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 Che-Na-Wah Counselor Toast 2016

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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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