Monday, May 15, 2017

Outdoor Coordinator

And Heeeeeeerrrrrrreeeesssss BEN!!!

Ben Jakubowski is going to be our Outdoor Coordinator at camp this summer. 

Here is what Ben has to say about himself...

I am a 25 year old graduate of SUNY Binghamton where I majored in Environmental Science. I’ve worked as an Environmental Education Counselor at the LG Cook 4-H camp for three summers. Also I’ve worked as an Outdoor Education Coordinator for the YMCA of Sullivan County for the last 2 years. In my years of working outdoors I’ve hiked, camped, fished, explored, you name it I’ve done it. I’m passionate about the outdoors and the natural world and look forward to bringing that passion to the camp summer. 


Welcome to camp Ben !



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Say Hi to Emma!

What time is it? Well it's time to introduce another staff member!!!!

Emma is one of our counselors who will be teaching the the great outdoors. Here is what Emma has to say about herself!

Hi my name is Emma Squires! I'm a senior at Paul Smith's College majoring in Natural Resources and Policy with a dual minor in Environmental Science and Biology. I have a passion for science and the environment, and I'm excited for all this summer has in store. In my free time I enjoy competing in timber sports and taking leisurely walks in nature. I can't wait to get to know everyone up at Camp Sacandaga and work there this summer.

Please join me in welcoming Emma to the camp family!!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This Morning

 Yup. I woke up to SNOW this morning!!! It's May 9th, and it's cold out there!

Which makes me think about the summer and what children need to bring. We often tell parents that it is much cooler up here in the summer, but I always have weeks where children have only shorts and short sleeve shirts in their luggage, and no warm clothing for at night.

We have a great packing list on our website-so take a moment to look it over.


Old picture -man it was foggy that day!
We ask that parents make sure they pack enough warm things for those morning that can be a little chilly up here at camp, even if it's really hot at home. An extra blanket can be the difference between a good nights sleep and a GREAT night's sleep.(and it can be used for a lot of different things in a talent show!) . So take some time to look over the packing list, and come prepared for an awesome week of camp!

Remember- a warm camper is a happy camper!

See you this summer!

(I think I'm going to start up the wood stove- Brrrrrr)


Friday, May 5, 2017

Bring a Friend-Get Great Rewards!!!

Since it's Friday, I'm going to take a break from introducing staff to let you know about a way to get a  FREE week of camp...



We have updated our lantern family program. 

What is the Lantern Program? 

People carry lanterns to show the way for other people. In our case, the lantern program is our “bring a friend” promotion we use to get new camper to camp by having you (our camp family) let people know about camp. 

First- you need to sign up for a week of camp. Then, invite a friend. Your “friend” has to be a new camper (not someone already signed up for this year or who came last year). They can be a friend, cousin, sibling…anyone ages 8 to 16. If they sign up for more than one week, you get credit for each week they sign up for!

What do you get for inviting new friends to camp? Here are the offers...

Bring one friend (or relative!) and you will receive…

  1. A really cool special edition lantern family t-shirt
  2.   An invitation to the Lantern Family BBQ on Saturday, July 22nd.
  3.   $50 off your next registration (either this summer or next!)

Bring a second friend and get…

  1. All of the above
  2. An additional $50 off your next registration ($50 + $50 =$100 off !)

Bring a third friend and get…
  1. All of the above...
  2. An invitation for a family of 4 to our Family Weekend June 9th – 11th (for free!)
  3. An additional $50 off your next registration ($100 + $50 =$150 off!)

Bring a forth friend and get…
  1. All of the above...
  2. An additional $50 off your next registration ($150 + $50 =$200 off!)

Bring a fifth friend and get…
  1. 4 (yes- one for each of your family) really cool special edition lantern family t-shirts
  2. An invitation to the Lantern Family BBQ on Saturday, July 22nd.
  3.  An invitation for a family of 4 to our Family Weekend June 9th – 11th (for free!)
  4.    A week of Camp for Free!!! To be used this summer or next summer
  5.    Free Stay Over Weekend**! (A $100 value!)

