As we are quickly approaching the December sign up date, you may be asking..."Jim- What is new for next summer..." We have been working hard to make camp even better this summer. We still have the tried and true stuff, but we also have a few surprises in store.
Here are just a few of the changes in store for 2018…
fun days- at the end of each session we will have activities for your
whole family! From 2 pm to 3:30 pm we will offer programs that you and your
children can participate in, all culminating in the closing ceremonies
at 4 pm. (Campers will go off at 3:30 pm and do their thank you circle while parents go over to the ceremony tree.) We wont have dinner that night, but I have been working on a BBQ for those of you who want to eat at camp.
Camp Schedule is available here.
New Classes -Look at our previous blog about classes to see the new ones.But now Canoeing and Fishing are now offered every day! They are offered during the last class period, and often spill into free time.
Store- We are adding neat snack items and some other
cool stuff for campers to buy while they are here. We think we will have ice cream, juices and some small snack items. We will have the camp store open during free times and during
teen times every night. Don’t forget to put money on your store accounts
when you register!
As you can see , we are always working toward making the program
exciting for new and old campers alike. Let me know if you have any questions or ideas. We will be brainstorming more activities at the counselor retreat this winter.
I can't wait to see you all at camp this summer!
Monday, November 20, 2017
What an amazing summer. Can you believe it was just our second one?
And we are looking forward to next summer. But to look forward sometimes you need to look back...
Here it is... The last week of 2017!
And we are looking forward to next summer. But to look forward sometimes you need to look back...
Here it is... The last week of 2017!
Don't forget- Sign up starts December 1st!!!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
I know it's a long time since the summer, but I have been able to put together a quick slideshow of our first week of camp for 2017.
Here it is...
Don't worry if you came to another week. I am working on those slideshows and should have them up soon!
Thank you all for making it such an amazing second summer for our camp, and I hope to see you all this summer!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Yup, you HERD me... I'm talking about our new camper recruitment bring a friend program at camp. Did you know that if you are a camper here at camp and you invite your friend to join you for a week of camp, you can get rewarded for that? Yup - $50 off your next registration! And you can get $50 for each friend after that?
And did you know that if you invite 5 friends to camp...
YOU GET TO COME TO CAMP FOR FREE !!!
Yup, it's all true. There are just a couple of rules that apply.
1. You have to already be a registered camper. So sign up now!
2. Your friend must be someone new to camp.
3. Your friend has to check " HERD referral" and put your name in the box provided when they answer the question "Where did you hear about camp? " as they register.
4. Your friend has to be registered and paid in full before you get the discount.
The discounts you earn can be applied in one of many ways...
1. Apply the reward to another session.
2. Apply it to a session next summer.
3. Get a refund at the end of the summer.
4. Use it for the camp store
5. Or you could donate the amount to a camper that is in need of a campership!
If you have any questions, please let us know!
Tell your friends about camp TODAY and be a part of the HERD!!!!
Monday, November 13, 2017
When your child signs up for camp, you will be a number of activities that you can sign your child up for. We offer two class activity periods every morning and one class in the afternoon.
Here are the class descriptions for 2018
Bushcraft – Do you know what to do if you are lost in the woods? Can you start a fire, make a shelter or find water? Could you survive if lost in the woods? Do you know the rule of Threes? To learn these and more, join us for this outdoors class. You can also be one of the camp elite in the Golden Match Club when you light a fire with just one match.
Campfire Cooking- There is nothing like cooking over an open fire. Learn the different types of fires to cook on. Create culinary delights over the fire. Make cobbler in a dutch oven. Learn about trail and camping nutrition in this fun, hands on class.
Canoeing – There’s more to canoeing than just hopping in one and paddling around. Canoe Class will introduce all the basic equipment and cover all the canoeing needed terminology. Campers will learn and master everything from J-Strokes to T-Rescues, all while enjoying quality time floating around Sacandaga Lake. (Campers must be able to hike 20 minutes to the beach at Moffitts State Park.) There is an additional charge for this class.
Classic Camp Crafts- We go back to the glory days of camp crafts to bring back the classics- basket making, clay projects, tie dye, bracelets and boondoggle . We also will sprinkle in a few newer type crafts. Show us your creative side!
Counselor In Training 1 – This first level class will help campers to learn about themselves and working with others. Basic counselor skills will be discussed. This class is for campers 14 years old and older.
Fishing- Campers will learn how to cast, catch, release and identify fish. They will also spend most of the class actually fishing, enjoying the serene view of Echo Lake or Sacandaga Lake. Campers must be able to hike 20 minutes to and from the lakes. For campers 12 and older. There is an additional charge for this class.
Pool Games- We want to help you to feel comfortable in the water while helping you become a stronger swimmer. Our certified instructor will work with you in our pool to get you moving around in the water in no time. And we play lots of games! Marco polo…Sharks and Minnows…dive for the rings- so many games so little time. If you like to play in the water, then this class is for you!
Skits and Drama- Learn how to perform in front of others! Put on a classic camp skit in front of the entire camp, or create a whole new production! Drama games and instruction will help improve your skills.
Wood Working Basic- Interested in Wood working? You will use basic carpentry skills to assemble precut kits to make bird houses and other types of projects. You will learn how to use a saw, how to hammer nails, and how to sand projects to make a finished project. This class is only available for campers ages 8-12. There is an additional charge for this class.
Wood Working Advanced – (Ages 13-16) Building something you can take home with your own to hands. In this class we will show you how to use scraps of wood to create projects you can be proud of…Birdhouses, shelves, picture frames, wood burning and many other types of projects. All items are built with good old fashion hand tools. If you finish your project early, you will help the instructors to make a project for camp! There is an additional charge for this class.
