By Nicolette Brick
Packing is possibly the most stressful part of my summer. I always look at my pile of clothes and tell myself what I already know, that it is definitely too much stuff and I will not use/ wear it all. But does that stop me from bringing it all? No. We all get the packing list before the summer comes. We pack our sneakers, our socks, water bottle, 7 T-shirts and 5 shorts, 1 sweatshirt, sunscreen, and everything else on the list, but what about the things not on the list? Or how about the things that we don’t think we will really need? Sometimes you just don’t think about something until you need it right then and there. So here is a (non-exhaustive) list of things you might want to add to your packing list. Whether you are camper, parent, or staff, this list is for you.
I wish I knew to get a pair of these my first summer as a camper. Our storage space in the cabin is limited, especially when you’re sharing a bunk space with another person, and a whole cabin with 11 other people. Getting a pair of plastic drawers will make organization a breeze. Throw the random items you don’t want floating around your trunk in there, keep your socks and undies in a drawer for easy access, you name it. You can’t go wrong with a set of drawers. A set like this is what is most commonly used.
It’s not something you would necessarily think about, but there are no clocks in the cabins. We run by the time of the bugler, and his time is law. But if your child is someone who likes to know what time it is at all times, go ahead and invest in a decent waterproof watch. (Staff, you’re going to want to go ahead and hop on this one too). It’s a simple premise but makes a world of difference. You can’t go wrong with one like this.
Face Paint/ Color War Clothes
For those of you that might not be aware, camp has a century-old color war that actually runs through our bloodlines. If your great great great great great great grandpa was on the Blue Team, you and any other relatives that you have at camp will be too. So you can imagine the competitiveness of an event that is fueled by our ancestors need to win at dodgeball. If your child is the first person in the family to attend camp, they will be assigned a color and they will be the start of it all! (How exciting is that!?) And don’t worry Staff, you get sorted on to a team as well. So prep with a couple of shirts that are blue, and a couple that are white. They don’t have to be anything special, they just have to be mostly solid in color. You also can’t go wrong with some washable face paint, colored hair spray, or knee-high socks in your team color. HOW BLUE – HOW WHITE!!!!
You know what they say about duct tape? If you can’t fix it with duct tape, then you’re not using enough duct tape. Duct tape can fix almost anything at camp from a hole in the bug net, to a broken flip flop. It’s a quick fix and saves lives. Duct tape can also be used as fashion and for crafts. Don’t underestimate the power of some tape with cherries or flying pigs on it. I still have some Camp duct tape holding together a fan from when I was a camper. Send your camper to camp with some duct tape and you won’t have to send a care package every other week with two new pairs of flip flops in it.
I highly recommend a headlamp over a flashlight. It’s hard to find that black pair of pajama shorts at the bottom of your giant trunk when it’s pitch black outside with a flashlight in your hand. It’s as simple as that. It’s just so much easier to do anything when you have two hands- that’s scientifically proven. They also come in handy at the Perch or reading a book in bed at night. Getting one with a red light setting like this one is also your best bet so that you can read in bed without disturbing anyone who is sleeping around you. And while you’re ordering one, you might as well go ahead and get two.
Shower Caddy/Shower Shoes
It may seem like an obvious thing to pack, but trust me, it is one of the most forgotten, and most important things to put on your packing list. Our cabins do not have bathrooms attached, which means that campers and staff are walking from their cabins to the Perch (what we call the bathrooms). It’s not a long walk, but carrying your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other miscellaneous toiletries any distance is a hefty feat without a little tote to help you out. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, some staff even use a child’s sand bucket because it gets the job done. If you’re nervous about packing a bulky shower caddy in a suitcase or trunk, don’t stress! You can get a soft caddy just like this one here.
To go along with the caddy, don’t forget those shower shoes! You don’t want to be walking to the showers barefoot, and we all share showers, so you want to make sure our feet are getting clean just like the rest of our bodies. Get a cheap pair just like these. They come in a bunch of different colors and in men, women, and kids sizes.
This one tends to speak for itself. Camp beds are not your beds at home with beautifully fluffy memory foam mattress toppers. Bring an egg crate and make outdoor slumber even more peaceful. (Pro tip: buy a queen size and fold it in half for double the comfort).
My motto for this one is: go to a thrift/second hand shop and go nuts. Anything from bunny ears, to a tutu, to neon zebra striped leggings, construction vests, American flag button ups, or a onesie. If it’s crazy, you’ll want it. If it’s something you don’t necessarily have the guts to wear on any given Tuesday out in the real world, bring it. The crazier the better. We have themed days, dances, and every other excuse to wear that 4XL tye-dye t-shirt with a glow in the dark cat floating through space on it that you bought for Halloween one year and never wore again.
