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.”
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!