Mink Cabin has had a full week of trying many different activities all around Camp. The Arts Pillar was a major favorite this week, with many girls trying out photography, ceramics, painting, and dance! Ginevra’s favorite part of the week was performing her dance in front of the whole Camp, and Amelia’s favorite was getting to see the performance! Amanda also loved the arts this week and was excited about a book that she made for her mom. Two girls, Amelia and Haley, went out on an early morning fishing trip this week! They had a ton of fun and caught a lot of fish.
Mink Cabin was also very proud to be the inspection winners of week one! We are going to miss Amanda and Amelia who are leaving this weekend so much, but also look forward to welcoming our two new campers!
- Cass, Taylor, and Dana
The hot weather on the peninsula has led to Deer Cabin spending a majority of this week in the water! For Cabin Night they had so much fun tubing! They’ve also been in the water for activities, like waterskiing, canoeing, swimming, and kayaking! The girls have been working hard on developing their skills in these activities. Grace got up in waterskiing for the first time, and Morgan got her roll in kayaking!
Deer Cabin has been full of ADK Camp spirit this week. They have loved playing in Blue/White, dancing at the dance, and have even been working hard to improve their inspection scores. Last but not least, Deer Cabin loves their cabin ball named Petunia! The girls cannot stop talking about and playing with their favorite glittery ball.
We are going to miss Morgan, Tate, Xan, and Grace so much, but are excited to welcome our new two weekers!
- Zoe, Kristen, Cat
Fox Cabin has done a lot of bonding this past week. One of their favorite things to do together as a cabin is Polar Bear. All the girls jump into Junior Cove in the morning for an invigorating start to the day. To end the day, the girls all get snuggled in their beds and listen to their counselors read Harry Potter. The whole cabin was also very excited to eat chicken patties for lunch one day this week!
Fox campers have been working hard together to get higher scores on inspection. The girls were very supportive of Lila who performed a hilarious drama skit — a riff on Shark Tank — for all of Camp. They were also very proud of Calliope who tried pickles for the first time!
We are all going to miss Cleo who went home this weekend considerably. Noonway Cleo!
- Zan, Liv, Mill
Lynx Cabin has grown close over the past two weeks. Lynx is well known for their pre-bedtime dance parties. After the dance party, they have a great time getting to know one another during their daily question/answer circle once everyone is all tucked in. One of their most recent questions was “If you could name the 51st State what would it be and what would it be known for?”. The girls have had a lot of fun in water activities with it being so hot! Wet and Wild Wednesday in Canoeing is a massive hit for Lynx Cabin; it was Katya and Heidi’s favorite part of the week! Sophia swam the Medium Triangle, Bella had fun in wobble wars at SUP, and Sarah loved playing on the new water mat at Intermediate Point. We are looking forward to Hannah joining us this weekend!
Congratulations to Lynx Cabin on winning week one inspection!
- Fiona, Alanah, Alice
Caribou Cabin has had a fabulous week! The girls are bonding and forming memories that will last a lifetime. They loved watching fireworks together on the 4th of July and love when they get to watch the sunset together. Most of Caribou Cabin has been out on several different trips this week! Aurora, Francesca, Paige, and Sophie all went on a three-day Northville-Placid Trail (NLP) trip. When they came back several of the girls went out on even more trips! The girls bond every night by sharing answers to a different interesting question. One night one of their questions was “If you could travel back to any time period, what would it be?”. At the beginning of the week we welcomed Violette, and this weekend Anna is joining us! Isabelle and Abigail had to leave this weekend, and we will miss them greatly!
- Erin, Sydney, Eimear, Veronica
WE HAD CHICKEN PATTIES FOR LUNCH ON WEDNESDAY!! Sometimes it’s the little things :)
Cougar had a very chill week. One of the girls’ highlights was their “Cloud Circle” where they laid in a circle, stared up at the clouds, and talked about life. Cougar Cabin is making the transition from Intermediates to Seniors swimmingly. They do everything together and are such a strong unit. They support each other and encourage one another, in activities and in the cabin. We are so impressed in how close they have gotten to one another, and we are so proud to help them on their journey on to the Senior Line. We can’t wait to see them grow throughout the summer.
Sarah, Shayla, and Penny (Cougar Staff)
In the words of Sophie Parr, “this week was exquisite, decadent, and delightful.” Panther Cabin was full of giggles all week long, and enjoyed many activities! Isabel learned to windsurf, Zoey and Lily loved their rock climbing trips, and SUP was a hit with Panther Cabin this week. 4th of July was a highlight this week for the cabin. We sat out on Senior Point with chill music and watched the fireworks across the lake. It was perfect Cabin bonding time and an excellent way to spend the night of the 4th. The American girls in the cabin were excited to share the tradition of fireworks with the International girls. Week 2 was one for the books!
