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Gnome Homes and Fairy Houses

by Chris

Friday, April 17th 2020 at 7:10pm

Gnome Homes and Fairy Houses

1. Find a tree or rock with a natural cave for the gnomes and fairies.

2. Build some walls and a roof for your home.

3. Add comfortable flooring, maybe a bed.

4. Decorate with found objects, and even add a firepit!

Sound Maps: A Mindful Activity

by Chris

Friday, April 10th 2020 at 5:05pm

Materials Needed:
*Writing utensil
*Paper
*Hard writing surface

Making a Sound Map is being actively mindful. It helps you practice Grounding by using your senses, and it encourages you to be present in the world around you.

  1. Find a comfortable spot to sit and listen to your surroundings, maybe in symbols.
  2. Draw symbols for what you hear and define those symbols in your Key. Draw those symbols on your map where you hear them around you.
  3. Sit for 5 minutes or longer, just listening to your backyard, on your balcony, or inside at your kitchen table.
  4. Make a Key, because every map needs a key to define all of its.

Which map was made on (A) a sunny 60°F day and which was made on (B) a 32°F day with snow falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour?

Grounding & Why Mindfulness Works

by Chris

Friday, April 3rd 2020 at 4:11pm

Why practice mindfulness? It’s a superpower that all humans already have! Our Program Director Rachel and our Videographer Jessy made a video on how brains process our emotions and what to do when we feel like we are going to Flip Our Lids.

Tool of the Week: GROUNDING

Using your 5 senses to tune you into what is happening around you is called Grounding, and it calms your electrified fight/flight/freeze brain. It’s as simple as counting 5 things you see, 4 things you feel, 3 things you hear, 2 things you smell, and 1 thing you taste. You don’t have to follow the recipe exactly though. For example, (1) feel the softness of your favorite sweatshirt, (2) hear the birds chirping, and (3) smell the dirt after some rain.

Other Mindfulness resources:

Mind Yeti® on youtube has videos to help kids practice self-regulation and learn how to deal with their stress/cabin fever (available in English or Spanish).

Tune in to this weekly webinar on mindfulness for kids.

Sr Girls Cabin Blogs

by Chris

Friday, July 12th 2019 at 9:54pm

Cougar Cabin

We had a great week two in cougar cabin! This week they spent cabin night paddling SUP boards and chilling on the lake! They focused on cooperation and cabin bonding as well as mastering new skills in their activities!

Sophie explored the Adirondacks on her two awesome hiking trips this week, Paige had a blast making yummy snacks in culinary fun, Francesca flew across the lake in windsurfing, Kara loved hanging with her friends during adventure period, Raleigh continued to hone her skills with Magic the Gathering, Sana got up Wakesurfing, Mia made beautiful pottery with the guest artists in ceramics, Ella hung out in the water in windsurfing S.U.P. and snorkeling, Margaux got even closer with all her new friends, and Violette was a superstar in wakeboarding!

We were sad to say goodbye to Margaux this weekend, but the girls are so excited to see their new friend again next summer!

Stay tuned for week three cabin vlogs!

Best,

Sydney, Eimear, And Beth

Panther Cabin

Panther had a blast week two! The girls bounced around the peninsula doing all kinds of fun activities and strengthening the already close friendships they’ve made!

Reagan had a blast mastering new skills in kayaking, Lulu hung out on the lake in advanced canoeing, Marianne showed off her impressive skills with another week in sailing, Vivienne made all sorts of yummy snacks in culinary fun, Rose stretched her artistic muscles making wire self-portraits, Sophie zoomed around the peninsula in advanced windsurfing, Aditi worked on her roll in kayaking, Cassia spend the whole week in the lake with kayaking sailing and water games, Emily loved being on the boats in wakeboarding, Jenna had fun in the sun during volleyball all week, and Ellen smashed it this week in waterskiing!

Stay tuned for week three cabin vlogs!

Best,

Alanah, Julie, and Olivia

Northwind Cabin

Northwind had a rocking week two! The girls spent cabin night roasting marshmallows at the intermediate firepit and becoming even closer as a cabin!

Maia spent the week exploring her creative side in photography, Julia absolutely crushed it in sailing and is looking forward to competing next week in blue-white sailing, Phoebe created another masterpiece in eagle eye video, Zoey had a blast in advanced basketball, Isabel worked on her slaloming skills in waterskiing, Lauren made delicious treats in culinary fun, Samantha rocked it in soccer, Lainey had a blast playing volleyball with her friends, Sallie loved floating on the lake in S.U.P. and Arielle made beautiful art in Plein Air Painting.

Stay tuned for week three cabin vlogs!

Best,

Jules, Brooke, and Emma

Wolf Den Cabin

Wolf Den had an amazing second week! The girls got to enjoy tubing for their cabin night because they won inspection, and they spent the week honing their already impressive skills in all kinds of activities.

Anna, Grace, Mary rose, and Amelia all enjoyed their advanced canoeing class together. They helped teach the younger kids and got to relax and float on the lake! Aine enjoyed taking both windsurfing and advanced windsurfing this week, Clara showed off her skills in both basketball and advanced basketball, Melina filled her schedule with double kayaking and practiced her roll, Elisabeth crushed it in tennis and then relaxed by making tasty treats in culinary fun, Laura made some awesome art in glass fusing, Ellie loved sparing in kayaking and making new routes in rock climbing, Cerise had a blast working on her moves in wakeboarding, Nya enjoyed culinary fun and volleyball, Shae made a beautiful plate in ceramics, and Sydney felt the wind in her sails in sailing!

