Home in Hundred 2019 – Countdown to Camp!

On Friday, March 15th, 2019, the countdown to camp officially reached 100 days! To celebrate, we asked our campers to send us pictures of themselves wearing their favorite camp gear to school. Everyone who submitted a picture was entered into a prize drawing to win a limited edition camp sweatshirt.

We received so many awesome pictures! We had campers wearing their red chippies, sweatshirts, shorts, socks, sweatbands and more.

The prize drawing was by our Camp Director, Michael Baer with the winners posted to Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations to Alex G. and thank you for showing us your camp spirit. We will be presenting Alex with a limited edition sweatshirt at camp.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our #HomeInAHundred competition and wore their camp gear to school. You all looked awesome! Below is a collection of some of the entries we received.

It is great to see that our campers are excited and counting down the days until we are all together again…Home at Chipinaw!

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4th Annual Raffle 4 SCOPE: Tuition Reimbursed for Winning Ticket

We are so excited to be part of the 4th Annual Raffle 4 SCOPE. The raffle is a chance for YOU to win back 1 full camp tuition to camp THIS summer! We can do even more to positively impact the lives of the children SCOPE helps to serve with your help.

All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will go to SCOPE, to help give the gift of summer camp to children from low-income families to attend a nonprofit, ACA-accredited, overnight, SCOPE partner camp. Last year the Raffle 4 SCOPE provided 44 MORE children with SCOPE camperships, giving them the opportunity to experience the magic of overnight summer camp in 2018!

Tickets are $100 and a family can buy as many as they would like. Even if your child is already enrolled and paid for the next summer, the family who wins will have one child’s tuition reimbursed! You can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win free tuition at a resident camp, day camp, or both. (There is a menu where you can select Camp Chipinaw).

Ticket sales will close on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12pm and the drawing for Raffle 4 SCOPE will be held LIVE on Thursday, April 11 at the SCOPE benefit in NYC*. You can tune in on Facebook Live @SupportSCOPE at 8:30 pm EDT – Don’t Miss Out! There will be two raffle drawings: ONE resident camp drawing and ONE day camp drawing.  *Winner need not be present

We hope you will get involved in this ‘FunRaiser’ for SCOPE! Together we can provide life-changing opportunities for children from low-income families to experience the gift of summer camp.

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Chipinaw – One of the Best Summer Camps in USA 2019

We are thrilled to be included in Newsweek’s list of The Best Summer Camps in the USA for 2019! Along with Silver Lake, Chipinaw was highlighted as a top camp along with details about the importance of accreditation from the American Camp Association.

Why is accreditation important? “ACA accreditation provides parents and the public with evidence that camps have voluntarily met health and safety standards through a peer review,” explains Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association. The article also discusses how parents can involve their child in the research process. We encourage families to reach out to us with any and all questions or concerns you might have about sending your child to camp for the first time.

You can read an excerpt from the article below:

With six periods of daily activities chosen by each camper, three heated pools, nightly entertainment and activities, campfires, color war, off-camp trips to attractions such as amusement parks and the local bowling alley …that’s a lot of fun to be had!

The quality of the people, though, is truly what makes these camps special. ‘Kindness is Cool’ is the unofficial camp motto and everywhere you look you’ll find kids helping and supporting one another. The Big Brother/Big Sister program is one such example where a veteran camper is paired with a younger ‘sibling’. “We put them in touch before they even arrive– they FaceTime and text, and it gives the newer kids a familiar face at their second home. The older kids benefit from the leadership role and sharing what they love about camp,” reports owner Shari Baer. Weekly awards for Compassion, Honesty, Integrity, and Positivity (CHIP) round out a program where kids are recognized for displaying these characteristics.

You can read the full article on Newsweek

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Home in Hundred 2018

On Thursday March 15th, the countdown to camp officially reached 100 days. To celebrate, we launched a photo competition that saw many of our campers send us pictures of themselves wearing their favorite camp gear to school. Everyone who submitted a picture was entered into a prize drawing to win a limited edition camp sweatshirt.

Our campers were really creative with this competition and we received so many awesome pictures! We had campers wearing their red chippies, sweatshirts, shorts, socks, sweatbands and even face paint in the camp colors.

The prize drawing was by our Camp Director, Michael Baer with the winners posted to Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations to Blake T. and thank you for showing us your camp spirit. We will be presenting Blake with a limited edition sweatshirt at camp.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our #HomeInAHundred competition and wore their camp gear to school. You all looked awesome! Below is a collection of some of the entries we received.

