- Activities and Facilities
- Preparing for Camp
Located on over 1300 acres of beautiful New England woodlands, Chimney Corners Camp is a spectacular setting to spend your summer.
In addition to the natural beauty of Chimney Corners Camp, there are also a wealth of high-quality activity areas to accommodate over 40 different program options. On rainy days, Chimney Corners has ample indoor space to ensure that activities continue rain or shine.
The Barn is a unique and special building to Chimney Corners. This is a large indoor space with a fireplace and benches for a group to relax. The Barn is also home to historical wooden signs created by our Aides program participants and second session campers from many years past. It is a glimpse into Chimney Corners Camp's history. (Pictured above)
Home to a menagerie of animals such as alpacas, goats, a calf, sheep and pigs, as well as vegetable gardens, the farm is a popular activity area for campers.
Smith Pond was created in the 1960's allowing for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and diving for the Chimney Corners campers and staff. In September 2002, it was dedicated in memory of Howard and Evelyn Smith who were the owners and directors of Chimney Corners Camp from 1941-1971. Their leadership, vision and devotion to youth have made CCC a special place to so many people. More on waterfront activities
Our Challenge Course facilities include a low ropes course, high ropes course, indoor climbing wall and an Alpine Tower. With more than a dozen elements, our low ropes course offers group challenges that emphasize teamwork and problem solving skills. The Alpine Tower allows for multiple climbers at a time and each participant to choose different paths and challenges the higher the climb. The Alpine tower is also equipped with a Giant Swing element that requires group trust and ultimately allows participants to swing for 100 feet through the air. In October of 2007, our cutting-edge high ropes course was comleted. High ropes courses typically challenge the individual, however, these elements are designed to give participants a physical and mental challenge as a group or individual. From a vertical playpen, to giants ladder to a dual zipline, our course will constantly find ways to challenge participants. Our highly-trained staff ensure that all challenge activities are conducted with the highest standard of safety.
Chimney Corners is home to two athletic fields (IGL Field with a ball diamond and the Senior Ball Field), a basketball court, 6 tennis courts, a four-square court, an archery range and a sand volleyball court. Our girls can choose to participate in over 12 sporting activities. Cabin groups can challenge each other to a game of kickball or girls can learn to be archers. At Chimney Corners, we focus on skill development and good sportsmanship.
Dr. Oliver Brewster, the first physician in Becket, built this house in 1786. This historical house includes a central stone fireplace and an ornate front door as architectural features. Our unique colonial living program is based out of this house. The gardens are planted with herbs in the summer to use in traditional recipes. The Brewster Pond is located adjacent to the house.
The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) has a large classroom, a sun room and a large deck overlooking Smith Pond. The large windows in this building allow for a great view and sunlight. This building is the perfect indoor meeting space. The ELC will also be home to our new Culinary Arts program. The Chimney Corners Wood shop is downstairs.
Our wood hop was financed by the Mom's Committee and is furnished with handheld and power tools that allow girls to create a masterpiece. It is also equipped with power sanders, a table saw, a jointer, a drill press and a band saw. The safe and clean work area allows 10 girls to create at the same time. Our highly trained and experienced wood shop staff ensure safety rules are followed and proper use of equipment.
Walking into our Art Center, you will see a large auditorium for up to 400 people with a piano and a stage for our performing arts program. A well stocked prop room is located off the stage. A recent addition to Chimney Corners is a dance studio which is located upstairs. Downstairs is home to five spacious art class rooms and an operational darkroom. Each classroom is furnished with new and colorful tables and chairs. Restrooms are also located downstairs.
The stables house 14 horses, food and supplies for our summer riding program. Two riding rings and a pasture are adjacent to the stable. A stable addition was transformed into our farm and classroom space in 2007.
Chapel is a quiet place on camp, a common favorite spot among campers and staff. Our ecumenical service is held on Sundays. This spot is also used for closing ceremonies at the end of each session. If you want to see beautiful scenery, look over Smith Pond from the Chapel.
Chimney Corners Camp has four overnight shelters. These buildings are three sided Adirondack shelters with a fire ring nearby. They are nestled in the woods on the far side of Smith Pond to create a wilderness experience for the campers. In summers past, our construction cabins have built these overnight shelters to improve our program. It is our goal that every camper has an overnight experience across the lake at least once during the session.