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We Love Chestnut Lake Summer Camp!


Jake and Lucy Sher just completed their first summer at Chestnut Lake and wanted to share some of their favorite things about the Summer of 2015.

Jake Sher:

My first summer at Chestnut Lake Camp was one of the best summers that I’ve ever had. Even though I missed my parents the first day, all the fun stuff at CLC made it easy to be away from home.

One of my favorite things about CLC is the food, because there are so many different varieties of things that you can eat. I really like the chicken nuggets and the french toast! The food was the best!

I really like the bunks because you have a lot of space for your stuff. The counselors were awesome. They didn’t act like a parent, but almost like a big brother or sister. I     really liked my counselors, David, Martin and Joe, who slept in my bunk. I also really liked my division leader, Curtis, and my bunk’s partners, Garin and Joe (aka J-Fresh).

Two of the best activities were Outdoor Adventure (which includes ziplines, rock       climbing and ropes course) and the lake. At the lake, I loved the inflatables like the    water trampoline, the Blob and the Rock-it.

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Another thing I really enjoyed about CLC was Tribal. I really liked the activities and the friendly competition. I’ll never forget when I ran from the soccer field to Outdoor          Adventure as part of the Apache relay race. Unami Turtles forever! These are some of the things that made my first summer at CLC the best. I can’t wait until next year!

Lucy Sher:

My first summer at Chestnut Lake was one of the best times I’ve ever had. At first, when I got there, I didn’t know anyone and I was a little nervous. But after a while, I got to know a lot of kids and a lot of counselors who were so nice and friendly. It felt like home, and I didn’t want to leave.



The counselors were like big sisters. Without them, I don’t know what I would do! One of my counselors, Kenzie, even taught me how to play the ukulele. The counselors are       always there for you whenever you need them, and they always know what’s best.




One of my favorite activities is the lake. Once I even got to eat breakfast at the lake. At the lake, there’s always lots to do, and you can have so much fun. Another activity I like is basketball. I started playing basketball before I went to camp, and I really liked it. But at Chestnut Lake, it was so different. The counselor who taught me how to play was really nice and he knew how to help make me a better player. I love playing basketball at Chestnut Lake!


Outdoor Adventure is a really special thing that I think everyone needs in their life! At OA, these are some of the things you get to do: rock climbing, ziplining, climbing ropes, and working on skills that you’ve never worked on before. And last but not least, Tribal is my favorite activity because there’s so much to do and so much competition. That’s one of the things I like best. It was one of the best experiences to be an Unami Turtle.


I love Chestnut Lake because the first time I went, it felt like family. I can’t wait to go back next summer!


My Best Summer at Chestnut Lake Camp!

At the end of every summer as campers return home, they always have many stories and special moments to share from their summer at Chestnut Lake. We thought it would be fun to connect with some of our first year campers and find out first hand about their summer at camp and what they loved the most about CLC.

First up is Drew Bick who attends camp with his brother, David.


“My first summer at CLC was awesome. I had great counselors and a great Division Leader named Mike. My favorite part of camp was going to the Lake. There were so many fun inflatables like the blob, the swing and slide. All of our evening activities were awesome: some are shows, some are talent shows and some are sports. My favorite activity was fruit ninja. Your counselor throws you a water balloon and you try to hit it with a baseball bat-whoever hits the most wins. Paul and Debbi are great. There are a lot more activities at CLC than what I told you like all kinds of sports and free play time. And the food is great!  That’s why this was my best summer!”

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Next up is Claire Lenkin who attends camp with her brothers, Ethan and Noah.


“For my first summer at CLC, I was in lower Yazhi. My favorite activities were Lake and OA (Outdoor Aventure). The Lake is SO much fun. You can go tubing and waterskiing!! They also have paddleboarding, fishing, a blob and a rope swing on the water trampoline. During Visting Day, your Dad can blob you very high!! My Dad blobbed me 10 feet in the air!  At OA, you go on the humongous zip line and the flying squirrel. They also have archery and rock climbing.

Another exciting part of the summer was when I found out which Tribal team I was on. I am a Minsi Wolf. One of my favorite parts of camp was Tribal. There are lots of fun activities like Apache Relay  and Rope Burn!  For one of my night activities, we went on a cookie hunt. Also, if your parents don’t let you stay up late at home you can stay up at camp! You also have a special snack in bed called Midnight snack. During Midnight snack you can read during “Flashlight Time”. Flashlight time is just time when you can read, whisper with your friends or doodle with your flashlight.

If you have siblings at camp sometimes at lunch there is a sibling cookout so you can eat lunch with your sibling. I had 2 older brothers at camp – Noah and Ethan.  One time in Arts and Crafts I made a wooden letter holder. In art and crafts there is sewing, woodworking, cooking and video. Also in sewing you can make pillows.  I can’t wait to go back next summer to see the new friends I made at camp. I loved my  counselors and Chestnut Lake!  That’s why this was my best summer!”