It is great to see that our campers are excited and counting down the days until we are all together again…Home at Chipinaw!

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7 Things Camp Directors Wish Parents Would Do While Their Child Is At Sleepaway Camp

by Jess Michaels

 

Sleepaway camp is just a few weeks away, and soon your child will be enjoying a summer full of sports, singing around the campfire, and making new friends. You, on the other hand, are a nervous wreck.  You can’t imagine your child surviving without you. As a parent and summer camp professional, I’ve talked to many camp directors about what they wish parents would do when their child is at camp. Here are the top seven things they say:

1. Focus on the positive.

Sure, you’re going to miss your child, but keep in mind why you sent them to sleepaway camp. They are going to gain important life skills in a fun and caring environment, so try to focus on that when you feel a bit anxious.

2. Stop analyzing online photos.

You’ve combed through the 200-plus daily photos posted by the camp, and now you are obsessing because your sweet girl wasn’t smiling. Take a breath. Just because she isn’t smiling doesn’t mean she isn’t having fun. She was most likely focusing on an activity and not posing for a picture.

3. Refrain from calling the camp office with every thought.

Camp directors want to have open communication and hear any concerns you may have, but please don’t call the office every day with comments like, “My child is missing a sock.” When your child is at camp, allow them to solve their own problems or ask a counselor for help. Trust that the camp staff is taking care of your child and will make sure your camper has everything they need.

4. Don’t make pickup deals.

Did the first letter home or that first phone call make you think your child isn’t as happy as they could be? Keep in mind it takes time for children to adjust to a new environment. Offer positive encouragement, and let your child know they will have a great time. Making pickup deals will send a message to your child that you don’t believe they will have a successful camp experience.

5. Don’t start cabin drama.

Don’t start a group text with the other moms in your child’s cabin to talk about what is going on at camp. Try not to get involved by asking how everyone’s child is doing and if they have heard anything about yours. Feel confident that your child is doing fine and that you will hear from the camp director if they aren’t.

6. Respect camp rules.

Don’t sneak an iPhone, food, or other prohibited items to your child on visiting day or in packages. You are teaching your child that rules don’t apply and that they can be broken.

7. Take a break.

Remember that camp is also a chance for you to have a break from the cooking, laundry, and playdates. Take this time to spend more time with your spouse, friends, or special time with your child still at home.  A child at camp can also be a vacation for you, so kick back, relax, and let the camp professionals do their job — which is to provide your child with the best summer of their life.

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Unplug from Technology at Summer Camp

Unplug this summer and put those electronics down!

Camp might just be the last frontier for children to unplug and learn the lost art of speaking face to face.

The use of technology in our everyday lives is important, but it is also important to take a break from it. This summer we will be launching our ‘Unplug’ initiative, to get campers excited about the outdoors again!

Camp is all about spending the summer with friends and learning new things every day. If kids just put down the electronics and embrace all that camp has to offer, they will see that everything they need to have fun, is right in front of them!

We will be emailing our electronics policy to our Chipinaw families in the next few days!

We can’t wait to see you!

#Unplug

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I Love My Kid — That’s Why I Send Him Away For the Summer

“I could never,” the stranger in line in front of me at Target exclaimed with her hand clenched against her chest.

Moments earlier, she overheard me on the phone asking my 10-year-old son how many tubes of sunscreen he went through last Summer and if he needed a new fan this year. She asked where we were headed, which, based on the overflowing nature of my shopping cart, I understood. I laughed, telling her it wasn’t “we” — it was “he.” He was going to sleepaway camp for the Summer and I was trying to get a head start on packing. That, of course, led to questions about how long and where and why. To which I answered, seven weeks, five hours away, and because we love him and want him to experience all that camp has to offer.

That’s when she made her comment. I decided it wasn’t worth any more discussion — I had my reasons and didn’t need to explain them to a stranger — but it did get me thinking. Why do we ship our children away for the Summer?

Both my husband and I went away to camp when we were kids, me for four weeks each Summer and him for eight. Ask us, or really any other kid who did so, and they’ll probably tell you those were the happiest days of their childhoods. We can still sing the songs, tell color war stories until your ears fall off, recall first crushes . . . and first kisses, and remember the distinct smell of the dining hall and the slimy bottoms of the lakes.

What we didn’t realize at the time was everything else we learned. We learned independence. We learned to care for ourselves. Yes, there were counselors there overseeing everything, but we really did learn how to handle so much on our own. Without parents there, we learned to make new friends. We put ourselves out there and tried new activities and new foods. We learned a bit about ourselves without even realizing it.

