Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas at Camp

I can't believe we had our first "Christmas at Camp" celebration! Last Saturday (December 1st) a bunch of families got together at camp for some fun and activities to celebrate the kick off of camp registration.Six families came to the event where we had holiday crafts, sledding, hot cocoa and of course, the ugly sweater contest.

Here are some pictures from the day of fun!
Lots of hot cocoa!


Even the fish got into the Christmas spirit!

Decorations for the tree

More decorations!

Kat did a great job putting these together. Thank you Kat!

Decorating the tree

Ugly Sweater Contest


Awesome!


Cookie decorating! Thanks Judi!



Fred getting into the Spirit

Sledding Fun


More Sledding

The dining hall at night.
The warm fire

We gave away a lot of camp swag, an annex gift certificate and even moosebucks! It was a great experience that I hope becomes a tradition here at Camp Sacandaga.

A very special "Thank you" goes out to Stephanie Turnbull (who put this all together) and all of the volunteers that made this event possible!


We hope everyone has a great holiday season. and of course we are looking forward to campers signing up for another summer!

Hope to see you all soon!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Winter Came to Visit Camp

So Old Man Winter came a little early, and decided to make sure we knew that he was gonna be in charge for the next few months. The snow was wet and heavy, and it brought down a lot of stuff around camp. Don't worry- we are back up and running, and everything will be ready for the weekend!

We didn't have power from around 3 am to 7 pm, but the guys with Nation Grid worked hard to get the power back on. We had a tree limb come down and pull the wires out of the transformer, and another branch on the secondary line into camp that feeds the Rec Hall and Dining Hall.

Here are some pictures....
Near the Dining Hall
   


Gonna call it the Wreck field instead of Rec Field
Missed the Dining Hall by "that" much.

Cabin 9/10 must be super lucky...

On the other hand, the camp shop on the Boy's Bath House wasn't so lucky.

Power line to the Dining Hall and Rec Hall

Poor Apple tree near the flag circle. It wont survive the winter.

The pile from the power line coming into the Director's cabin

The Apple tree outside the director's cabin lost a branch!

And with every storm that maple drops more branches

 

We were very lucky to not have much damage to the buildings. I'm not sure how much cleanup we can do until spring, but we will at least get alot of it down. 

I would like to give a big shout out to the guys with National Grid Power- they really did an amazing job this storm and I for one appreciate all they did for camp! 

Now to get camp ready for the Weekend event- I got lots of snow moving to do!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Best Present Ever!

I know that it is barely Halloween and here I am blogging about Christmas. But just think of it... You sitting around the tree on Christmas morning, you hand your child a small package. They open it and inside is a camp t-shirt. They thank you and say it's a cool gift.Then you tell them that isn't all...they also are going to camp for a week!

Can you imagine their excitement?

But your probably thinking.." Jim- camp is so expensive! My Christmas budget would be totally devastated by paying for a whole week of camp!"


We can help. You pay the deposit of $100 to secure a spot for the week you want this summer. You can make payments from now until June to pay off the rest.  And with the new tiered pricing , we can help even more!

What a great gift! I wish I could get a week of camp for Christmas.

So how do you get started?


1. Sign up and pay the deposit between December 1st and December 15th, and we will send you a free camp t-shirt for under the tree. (you will need to email us your child's size and the address you want it sent to). If you sign up after December 15th, we can not guarantee that you will get the t-shirt in time. The free t-shirt offer expires December 21st.

or...

2. Have friends and family purchase Moosebucks . We have one camper that has asked all of her relatives for moosebucks for Christmas so she can come to camp next summer. Visit http://campsacandaga.com/moosebucks/ to get find out more. We will apply moosebucks to your account once we receive the certificates from you in the mail.

Don't forget about the HERD program...bring three new friends and get a week of camp for free! Bring you little brother/sister, your BFF, or even a friend from school! Check out the herd page for details.

Join us here at camp on Saturday, December 1st for our holiday event and registration kick off. Lots of hot cocoa, singing and decoration making . Bring those potential HERD campers and win a special prize! We will be announcing the winner of the parent survey contest and will have lots of giveaways. I heard that the camp store might even be open!

We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Favorite Picture

Hello everyone, Sorry it's been awhile since I was able to post something. This Fall has gotten away from me.

I've been working on some slideshows for each week of camp, and will be positing them soon. (Week 1 slideshow should come out later this week). I am also working on a publicity slide show for folks to use to show off camp.

As I was working on them, I came across this picture, and it's one of my favorites.