Staff Talent Show


The first few days of the CLC Summer of 2015 have been full of energy and                excitement. Campers and staff have been spending time getting to know each other and enjoying all of the fun activities that CLC has to offer.  One of the activities that campers always look forward to is our Staff Talent Show. Our staff never disappoint when it comes to entertainment. This year, there were a variety of performances      ranging from musical numbers to choreographed dances and other crazy acts! Highlights of the evening included the performance of the Beyonce hit “Single Ladies.”     Many of the campers said it was one of their favorites!









Our campers are now very excited to put on their own Talent Show next week.

CLC Opening Campfire 2015



The lighting of Opening Campfire officially signals that our summer family is back together. This summer’s Opening Campfire had more spirit and energy than ever before! As we all gathered at the Campfire Site, everyone was singing, laughing and dancing as they waited for the special moment to begin.


Every Opening Campfire at Chestnut Lake actually starts when we say goodbye the summer before. The ashes from Closing Campfire are gathered in a container and buried, waiting in the ground until the following summer’s Opening Campfire.

During our first day of camp, each age division was given a special piece of wood that every camper and counselor was asked to sign. They talked about what Chestnut Lake means to them. These planks of wood were then added to the campfire. u472085_p15052934

At Opening Campfire, CLC’s youngest campers dug up the ashes and during Debbi and Paul’s welcome speech, they sprinkled the previous summer’s ashes onto the fire. This represents how each and every camper’s spirit carries forward summer after      summer. As we always say, once you’re a part of Chestnut Lake, Chestnut Lake is a part of you. Since the Ciqala dug the ashes up last summer, the Yazhi received the      privilege this summer. All of camp anxiously awaited as the Yazhi located the spot where the ashes were buried and pulled them from the ground.

After Debbi, Paul, Masey, Kelsie, Dan, Niki and Mike welcomed the campers, Varsity led the entire camp in the CLC alma mater. As alma mater ended, Garin lit the             traditional “Hello 2015” sign and camp broke out into our favorite chant, “Chestnut ‘til I Die!” We are all looking forward to another amazing summer at Chestnut Lake Camp.




Brotherly Love at Chestnut Lake Summer Camp

What could be better than riding the bus throughIMG_2054 the gates of Chestnut Lake Summer Camp for the start of summer 2015? Sharing that experience with your brother, of course! Xander Arnold is returning to his         summer home and this time his younger brother, Drake, is along for the ride. Drake came to visit Xander on Visiting Day last year and decided that he wanted to join him at camp this summer. They are both very excited to be sharing this experience           together and look forward to making memories that will last a lifetime. We asked the Arnold brothers to tell us a little more about themselves and what they love most about camp.


My name is Xander Arnold and I am 9 years old. I am a rising 4th grader at The Bullis School. I live in Rockville, MD. I love to play and watch basketball and football.

Your favorite camp memories:

My favorite camp memories are being at tribal campfire, woodshop, the lake and banquet. As you can see…I have a lot of great memories.

How did you know Chestnut Lake Summer Camp was the right camp for you:

I love how organized everything was when I visited the camp. Paul and Debbi were so nice when I visited.

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I love anything at the lake!

Favorite Camp Food(s):

French fries and green beans.

Favorite Sports Team:

Seattle Seahawks

Favorite Band/Musician:

Avicii, Pitbull and Ne-Yo

Favorite Book:

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Describe Chestnut Lake in 4 words:

Amazing, Summertime, New Friends, Home


My name is Drake Arnold and I am 7 years old. I can’t wait to be with my big brother Xander at camp this summer. I love to play Minecraft, soccer and track. I like to swim, play basketball and be with my friends.

What are you looking forward to most about Camp?

I can’t wait to do the flying squirrel and lake activities.

How do feel about being the youngest Chestnut Lake Summer Camper this summer?

Amazing, awesome and extraordinary! I can’t wait to be everyone’s little buddy!

Favorite Food(s):

Hot dogs, chicken nuggets, tacos, pizza and rice & beans.  IMG_2651

Favorite Sports Team:

Redskins (shhhh)

Favorite Band/Musician:

Bastellie (Pompaii), Maroon 5

Favorite Book:

Big Hero 6

Describe Chestnut Lake in 4 words:


Brotherly Love at Chestnut Lake Summer Camp!

Chestnut Lake Discovery Camp – A Family Tradition!

