Chestnuts (completing 1st grade to age 11)

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CHESTNUT PROGRAM

For many Chestnuts, it's their first time away at camp. Our ability to set each individual camper up for success and deliver a growth-filled, safe, and fun summer is something we are proud of.  

Campers share cabins with their peers and attentive counselors.  Days are full of fun, friends, and exciting adventures.

CHM is known for its innovative scheduling program which includes a blend of cabin activities and electives. As a camper ages, more electives become available making no two summers the same.

All of this adds up to a tremendous experience among great friends in a scenic and quality setting.
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Electives

Each week includes the opportunity to participate in a wide array of morning electives.  Campers attend the same electives each day for one week to allow more in-depth skill-building. Electives can include climbing, horse riding, fine arts, culinary arts, model rocketry, and more. VIEW ACTIVITIES

Electives are organized by age group and campers and parents make selections in the spring based on their personal interests and desires. As campers return each summer they have the opportunity to try new activities, as well as further develop skills in past favorites.
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Cabin Activities

Cabin and age division activities offer the chance to share some memorable adventures with campers your age. Swimming at the pool, the 1000 foot zip line, taking in the water slide, hikes, crafts, and more make for exciting times. 

Evenings also center around cabin groups and age divisions. This allows age-appropriate activities and schedules that include later bedtimes for older campers.
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Trips and New Adventures

Campers choose one New Adventure or Out-of-Camp trip each week. Whether it be a culinary class bake-off or an afternoon rock climbing trip there is always something of interest to choose. View a list

Please note there are no additional charges for out-of-camp trips.  

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Special Events

Special Events take on a life of their own. These include theme days, carnival day, capture the flag, whacky Olympics, and the CHM eco-challenge!
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Evenings

After-dinner activities include campfires, cabin smores, pool parties, gaga, tending to the farm animals, and evening hikes along the stream or the upper meadows.

Explore the Camp

Our location has been described by many as breathtaking. As you follow the trail through the riverside meadows and across the bridge you come to our “camp village.” Here you will find our office, health center, dining hall, cabins, art center, and a host of recreational and training facilities such as our sports fields, basketball court, bike skills park, equestrian arena, pond, climbing walls, challenge course, swimming pool, and more. 

Chestnut Activities

Camp Hidden Meadows offers a wide variety of instruction and activities.Children experience these activities in an environment which fosters personal growth, individual responsibility, and active participation in the camp community.

Morning Workshops

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Pottery
  • Model Rocketry
  • Paint and Sketch
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Archery
  • Culinary Arts
  • Fishing
  • GoPro Editing
  • High Adventure (Climbing tree, Climbing Tower, High Ropes Course, Indoor Climbing Wall)
  • Lake (Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddle Boarding)
  • Rolling Adventure (Bike park, Mountain Boarding, Mountain Biking)




  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Zumba
  • Fitness and Yoga
  • Basketball
  • Disc Golf & Ultimate Frisbee
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Sports Mix
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Eco-Explorer
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • CHM Radio
  • English Immersion
  • Swim Instruction
  • Pool Games
  • Woodworking
  • Farming 
  • Outdoor Living Skills

Camper's Choice

  • Yoga
  • Art
  • Pool
  • Fishing
  • Library
  • Bike Park
  • Soccer
  • Dam Building
  • Disc Golf
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Climbing Wall
  • Horse Care
  • Gaga
  • Archery
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Farm
  • Pond
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Netball
  • Running 
  • Zumba

Cabin Activities

  • Big Zipline
  • Pool
  • Cooking
  • Volleyball
  • Camp Store
  • Farm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fishing
  • Yoga
  • Sports
  • Nature Scavenger Hike

Optional Program Enrichments

  • Equestrian Camp
  • Fly Fishing Clinic
  • Horse Riding Lessons

Out of Camp Trips and New Adventures

  • Overnight Backpacking
  • Bike Park
  • Cooking Extravaganza
  • Climbing Combo: Climbing Tree and Climbing Tower
  • Green Bank Observatory: Astronomy Science Center
  • High Ropes
  • Lake Buffalo
  • Mountain Boarding Mega-Afternoon
  • Rock Climbing at Seneca Rocks

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