We heard about Baco from our friends after we told them that our son was unhappy at the camp he’d gone to for six years.  At the age of 13, he switched camps. It was the best thing we ever did.  He got on the bus knowing no one. He looked crestfallen, but we knew that if there was any place in the world to be able to make this jump at this age, Baco was the place.

Two days after he arrived, we finally talked to him and he said those first days were the best two days of his camping experience, ever.  Now, he talks to his camp friends all the time.  He says he’s a Baco boy for life; he’s upset he didn’t start earlier.

Lisa & Jeffrey Singer, Baco parents


Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah are all about the kids.  You don’t need to worry as a parent that you’re not there.  We had friends who were alumni who raved about the camps. When my kids first visited, my son was seven and my daughter was six and they both announced they wanted to stay!  Their first summer was amazing thanks to Barbara and Bob and the staff.  They have the right kind of people on staff who are tuned into to who the campers really are. They know children and how to run a camp. This summer will be their fifth.

The camps aren’t fancy.  There’s no rocketry, or computers or videogames. That’s not what’s important. The skills you need to know as adults are the skills my children are learning here:  how to work with other people, be kind to other people, be busy without technology. Part of growing up is figuring it all out and having time to think and Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah gives campers that time.

Their lives at home are so stressful.  Baco and Che-Na-Wah are where they can step back and enjoy life for what it is, which is huge. I don’t think my daughter will ever want to leave!

Lisa & Michael Greenberg, Baco & CNW parents



We wanted our kids to go to a campy camp. We took one look at the lake; we talked to the campers and said “this is it.” At these camps, the kids can walk away from the pressure of school and living in our communities and just be themselves. It’s relaxed enough that they can wear their pajamas all day, and it’s okay.

My son loves sports, he loves that at camp he can rise to the top. He looks to the older kids as mentors.  He loves everything about camp — his friends, the camaraderie, camp spirit. At Che-Na-Wah, my daughter has thrived in the theater program and became a better swimmer.  To her, it’s all about the friends, she loves being a part of the group.

Other people whose kids are older are starting to move on from camps to teen tours and community service projects they tell me that they wish their kids loved their camp the way my kids love Baco and Che-Na-Wah. My son says he wants to be a counselor. We can’t believe how lucky we are to have found these camps for them.

Jackie & Evan Glassman, Baco & CNW parents


We’d never heard of Camp Baco until it was recommended to us. We felt right away that it tells a lot about a camp if the counselors are former campers, and it seems as if almost every counselor went to Baco. The camp traditions and culture are naturally passed along and you feel it everywhere you go. When we went to visit, we met the nicest group of boys, who left us feeling: “wow” this is a special place. We saw the respect that everyone has for one another.

Our big concern was that our son is an academic kid.  Sports aren’t a priority for him.  He came home his first summer with four trophies!  He has made so many wonderful friends and really loves waterskiing and the lake activities.

There is a perception that a lot of campers have parents and even grandparents who went to camp; and as a “new” parent, we find that to be comforting.  There is something about a proven experience for generations and generations that is telling. It’s not about the stuff, it’s about good, high quality people fostering high quality kids and encouraging them to grow up in a loving way, who wouldn’t want their children to become a part of that tradition?

Laurie & Russell Levitt,  Baco parents


Neither my wife nor I ever went to camp; we live in the city and we wanted our two girls to have a down-to-earth camp experience that was relaxed, warm and not too big.  We found Che-Na-Wah on a website that rated camps and when we visited, there was everything we had hoped for here.  Our girls love it.

A lot of camps are rigid and have a lot of rules, but Che-Na-Wah feels more flexible and relaxed.  The girls have their schedules but they also have some choice in what they like to do and we appreciate that.

We appreciate that Che-Na-Wah girls are so friendly; my daughters have been getting together all winter long for sleepovers with all the girls in the bunk.  It makes them even more excited for the summer!

Marla & Vladymer Shneyder, CNW parents


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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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