Going to summer camp for the first time can be an anxious experience for a child.        Chestnut Lake strives to make the transition to camp life easier by offering campers the opportunity to participate in an introductory experience to Chestnut Lake called Discovery Camp.  Chestnut Lake Discovery Camp introduces campers to life at CLC and all of the exciting things that Chestnut Lake has to offer. Jordyn and Henry Faragalli                participated in Discovery Camp last year after hearing about Chestnut Lake from their cousins, Noah Grossman (6 years at CLC), Abby Grossman (4 years at CLC) and Aaron Grossman (2nd summer at CLC) This summer, Jordyn will be returning as a first year camper in the Yazhi Division and Henry will be returning for Discovery Camp along with his younger brother Zachary. Jordyn, Henry and Zachary shared some information about themselves and their thoughts on the upcoming summer at Chestnut Lake Camp.


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My name is Jordyn Faragalli. I live in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. I’m 9 years old and currently in 3rd grade at the Shipley School. I have an older sister, a twin brother and a younger brother. I also have a dog named Lola. I love doing gymnastics and riding roller coasters and water slides .
My cousins went to Chestnut Lake Camp and said how great it was……best summers!
This will be my first summer at Chestnut Lake and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to do gymnastics, swim in the lake and ride the flying squirrel and the zip line. I went to Discovery Camp last year and knew Chestnut Lake was a great place. The activities were so much fun. All the counselors were so nice and my Big Sisterss were great,too! I loved everything about my experience at Discovery Camp and now I can’t wait to spend my first summer away at CLC.

Favorite Song: Uptown Funk

Favorite Book: Like Bug Juice on a Burger

Favorite Foods: Grilled Cheese, Yogurt, Fruit, S’mores and Cake


 Jordyn at Discovery Camp with her CLC Big Sisters, Sabrina and Berenice



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My name is Henry Faragalli. I’m 9 years old and I’m currently in 3rd grade. I have two sisters (one of which is my twin), a younger brother and a dog named Lola . I love to play basketball and swim.
This will be my second time at Discovery Camp. I can’t wait to ride mountain bikes and the banana boat, too! Also, my younger brother is going to       Discovery Camp which will be awesome!

Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite Foods: Grilled cheese, chicken

sandwiches, pizza and waffles

Favorite singer: Nick Jonas



 Henry at Discovery Camp with his CLC Big Brother, Ben



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My name is Zach Faragalli. I’m 7 years old and currently in 1st grade at The Haverford School. I am the youngest of 4 kids. I have 2 older sisters and an older brother. And I can’t forget our dog Lola! I love to play football, basketball and baseball. I’m so excited about Discovery Camp. It’s my first time and I can’t wait to ride the banana boat!!

Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots (Tom Brady is awesome-I think I throw a spiral just like him)

Favorite Foods: Pizza and ice cream

Favorite band: Imagine Dragons



The Faragalli Foursome-Sydni, Henry, Zach and Jordyn

Chestnut Lake Camp 2014 Officially Kicks Off!

July 03, 2014

Summer Camp kicked off as the buses started rolling in at Chestnut Lake. Excited campers were greeted by Debbi and Paul as they stepped off the bus. Then they ran through the counselor tunnel where their counselors and friends were waiting for them on the other side!




The day was filled with fun activities as returning campers reunited with old friends and welcomed new campers into the CLC family.

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The official start of 2014 was celebrated with Opening Campfire.  It’s always exciting to see the campers and counselors gathering at the Campfire Site.  CLC spirit was on full display as the campers and counselors laughed and sang together.  Chestnut Lake Camp has a very special tradition that signifies how the spirit of every camper carries on from summer to summer.


Each division contributes a plank of wood that every camper and counselor signs.  These planks are stacked on top of the campfire before it is lit.  The youngest campers (Ciqala had the honor this summer!) dig up the ashes from the previous summer’s Closing Campfire.  The ashes are sprinkled on the planks, and then the fire is lit.  At the end of this summer, the ashes from Closing Campfire will be collected and buried so that the spirit of CLC 2014 and every summer before will carry on to every future Chestnut Lake Camp summer.






A Coast to Coast Family Reunion at CLC!


In 2010, Jack Gordon attended Chestnut Lake Camp for the very first time.  When he arrived home to Potomac, Maryland after the summer, he shared his amazing experiences with his younger brother, Henry.  Henry started counting down the days until he could attend Chestnut Lake!

Jack and Henry have two cousins, Ella and Sophie, who live in California.  Ella and Sophie starting hearing all of Jack’s great CLC stories.  Just like Henry, Ella and Sophie also started getting the CLC fever!  Living on opposite coasts, the cousins didn’t get as many opportunities to get together as they’d like.  Their parents started talking about the possibility of them spending their summers together at Chestnut Lake Camp.

In 2012, Henry, Sophie and Ella all started their first summer at CLC with Jack who was starting his third summer.  Now, every summer they have their own family reunion at Chestnut Lake Camp.  We recently spoke with all 4 cousins and asked them to tell us about their CLC experiences and what it is like to spend time with each other at camp.

