Learn the latest way to Tie-Dye your socks (bring an extra pair, just in case!) Or, make a lanyard key-chain to send home to your family. The Arts & Crafts program develops the creative side of our campers. Campers are encouraged to experiment with different type of crafts not taught in a normal school art program. The results are seen around camp – from the cover of the newspaper to the backdrop in the camp drama production.
In an idyllic setting on the waters of Mt. Tom, our campers learn different Yoga techniques. Girls learn meditation tricks, try new poses, and learn healthy lifestyle tips, all while being surrounded by the clear water of the lake, and alongside your closest friends.
The Go-Kart track is the place to test your driving skills! 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.
Campers receive swim instruction from American Red Cross certified counselors throughout their time at camp. The goal of the waterfront staff is to teach campers to swim better and understand water safety, while still having fun. This philosophy is at the heart of all of our instruction programs, from Level 1 to Lifeguard Training. Of course, girls always have the opportunity to enjoy free swim in the lake!
Learn the latest dance craze or practice your ballet in our Dance Studio. Campers receive instructional training in creative modern, jazz, and ballet. Practice pays off at the Dance Shows that are held during the summer. Perform your own routine, or one with the girls in your cabin.
Our girls love our new spin bikes! With a certified instructor, the girls love using our world-class stationary bikes as they learn new techniques while having a blast.
Shared with our brother camp, Camp Awosting, the waterskiing program is offered weekdays on beautiful Bantam Lake, just 7 miles away. Campers receive instruction in all skill levels of waterskiing, including beginning skiing, trick skiing, slalom or barefoot. In addition, campers can try their skills at kneeboarding and wakeboarding.
Come learn to sculpt clay into amazing pieces of art. Or spin the potters wheel and make a beautiful vase or ceramic bowl. Decorate your creation with fun colorful paints and bring home a nice present for your parents. Instruction in sculpture is taught during the morning periods and campers have the opportunity to finish their projects or try new designs during the elective periods in the afternoon.
Chinqueka is a great place to learn new skills and try in individual activity, and archery is a great place to start! Girls practice using bows and arrows in a safe and fun environment. From setting your foot position to releasing the arrow, archery is taught in a fun and engaging way.
The gymnastics program offers campers an opportunity to fine-tune their skills on the uneven bars, mat, mini-tramp, and beam. This is an excellent activity to fine-tune motor skills, improve balance, and build muscle. Girls love showing off their new skills in gymnastics shows each session.
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. 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!
Laser Tag is a great way for campers to practice teamwork in a fun and friendly way! Campers learn to work with their team to reach a goal, as they duck in and out of barriers. Competing against our counselors has become a very popular game!
Easily one of the most popular places at camp. Often referred to as “the blob”, campers can bounce on the water trampoline or launch into the air. As with any waterfront activity, safety is always a priority, so life vests are required for all campers.
Trek through Chinqueka’s level grounds if you are a beginner – or make your own course in the more advanced biking sessions. Biking trips through the trails of Mt. Tom State Park is a blast with your friends! Come bike the forests of the Litchfield hills!
Campers try their hand at 6 challenging elements in the treetops of the Shepaug Valley. No need to be afraid of heights, as all girls are secured by safety harnesses and wear helmets.
Experience team building activities and challenge courses in our amazing low ropes program. Girls learn the importance of teamwork to overcome each part of the challenge course.
Learn the basics of Field Hockey – dribble, flick, push and scoop. Could you possibly be the player who Hat Tricks this summer?
Bump. Set. Spike! Campers learn about game rules and develop new skills on our sand volleyball court. A fun game for girls of any age!
Girls learn dribbling, passing & shooting on our indoor court. Do you have what it takes to make the NCAA Women’s Final Four or WNBA?
Enjoying Mt. Tom on a Stand Up Paddleboard is a great way to spend your afternoon! Girls love to take them out and work on their balance, paddle around with their friends, and even do some yoga!
Our soccer program keeps girls focused on the basics of shooting, dribbling and strategies used in soccer. Campers also test their new skills in afternoon elective soccer games.
Explore all the beauty Mt. Tom has to offer. Head out with a buddy kayaking or test out your rowing skills for the afternoon!
With dozens of boats available to our girls, they love the opportunity to take a leisurely journey around the lake on a hot summer day! Campers receive instruction in American Red Cross certified programs during morning activities and love to use the many boating facilities for afternoon journeys on the lake. Day and overnight canoe trips are also offered throughout the summer.
The winds of the Litchfield hills give campers many opportunities to practice their skills as skipper of one of our many sailboats. Our boats include Sunfish and daysailer. Instruction is offered for the American Red Cross certified Basic Sailing course. Additionally, regattas with the boys camp, Camp Awosting, are scheduled throughout the summer.
Whether it be karate, taekwondo, or brazilian jiu jitsu, instruction is offered for those campers with interest. Our skilled instructors help motivate and encourage our girls in a positive and engaging way.
En garde! Fencing instruction and tournaments are held in foil, epee’ and sabre. Campers without any prior knowledge of fencing can become quite skilled in the sport with just a few lessons. Many of our campers have since joined a fencing club since returning home.
