Camp Tockwogh is located in Worton, MD on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. With 301 acres on preserved critical Chesapeake wetlands and over 2 miles of beachfront, it is a great place to escape and relax in nature.
We are located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, about 25 minutes from the quaint town of Chestertown, MD, 45 minutes from Wilmington, DE, 1.5 hours from Philadelphia, and 2 hours from Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
On site, we have over 40 rustic cabins, five winterized cottages, and two large group lodges, and a dining hall with a capacity for up to 400 people. There are also various meeting and program spaces to fit camp’s needs!
As early as 1910, the Board of Directors of the Wilmington YMCA began offering camp for boys. In 1938, the Y purchased Tockwogh for $15,000. That summer, buildings on the site were reconditioned and the present athletic field was graded and seeded. Over time, the camp expanded facilities and amenities and additional land with campers and counselors contributing improvements to camp property.
Tockwogh added a family camp week in 1946 as well as weekend groups during the off-season. Camp is now open and in full operation from mid-April to mid-November and has expanded to serve groups of up to 95 people throughout the winter. In 1961, the YMCA invited the Wilmington Young Women’s Christian Association to co-sponsor a girls’ camp at Tockwogh. Those first years, girls came to camp for three weeks. In 1963, they came for the full summer. The number of girls keeps increasing each season.
Attendance at camp continues to grow with some 2,100 campers during the summer season and more than 5,000 during the spring and fall conference seasons. Camp Tockwogh is always changing, and we hope that you feel you are a part of the legacy as soon as you become a member of the “Tockwogh Family.”
From Wilmington, take I-95 to Exit 1 S (896 South) to Middletown. Pick up 301 South in Middletown. Follow 301 South for 7.5 miles to the Maryland 290 South exit. On 290 South go 3.8 miles to Galena. Go straight through the light onto 213 South for 5.5 miles. At Molly’s Mart and Gas Station, turn right onto Maryland 298 West. Go 2.5 miles then bear right on 566 West for 1.1 miles into the town of Still Pond. The road becomes route 292. Continue on 292 for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Still Pond Neck Road. Go 3.5 miles to the camp entrance on your right.
From Annapolis, cross the Bay Bridge & take 301 North. Take the route 213 North exit to Chestertown. Go through Chestertown and turn left onto route 297 (at Suds N’ Sodas). Stay on 297 for 3.6 miles through Worton until you come to a four-way stop at route 298. Turn right onto 298 and go 1.2 mile to Coopers Lane. Turn left onto Coopers Lane and go 1 mile to Still Pond Creek Rd. Turn right on Still Pond Creek Rd. and go straight until you cross a small bridge. Bear left over the bridge & go 1.7 miles to a tee stop. Turn left onto Still Pond Neck Rd. Go 2.1 miles to the camp entrance on your right.
At YMCA Camp Tockwogh, we foster healthy living and social responsibility through the development of independence, confidence, lifelong learning and character in youth, teens and families.
The YMCA of Delaware is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strive to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace… and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.
The YMCA of Delaware is an inclusive organization open to all. We welcome all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. The Y believes that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive, when our doors are open to all and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
YMCA Camp Tockwogh commits to an ongoing exploration of our camp’s programming, particularly in relation to racial inequity and First Nations naming conventions within our camp culture. Tockwogh is committed to serving campers and families of all backgrounds, faiths, and races. With the YMCA values and vision at the center of all we do, Camp Tockwogh has reaffirmed its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Tockwogh works to ensure that all people have equitable access to an amazing and positive summer camp experience. In order to live up to the ideals of inclusion represented in the vision statement of the YMCA of Delaware, we must continually examine the intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and inequity.
At YMCA Camp Tockwogh we build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through programs that teach the values of our five pillars: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. Our Character Development focus describes how we operate; as a YMCA, we don’t just teach sailing, swimming, climbing, arts & crafts, or horseback riding, we teach values through these programs. These are the values everyone lives by at camp.
Our philosophy is that staff is the key to a successful camp experience. Our overall staff to camper ratio is 1:4. Our cabin ratios for staff to campers are 1:8-1:10.
Our staff exudes positive energy and excitement. Everyone on our staff goes through a detailed interview and background check process; their attitude determines whether they will ultimately be part of the Tockwogh team. Effective staff training is essential. Training covers everything from CPR/First Aid, life guarding, horseback riding, and boat driving to working with campers who miss home, strategizing to create bonds within the cabin and modeling good behavior.