Stay tuned for week three cabin vlogs!

Best,

Eva, Elle, and Sydney

Jr/Intermediate Girls Cabin Blogs

by Chris

Wednesday, July 10th 2019 at 1:54pm

Mink Cabin

Mink Cabin has had a wonderful second week at ADK! Eleanor, Laurie, Clara, and Daisy had an incredible time roasting marshmallows at the girls’ campfire for Cabin Night on Monday, where they bonded with the counselors and learned how to make a fire! They also enjoyed representing the girl’s line in Blue/White soccer on Wednesday.

Eleanor has really been enjoying getting to know everyone at Camp; she almost has all the counselor’s names memorized! Laurie had an awesome time making wire sculptures in creative arts this week. Clara really enjoyed sailing on Lake George- an activity she excels at, and also practicing her archery skills for the second week in a row! Daisy had fun performing her dance for the entire Camp, and really loved going on her micro trip!

The four girls were really proud of themselves for winning the Junior Inspection Banner two weeks in a row- they’re working hard to claim it for the third!

This week we also had to say goodbye to Daisy. The three girls have loved getting to know her, and can’t wait to see their new friend next year!

Stay tuned for week 3!

Best,
Mill, Anna, Esther, and Vicki

Deer Cabin

What a great second week in Deer Cabin! Deer girls have spent the week getting to know each other better, and the returners have warmly welcomed the new campers! This week the girls went tubing for Cabin Night- a Camp-wide favorite! They loved spending time on the boat with the whole cabin and counselors.

Ginevra expressed that this was her favorite part of the week, and she has also enjoyed being White Team Junior Captain! Natalie learned how to SUP for the first time, and that has become her new favorite activity! Rachel has loved going on trips, and also taking Dance! Sammie continues to try new activities every week, and make new friends with campers all over Camp! Marlene loved taking ceramics for the second week in a row, and also went on some hiking trips. Matilda took Dance with some of the girls in Deer Cabin, and also went on the art trip.

This week we were sad to say goodbye to Marlene and Matilda. We had some much fun getting to know them during these two weeks, and can’t wait to see them next year!

Stay tuned for week 3!

Best,
Fiona, Liv, Lexi, and Meredith

Fox Cabin

Fox Cabin is loving week two at ADK! A cabin of mostly returners, they spent week two focusing on activities that they wanted to master.

They started off the week by welcoming Lucy, a familiar face from last summer. Lucy enjoyed taking canoeing, ceramics, and soccer! Grace, Zuza, Xan, Tate, and Charlie all passed their tests of silence, service, and memory, and are now Adirondack Braves! Haley was very excited to turn10 years old, and also to get up on one ski! Morgan has been working hard in kayaking and is focusing on getting her handroll.

Each week, Fox Cabin sets personal goals that they work to achieve throughout the summer. They hang the goals on the cabin wall where they are visible to the entire cabin. The girls are all doing a great job working towards these goals, and the counselors have seen so much growth and development because of them!

We were sad to say goodbye to Charlie, who was heading home after two weeks. Charlie won the award for “Best New Camper on the Intermediate Girls ’Line”. The impact she had on the entire cabin was incredible, and we look forward to seeing her next year! Lucy is also leaving us, and we can’t wait to see her next summer as well.

Stayed tuned for week 3!

Best,
Zan, Grace, Rileigh, and Plum

Lynx Cabin

What a lovely week 2 in Lynx Cabin! This week Olivia and Orchid were welcomed to the cabin, two familiar faces that were excited to jump right in! The girls started off the week by having a spa night in the Yacht Club. They were able to use face masks, paint their nails, and relax with their cabin mates and counselors.

Jada was excited to continue her role as White Team Intermediate Captain, while her team didn’t win, her leadership really shined! Lila had a great time in three different art classes, she took ceramics, pinch pot monsters, and improv. Gabby continues to be a good friend to every girl inside her cabin, and is starting to meet girls in other cabins too! Emmanuelle got to practice her wakeboarding for the second week in a row. Hazel got a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. And Calliope did an awesome job competing in Blue/White ultimate frisbee.

Lynx Cabin’s highlights of the week include making up their own versions of ADK’s donut song, playing sponge dodgeball against Hawk Cabin during Line Night, and spending time in cool Lake George.

Stayed tuned for week 3!

Best,
Ava, Gina, Taylor, and Madi

Caribou Cabin

Caribou had an awesome time during their second week of the summer! The girls continue to be strong leaders at Camp, both in their activities and on the Girl’s Line!

Ruthie is having such a great first summer, and she was so thankful that she could extend her stay to four weeks! Heidi continues to be an incredible Blue Team Intermediate Captain. She led her team to two wins this week one in flag football, and one in ultimate frisbee! Charlotte continues to be an incredible friend in the cabin, always lending a helping hand when needed. Sarah has been excited about using the plate she made in ceramics for each meal, doing her part to save the planet! Bella was excited to be able to try SUP and canoeing for the second week in a row. Sophia is loving getting to catch up with old friends and is being a strong leader for the newer and younger campers. Katya was trying activities all over the peninsula this week- she was on the land, in the water, and taking arts!

The Caribou girls were excited to win the Intermediate Inspection Banner for the second week in a row, and they are already planning on keeping their cabin super clean for the third. The girls especially loved Line Night. They had a great time playing sponge dodgeball against the boys in Gull Cabin!

Stay tuned for week 3!

Best,
Alice, Claire, Hermione, and Meg

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