Founded in 1922, The New York Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is a membership organization dedicated to the enjoyment of the outdoors, through hiking, walking, camping, swimming, skiing, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking, and to the conservation and preservation of our wilderness, particularly the mountains, lakes, trails, and camping areas of the Metropolitan New York and Adirondack regions.

Since it was built in 1926, Camp Nawakwa has been open year-around and has been run and maintained solely by members of the NY Chapter.