and council ring before dinner.  Greg’s favorite camp foods are chocolate chip pancakes, corn dogs, and Wednesday BBQ on the terrace.  His favorite camp traditions are when the Waiters get painted up and cheer for the 9th grade and under basketball tournament at Baco💙💛. He also loves the annual divisional tennis tournament.  The top three items on Gregs side cubby would be something to play music with, a picture of his beagle, and whatever book he plans to read during the summer.💛💙Fun fact… in 1994, Gregs waiter summer, he hit the “Baco 3” in 7.  He has also never lived in Bunk 4 as a camper or counselor.
  • Before Grobie was the Athletic Director at Che-Na-Wah, she was the Tetherball Champ in 1991 💪🏻🏆🏅🤸🏻‍♀️💙💛 #tbt #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth
  • 140 days until we unpack, and 141 until big show auditions... time to meet Michael Scheman!! Michael is the Theatre Director at Baco and Che-Na-Wah. 💛💙🎭 💙💛You can find Michael in the social hall during most of the day, and sometimes in the office living room. His favorite camp traditions is when the Little Big Show boys make the "bridge" for the audience to walk under after the shows. 💙💛 The Ramen Noodles Jingle makes Michael think about camp. He loves watching Greg Silver watch the shows. Fun fact... if and when a movie is made about Camp Baco, Michael wants Eli Silver to play him. 💙💛 #bacochenawah #meetthestaff #12851 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth

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