**only good for this summer, and you must attend Session 2 and 3 for this to apply

Make sure you let us know that you invited someone, and they can list “Lantern Family” for the question about how they learned about camp when they register. 

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Let’s get out there and bring more folks to camp!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Camp Everythings

It's time to introduce two crazy folks that will be with us for most if not all of the summer. They do a little of this, and a little of that.


Judi Zollweg will be the camp clerk, run the CIT program and fill in for a variety of other things. She has been everything from a camper , to a counselor , taught sailing and even was the Director of Camp Sacandaga when it was a 4-H Camp. She is a teacher (sciency kinda stuff) and outdoorsy kind of person.

Here is what Judi has to say about herself...



"Hi! I'm Judi and I spend my winters doing this so I can spend my summers at camp! I have been doing all kinds of camp all my life, most of it at Camp Sacandaga Off season when I'm not wrangling teenage students or my cats, I'm hooting in owls or reading."


A second "volunteer" who will be with us all summer is Kathleen (Kat) Walsh.

Kat has been with camp for awhile, and was a great help as a counselor / Arts and Crafts Coordinator last summer.  She will be teaching a choice time wood working class and helping out with different odd jobs around the camp.

She is a snoopy loving Sassy woodworker plus a life long camp lover. She is  big fan of the Minions movies and is a lifelong member of The Order of the Turtle. (If you want to know what that is, you got to come to camp and talk to Kat to find out!)

Here is what Kat had to say about herself...


" I love camp! I know it may sound odd to some but it is true. I enjoy adventure and exploring. My curiosity sometimes takes me down an unknown path, but I like it. Was a camper, CIT, Counselor and Waterfront Director and so very happy that Jim Tavares has made one of my dreams come true! Camp feels like home. I long for it every year and am so happy to be a part the it."


Both Judi and Kat are members of our Campfire Council and had dedicated many hours to making camp great this summer.

We are excited to have them on board!



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fred the Moose Needs YOU!

We interrupt our staff introductions for this camp service announcement!



Are you looking for a Job that has an immediate impact on the lives of youth? Are you searching for hands on experience in child care and leadership in the great outdoors? Do you want to make memories of a lifetime?  Fred the Moose is looking for a few adventuresome folks to fill out our team!


We need a lifeguard counselor and an arts and crafts counselor (counselors are 18 and older). And we are looking for a Camp Nurse and Chef. 

Can you imaging a  better way to spend your summer? Be on the ground floor of building a new camp program. Have a real and meaningful impact starting your first day of camp. Start your adventure and visit our staff page for job descriptions and to apply!

Even if you cant be with us this summer, pass this along to someone who may!



Thank you.
And now we return you to our regularly scheduled program...
and staff introductions!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Our New Archery Instructor

And now I would like to introduce one of our counselors who will be teaching Archery this summer, along with teaching outdoor classes. Please join me in welcoming Kyle to our camp family!

Here are the details about Kyle.

Kyle Gleichauf is a sophomores at Paul Smith's College majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Science with wildlife concentration. He greatly enjoys being outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and volunteering at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge.


Kyle has also placed first in many archery competitions from states to local tournaments and still shoots regularly, though not competitively. He is very excited to work at Camp Sacandaga this summer!

Welcome Kyle!!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Camp Lifeguard

 ♪ Swimming, Swimming in the swimming pool.♬♫...

Oops sorry, got caught up in singing camp songs.... Please join me in welcoming our new lifeguard counselor Adaiah!!!

Here is what Adaiah has to say about herself...


My name is Adaiah Bauer, pronounced (Ah-day-ah). I am always outdoors, I go out whenever I get the chance. Some of the activities that I like to do are rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, and lots of other things. I am a Saranac Lake 6er and an aspiring 46er. I am a Recreation, Adventure Education, Leisure Management major at Paul Smith's College.  I will be a lifeguard/cabin counselor at Camp Sacandaga this summer, I am excited to work here over the summer.


Here are some pictures of me hiking Wright Mountain, St. Regis, and a photo from Baker that I took.

Welcome to Camp Adaiah!!!!

Now I can go back to singing camps songs...
 ♪ There was a great big moose...Who liked to drink alot of juice...♬♫...