 Not because it's a pretty picture. This picture reminds me that once in awhile I need to slow down and enjoy camp. My radio and keys are right there, yet I have stopped worrying about revenue, staff issues and the one hundred other things that go on in the average day at camp. For that moment I am just a camp director playing checkers with a camper.

For the record, the reason why his face looks like that was because I just got a "king" and he is trying to escape.

We all need to stop and enjoy what we do sometimes.

Well, I got to get back to work. Keep an eye out for the slideshow for week 1!

See you soon.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Suggestions of what to bring to camp

Every year I have parents ask "what should my child bring to camp. We supply a pretty comprehensive packing list for parents, but there are things people forget.

We asked many parents and alumni for things they thought you may need to make your child's stay a little easier.

Here is what they suggested....

Father carrying a trnk for his daughter

1. What you need to put all that stuff in!

Some parent send luggage, while others bring trunks. While trunks are sturdy, they can be broken if the camper stands on them (it has happened more times than you think) A great solution I have seen recently is the clear under the bed totes. They have plenty of space and can easily roll under the bed!

two young cowboys at camp2. Dress for success, not to impress. 
I have seen campers come with outfits that belong more in a upscale social gathering than they do in a camp environment. It's nice to have one nice outfit, but everything else will get dirty, wet and possible torn.  

One rule of thumb is ... 
 
"Don't send your child to camp that you will miss if it doesn't come home. "

We also suggest that the clothes be comfortable because they will be running around. 

3. Lots of socks- 
You never can have enough socks- there is nothing that makes a camper more miserable than wet feet! Also at least two pairs of shoes. One parent told me she went to the local thrift shop and got a great pair of hiking boots that her son could wear for the week, and it didn't break the bank!

A very messy faced camper during viking spagetti meal4. Glasses at camp:  
There is a good chance that your child may break or lose their glasses. I have repaired many of them while at camp, but you may want to look at sending them with an old pair, or getting them a set that can withstand the stresses of camp. Here is what one parent said about glasses...
"My son wore his sport glasses all week. The bonus is they were transition lenses so he had sunglasses when outside. When I set him up in the cabin we made sure he had a safe place to put them at night."
Camper presnts a duct tape wallet5. Packing the clothes
Sometimes  when you pack everything and the child returns home, everything except one or two sets of clothes are still where you packed them.  Here is what one parent said about this issue...
"Wrap daily wardrobes with underwear, socks, shorts and T shirts with a rubber band or place them in zip lock baggies.You wont over pack and kids can grab an outfit each day. This way they are not throwing clean clothes all over and they get a fresh pair of underwear a day."
6. Laundry bag -
I can't tell you how many times our younger campers have thrown wet clothes into their packed bags with clean clothes, and you get that infamous "camp musty smell". One suggestion is to send them with a laundry bag and explain to them that they put wet and dirty clothes into the bag each day.They can hang the bag on the side of the bunk.

Camper playing ukelale7. What did I bring?
Parents hate going through lost and found at the end of the week. Having campers come home with everything they brought is tough! Here is what one parent suggested.
"We tape a list of everything our son brings on the inside of his trunk. This helped so much! Don't forget to list the color or description of the item. Just saying 2 towels instead of saying one spider man and one blue bath towel can make all the difference. "
 We also suggest you label everything or put their initials on the tags in their clothes.

camper eating apple while reading mail from home8. Self addressed stamped envelopes or even better- self addressed & stamped post cards! Our clerk has some advice on that...
"Every morning when we get the mail we see that have incomplete addresses on them. We do take those letters and get the addresses off our database, but it makes your child's life a lot easier if you fill this stuff out before they come to camp. "
And if you give them a postcard for every day, it helps them to focus on something when they are sad! And who doesn't like getting mail form your children when they are at camp!

camper with a silly stick on mustache9. Pack one goofy thing
Last summer a camper brought stick on mustaches. He broke them out during viking meal, and gave them to all his bunk mates. It was so much fun.

I've also seen tattoo stickers, silly hats, and other simple costume things for use in our theme meals like mismatched lunch or twin lunch.

10. Bathrobes
Last summer many of the counselors said that if their campers had bathrobes, they could get more time in the showers. Since everyone needs to walk back and forth between their cabins and the bath houses, a robe would make it easier. Also while campers are waiting to shower, having a bathrobe make it quicker to get in and out of the shower.

campers stanging next to pool
11.  Extra towels
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.
Towels at camp can get really messy quickly. They fall off the clothesline, never really get dry unless they are n direct sunlight, and can really smell if left under the bed when wet. At a minimum you should bring a bath towel and a beach towel. (An extra towel wont hurt either... Oh, and two swim suits aren't a bad idea either. Not required , but are a nice thing to have just in case it is a wet week.

