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Chimney Corners Waterfront on Smith Pond

Smith Pond was created in the 1960's allowing for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and sailing for the Chimney Corners campers and staff. In September 2002, it was dedicated in memory of Howard and Evelyn Smith who were the owners and directors of Chimney Corners Camp from 1941-1971. Their leadership, vision and devotion to youth have made CCC a special place to so many people.

All land surrounding the lake is owned by Chimney Corners Camp which creates a safe, community atmosphere. It is home to beavers, otters, Winston the Turtle and all sorts of friendly wildlife. There are no motorized boats on the lake allowing us to preserve a rustic and serene setting.

Swim Levels and Waterfront Activities

Every camper and staff member has a swim assessment when they arrive at camp to determine their swim level. The swim assessment will consist of swimming 4 lengths of the swim area, treading water for one minute, and a submerge-and-recovery drill. Swimmers will be assessed on their endurance and confidence in the water. They will be assigned a tag color that represents their technical skill and endurance. The 4 lengths can be completed using the campers choice of strokes. Swim level will determine where a swimmer may swim and the type of waterfront activities in which they may participate.

Swimmers will be evaluated in their swim lessons throughout the first two weeks of camp and their swim level will be changed as they demonstrate mastery of skills and improved endurance and in some cases they may be moved out of swim lessons. After the second week of camp, campers will remain in the swim lesson they have been assigned.

Swim Levels are as follows:

Red Tag – A non-swimmer or someone who struggles to complete one length, cannot tread water, and cannot submerge and recover. Red tag swimmers are limited to the shallow area of the swim area. Red tag swimmers will be assigned to swim lessons as one of their six afternoon classes. Red tags may not take sailing or boating classes. Anyone who cannot take a swim assessment at the start of the session will be assigned a red tag until they can complete the assessment. Red tags may use the water trampoline (life jackets required) and sign-up for Swim Funtivities in addition to swim lessons.

White Tag – A swimmer who can swim one to two lengths but struggles with more. They cannot tread water for the full minute or for a minute with some difficulty. Can submerge and recover but is uncomfortable. A white tag swimmer may swim in the shallow and first lane area of the waterfront. White tag swimmers will be assigned to swim lessons as one of their six afternoon activities. White tag swimmers may use the water trampoline & lake tubes (life jackets required), and may sign up for boating and swim funtivities.

Yellow Tag - A swimmer who can complete three lengths but struggles with more. They can tread water for one minute with some difficulty and can submerge and recover comfortably. They are still working to master the three basic swim strokes. Yellow tag swimmers will be assigned swim lessons as one of their six afternoon activities. Yellow tag swimmers may use the water trampoline & lake tubes (life jackets required) and may participate in swim funtivities and boating.

Blue Tag - A swimmer who can complete four lengths but with some difficulty and has not mastered the three basic swim strokes. Is able to tread water for one minute with no difficulty. Can submerge and recover comfortably. Blue tag swimmers may use the water trampoline, lake tubes and paddle boards (life jackets required) and may participate in swim funtivities, synchro, boating and sailing. Blue tag swimmers will be assigned to swim lessons as one of their six afternoon activities.

Green Tag - A swimmer who is able to swim four lengths without stopping and with no difficulty. They have mastered the three basic swim strokes. and tread water for one minute easily. Can submerge and recover comfortably. Green tag swimmers may swim in any area of the waterfront and use all equipment (water trampoline, lake tubes and paddle boards) with life jackets. Green tags can participate in swim funtivities, synchro, advanced aquatics, boating and sailing. Green tag swimmers are exempt from swim lessons.


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