Ropes, Climbing Wall and Zip Line
Easily one of the hottest activities at Chinqueka, the Ropes Courses and Climbing Wall and Zip Line are for the campers that like challenges. In order to take a ride on the zip line, campers must first scale one of the sides of the climbing wall – always supervised by several trained staff members. Additionally, campers can opt to rappel. And wait until you check out our High Ropes course – it’s not for the faint of heart. As with all the activities at Chinqueka, safety is always the first concern – but having FUN is a very close second!
The Go-Kart track is the place to test your driving skills – NO LICENSE REQUIRED!! All campers have the opportunity to try and beat the camp speed record around the famous hairpin turn. In addition, basic engine care and maintenance are taught in morning instruction sessions. As with all our programs, safety and fun are always our number one concerns.
Each week, we have a campfire to bring the campers and staff together for an evening of singing, games, storytelling, and recognition of achievement. With each campfire, campers leave with a lasting memory of a few hours spent with friends from their cabin and their cabin counselors. It is a great time to sit by the fire and watch the reflection of the sunset on the lake.
Campers may choose to travel to a local riding stable for daily instruction or trail rides, usually 2 to 3 times per week. Riding usually takes place during the morning instruction periods and is available for an additional fee. Although you may bring your own riding gear, please, leave your horse at home!
Traditional camp games, such as ping pong (table tennis) and tether ball are just some of the games that are played during free time at camp. Campers also compete in team games such as kickball, soccer, and softball throughout the summer. We also have a variety of games in Friendship Lodge that may be used on rainy days or “Cabin Days”. You can even try to find your cabin counselor in the annual counselor hunt. There is always something at camp to keep you busy.
In the mood to rough it? Weekly overnight trips take the campers out into the wilderness of the Litchfield Hills. Campers set up camp at local private camping sites, normally near a river or lake, and get back in touch with nature. Enjoy an evening sleeping under the stars, roasting marshmallows over a fire and telling ghost stories. We also have additional co-ed extended camping trips, offered to the senior campers of Chinqueka and our brother camp, Awosting.
Flip and fly through the air on our awesome 30 foot bungee trampoline, located at Camp Awosting. Campers of all ages are welcome to jump till they drop. This activity is available as a special elective activity in the afternoon and when socials are held at Awosting.