After almost 90 years, Tanager Lodge remains unique among camps. It is small and personal, with a maximum of 48 campers and over 20 staff members. Situated on Indian Point, with a mile of shore frontage on Upper Chateaugay Lake in the Adirondacks, Tanager Lodge is a place where children experience the joy of belonging to an interdependent community in a wilderness setting. We offer a progressive, noncompetitive, six-week program that emphasizes building skills and friendships through work and play in the natural world.
Accessible by boat and without phone or electricity, we sleep in tents, eat family style on open porches, and swim in the clear lake. In every activity, from canoeing to hiking to crafts, our staff is devoted to creating a safe, supportive environment that allows campers to grow to meet new challenges at their own pace. Self-confidence increases as each child learns to set and achieve goals, develops broad knowledge about the surrounding plants and animals, and recognizes his or her integral role in the community.
Tanager Lodge welcomes children of varying ages and backgrounds. We have many second, third, and fourth generation campers, and the majority of our staff are returning campers. At Tanager, everyone quickly becomes part of the camp family.