85 Youngs Road, MerrillNew York 12955
Summer: 518-425-3386
Winter: 607-339-0264

A Typical Day

We awake to the sound of the flute played from the hilltop. For those who wish, there is time for a refreshing dip in the lake before breakfast.

We have our meals on open porches with the food served family style, warm and fresh, from the kitchen. Each table group consists of boys and girls of mixed ages and two counselors, all of whom share in the meal-time responsibilities.

After breakfast, each tent group neatens their tent and then helps out with specific jobs around main camp. These duties foster a sense of communal responsibility as we share the fun and satisfaction of getting camp ready for the day.

We hold morning and afternoon assemblies under a canopy of balsam and spruce trees. In addition to songs and plans for activities, assemblies provide campers with the opportunity to describe any recent nature observations to the group.

Morning and afternoon activity periods combine our core and optional activities. At the beginning of the summer, campers focus on developing their boating and swimming skills and learn to safely handle a jack-knife. After the first two weeks of camp, campers and staff together decide on their morning and afternoon projects and activities. Our nearly 2:1 camper to staff ratio allows us to tailor the program to meet the interests and needs of individual campers as well as the group as a whole.

Our swim program is based on Red Cross requirements with an emphasis on building form and stamina. As with our other activities, the swim groups are small, with two instructors working with four or five campers.

We have our main meal at midday. The homestyle meals are varied, nutritious, and satisfying to active, growing children, and our menus incorporate produce from our garden and that of a nearby organic family farm that is part of the Community Supported Agriculture network. Both campers and staff enjoy the rest hour that follows. Afternoon activities are followed by an organized swim or game, and, after supper, a group game or activity that involves the entire camp. Other children prefer less structured time before and after supper to read, play a musical instrument, or share a game with a friend.

Campers unwind at the end of the day with a fireside story back at their tents with their counselor before the flute sounds taps.

Each day at Tanager Lodge is slightly different from the one before. Throughout the six weeks, we introduce activities that challenge campers’ steadily improving skills and develop and sustain new interests.