Kawaga campers love their cabins! They have a rustic charm and generally a smaller size, which allow for a fantastic counselor-camper ratio of 1:3. Kawaga cabins form a picturesque outline of the main of camp, winding up the hill that looks down toward the Mess Hall, Diamond One, and the waterfront. All cabins have lights and electricity with the outlets being used so campers can charge their iPods and similar music devices. No cell phones or electronics are permitted other than for music.
All Kawaga campers live in cabins with their age group and their counselors. There are two sizes of cabins — large and small. Campers sleep in bunk beds, and each camper has his own dresser. Counselors live right in the cabin alongside them.
Our youngest campers — Chips (rising 5th graders and younger) and Siouxs (rising 6th graders) — live in larger cabins of eight-12 campers with three or four counselors. For this age group, we believe in lots of supervision. Each cabin has two Senior Counselors (one over 21, a second over 19) and two Junior Counselors (ages 17-18). CITs, as part of their program, also are assigned to these cabins to assist the campers and staff. This way, our youngest boys not only get lots of attention, they get to know the oldest campers.
Mohawks (rising 7th and 8th graders) and our youngest Oneidas (rising 9th graders) live in our small cabins. As seen in our virtual tour, these cabins are close together, allowing for a small-community feeling for our camp. Cabins of this smaller size allow for great friendships to be formed with just four to six campers and two counselors in each cabin. We try to diversify these cabins by having campers from different areas living together.
Oneidas (rising 10-11th graders) move up to “the Hill” and return to larger cabins. These cabins house 10-16 campers with two or three staff members. Most of these boys have been at camp for several years and have already bonded with their larger group. They become an increasingly cohesive unit, as they begin the transition from the oldest campers to staff. Our CITs (Counselors in Training) are campers first and foremost, but — as part of the CIT program — are beginning to prepare and be trained for working on staff at Camp Kawaga. The results are tremendous. We’re proud that more than 80 percent of our counselors each summer are former Kawaga campers who have completed our CIT program.
We strongly believe that our unique cabin structure contributes to our campers’ strong return rate of more than 90% as well as the amazing number of campers who return to be part of our staff.