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Questions About Going to Camp

How exciting-your first time at an boys’ and girls’ summer camp!

There’s a lot to know about children’s summer camps. We’re sure you have a bunch of questions, so we’ve tried to anticipate as many as we can.

The most important thing to know is that we’re there for you in every way. We care about you and want you to have a fantastic time. Adirondack is one big summer camp family and you’re our newest member.

Questions

Who will pick me up when I arrive at the airport?
Who will pick me up when I arrive at the airport?

Every flight is met at the gate or just outside of customs by an Adirondack Camp counselor. This warm and friendly person will be wearing a white Adirondack Camp tee-shirt and be holding a sign with your name on it. HELLO YOU! Our staff will be with you from the moment you meet at the airport until you are safely settled in Camp. We also remain at the airport with you until your plane takes off to take you home.

What should I do to fit in?
What should I do to fit in?

Just be yourself! A wonderful thing about Adirondack campers is that we are all different and special in some way. Also, know that about a third of your fellow campers will be new just like you. Returning campers will show you around and help you make new friends because they are happy to have you at camp and remember how it felt when they were new. Expect a big, warm Adirondack welcome from both campers and staff and if you are not sure about something–just ask. We are here to help in every way we can.

Are there cliques at Camp?
Are there cliques at Camp?

Every place has groups of people that are very familiar with each other. Our overall atmosphere is one of inclusiveness rather than exclusivity. We want everyone to feel comfortable within our community. At ADK there’s no room for cliques. In short order, you will make new friends among fellow campers and staff who have come from all over the world . And even though this may be your first summer–you will surely help someone else to feel great just by being there for them too.

What if I feel homesick?
What if I feel homesick?

No one is ever too old to miss home. Everyone feels homesick at one time or another whether they show it or not. Going away to summer camp is a brave decision and missing home is just a way of remembering how much you love your family, so you should never be embarrassed to tell someone if you are feeling sad. Camp keeps you busy in activities and other fun things to do and jumping right in is the best way to get acclimated to your new home. We are all here to help you. Many of us have been homesick ourselves and it takes most campers only a few days to feel right at home!

Will I have privacy?
Will I have privacy?

Yes, but it will be different than at home. At Camp, we live in a communal environment and in “close” quarters. You probably have your own bedroom at home so this will be a very different environment. Flexibility and tolerance for others will be the key to your success in the cabin. You will have some space next to your bunk and a shelf that you can call all your own, but the cabin in general is one big open space. There are separate boy and girl cabin lines and bathhouses that we call “Perches” with private stalls for showering and use of the toilet. Our unique environment may seem a little strange to you at first, but the closeness of our friendships and the fun of the chaos will soon win you over.

Can I call or email my parents?
Can I call or email my parents?

It may take a little time to adjust to Camp. But, if you feel that you need to talk to your parents we can arrange for them to call you on a limited basis after the first week of Camp. Emails work the same way and can be scheduled during our Rest Hour. Talk to your cabin counselor and we’ll make it happen. Please know that we post Camp news and pictures daily on our website for your parents to see you. We will ask you to write home, too. Remember–your parents are likely to miss you even more than you may miss home!

What if I feel ill or physically sick?
What if I feel ill or physically sick?

No matter what time of day or night or what the issue, we care! So, don’t hesitate to let us know if something is not right. We have several full time nurses, a great Health Center, and counselors who will help you to feel better fast!

What if I take medicine?
What if I take medicine?

No problem! Medicines and vitamins are distributed at mealtimes by the Camp nurses. We’ll even remind you if you’ve forgotten and don’t think you’re the only one-lots of kids line up with the nurse at mealtimes and before bed to get them.

Can I bring my iPod to Camp?
Can I bring my iPod to Camp?

ELECTRONICS AT CAMP

At Adirondack, we believe it is vitally important to remain a refuge from the increasing onslaught of electronics in our daily lives. Encouraging out of door activity and direct interpersonal relationships is better enabled by leaving our fancy gadgets at home. So on our peninsula campers are not allowed to have computers, I-Pads, cell phones or other devices that enable acts of internet surfing or texting so please leave them at home.

We do however recognize the importance of music for many during quiet times or at night and MP3 players or devices that solely play music in the cabins are allowed.

Parents often remark how wonderful it is to see how their children unplug and happily spend their time without ready access to Instagram, video games, or Youtube. Please help us in this effort. Parents and campers are asked to sign the electronic contract.