Additional choices - When we have alumni volunteer, some offer additional classes that you can sign up for in place of the class you chose. You can sign up for these when you come to camp to check in.
Counselor In Training 3 - This is the final step in our Counselor in Training Program. If a camper successfully passes the program, they may be invited back for a second week to learn the final pieces of being a camp counselor. Campers must be 16 years old or older and have participated in CIT I and II programs.
As you can see we have many cool things for your child to do this summer!!!
Friday, November 10, 2017
But I also take care of the camp. I spend a lot of time getting the buildings ready for the winter, like draining the water and putting up shutters. (I hope to work on making workable shutters on the rec hall so I don't have to lug those heavy boards around...20 windows...Whew!)
But I also look at ways to make things easier and more cost effective.
During the off season I rent out the "Annex" through AirBNB for short stays to help us keep things afloat through the cold months before registration starts. The Annex is the addition to the director's cabin, and is self contained with it's own entrance, two bedrooms, bathroom and it's own heating system. I have met a lot of great people who have been passing through our area through Air BNB, and it seems to be a great fit to our program.
But one glitch to this is that when the Annex is not rented, the water is still on. The hot water heater is on the director's side of the building, but the water lines for the new addition are in the walls and unless you keep the heat on, they can freeze. We had a small pipe leak at the connector to the toilet last winter, so I had to keep a small electric heater in there all winter long. Believe it or not, that little heater sucked up a lot of electricity! And that is an expense that we don't need if we want to be efficient.
|I love Lowes!|
I decided that I wanted to drain the water, but there is no way to drain it with gravity, so I need to use a compressor to blow air through the system to drain it. Typically you could hook up the compressor to the hot water tank, but you would need to drain it. Since that tank is used in the director's cabin, it would not make sense to drain it, blow out the system, refill it and heat it again. Not efficient at all!
|Parts for the contraption|
I took a trip down to the big city (Amsterdam..OK, it's not that big of a city, but compared to Speculator....) to Lowes to get some supplies. You can see the stack of parts (some for this project, and some for repairing a leak...I will talk about that later)
Here is a picture of the parts I used to make a new "tool" for camp. A few brass fittings, a garden hose adapter for the bathroom sink, and an compressor fitting.
|Shadow acting a supervisor|
|My "Helpers" hard at work|
|the finished tool|
|The new air tool for the Annex|
As I said earlier, I also have to keep up with repairs. I noticed a small drip from the ceiling in the Annex. I was confused because there are no pipes up there. When I investigated, I did not see any leaks in the roof, but saw that when the contractors had installed the ceiling fan, they did a sloppy job. They had set up a pipe to vent the exhaust from the bathroom to the outdoors, but used non glued 4" Charlotte septic pipe with duct tape, but it was pitched back toward the bathroom and it had come apart in two places. When the fan was running, condensation accumulated in the pipe and ran back to the fan and leaked where the pipe was disconnected.
So when someone asks you what a camp director does all year, you now can tell them....
Thursday, November 9, 2017
So earlier I posted a few pages from Months & Days, the newsletter from the CCC camp back in 1934. I will be posting stuff from that news letter from time to time. But as I was reading, I found something that I found relevant to what is happening today.
It's interesting that topics like these are still a part of our national discussion.
Now that is enough serious stuff.
Below is a funny and light hearted attempt by the guys at the CCC camp to "beat the work racket".....
It's great to see that camp has always been a home for people with a sense of humor!
Thursday, November 2, 2017
You often here me talk about the slogan motto thingy that we use for camp...
A new camp program with an old camp heart.
I can't think of a more clearer example of this than the Mooseling camp program. In case you don't know, the Mooseling program is an overnight camp program for campers ages 4 to 8 and their parents. It's a way for parents and young campers to get to know the camp and staff, and become comfortable with the program. We hope that many of those campers return to the summer camp program when they are old enough. ( In the old program it was called the Cloverbud program)
Below are some pictures from the old cloverbud program. Why am I showing you these? Well the people in the pictures tell a story.
In the late 90's two camp counselors worked the cloverbud weekend. Megan and Ben were great staff, and were the perfect counselors to work with these little ones. Below are pictures of them with campers.
|Counselor's Ben and Megan at Cloverbud weekend in the 90's|
|Ben and Meghan during Mooseling 16 weekend|
This year a majority of the parents that came with children to the mooseling program were staff from way back then. Cilla, Brendan, Kate (all staff from when I was the director many years ago when the camp was 4-H program) all brought their little ones this year. I am both humbled and feel a little old...but they are great kids.(both the Parents and the Mooselings!) We even had an old staff member Holly from the days after I left the program.
|Parents Brendan and Kate talking with Ryan|
|Little Buds....in the 90's|
On a side note... The little cloverbud on the bottom row squatting down all the way to the right... That little cloverbud is our very own Ben Jakubowski! Even the campers from the past have become a part of the new camp program! (Ben and a few campers are pictured below)
Oh, and that little camper in grey with the cool blue socks? The one arresting Ben? That is Meghan's son, who was a mooseling and now is a camper in the full summer camp program....
Who knows...will he be a future camp staff member??? If he is anything like his mom I hope so!
What are you waiting for? Bring your old or new camp heart and be a part of our camp family!
Come to mooseling camp or join us during the summer program.
Mooseling Camp and Summer camp sign up starts December 1st.
Hope to see you there!