About Tanager Lodge

After more than 90 years, Tanager Lodge remains unique among camps.  It is small and personal, with a maximum of 48 campers and over 20 staff members.  With a mile of shoreline on Upper Chateaugay Lake in the Adirondacks, Tanager Lodge is a place where children experience the joy of belonging to a diverse and 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 phones, computers 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 and meet new challenges at their own pace.  Self-confidence increases as each child learns to set and achieve goals, develops knowledge of the natural environment, 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 were campers.  At Tanager, everyone quickly becomes part of the camp family.