How often do I have to take a shower?
How often do I have to take a shower?

Considering you’ll likely be in the lake every day, it’s not so much of an issue, but we do have cabins on a rotating shower schedule and insist on a combined soap, shampoo, and water experience as least twice a week. Be prepared to exceed your quota, however, after a heart-thumping mountain climb or a valiant mud-drag in Tug-o-War.

What if I forget something that I need at home?
What if I forget something that I need at home?

We can ask your parents to mail it to you if we can’t get it for you from the Camp store. We stock everything from flip-flops to shampoo, soap, flashlights, batteries, tooth brushes, and stamps. If we don’t have it then we can probably get it for you.

Can I receive care packages at Camp?
Can I receive care packages at Camp?

Of course! But keep in mind that you will not be able to receive any food items for bug and tiny critter reasons.

How will I see at night?
How will I see at night?

Ah–the Adirondack night! Away from civilization, you’ll be amazed at how well the moon and the stars illuminate the night and you’ll get used to it very quickly. On a cloudy or moonless night, though, you will need a flashlight or headlamp to get around. There are lights mounted on some of the buildings but a flashlight is still a good idea.

Bedtime seems early!
Bedtime seems early!

We tend to follow the light of day with our activities and as the sun sets, so does our day. Camp starts early with Reveille at 7:30 am and follows with a schedule jam packed full of adventure. You’ll be surprised at how tired you’ll be when evening comes around! Junior and Intermediate campers head back to their bunks at 8:30 pm with Taps and lights out at 9:00 pm and Seniors get till 9:30 pm. However, if you do have trouble falling asleep, your counselor will often let you read a little longer in your bunk.

What’s the food like?
What’s the food like?

Yum, that’s what it’s like. Carlo, our chef, has been with us for many years and cooks for a prestigious university during the school year. He makes delicious things that everyone likes to eat including chicken nuggets, pizza, burgers and hot dogs, and chocolate chip muffins, but also offers a lot of fresh, healthy choices including vegetarian wraps. We serve three family-style meals every day along with the famous “cookie-break” and juice in mid-afternoon.
Breakfast always comes with hot and cold options, like scrambled eggs and French toast or cold cereal with fruit. Fruit bowls are offered at all three meals along with an ever changing fresh salad bar at lunch and dinner. Carlo goes all out on Sunday nights with a special dinner such as roasted pork or turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. There is also a vegetarian/vegan alternative to the main courses. Food is really important at Adirondack.

What if I have a summer birthday?
What if I have a summer birthday?

Surprise! We have our very own Adirondack Camp birthday song and you and your cabin will be treated to an enormous cake. We can’t tell you the surprise, so will just have to wait and see!

What if my tooth falls out at Camp?
What if my tooth falls out at Camp?

The Tooth Fairy will find you!

Are any of the activities mandatory?
Are any of the activities mandatory?

Being surrounded by water, instructional swimming is our only Mandatory Fun. Our hope is that you will become an accomplished swimmer, paddler, and hiker at Camp and we offer many choices at many levels for you to accomplish this over your years with us.

Do I have to swim if the water is too cold?
Do I have to swim if the water is too cold?

No you do not, and we will never force you into the water. However, chances are you’ll be really excited to swim, sail, windsurf, or water-ski and will jump into the crystal clear water anyway! The lake warms to around 72-73 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of the season and is very awesome even on the hottest of days.

Who chooses my camp activity schedule?
Who chooses my camp activity schedule?

You do! Every week you choose five different activities to do and the Program Director makes it happen. We also have fun games including Blue/White, Awiskini, and Campfires at night.

What if I don’t like my schedule?
What if I don’t like my schedule?

You will usually get your first choices; and if you want to change your activities for the week–you can do so up until the third day. Most importantly, we’re ready any time, any day, to help you find a sport, art or challenge that you will love and want to stick with.

Are there religious services at Camp?
Are there religious services at Camp?

No. Adirondack Camp is non-denominational which means that our summer camp does not practice, favor, or disfavor any particular faith or religion. We do have our own gathering at sunset once a week where we sing songs, tell stories, recognize each other and express gratitude for the day. We also have a historic place in Camp that we call Chapel, but no services are held there.

However, if you and/or your parents have a desire for you to attend services on Sunday, we do make a trip into town to nearby places of worship. Please do note, however, that since Adirondack Camp is in a rural area not every faith is formally served in our immediate area.

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