Camp Choconut is a Boys’ residential camp for ages 9-15 founded in 1896. Our 89th season will be a six-week session from June 22 – August 3, 2013. A concurrent three-week session is available from June 22 – July 20, 2013. We are a wilderness camp of 45 boys on a private lake in the middle of 800+ acres, a safe place for boys to explore in a clean, natural setting under the supervision of counselors who are carefully chosen as good role models. Our program is designed to build the whole boy, establish a sense of self-awareness with one’s surroundings, and develop character in a safe, secure environment – all while having fun.
We teach outdoor living skills (knife & hatchet, shelters, fire building, cooking, etc.) with an eye on environmental responsibility. We teach outdoor living skills, hiking and backpacking skills, swimming, canoe skills, as well as woodshop skills that include using hand tools. Archery, fishing and team building work project activities are a part of the program as well. There are overnight hiking and camping trips and a 3-day canoe trip for our older campers.
The result is a busy, structured environment yet provides enough free time where the boys do not feel overwhelmed with always “having to do something”. The boys are either doing what they want to do or engaged in something new and interesting. Our combination of required and optional activities makes both campers and counselors feel responsible and free.
This summer we will have no more than 45 boys attend Camp Choconut. This small number is conducive to allow for individual attention; while at the same time allows the boys to feel a sense of camaraderie between all. The boys are split-up by age group and the cabin sizes range anywhere from 4 – 10 boys in each cabin. The counselor to camper ratio is 5:1 or 6:1.
The daily schedule is very structured, yet provides enough free time where the boys do not feel overwhelmed with always “having to do something”. The boys get up at 7:30 and we keep them busy with scheduled activities throughout the day and evening. We get to bed at 8:30 and the boys either read to themselves or the counselor appointed to the cabin for the evening reads to them. Interjected within our daily routine are “Big Games”. These are camp wide games that take up about a 4-hour block either in the morning or afternoon. The boys love these games. And, of course, there is the infamous “Villa Hunt” – a three-day game of hide-and-seek within the 800+ acres available to us.
We are interested in our staff’s personal growth, with the underlying attitude that everyone has something to learn. Our program encourages you to explore your interests and push your limits while working in a program that has evolved for over 110 years. We are always looking for counselors, including waterfront safety instructors, nature, wood shop and general counselors.
Contact Fred at 651-338-3042