Camp Chippewa for Boys

Cass Lake, Minnesota    

Lantern Review of Camp Chippewa for Boys

Walking into Camp Chippewa is like stepping back in time. As one alum remarked, Chippewa is a time capsule. Despite that, one can’t help to notice the quality of the facilities, both new and old, the beauty of the grounds and the laid-back happy atmosphere. While it is a time capsule and laid-back, don’t be fooled. The program is high-quality and well organized, the buildings are rustic, clean and well-maintained and the equipment is top-notch.

Chippewa’s facility is situated on a peninsula between two lakes, so it’s no wonder that the waterfronts are front and center. Being in a National Forest has prevented the encroachment of developers to the point that Cass Lake (a large and beautifully clear, sandy lake) looks almost empty on most days.

By limiting enrollment to just 75 boys, Chippewa has maintained a highly personalized and attentive program. This is also reflected in a relatively small number of activities that is offered (about 15). Cabin life rules the day here, though the active program creates a wonderfully exciting day outside of the regular cabin life. Each boy chooses his daily activities individually twice a week. Meanwhile cabin activities like canoe trips and cookouts help build an esprit de corps.

The tripping program is centered on a well-designed canoe trip program, though fishing trips to their island lodge in Ontario and a sail trip on Lake Superior are also built into their tripping culture. Trips are made by cabin groups and allow boys to extend as far north as Hudson Bay. These trips last from one night to three weeks depending on the age group and experience of the cabin. It is clear that there is a deliberate effort to slowly build challenge and excitement for canoe tripping over the course of many years and this helps older campers find unique and remote wilderness challenges. What follows is a strong return rate nearing 85%.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 75 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week, 8-week
  • Founded in 1935
  • $$$

Director's Message

Camp Chippewa is one of the best decisions you can make to help your son reach his potential. Adventure, Tradition and Character in a wilderness setting helps develop an inner compass and moral fiber. Challenge, friendship and guidance will make your decision to send your son to Chippewa the right one.

Program Highlights

  • 15 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Individual Activities
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Sailing
  • Fencing
  • Riflery
  • Archery
  • Canoe Tripping

Travel Information

Flights to Minneapolis or Bemidji are met by our staff and campers are escorted by charter bus to camp. Parents may also drive their son to camp.


Camp Chippewa for Boys

(800) 262-1544

(218) 335-8807

Mike and Mary Endres