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Hi, my name is Jack Gordon, and I live in Potomac, Maryland. I really enjoy playing tennis and jumping on the trampoline (just like my brother). I go on the trampoline all of the time and practice flips and other cool and fun tricks.

I knew that Chestnut Lake Camp was right for me when my mom actually gave me an option of two camps. I saw both of the camp videos and they seemed really fun, but something about Chestnut Lake made me want to go there. Generally, I am terrible at making decisions. However, this time I didn’t even think about my decision because I knew I wanted to go to Chestnut Lake Camp. Once I got to camp, I saw all of the counselors greeting me with smiles on their faces and I knew I had made the best decision of my life!

My cousins, Sophie and Ella, live all the way on the other side of the country so I don’t get a chance to see them very often. Camp is the one time of year that I get to connect and communicate with my cousins face to face. Since Sophie is in the same age group as me and Ella is in the same age group as my brother Henry, we often get to talk and see each other. I also participate in tennis camp along with my cousin Sophie, which is a fun way of interacting and catching up with her. There is also another time that I get to be with my brother and cousins. This is at the “sibling cook-outs” which happen every so often during the summer. We get to eat together and talk about things we have enjoyed doing so far and new people we have met. Being able to see my cousins at camp makes camp even better than it already is.

Favorite Song: “I’m On Top of The World” by Imagine Dragons
Favorite Food: Hamburger
Favorite TV Show: The Voice
Favorite Camp Activity: Apache Relay


My name is Henry Gordon. I love soccer and to jump on our trampoline. We have two Goldendoodles. One of them is a puppy. I love to play with them even though the puppy gets a little crazy sometimes.

I knew Chestnut Lake Camp was for me because I went to visit my older brother, Jack, one summer. I got to sleep in his bunk with him and do the activities with his group for one whole day. I wanted to stay for the rest of the session, but my parents wouldn’t let me.

After my cousins, Sophie and Ella, found out how much my brother and I loved Chestnut Lake, my mom and my aunt decided it would be so great to have us go to camp together. I don’t get to see them that much because they live on the other side of the country. I like having them at camp because we get to have some of the same friends and do activities together sometimes.

Favorite Song: “Talk Dirty to Me” by Jason Derulo
Favorite Food: Ribs
Favorite Camp Activity: Tribal



Hi, my name is Sophie, and I live in California. I play tennis and soccer and I love to draw, read and play tether ball in our backyard. One year, we were at our cousins’ house in Maryland on a visit, when my aunt started to tell my sister and I about Chestnut Lake. Later that day, Paul came and talked to us about coming to camp. Instantly, we were hooked. That summer, off we went to Chestnut Lake. Now, I am in my third year there, and still loving it. I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

Going on my first bus ride from Maryland to Pennsylvania, I remember being stressed, nervous and excited. As soon as I walked through the tunnel of counselors, I immediately fell in love. I knew that this was going to be a fantastic three weeks.

Not only is camp such a fun thing to experience, but I also get to see both my cousins, Jack and Henry for three weeks. Living on opposite coasts makes it hard to see each other more than once or twice a year. Now that we both go to camp, I see them a guaranteed three weeks per year. It is so fun having them around and getting to spend time with them because we always have such a great time together.

Favorite Song: “Drops of Jupiter” by Train
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite Camp Activity: Tribal, especially Apache Relay and Rope Burn


Hi, my name is Ella, and I live in California. As hobbies, I love to play soccer and tennis. I also love to read and play with my friends and family.

I found out about Chestnut Lake Camp from my two cousins, Jack and Henry, who live in Maryland. They had gone to Chestnut Lake, and told us all about the fun times and cool activities they had at CLC. I wanted to go, too! In previous summers, my sister and I had gone to a Camp in California that we also loved, but I loved all the activities that Chestnut Lake had: water skiing, zip-lining, plays and more. Finally, we convinced our parents to let us try CLC even though it was across the country. We loved it even more than we thought we would!

As soon as I arrived at Chestnut Lake Camp, I knew that it was right for me. Chestnut Lake has the most amazing, nice counselors that you will ever meet. They think of super-duper fun activities to do every day. There is always time to write home to your parents if you are feeling home-sick , and unlike every other camp, Chestnut Lake allows everyone to call their parents two times within three weeks!!!

Camp gives me a cool way to see my cousins more than I normally would. I get to see my cousins (Jack and Henry) after lunch, when we play, and when we are moving between activities. I love having my cousins, sister and best friend at camp with me because they comfort me when I’m feeling sad, homesick, or if I just want a bit of family around.

Chestnut Lake also has visiting day!!! I love visiting day. It is too far for my parents to come from California, but my aunt and uncle do visit us and let us Skype our parents. It is really cool to spend the day with my aunt, uncle and cousins!!

Favorite Song: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite TV Show: Jesse or I Didn’t Do It
Favorite Camp Activity: Lake, especially the trampoline