Kyra, Julia, and Dev (Panther Staff)
We are incredibly proud of how inclusive all of our girls in Northwind are! We always knew they were great girls, but we are so happy that they are able to bond as one large group in such a large cabin. Anie Cleary brought her ukelele to camp, and the girls have been writing a song together. They add a new verse every few days. They sing it for anyone who will listen, and it keeps us laughing all day. They are one of the closest cabins we have among the Senior girls, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them all.
Gemma, Jules, Gaby, Kristin, and Jacinda (Northwind Staff)
Week 2 was another excellent week in Wolf Den. The girls are getting closer and closer by the day. They bonded together both as girls and with their male friends in Crazy Horse. The Rangers are really coming together as a group and are blossoming into remarkable young adults. Between leading service projects for the rest of Camp, running cookie break, and being role models for the younger kids, the Rangers really crushed it this week! Wolf Den loved being able to tube during Line-Up-Sign-Up to escape the heat. They even did Polar Bear in the morning together! The girls are really excited to continue to have Ranger Chills around campfires and grow as leaders. We can’t wait for the coming weeks.
Julia, Ellen, and Skye (Wolf Den Staff)
Every summer is somehow completely different and the same all at the same time. It is one of the wonders of what makes Camp so indescribable unless you have experienced it.
There’s this feeling that comes over you when you come back to Camp after having spent the last nine months away. It’s extraordinary, and much like most things at camp, impossible to describe unless having lived it. But it is a feeling that is important to explain because it is the first thing you feel after getting over the initial excitement of returning and seeing your friends again.
It was the summer of 2016 and my first summer back at Camp since 2013. I had taken two summers off of being staff to go to summer school for college and to study abroad. Having to decide to miss out on Camp not once but twice was one of the hardest ones I’ve had to make. But being able to come back to a place that felt very much like home was something that I was extremely excited about. I was also nervous. Anyone that has ever attended ADK, as a camper or staff, will tell you that it is “their place.” Camp allows you to own it. It becomes yours the second you set foot on that peninsula. It becomes a part of you, and you a part of it. And I knew that having spent two years away meant that there were going to be new people who had gone camping since I had been gone, who wouldn’t know me. I was worried that because they now felt that Camp was theirs, that they would think that I was new, and wouldn’t understand that for the last ten years, ADK was a part of me, whether I had been there or not. I just wanted people to know that I had loved that place for many many years. It is something silly to worry about. I knew that no one was going to make me feel like an outsider, and no one was going to make me feel bad for being “new” or at least new in their eyes, but I just wanted to share my love for that place with everyone, and felt like I wouldn’t be able to do that right away because I had missed out on two years in a row. Again, this was a silly way to feel. Of course, there were still so many familiar faces to greet me with open arms, both people who I had been staff within 2013 and also who I had grown up with and been a camper with. It was the very different feeling of everything’s the same, but everything is different. The place was the same. The same lake, the same mountains, same cabins, activities, and sunsets, even some of the same people. But then there was this other feeling that something was different, and it was, and I didn’t realize at first that that was okay. But as the days went on, as I met more and more staff during training, everything began to feel right again. We were no longer “new staff” and “old staff” we were one. We were all staff, regardless of the number of years that we had called Camp “our place.” Together we were Camp’s – and Camp was ours.
It was later on during that year’s staff training after we had moved into our cabins that I was walking from my cabin to the ball field for whatever activity we had planned next. I was walking down the rooted and rocky path from Wolf Den. Anyone walking that path for the first time, or even the 10th time, will tell you that it is not a mindless path to walk down, that it takes a little bit of concentration, but there I was, two years since I had lived in that Cabin as my last time as staff, hurriedly scurrying down the path, telling myself, don’t step on that rock, it’s loose, if you step on that root, you can jump to that other root and then hop directly on to the boardwalk. And as my foot hit the boardwalk, I realized how easy that was for me, after all the time that had passed, the rocks and roots were the same. My mind had taken me back to 2010, 2012, and 2013, to the three years I lived in that cabin, once as a camper, once as a CIT, and once as staff. It was 2016, a lot had changed, but the significant things did not. My mind and body still knew that I belonged on that peninsula, regardless of how long I had been away. And I know that one day I will have to go away for longer, to start my life, have a family, etc. But I know that after that when I do have the opportunity to go back, either as staff, or bringing my kids to camp, the second my foot touches the ball field- I’ll be home.
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!