What is Chatcolab?

CHATCOLAB, INC Recreation Leadership Laboratory is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action, non-profit educational organization begun in 1948 to offer Leadership development through recreation. Youth and adults come together to build leadership skills. The lab meets annually at a residential camp and offers learning through general leadership sessions and interactive workshops. Anyone interested in personal, professional or volunteer development is welcome.

Chatcolab is a blend of the recreation laboratory born in the early thirties at Walden Woods, Michigan and an older model for education the “Chautauqua” from New York. 2019 is the 71st year for this Idaho based leadership laboratory and non-profit corporation. A Chautauqua draws adults and families to a “new” program each year that supports leadership, culture, education and recreation. It offers 60 + hours of learning on a vacation level, a more serious level, and a professional (academic) level. Younger and older students often share learning experiences in an open, congenial atmosphere. Children and young people are also provided with their own special program.

Chatcolab uses recreation as a framework and serves the 13 western states. Music, humor, the arts, sociology, citizenship and the pursuit of knowledge are all available in a natural resource setting. It teaches skills, technology, group process and stimulates reflective change…families come with adults who wish to continue their lifelong learning in an atmosphere of positive FUN!

Where is Chatcolab?

2019 Chatcolab will be held June 15-21, 2019 at Twinlow Camp & Retreat Center, on pine-covered grounds on glistening Lower Twin Lake approximately 5 miles north of Rathdrum, Idaho. Twinlow offers opportunities for individuals and groups of diverse abilities, racial and cultural backgrounds. Twinlow is a sanctuary of hospitality, renewal, and learning within natural world. The amazing North Idaho campus is just below Mt. Spokane, on Twin Lakes and surrounded by forests. It is a great space for contemplation and personal growth.

Philosophy of Chatcolab

Chatcolab Leadership Laboratory is designed as a stimulating experience for people who are interested in learning how to lead recreation in fun and exciting ways. This is a unique experience for adult & youth leaders. The Lab is a group living experience in which there is an exchange of ideas and techniques in the fields of leadership and recreation. The lab is a  retreat from daily routine. Group unity flows as individuals develop together in work and play. Major emphasis is placed in joy and fellowship. New knowledge and abilities gained through the sharing of creative activities lead to mental, emotional and spiritual growth. As a result of lab experience individuals recognize opportunities for good living…By Sharing One’s Self Freely.