12. Toiletries-
A small bag or a little bucket to carry shampoo, soap, toothpaste and tooth brush between the showers and the cabin helps a lot! We want them brushing their teeth!

13. A Little Something Special
"I always like to pack a small gift or item to let my child know that I am thinking of them and that I am proud of them. He usually doesn't find it until Tuesday!"

A small thing packed in your child's stuff can really brighten their day. A comic book, a small stuff animal, or something that has special meaning- these things can lift the spirit!

14.Opps- I forgot something
 Every so often a camper forgets something.A pillow, and extra blanket, a tooth brush, shampoo. Don't worry. We have many of these things in stock and will make sure your camper has them when they need them. We don't have enough for the whole camp, just enough to help cover those that forgot them.

We hope this list gives you some great ideas for this summer. Let us know if you have any other tidbits of advice we can share!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Welcoming Wednesday (part 5)

Everyone please join me in welcoming Tom for another summer at camp! He will be helping out in the kitchen.


My name is Thomas Bender. Most people call me Tom. In the fall I will be a senior at Holland Patent High School. I live in Marcy with my parents and my sister. My mom is a camp alumni and my sister will be a camper here this summer. My favorite school subject is American History and especially the Civil War. I enjoy traveling especially to battle fields and to zoos. In my spare time I enjoy playing Magic the Gathering with my friends. Several times a year I assist in teaching Minecraft at our local library. If I had a choice I would stay up all night and sleep all day!!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Our Camp Store


Here is a post from our very own Camp Clerk Judi!
One of my many jobs at all the camp’s I have worked at included running the Camp Store.  Never have the words “Candy OR ice cream” come out of my mouth so many times. Patience was required while trying to find a misfiled “camper card” where we kept track of purchases.  Patience was required while a camper barely tall enough to see over the counter contemplated the merits of Swedish Fish VS Fun Dip (a sugar stick you dip into more sugar), only to change tack entirely and go for the Atomic fire balls.  

Image result for atomic hot ballsAs a camper, however, the ability to go to the Camp Store was a real treat for me.  I grew up very rural and did not have access to a corner store to spend the allowance I received doing various chores.  To be able to go daily to a place that offered the delicacies of childhood not available to me during the rest of the year just added to making Camp Sacandaga a magical place.

Image result for atomic hot ballsTherefore it is my pleasure to announce that we are going to be able to offer the 2018 Camp Sacandaga campers an opportunity to visit the Camp Store every day.  As is tradition we will be giving campers a choice of one food item, ice cream or candy, and one drink. Shirts, hoodies, stuffed moose critters and other unique and cool items will be available for purchase during registration and check-out.

Image result for swedish fishStore will be open daily for food and drink during free time and occasionally in the evening for the older campers during “Teen Time”.  Typically parents put around $20 on a store account.  Directions for this process will be sent to parents as they register their camper.  Campers will NOT be allowed to purchase items with cash so it is not necessary for campers to bring any money to camp.  At check-out parents will have an opportunity to spend down any remaining balance in their campers’ store accounts. Any remaining funds at the end of the week will be placed in a campership fund.  

Image result for fun dipIn my own experience I know that some campers will not have as much in their store accounts as others and will be limited in their purchases.  Never fear!  There will be a bowl of fruit and “bug juice” (and water) in the dining hall for hungry campers during free time.  Some evening programs have a snack such as s’mores and popcorn as part of the plan. And as always, meals have multiple options to satisfy even the most discerning eater.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Welcome Wednesday (Part 4)

One of the key pieces of the camp staff puzzle is the camp nurse. Last year we struggled to find the perfect person for the job, but at the last moment we found Jessica! And the good news is...Jessica is coming back!

During the "off - season" Jessica is a school nurse. This makes her the ideal person to work with children in a camp setting. And her children have come to camp, so she has the parent prospective! She runs a very safe infirmary at camp, and keeps us all healthy while we are here.

I have worked with many nurses over the years, but I can honestly say that Jessica is one of the best! She also is one of the most relaxed and funny nurses that I have ever worked with!

Please let her know if you have any health concerns for your children this summer. You can reach out to her via email at health@campscandaga.com.   During the summer you can call her at camp at (518)548-4742.