Open Auditions! Actresses are wanted for this summer’s performance. Campers aid in all aspects of the performance – from lighting and costume design, to scenery and direction. Weekly productions like a cabin skit night, lip sync contests, or a musical ensemble are highlighted where girls can get up on stage or help behind the scenes. Whether it is a one woman play, or a musical with our brother camp – Camp Awosting – every production is sure to please even the toughest critics.
Warm up your vocal chords and break out your rhythm for the camp’s Music program. Campers assist with the music in the Drama and Dance productions. Additionally, campers explore different music styles, group singing, and instruments that are available at camp, such as piano and guitar.
Girls love designing and creating their own jewelry, from bead making to colorful friendship bracelets to leather crafting, we have it all!
The fiercest competition of the summer is Watersports Day, without a doubt. Awosting vs. Chinqueka!!! Whether it is in the long distance swim, rock hunts, blobbing competitions, or the traditional War Canoe race, fun is guaranteed. All participants are treated to a Watersports Buffet and a Social between the camps.
Our camp newspaper, the Tom-Tom, is a product of many hours of hard work in our journalism studio. Campers learn from trained journalists about writing style, editing newspaper content, and what it takes to put together a weekly publication. Every camper then writes a letter home on the back of their newspaper each week – so you can share in the activities and events that happened in camp the previous week.
You can always find a group of campers playing the insanely popular game of Gaga! The goal of the game is to be the last one left in the Gaga Pit. During free time, you’ll find tons of campers surrounding the pit, cheering on their friends.
Move over Serena Williams, you’ve got some competition here! Our tennis coaches lead our girls with age-appropriate instruction combined with fun and engaging activities. Whether a camper is just developing her tennis skills or an ace performer, our coaches emphasize developing skills and enjoying the game.
Want to sleep under the stars? Weekly overnight trips take campers out to set up camp at local sites and allow the girls to get back to nature. Enjoy an evening under the stars, roasting marshmallows and telling stories. For info on co-ed extended camping trips offered to the senior campers, please see our Special Events.
Practice your hitting, throwing & catching on beautiful Sunnyfield! Sometime you will even catch a good old-fashion game of kickball – just for fun.
Take your gymnastics and tumbling skills and apply them at Cheerleading! Girls learn pyramids, dances & fun camp cheers. We even use some of them for our Watersports Day Pep Rally!
Gain some exposure to LAX while at camp practicing throwing, catching and cradling.
Learn to ride a horse at our local riding stable. Campers may choose instruction or trail rides, usually 2 to 3 times per week. Riding 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!
Ho, ho, ho! Nothing is more exciting then waking up to Christmas in July. Everyone loves some Christmas cheer, candy canes and cookies from Santa.
Each session we take our senior campers (age 14+) to hang out with our brother camp, Awosting, in a ‘mini-social’ setting. We have music, snacks, foosball, pool and table tennis.
Girls compete in traditional and fun swimming events during our Swim Meets at our Waterfront. What’s your best stroke – Freestyle, Backstroke, Breastroke or Butterfly? We even have events specifically designed for non-swimmers and younger campers, to encourage being comfortable having fun in the water.
We encourage healthy competition at Chinqueka and throughout the summer our three teams compete for points in our track and field events from sprints to 3 legged races. Everyone is sure to have a blast!
Possibly the most exciting parts of our day happens after dinner… evening activities! We give it our all during friendly competitions like Capture the Flag, Gold Rush, or Counselor Hunt. We use all of our creativity during Talent Shows or Cabin Lip Sync Contests. We thrive during our weekly campfires, full of games and songs and occasionally a hilarious theme. And we love the surprising, new activities that we get to try out each summer.
We take pride in the Chinqueka traditions that have been happening for decades. From our Candlelight ceremony, to our tribes, to our opening campfires, and finishing the summer with our awards night… we love passing on our traditions year after year.
Any campers that stay for multiple sessions (4 weeks, 6 weeks, or 8 weeks) ride roller-coasters and have a blast in the water-park at Lake Compounce!
The girls from Chinqueka get frequent chances to visit with the boys of our brother camp, Camp Awosting. We get together for “socials” (dances) once a week. D.J.’s are brought in throughout the summer, and on occasion, campers get to assist counselors in choosing the music for the evening. The boys and girls also have friendly competitions in various activities on an elective basis.
Each year, the senior campers from both Awosting and Chinqueka, our sister camp, take a 4-day overnight camping trip to Cape Cod, MA or Lake George, NY. At Cape Cod, campers go whale watching, enjoy the ocean with a day at the beach with their camp friends, and learn a little about Cape Cod and its history. At Lake George, campers set up camp in the mountains, get extreme with whitewater rafting, and enjoy some of the many local attractions for summer fun. Senior trips are only for select sessions and are an additional fee.
Each summer, the campers gather with the Camp Awosting boys to celebrate Independence Day with an old-fashioned Barbecue. We eat, play games on Awosting’s sports field, and when the sun sets we turn on the music and party!