A Delicates Laundry Bag
Each cabin is given 3 laundry bags for whites, colors, and darks. The whole cabin’s laundry is put into these three bags and then sent to be washed. It is pretty easy to pick out which shirt is yours, but pretty difficult to know which pair of white socks are yours. That’s why getting your hands on a delicates bag will make sure that your child will come home with all, or most;), of their socks and undies.
Ah, the Crazy Creek. It is probably my favorite Camp item that I own. This is one item that I didn’t even know existed until I was already at camp. They just look like soft chairs without legs, but trust me, they are life savers when we have to sit on log benches or on the ground for an extended period of time. I use mine almost every day at camp. They also last forever. I have had mine for 10+ years.
Though this list may seem hefty, and like all this stuff isn’t going to fit in a suitcase or trunk, fear not! When Camp gets closer, you can have all of these things shipped straight there so it’ll be here when you arrive, and if something urgent is left at home, there is no needs to fret for a quick email can fix that. We’re here to make your life easier, and hopefully, this list helps with that!
Let us know down in the comments if there is an item that you can’t live without at Camp!
Empowerment, Collaboration, Fun, Confidence – this is what Adirondack Camp, can provide the young girls and teens in your life.
Self-esteem and empowerment for young girls in today’s environment are critical. Pressures on young girls have never been higher — from “fitting in”, unrealistic expectations regarding physical appearance, managing peer pressure and bullying as well as navigating an increasing array of social media. ADK is a supportive environment that is both challenging and nurturing, where your young girls and teens can dare to be themselves, unplug, and be in a world of confidence. Our supportive culture, talented staff, and robust program help girls ages 7-16 develop the self-awareness and confidence they need to make informed life-decisions from a place of respect for themselves and others.
2,4,6 and 8 Week Sessions available. Choose from over 30 activities across the Arts, Land, Waterfront, and Trips on Lake George in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York.
We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about our program. There are limited spaces currently available, including a 2-week program. Please visit our website http://www.adirondackcamp.com or contact myself or Camp today by emailing or calling 518-547-8261 for more information.
Owner, Adirondack Camp
“After a summer at ADK my daughter is more assertive, more confident, less shy and more comfortable in her own skin.”
“The overall experience and independence was so good for her. While Nicole came home with stories of Fencing, and Fishing, and dances, the very obvious benefit was the broadening of her horizons, the quality of the people she met and was led by, and the focus on social and interpersonal activities OUTSIDE of electronic communication, and typical “dramatic” interaction.”
“This experience for her was life changing. It was so great for her to be away from home and have such an amazing time. Her experience at ADK is such a great start to her upcoming first year at boarding school. Because of Camp, I believe she will arrive with more independence, self-confidence, and courage to try new things.”
Meet the Camp Swim Areas!
By: Nicolette Brick
One of the very best features of Camp is that we are on our very own peninsula in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains! Being surrounded by so much water is what makes ADK, unlike any other camp. That being said, it means that we have A LOT of activities on the water and that involve swimming, including our wonderful swimming/water skills activity. There are so many wonderful areas to swim around Camp and we would like to introduce you to our fantastic swim areas!
Hi, I’m Junior Cove! I’m just your everyday swim area next door. I love a quick Polar Bear session in the morning, a general swim before lunch, and hanging out with all the Juniors during a Jump-In/ Jump out. I also think that I have the best view of Camp, because from my dock you can see Black Mountain, Intermediate Dock, and Sailing Dock! I just love to watch all the campers having a blast on the water. I even get to see the likes of Blue/Whitewater polo and Swim Meet! I’m also where the Beginner swimmers have their class! I’m perfect for beginners because my water is the shallowest and the warmest in Camp! But don’t get me wrong, I love campers with all different kinds of swim experience!
Heeey! I’m Intermediate Dock! I’m named perfectly because I fall right in the middle of difficulty level when it comes to Camp swim areas! I’m nice and deep, which makes for the perfect cannonball water. But I also have a ledge that is perfect to stand on if you’re a little unsure about the depth. I am also home to Camp’s very own floating slide dock! I love watching Campers having fun and sliding down. You can hear the giggles on the other side of the Cove! I’m also stop number two on the Small and Medium Triangle! I hope to see you in the Summer!