These are the lessons I want my sons to learn — once both are old enough to go (my youngest is still too young). Being away from home is a time to learn about yourself outside of the comforts and security of home. It’s a time to learn to bask in the uncertainty of what comes next or who will be sleeping in the bed next to you. In this age of connectivity, where there’s always a phone, computer, or tablet in sight, it’s a forced break from that. My son’s camp does not allow any electronics and I couldn’t be more grateful. Camp is a time to re-create the carefree days of childhood that my kids’ grandparents — and even their great-grandparents — experienced all those years ago. As city dwellers, it’s also a chance for my kids to experience nature — not at a museum or a park surrounded by buildings, but nature in its natural state.

And, let’s be frank here: it’s always a great break for us, the parents. The hustle and bustle of the school year is exhausting. And by the time the Summer rolls around, we could all use a break from each other. Yes, I spend half my day scrolling through the photos the camp posts for any sign that my child is happy, sad, or really just clean! But the time apart proves that absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Last year, my oldest went off to camp for the first time. He didn’t know a soul. He sat on the bus with a boy he had met a few minutes earlier and a few days later I got a letter from him that he was loving it. He had already gone camping, canoeing, and water skiing — three things he’d never done in his life. He was playing street hockey and tennis and eating s’mores each night. And the kid I had to drag out of bed each morning for school had joined a Polar Bear club where they jump in the lake first thing every morning. In the matter of three days, he was already making memories. Five weeks later, he was begging us to extend his Summer to the full seven weeks away. We told him we thought he’d had enough for his first Summer, but would gladly do it for the next. Right now, he’s counting down the days on his calendar.

In shipping my kid away for the Summer, I’m giving him something special, whether he knows it or not right now. Just a few weeks ago, we were having one of our frequent arguments about something trivial. He suddenly blurted out that the reason I send him to camp is to “get rid of him for the Summer.” And while in that moment it may have rung true, I told him that wasn’t the case at all — that camp is hardly punishment; it’s a privilege and he’s very lucky to be able to go, that I would never spend the money I do on a camp if it was punishment.

So while the woman in line at Target may never understand why we send our kid to camp, I can think of a thousand reasons. But the best reason is that we’re doing it for him. There’s a saying the campers like to say: “We live 10 months for two.” I can’t think of a better sentiment.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Rebecca Gruber
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Home in a Hundred 2017

On Friday March 17th, the countdown to camp officially reached 100 days. To celebrate, we launched a photo competition that saw many of our campers send us pictures of themselves wearing their favorite camp gear to school. Everyone who submitted a picture was entered into a prize drawing to win a limited edition camp sweatshirt.

Our campers were really creative with this competition and we received so many awesome pictures! We had campers wearing their red chippies, sweatshirts, shorts, socks, sweatbands and even face paint in the camp colors.

The prize drawing took place on Friday March 24th and was drawn by our Camp Director, Michael Baer with the winners posted to Facebook and Instagram.

Congratulations to Dara and Noah and thank you for showing us your camp spirit. We will be presenting Dara and Noah with a limited edition sweatshirt at camp.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our #HomeInAHundred competition and wore their camp gear to school. You all looked awesome! Below is a collection of some of the entries we received.

It is great to see that our campers are excited and counting down the days until we are all together again…Home at Chipinaw!

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Camper Highlight: Kids That Do Good by Max and Jake K.

 

There are many traits that our amazing campers have, but being kind to one another is one of the most important.

Did you see our Chipinaw campers, Max and Jake Klein on the Today Show on Monday, November 29th? The twins starred in the #ShareKindness program, a regular feature on the Today Show. This program aims to recognize those individuals that go above and beyond to share kindness to others, no matter how big or small the deed may be. Max and Jake have founded a charity organization called KidsThatDoGood.com, that allows young people to help out in their local communities through fund raising and awareness projects. Recently they helped collect 191 meals for the Thanksgiving holiday. Max and Jake have done an amazing job and we would like to wish them luck for the continued success of their project. #KindnessIsCool

You can watch the Today Show segment featuring Max and Jake below.

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Halloween Costume Contest WINNERS!

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Happy Halloween! Congratulations to Jordyn who has won our Halloween Drawing Competition in the Chipinaw Upper Camp category with her “cHIPPIE the Bear” costume design and Sidnie who has won in the Chipinaw Lower Camp category with her “Chippie the Bear as The HULK” costume design.  We will be presenting Jordyn & Sidnie with the Limited Edition clipboard and stationary set at the beginning of camp. Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition, your costume designs were awesome!

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