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)
We’ve had a busy and impressive first week of 2nd session in Elk! We welcomed 5 campers into our family, and they have been heavily involved in Camp life since day one. Tal had to decide between kayaking the Sacandaga River and competing against Forest Lake Camp in soccer! We are so proud that he was picked for both. Trip was selected to compete in Tennis against Forest Lake Camp next week as well! Sam went on a trip and climbed two of the Lake George Five Peaks. Our new resident windsurfers, Liam and Grant, came into their own during our windsurfing Cabin Night and crushed it out on the water. Hugo tried wakeboarding for the first time, and Arion slalomed for the first time! Arion is also competing against Forest Lake Camp in archery and is excited to kayak the Ottowa River. Taylor is eyeing being the centerpiece for the basketball game against Forest Lake Camp next week. Speaking of competing against other camps, Jack has been sailing in the Cheeseburger in Paradise Regatta against Northern Lake George Yacht Club and Southern Lake George Yacht Club. After one day of racing, Jack and his partner were in 10th place out of 30. Paul has taken a leadership role in waterskiing with Dylan, and he is looking forward to paddling the Ottawa River next week. Greg continued to excel in waterfront activities; especially in wakesurfing (he had a 3-minute surf!) and in windsurfing. Max went on a climbing trip earlier this week and is also playing in the soccer game against Forest Lake Camp. Lastly, we’d like to highlight that Trip and Sean have formed an inseparable bond in one short week and are even taking activities together!
We are so stoked for the rest of the session with this cabin! We look forward to seeing them continue to grow into leaders in Camp!
- Dylan, Alex, and Ben
The first week of second session has been quite eventful for Buffalo! Julian made the Forest Lake Camp tennis squad for next week! Aidan is also competing against Forest Lake Camp, but in archery. Henri, Charles, and Trey have been sailing in the Cheeseburger in Paradise Regatta this week! Trey is also looking forward to paddling the Ottawa River next week. George has been settling in and has taken an interest in Camp athletics (especially basketball and volleyball!). Bungie is ecstatic to be playing against Forest Lake Camp in basketball and has begun training with the team. Corbi has blossomed into a social butterfly and has been introducing his German culture to the cabin. Chris has really taken advantage of everything Camp has to offer and has particularly enjoyed being in the lake and canoeing. Ben and Zack have been enjoying stand up paddleboarding this week, and they have been super helpful to the counselors. Tanner placed into advanced canoeing this week and did a quintuple canoes-over-canoe T-rescue! We think it’s a first in Adirondack Camp history! Finally, we’d like to highlight that Mateo has demonstrated impressive leadership lately by helping in the Dining Hall and doing other tasks around Camp.
We are proud of the boys for having a good week 5, and we look forward to seeing them grow throughout the rest of the session.
- Mo, Ian, and Nick
We had a fun and smooth week 1 of second session in Moose Cabin! We welcomed Mark and Will as our new cabin counselors for second session, and we all went canoeing together for Cabin Night! It feels like the boys are becoming a cohesive group!
More specifically, this week, we had Keegan sailing in the Cheeseburger Regatta across the lake. Our cabin counselor, Scrappy, was across the lake with Keegan! Wesley also enjoyed sailing on Lake George this week, and Harry and Henry crushed it at canoeing with cabin counselor Will. Peter went whitewater rafting on the Hudson River this past week! James was chosen to compete in Blue/White and Forest Lake Camp tennis. Zach loved meeting all of the second session campers and went wakesurfing with his sister! Sean has adjusted well to ADK and particularly enjoyed kayaking! He is excited to go waterskiing next week! Collin moved in from Bear Cabin and is enjoying getting to know his new cabin mates. Jonah has also come out of his shell this week, and we’ve been very happy to see him connect with the other campers. Aidan scored two points in Blue/White ultimate frisbee which led the Blue team to a victory! Hayden’s favorite day this past week was Thursday because he got to help out in the Dining Hall and met our Chef, Carlo, and kitchen staff while he was there. Eli is well on his way to becoming an Adirondack Brave, and the rest of the boys are following suit with their silence tests!
We are so excited for the rest of the summer in Moose Cabin! All the best from the peninsula!
