What does Chinqueka mean?
Chinqueka means “goldfinch.”

Where is Camp Chinqueka located?
Camp Chinqueka is located on Mt. Tom Pond in Litchfield, CT.

How old are the kids?
We welcome campers from age 6 to 16.

How long are the camp sessions?
Sessions are 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks long. Most campers stay for 2 or 4 weeks, but the best values are the 6 and 8 week sessions.

What is a day at Camp Chinqueka like?
Campers have three scheduled morning activities and two elective afternoon activities. One morning activity is always a swimming or boating lesson. Campers choose their electives everyday after lunch. For a more detailed schedule, click here.

What are your cabins like?
Campers live in carpeted cabins with girls their age and with two counselors. All cabins have electricity, screens, bathrooms with toilets and sinks. Private shower houses are centrally located.

How many campers attend Camp Chinqueka?
We have between 110-140 campers on site during each 2-week session.

Can my child request to bunk with a friend?
Sure. We’ll do our best to accommodate your request. Please call prior to enrolling to ensure we have space. The campers must be within one year of each other in age.

Can I visit my child during the session?
Two-week campers are not permitted to have visitors during the session. All four, six, and eight week campers are permitted visitors every two weeks. We welcome families to stay at camp and take advantage of the activities during visiting days.

How do I register my child for Camp Chinqueka?
You can register online here. You can also download the forms and send it in the mail. A parent must complete a separate registration form for each child. You can pay using a check or credit card.

Does my child need a physical?
The American Camp Association regulations require that all campers must have a medical exam during the 12 months prior to their arrival at camp. The camp health forms must be fully completed every year and signed by the parent, camper and health care provider. The health forms must be returned to the camp office by June 1.

What are meals like?
We eat family style with counselors at every table. We serve lots of fruits and vegetables and offer a salad bar at lunch and dinner. We strive to provide well-balanced meals that will give both campers and staff the energy to participate in our active camp program.

Can they bring their video games?
Video games are not permitted at camp. This includes Game Girls, PSP’s, and any device which may be invented before you finish reading this sentence. There are more than enough activities at camp to keep campers busy. We prefer that campers interact with one another and develop their social skills…

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Can they bring cell phones?
We have a “no-cell phone” policy at camp. Aside from the fact that cell phones are expensive and can get lost or stolen and that the physical camp environment is not kind to such items, there is a fundamental problem with campers having cell phones at camp, and that is trust. When children come to camp they–and you–are making a leap of faith, transferring their primary care from you as their parents to us and their counselors. This is one of the growth-producing, yet challenging aspects of camp. As children learn to trust other caring adults, they grow and learn, little by little, to solve some of their own challenges. We believe this emerging independence is one of the greatest benefits of camp. It is one important way your children learn to become resilient. Contacting you by phone essentially means they have not made this transition. It prevents us from getting to problems that may arise and addressing them quickly. Sending a cell phone to camp is like saying to your child that you as the parent haven’t truly come to peace with the notion of them being in our care. If you choose to send them to camp with a cell phone, we will remove their SIM card and hold it in the office until they leave camp.

But what if they need to talk to me? Can they pack a phone “just in case?”
Unfortunately, no, campers are not permitted to have cell phones. We will be sure to tell you if your child is experiencing a challenge in their adjustment to camp. You can help by talking with you child before they leave for camp and telling them that there is always someone they can reach out to, whether it is their counselor, a trusted activity leader, the Nurse, and of course, the Director. We are all here to help, but if you don’t trust us, they likely won’t.

Is there any way to contact my child?
Parents are permitted to send substantive e-mail letters through their online Camp In Touch account in addition to traditional letters. A link for this is available on our websites. These will be distributed once a day. An appropriate frequency for either form of correspondence is about twice a week.

We also have 3 phones in our dining halls. Calls are permitted only during meal times after the first Wednesday of a session and no more than two per week.