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

Core Activities

Our core activities provide children with the foundational skills they need to explore, progress, and be safe in the wilderness.

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Rowing & Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Woodcarving

Optional Activities

These activities vary according to the interests of the group and the special skills of the staff. Whenever possible, we draw on our environment for resources. Children learn to make splints from Black Ash trees for traditional Adirondack-style packbaskets, to harvest spruce roots for stitching birch bark canoes and baskets, to carve false face masks from poplar trees, and to create fire by friction from the cherry, maple, and cedar on camp property. Below is a selection of some of our most popular optional activities.

  • Archery
  • Axe Use & Safety
  • Balsam Pillows
  • Berry Picking
  • Birch Bark Crafts
  • Canoe Paddle Making
  • Claywork
  • Distance Swimming
  • Fire Sets
  • Fishing
  • Handicrafts
  • Improvisation
  • Kayaking
  • Maskmaking
  • Natural Teas
  • Nature Hikes
  • Orienteering
  • Reed & Splint Basketry
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sketching
  • Stone Carving
  • Trail Running
  • Watercolor & Acrylic Painting
  • Windsurfing

Day Trips

Once a week, we divide into groups of shared age and ability for hiking or canoe trips. Trip groups consist of approximately eight campers and two or three staff, including a counselor certified in Wilderness First Aid or Responding to Emergencies as well as C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer or who is an Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) or registered nurse. Day trips give campers a chance to put to use the foundational skills they have been practicing, to explore new environments, and to gain the confidence and satisfaction that comes from climbing a peak or canoeing through a chain of lakes. As endurance and self-confidence increase, the groups climb higher and more spectacular mountains. The children learn leadership skills as they take turns route-finding and setting a pace that keeps the group together, while the staff provides encouragement and guidance. The older and more experienced hikers climb the most rugged mountains in the Adirondack Park, while the younger campers often enjoy the berries and animal sightings they find along the way to a gentler summit.