- Scrappy, Will, and Mark
The Heron boys have gone from strangers to good friends during this first week of Camp! They’ve already formed a strong cabin identity, and we are looking forward to the rest of the session with them!
Alessandro enjoyed playing soccer on the Ball Field this week and has been organizing cabin “Trunk Ball” (a special game that the boys invented) tournaments. Jeremy has been coming into his own, and his positive energy has been infectious around the cabin! Jack enjoyed senior trivia night, but we’ve all been missing him because unfortunately, he has had to spend a lot of time in the infirmary this week. Zach loved rock climbing this past week and is looking forward to another week up at the climbing wall. Aidan discovered wakesurfing and has adjusted smoothly to camp life; he is always smiling! Joseph went on the Buck Mountain trip on Wednesday and came back beaming about his hike. Julian has come out of his shell and is fully embracing the Camp routine. Mac has stepped up as a leader in the cabin and has enjoyed being in water activities all week!
There’s already a great cabin dynamic, and we are all excited to see what the boys can accomplish together throughout the rest of the summer!
- Max, Tom, Micah, Zach, Paul (CIT), and Max (CIT)
Looking back at week 5 and Crazy Horse’s first week of session two the boys have made some incredible memories already. Kade had a great time going to Forest Lake Camp (our rivals) to compete in archery. Trevor, Nick T, Pablo and Marco all worked together on a team playing soccer against Forest Lake, taking away a 4-2 win! Rick is loving the new surroundings and teaching the guys in the cabin some Chinese and improving his English. Matthew enjoyed our Cabin Night, we took out the Megladons and played king of the hill. Khassime impressed the cabin by taking on one of our staff members in a one-on-one in basketball and winning. Nick M is thriving on being able to help the Rangers and sharing some of his experience from last year in the cabin. Joe has found a new appreciation for Land Sports since not being able to get in the water and is now continuing some of these next week! Will and Avery jumped right back into his love of going on trips and completing a 46’er. Alex has enjoyed the fresh faces in the cabin and loves all the new music tastes and talking about his passion for music. Both Kole and Charlie, this week in kayaking, managed to not only get their roll but also achieved their handrolls, not an easy feat! The past week saw most of our sailors, including Jason and Riley, head across the lake for the Cheeseburger Regatta and race for two days, stepping up as leaders and helping the others get their boats ready and race.
For most of the boys, this is there first time being Rangers. Our returning boys from last session, and last year have been showing them the ropes and as a cabin are stepping up to the role of Rangers. Our first attempt at making waffles this weekend was the smoothest one we’ve had all summer with all the Rangers taking the responsibilities and rocking it! We have a lot of fun things planned over the coming weeks, and all the staff are sure they can handle anything we throw their way!
- Marshall, August, Ken, and Dan
It’s been great to see the Bear boys rekindling old friendships and building new ones with first year campers during the first week of the second session!
We’d like to share some more specifics about what the campers enjoyed this week. Nate D. and Sam represented Adirondack against Forest Lake Camp in soccer! ADK won by a 4-3 margin! Leo enjoyed sailing and acting as the “Cabin DJ” this past week. Daniel T. helped out at fencing throughout the week after convincing Rachel, our Program Director to give him two periods of it. Jack Mc. has been doing a bit of everything while also entertaining us with his crazy humor. Max has adjusted to camp life well, and he’s been showing off his guitar skills in the cabin and at campfires. Jack M. loved tubing during Cabin Night on Thursday, and he also did a good job in wakesurfing this week. Kam has been coming out of his shell a lot more and seems to be enjoying Camp. Dom has enjoyed being active and has even been exercising with cabin counselor Charlie. Tom passed his silence test to become a Brave on the first day of Camp and has since become the most social and outspoken kid in the cabin! Nate B. has been our resident Camp expert and has been sharing “Camp tips” with the rest of the kids. Daniel V. has enjoyed getting involved in the cabin, and we’ve appreciated his maturity and willingness to help. Ryan crushed it at windsurfing this week and is quickly emerging as a leader in the cabin.
We are absolutely loving the cabin dynamic, and we look forward to next week and the rest of second session!
- Matt, Michael, and Charlie
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.”