Camp Chipinaw

Swan Lake, New York    

Lantern Review of Camp Chipinaw

The “10 for 2” rally cry for summer camp faithful demonstrates the desire of so many campers and counselors around the globe to do anything to get back to camp each summer; to live ten months of each year for the pure joy of two months at camp. Walking into Camp Chipinaw, you have to wonder if this camp wasn’t home to the original “10 for 2” movement. The campers and counselors at Chipinaw are a passionate, enthusiastic bunch who love their camp.

Much of this passion is fostered by the Chipinaw directors who continue to pour their energy and resources back into the camp program. They care for the kids, for their program and for their facility, which perpetuates a long-time culture of passion for being one of America’s finest camps.

With nearly 60 activities to choose from, the boys and girls at Chipinaw are exposed to a fascinating range of sports and unique activities like its circus program. The boys and girls have separate areas on the same campus and the camp is intentionally run almost as two separate camps; a boys camp and a girls camp each with their own bunk areas and dining halls. Even so, it is certainly a coed experience at Chipinaw with much of the daily life spent in and among each other throughout the day.

As the daily activity unfolds, campers travel to each program area by “division”, essentially a larger group of campers divided by age. The divisions then break into smaller groups of campers who have chosen the activities they want to participate in among two waterfront, two team sports and two elective activities. Each year that campers return, they are given more elective choices and thus the opportunity to spend time mastering skills in their favorite activities. The format is effective in encouraging campers to explore a wide-range of interests during the summer. For Chipinaw, it’s not necessarily about being the best, but instead it’s about fostering an environment to learn new skills.

Yes, some of Chipinaw’s strengths are their activities, the very accommodating kitchen that caters to kosher and other special dietary needs and their striking facilities, but the positive, enthusiastic culture is created in the bunks. It’s the friendships formed at Chipinaw that make the difference and which have the campers working hard for ten months to get back to camp for two.

By the way, Chipinaw’s ‘session camp’ is Silver Lake, offering shorter sessions right next door.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • 400 Campers per Session
  • 7 Weeks
  • Founded in 1926
  • $$$$

Director's Message

Welcome to the spirit of summer, welcome to Camp Chipinaw. Chipinaw was built specifically as a summer camp for boys in 1926, and 12 years later the girls campus was added. Since that time, Chipinaw has become one of the finest traditional camps in the United States. Your experience at Chipinaw will be a perfect blend of Chipinaw's rich history and traditions along with all the latest and greatest facilities and activities that one would expect from a superior summer camp. We welcome boys and girls age 7 through 16 to join us for a summer of Fun, Friends, Sports, Arts and Adventure.

Program Highlights

  • 60 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Circus
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

Travel Information

Newburg Airport, bus from New York and New Jersey, car


Camp Chipinaw

(845) 583-5600

Glenn Brown