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Mission Statement

To develop Character through Adventure inspired by Tradition.


Chippewa is a summer camp for boys located in the Chippewa National Forest on Cass Lake near Bemidji, Minnesota. Founded in 1935 by Otto "Cap" Endres and Helen "Mom" Endres, Camp Chippewa is owned and operated by Camp Chippewa Foundation, a non-profit foundation. A legacy of camping was ensured when the Endres family donated the camp and its property to the newly formed Camp Chippewa Foundation in 1999, helping to ensure that Chippewa will continue as a boys camp for future generations.

The tradition of the camp reflects the dreams expressed by our founders, Cap and Mom Endres, when they began building Camp Chippewa. By focusing on life-long sports and activities, we have carefully developed a program that promotes emotional and physical growth, develops confidence and encourages friendships with fellow campers and counselors from around the globe. It is an exciting and fun program created by each camper within a well-developed camp structure.

At Camp Chippewa, boys capture the wonder of boyhood through the many daily adventures afforded by our wilderness environment. A limited enrollment of just 75 boys ensures individual attention for each boy and personal, hands-on interaction among campers and counselors. Camp activities promote individual achievement and skill development, while instilling a joy of life-long activities and reverence for our wilderness surroundings. The many returning counselors and staff demonstrate a loyalty to the program and provide a continuity in the activities which fosters expertise and mastery.

Boyhood is a special time and Camp Chippewa provides a rare opportunity to slow the pace of our daily routine, to escape the wired world to discover the wider world and to find true adventure around the glow of a campfire.



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