Camp Choconut Residential Boy's Camp
Camp Choconut, a residential boy's camp located in Pennsylvania, is a relaxed, non-competitive camp where boys have a summer of fun, and learn to become independent and self-reliant. We teach wilderness skills and encourage boys to be boys in a safe, structured environment that feels free and spontaneous to the campers. Living away from home in a small overnight camp environment, allows for the boys to experience being away from home in a safe and friendly environment.
Enrollment is limited to 40 boys to allow the director and counselors to provide leadership, guidance, and attention to each boy. New boys get a fast start into camp activities, get to know everybody almost at once, and feel at home quickly.
Campers range in age from 9–16, with campers over 14 assuming more responsibility and progressing toward becoming counselors. They come from many different backgrounds and places, broadening the camp experience. Act now! Contact Us and view our brochure.
CAMPCRAFT AND HIKING
Campcraft is a major activity for boys of all ages. In the beginning of the summer, campers learn the fundamentals of making their packs, fire-building and safety, cooking, care of the equipment, tracking, orientation with map and compass, and the other essentials of becoming a good hiker and living in the open.
With their counselors, the boys go on at least one overnight hike every week. Whatever the trip, the boys themselves help plan their hike, map their routes, and pick the food and equipment to be taken. Because each boy has an essential job to do, he soon learns the real meaning of teamwork. Choconut is well suited for an extensive campcraft program. The camp is surrounded by 600 acres of never-spoiled acres of forests, fields, and clear streams.
The property features a half-mile long lake that remains completely unspoiled, undeveloped and protected and is ideal for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and small-boat sailing. The property has been privately owned by the same family for over 200 years. No motorboats are permitted on the lake. Certified water safety staff are present for all waterfront activities.
The lake plays a central role at Camp Choconut – the boys are required to swim every day - or take a shower. Most days they elect to return to the lake during free time.
One of the first things we do is hold a meeting to discuss water safety. One of the main rules of camp is that no one is allowed near the water unless the lake flag flies from a pole in the cabin area. When the flag flies, everyone knows that qualified supervision is at the lake and they can go.
Then it is a mad dash to grab towels and head down the path for swimming, jumping, canoeing and fishing!
Since Choconut is a small camp, it is easy to organize big games for all the campers, and many of these, like Pony Express, the Gold Rush and the Flour Bomb War have become traditional. Most of the big games are planned in secret and come as a surprise, adding to the excitement of strategy and luck.
Sometime during the summer, all the campcraft skills are put to the test in the biggest all-camp game: The Villa Hunt. Begun at the time Pancho Villa made border raids into the United States before World War I, the game is a chase in the square mile of woods and fields that surround the camp.
Secretly chosen from the campers and counselors, the boys in the Villa Party disguise themselves as desperadoes and make a surprise raid on the camp. After lots of shouting and whooping they disappear in the woods. The other campers then gather their gear and set after the bandits.
For three days, the hunters track Villa, camping out during the entire game. Each time one of the Villa is caught, he is given a half hour to get away and the chase begins again. At the end of the game, Villa makes a last rush into camp, trying to touch the bell without getting caught by a camper. Nobody is sure who wins the hunt, but everyone has an exciting time and endless tales are told about it afterwards.
Learning how to shoot is important to boys. It gives them a tactile feeling of power and gives them a feeling of power as they improve. They always do improve if they set their mind to it, and our approach makes sure they do improve.
It really is safe to use a bow and arrow, as the activity is always supervised. The worst result is sore arm muscles from holding the arrow to aim.
We make it fun to practice, and it's not unusual to see the boys spend time at the archery range in their free time. Shooting at targets is well and good, but shooting at fruit, a drawn picture of a fanciful space alien, or plastic cups makes it all so much more exciting.