We look forward to New Camper Day all winter long. After so much anticipation, it’s a chance to finally host all our new families and get them excited for the summer. We love watching campers meeting new friends, knowing many of these connections will last for years and years. After getting to spend this day with everyone, there is no question 2018 will be a special summer. We are counting down the days (16!) until Opening Day!!!!
(Thumbs-up for Schodack!!)
(Bring on Opening Day!!!)
(Summer silliness already….)
(Hanging on the Main Lawn!)
(Name Games and getting to know each other!)
(Matt chatting with parents)
(Enjoying their first camp lunch all together!)
(Olivia: New Camper Day in 2025 ;))
We are very excited to announce that Maria Reed will be joining our Head Staff Team as our Junior Girls’ Division Head this summer! This will be Maria’s 3rd summer at camp after being a Bunk Counselor and Head Drama and she can’t wait to reconnect with all of this summer’s Junior Girls. One of Maria’s all-time favorite camp memories is swaying and singing to “friends friends friends” and during her spare time she likes to play Netball and listen to Elvis. Maria is looking forward to what will surely be her best summer yet! Fun Fact: Maria used to work at a radio station reading the travel news!
We had such a blast in Westfield, NJ for our final Meet and Greet before camp. Thanks to everyone who stopped by…it was a really fun mix of new and returning families. VERY EXCITED TO GET SUMMER 2018 STARTED!!!!!!
We love weekends like these!!! We started on Saturday with a super fun Meet and Greet on the Upper West Side where tons of new and returning families came by to get some time together. On Sunday we had a wonderful day of training for our graduated Leadership Trainees! Such a great weekend and we could not be more excited for the summer!!!
As I enter my 7th summer at camp and 1st year on staff I have a bittersweet feeling. My 6 summers as a camper at Schodack changed me tremendously as a person. I found my voice at camp over the last 6 years. My two summers in the LT program were incomparable for so many reasons. Being a second year CIT and having a permanent bunk that I connected with gave me a taste of what it is like to be a bunk counselor.
However, I believe the best is still yet to come. A big part of what made me fall in love with Schodack was the staff. Over the years I have had counselors that have changed my life and aided me in becoming who I am. Seeing their love for camp, whether it be their first summer or tenth, inspired me. I did not realize at the time but the way they talked, expressions they used and things they liked became a part of me. My counselors were there to help me fall asleep at night my first summer, take me to the tennis courts to stargaze, sit next to me on my first upside down roller coaster at Six Flags, read “The Wollman Test of Reality” to the whole bunk before bed and wear silly outfits to make me smile. I hope to make an impression on my campers’ lives like my counselors had on mine. The most caring, selfless and supportive figures I have encountered in my life have been my counselors.
I can’t wait to be there for my campers. Counselors know their campers unlike anyone else. I will be able to form close bonds with my campers and watch as they grow over the span of just 7 weeks. Knowing that I have the ability to make this coming summer incredible for a group of girls is exhilarating. I want to share my love for all the small parts of camp I look forward to all year: the “let’s remember” speech at services, CIT BPN, dancing in the rain, silent meal during Tribals, 3rd camper’s choice when the sun is setting and the Waiter Talent Show. My goal is to spark the same passion for camp that I inherited from my counselors.
There is a powerful feeling because there’s no way to go back in time to relive those moments yet I am reminded to savor those ahead. So, even though my chapter as a camper has ended, there are still many memories to be made in the future as a counselor. Summer 2018 is less than 90 days away and I can’t wait to feel the warmth, tradition and spirit again!
We are excited to announce that Josh Baker will be sliding over to a new role as The SPEC for this summer! As SPEC, Josh will work alongside Doug to plan the very best Night Activities, Special Events, trips off camp and TRIBALS!!!!! We can’t wait for all the fun activities Josh will lead at camp for 2018 with his wonderful energy and creativity!
And, rounding out of Division Head Crew for this summer…
We are so happy to welcome back Jeremy Kaish for his ninth summer and first as a Division Head! Jeremy has been in so many roles during his years as staff at Schodack – he was a Bunk Counselor, Group Leader and LT Staff! During the year, Jeremy studies computer engineering at Northwestern University and works as a teaching assistant in the computer science department.
Jeremy’s favorite camp memory is when he was a Two-Day General. He is most excited to now have his old Chickasaw Boys join him on staff along with his brother Harrison!
Click below for another awesome article by Karen Offitzer in Camp Business Magazine!!!! Very cool description of the “behind-the-scenes” of running a great camp program!!