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Food, Health, and Safety

Good food at camp

Mealtimes are an important part of every day at overnight summer camp. Campers eat together as a cabin and everybody pitches in to clear the tables (after some boisterous table clapping)!

Chef Carlo and his staff make sure that each menu, approved by a registered dietician, includes something for every palate.

He is able to accommodate most allergy and dietary needs, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose intolerant. Contact us to discuss your child’s specific food requirements.

The main course is served family style. Other choices are available on buffet lines in the center of the Dining Hall, including a full salad bar, a delicious fresh wrap bar, and Carlo’s special soups. Plenty of fresh fruit is part of every meal.

Health is a top priority at Adirondack, which is why our health staff are top notch too.

Health and Safety

Summer camp health and safety is our number one concern. In addition to the nutritious summer camp food, we have an infirmary building with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day. Our infirmary contains several rooms of beds should a child need to rest or be confined from others. Our nurses dispense medications at meal time. For emergencies, Moses-Ludington Hospital, a critical care facility, is located nine miles from Camp in Ticonderoga, approximately a 15 minute drive, and we are also on the local 911 Emergency Medical System. Parents are notified as soon as emergency procedures are put into action.

A significant number, usually more than half, of our camp counselors are certified in American Red Cross first aid and CPR; and our back-country staff has advanced emergency medical training. We are also under the jurisdiction and in compliance with the stringent guidelines of the New York State Department of Health affecting all areas of Camp.

Waterfront Safety

Every member of our swim staff has been certified for American Red Cross Lifeguard with the waterfront module in addition to the general first aid and CPR certifications. Campers all take swim tests, are rated in any one of five categories of proficiency, receive personalized swim instruction and are restricted from certain swim areas and other activities pending meeting minimum swim criteria. We also abide by common sense rules such as life jackets on at all times when in boats or buddy swimming and only in supervised areas.

What They Say About ADK

What keeps coming to mind is how great my kids look when they come home.  It sounds trite but they look so healthy. Their skin is clear, their eyes are bright, and they radiate energy…It’s the best they look all year… Susan H, Parent

Members of our Wilderness Adventure staff have extensive backcountry experience and a minimum of Wilderness First Aid. The team is overseen by our licensed Adirondack Guide and advised by local guides and outfitters. On every trip, a staff member takes a complete back-country medical kit and a copy of each camper’s medical history and emergency contact information. On all trips that may include water exposure a certified lifeguard is also in attendance.

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