Noonway, I’m Spider Rock. I like to think of myself as being the most unique swim area in Camp. I’m nice and secluded, and from my rock you can see all the way into Junior Cove. Some people like to joke that I’m called Spider Rock because my Rock Island is covered in spiders, but it’s actually because, from above, the rock formations at the bottom of my swim area spread out and look like the body and legs of a spider. I think that’s pretty cool. A short walk into the trees and there I am! I even contain one of the only two places you can dive in Camp! I’m definitely a swim area for the more advanced swimmers, but I get to see everyone as they work they way up in the Swim Program!
I may be still but I am anything but boring! I get to hang out with the Canoers and watch the Water Ski and Wake Boarders! I’m often caught in the middle of the friendly competition of those two popular activities! I get to see all the action! I get to swim with Intermediate swimmers and up. I am the Senior Girls’ favorite Jump-In/Jump-Out spot (especially after Project Color Runway!) My view from Camp is one of the most iconic and what people associate with Camp, Anthony’s Nose! It’s big and beautiful and I get to look at it every day! Come swim with me and you will too!
Nooners Y’all! I’m Senior Point and I am one of everyone’s favorite swim spots in Camp! I’m definitely not for the faint of heart. I am the most advanced swim spot in Camp and have AH-MAZING views! It’s Black Mountain all the way, baby! I get wavy and you’re always in for a good time at Senior. I pride myself on being the best spot to catch some sun on the Peninsula, as well as getting to hang out with the windsurfers and getting to watch them and Sailing zoom around the lake. I’m close to the Senior Boys’ cabins so I chill with them in the mornings during Polar Bear, as well as getting to chill with all the Seniors during their “Beach Party” Line Nights. I may not have a beach, but I’ve got windswept shores of stone, and it doesn’t get any better than that, dude.
The Swim Areas cannot wait to meet the new faces coming to Camp in the Summer, as well as seeing all those familiar friends that have swam in beautiful Lake George in previous years. Swimming at Camp is one of the best things to do over the summer and WE LOVE LAKE GEORGE!
Come enjoy pizza, and bowling with our Owners, Director Matt Basinet, Assistant Camp Director Merritt Duffy, Director of Admissions Rikki Galusha, Head Counselor Chris Daugherty, and some of our summer staff.
Please RSVP By February 28th if you plan to attend. If you have any questions please contact
For more information please check out our Facebook event.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at ADK!
By: Nicolette Brick
Valentine’s day is an opportunity for us to tell the people in our lives how much we love them, and we all know that it’s the little things about camp that make it so special to us. Just like we like to say, “from the outside looking in, you could never understand it, and from the inside looking out, you could never explain it.” But we want to try! Past and present staff want to take a moment to tell you 14 things we love about camp!
1.“ Carlo’s chicken patties.” – Ashley J
2. “The water slide, specifically when it is free.” – Jon L
3. “That split second when you’ve committed to jumping in for Polar Bear but you aren’t yet wet!” – Ryan H
4. “The thrill of joining Eagle I” – Brad G
5. “The feeling you get when you see that awesome lake in the mornings” – Luis A
6. “The Magic at the top of every mountain” – Lara M
7. “The view from the rappelling cliffs and seeing everyone for the first time after several months apart!” – Veronica M
8. “SAWSAGE” – Isabella C
9. “The wild welcoming committee that assembles at the bottom of the hill when the air horn blows to announce the bus from NYC has arrived!” – Elizabeth D
10. “Of course, the fun of multiple water activities teaming up and/or battling on the lake for WET N’ WIIIIIIILD WEDNESDAAAAY” – Peter F
11. “The flurry of “Taps!” “What?” “TAPS” spreading up and down the line that happens and makes everyone almost miss it bc everyone’s whisper-yelling to turn off flashlights” – Sydney M
12. “Canoe wars” – Christian VP
13. “That every once in a while when the Dining Hall is just rocking out to song after song, and we have to rush the evening activity, but no one cares” – JR H
14. “Watching the campers on the first day running around finding their friends and seeing their reunion” – August K
And one for good luck ;)
“I guess for me the biggest things that I love and think about when I’m not at camp are the sounds…I miss both the amazing sounds you get to hear at night, and the lack of silence with the animals, bugs, wind, and water. Also during the day the sounds of joy and excitement all surrounding a universal love.” – Danny L
Of course, we could not put into words all of the amazing experiences and feelings that camp gives us, but this gives you a little glimpse of what the staff sees that keeps us coming back, and what makes Camp such a special place in our hearts. We love being able to share what we love about Camp with you. Comment down below the things that you love about it!
some quotes edited for length or clarity