Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I would like to introduce two new staff members... Courtney Gleichauf and Chef Thom!

Courtney will be a cabin counselor with us this summer. Here is what Courtney has to say about herself...

I am a senior at Arcadia High School where I am a member of National Honors Society and the captain of the girls lacrosse team. I have taken 5 years of American Sign Language, making me fluent in the language. I also volunteer for my town as a girls lacrosse coach and an ASL teacher for elementary level children. After I graduate, I plan to further my education in college as I strive for my Bachelors degree in nursing. Along with my family, I have a love for the outdoors which includes camping, hunting, fishing, and playing lacrosse/tennis. I am very excited to work at camp Sacandaga this summer!

Chef Thom comes to us with a world full of experiences...everywhere from Massachusetts to the Philippines. He is a self described American Chef of 10 years, and has worked/lived as Executive Chef, Owner and Culinary Instructor/Consultant Worldwide. He is a graduate of the New School for Social Research, New York, and BA in Management & History,

and holds a Certification from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), California. 

Chef Thom says..." I am a hands on, hard working chef. I believe food should be handled from scratch as well as by machine. Therefore I have learned and taught to make food from scratch and then taught to learn using machines. I believe in using all aspects of the protein, as well as vegetables, dairy, dairy products, etc." 

We are very excited to welcome both of these wonderful people to our camp family!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Larry and Andrea manning the booth
It has been a whirlwind over the past few weeks, so I haven't had a chance to write in the blog for awhile. Since the last post we were at the Amsterdam Spring Fling, had guest through Air BNB, hosted the Alumni Gathering, and had a small school group from Edinburg for two days. Wow- I have been busy!

If you don't know- the Spring Fling was a program in  Amsterdam, NY where different vendors set up tables. We had many people stop by to get brochures, and Andrea made a great Moose! A special thanks to Larry and Andrea Fort for helping out! Check out our facebook business page for a video of us at the event.

Panoramic of Panther Mountain
We then had guests from France visit can via Air BnB. ( We have been renting out the Annex on weekends through Air BnB when children are not on camp.) I got the chance to show them around Speculator, and climb up to the top of Panther Mountain with them. They were a lot of fun and had great things to say about camp.

Of course after the guest left, I had to get the camp ready for the next event.  I mowed the camp, cut trees and got the fire rings around camp ready to go. Ben Fox came and helped me rebuild the BBQ pit area. I got the water on, and had to make multiple repairs under the girls bath house- but finally I got camp ready!

Alumni Gathering
Camp hosted the  Alumni gathering over Memorial Day Weekend. Folks came from all over and from many different camp generation to see how the camp has fared over the years. Check out our facebook page for many awesome photos- Thanks Lorraine for taking so many great pictures! And thank you Judi for organizing the event.

Ellen and Barbara
We also had our Archery certification program offered by two nationally certified archery instructor who I have worked with for many years. Ellen and Barbara have been great friends, and have trained more people in archery than I care to count! They did a great job with Kyle, and I am looking forward to a fun summer of archery!
The Edinburg 6

We got camp cleaned and set up lessonsfor a school group from  Edinburg Common School. Six youth and three adults came for their 6th grade class trip. We had a great two days planned, but of course it rained most of the time! The hike out to the bog was a little more wet than I had expected, and everyone feet got soaked. But they were troopers and we got to see pitcher plants and sundews while bushwacking to Echo Lake.  We then built ROV's and ran them in the pool, and the teams had to "rescue" a "whale" (little rubber fish) and get rings from the bottom of the pool.  We ran an archery class when the weather cooperated, and then had a campfire and a nightwalk - they loved playing the circle sneak game! The next day was a total wash out, so we couldn't go kayaking, but we made the best of it by making stomp rockets to launch "food" to an island with the "Rockets to the Rescue" 4-H Program. They were an amazing group of youth, and they had a great time even though it rained most of the time.

And now we are getting ready for the summer! Whew!!