Thursday, October 26, 2017

Throw Back Thursday -CCC Newsletter

So the other day I got a message from one of the folks that often stops by to show people one of the last standing CCC camps in NY. And he told me about a little item that was on eBay that I should check out. Sure enough, there was an original newsletter from our camp when it was a CCC camp! I looked at a few of the pages that were posted, and was so caught up in it that I put in a bid and got it!

It just came in the mail, and I haven't been able to put it down. So much history, cool stories and it's definitely filled with sass! It's nice to see that some things never change.

I'm trying to find a way to display it at camp so campers and parents alike can look it over. I will be posting parts of it throughout the next year.

Here is the tale of the first year at Camp S-90 (Camp Sacandaga).

I had always told people that the camp was built in 1936, when it actually was built in  the summer of 1934! So many cool things in this newsletter. I can't wait to share more of it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Our new website is Live!!!

I have been working hard to update our website for 2018, and after much blood, sweat and even tears, it is ready for you to look over...check it out at!

A few quick notes...
  1. You will not be able to sign up for camp...yet. We will officially accept registrations starting December start saving now!
  2. There are a couple of bugs we are working on but should have straightened out soon. Send us a comment if you see something wrong.
  3. We will be updating the parent guide and camper guides for 2018. They will be ready and available when we open registration.
  4.  The full lists of new classes and schedule will be posted soon. As we add new things, we will let you know. If you have registered and see a new class you would like to take, you can switch classes online!
  5. We are making a new website for the alumni. It is not finished, but if you would like to take a sneak peak as I make it, visit  . If you have any alumni photos or stories you would like to share, please send them to me.
Thank you for your continued support of camp!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cabin Zero

 Way back when...Back before the camp was a youth camp, the CCC built barracks for the men to stay in. Here is a map of the camp from those days.

Some of the buildings are still around. The education building (#17) is now the dining hall. Building #3 was cut in half, and is now the girls bathhouse.  Building 6 is still the Rec Hall, and Building 5 is still the Boy's Bathhouse. Building #10 was originally Barracks 1, and was also cut in half . It is now cabin 9 and ten (there is a door in between sides.)

Many of the buildings were sold and carted off to locations unknown, or torn down when they got bad. Building 2 (first called Dorm 1 by 4-H and later called Cabin 6) was one of the final buildings removed by 4-H, and the Infirmary (building 4) was taken down sometime between 2010 to 2013.

I guess that 4-H wanted to maintain some of the history of the CCC camp because they labeled the cabins with numbers instead of names. Building 10 became Cabin 10. Many of the "new" cabins built by the Seabees in the early 70's were also numbered instead of named.

I am to understand that one of the cabins, the last to be built by the Seabees, was called cabin 21 because the staff had a tradition of having a tribe numbered after themselves, and that name stuck to the cabin. I'm not sure of all the details, but I know some alumni out there will fill in the details.
Cabin 0 in 2005

And then there is Cabin 0. For some reason, shrouded in mystery, one of the cabins was numbered "0". Many staff over the years have claimed cabin 0 as their own, and has a strange attachment to it.  But we have no idea why it was number that way.

When the camp was purchased in 2010, the numbers came down and the cabins were named after birds. But some of the number survived in a box in the maintenance shop.

When I took over the camp, I renumbered the cabin because I thought it would be easier to direct parents to the cabins and to direct EMS if needed. But when alumni visited, all they could talk about was Cabin 0. I thought at one point during the alumni weekend that they were going to sneak out and change the number. They didn't, but it got me thinking.

A major part of this camp's charm is the connect to it's past. The memories, the laughter and yes, even the tears all are part of what gives this place it's heart. Not only that, the cabins were numbered for such a long time that it doesn't make sense to change that. (not to mention that I am always calling the cabins by their old numbers...some habits are so hard to break.)

So during the wood weekend I got the carpenter queen Kat to go around camp and return the numbers to their original cabins. I had to steal the zero from cabin 10 (until I can locate the original "0"). But now they all are re-numbered.

So without further Ado... I give you ....Cabin 0!!!!!

 It just goes to show that the old maintenance man Bill Winters was right...."If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wood Weekend at Camp

One of the things that has always amazed me about this old place is the people who come to camp to help out. I put out the call for help to cut and split fire wood for next summer.

The wood pile BEFORE the weekend

Many people showed up and got right to work. I wasn't sure that we would be able to get through the pile, but everyone was amazing. We now have enough for at least one summer.

This is the wood pile before we got too far...

Greg's a lumberjack...

Splitting the large hardwood pieces

Figuring out the handsplitter

Ben Fox and his chain saw to the rescue!

Taking a break

No more wood pile!

Pine for summer campfires.
Thank you for everyone who came up and helped cut all of the fire wood for next summer. I will smile and remember the fun we had as we make smores over the fire.