About Us

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While a picture is worth a thousand words, millions could be—and have been—said about the effect of Camp Chippewa on a young man. Since 1935 boys have built confidence, come of age, and found new strength between the pines at Cass Lake. Boys find a summer home and are left with lifelong memories and friendships. Former campers return as staff to pay forward the time and attention they received from their role models. And men decades removed from their time at camp are still so indebted that they donate their time and money to continue the impact of Camp Chippewa on boys into the future.

Step by Step

Learn about our program, our staff, our mission, and our goals. Read about our philosophy and see videos that show our camp in action. Read what others have to say about this place. And learn why sending your son to Camp Chippewa is an investment in him now and in his future.

When you are ready to take that next step, we’re here and happy to answer your questions. Call or email. Step by step, we will take this journey together.

Our Philosophy

Adventure. Tradition. Character. These are the three pillars of Camp Chippewa; they inform everything we do, both day-to-day and long-term. Read on to learn about how we’re different, and more importantly, why we do things the way we do.

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Our History

Founded in 1935 by Otto “Cap” Endres and Helen “Mom” Endres, Camp Chippewa has long been a place for boys to learn, grow, and explore the world around them amidst the Minnesotan wilderness. Learn more about Cap and Mom’s goals for the camp and how we remain true to their vision today.

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Our Location

Nestled between two lakes and towering pines in the Chippewa National Forest, Camp Chippewa’s location is a beautiful place for boys to unplug, reset, and discover their true selves. Just shy of the Canadian border, our location provides unparalleled access to the natural beauty of the midwest.

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Keeping Camp Chippewa up and running smoothly is only possible thanks to our dedicated staff and leadership team. From camp directors to counselors, everyone at Chippewa is an integral piece of our puzzle. Get to know our stellar leadership team.

I saw a picture of our son with his cabin group from skit night. He looks very happy! Thank you again for providing this opportunity for him. Camp was a really important part of my life, and I am so glad our son gets his own camp experience too. Chippewa has been a great fit for him.

Caitlin T., Camp Parent, South Carolina

Ready for an unforgettable summer experience?

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