Category Archives: Schodack Spirit

2018 Head Staff Announcement – Activity Counselor Supervisors (ACS’s)

Get ready for this next group of Head Staff Members for the summer…the ACS’s! This great duo will work alongside Alyssa Applebaum, doing incredible work with all our activity areas! We can’t wait!


Tom Barrett AKA ‘Baz’ is back for his third summer at camp and first as an ACS! During the year, he lives in the Canadian Rockies and in -35 temperatures he goes heli-skiing and dog sledding!

Baz’s favorite camp memory is representing half of camp in white for Two-Day Tribals and leading his team out to Siberia for Rope Burning! This summer he is most excited to work alongside an awesome head staff group, see the Krouners in the dunk tank at the LT Carnival and look at the beautiful Schodack sunsets every night! .

Fun Fact: Baz technically has two birthdays because he was born right as midnight was approaching and the nurse couldn’t tell if it was 11:59PM or 12:00AM!



After running our pool program for the past two summers, we can’t wait to have Kristyn Bennett back at camp for her third summer! During the year, she lives in Sydney, Australia where she studies Social Entrepreneurship and also works as a nanny!

Her favorite camp memories are watching the Kiowa Girls win BPN in 2017 and watching her team’s Tribals’ plaque get revealed at sing!

Kristyn can’t wait to get back to camp for services, have her favorite item from the canteen, Rolos, and to see all of her friends and campers!

Fun fact: Kristyn has visited 19 states since her first summer at camp!


2018 Head Staff Announcement…LT Coordinators!

Join us in welcoming back these two awesome Schodackians to our Leadership Trainee Program!!! With Owen’s at the helm and these two as Coordinators, this is bound to be a very special summer for our LTs!!!!


We are so happy to welcome Rupesh Shah back for his 5th summer at camp and third as LT Coordinator! A man of many talents, when not at camp Ru has been working a lot with Facebook and Oculus Rift Virtual Reality. This job allows him to pursue his passion for travel as he is sent around the world to train and demo their new products with all sorts of exciting people…. including the superstar Will.I.Am!

Ru’s favorite camp memory is celebrating the end of another incredible LT summer by getting super messy with a massive paint rave in the LT Hollow! It was EPIC!

His favorite camp meal is Chicken McSchodack and Ru is most excited for the first services next summer during orientation that is run by the fabulous Work Week Crew!

Yes, that’s right….after previous summers as a camper, bunk counselor and LT Staff member, Abigail Tubin will be returning for her 10th summer at camp as LT Coordinator (insert huge cheers and excited applause from all her former campers and LT’s)! During the year she studies Political Science and Mathematics at Wake Forest University and cannot wait to be back at Schodack.

Abigail’s favorite camp memories are from when she won Triple Crown with the CITs in 2012 and jet boating on the Schodack Canada Trip last summer! This summer she is most excited for Challenge Days, stargazing on the tennis courts, and endless memories in the Lodge with her CITs! She is also excited to see her campers from last summer do amazing things as first-year staff!

Fun fact: Abigail studied abroad in London this past fall

Head Staff Announcement – The Division Heads!

We are BEYOND excited to announce this first group of our Leadership Team! Our Division Heads play a huge role in making sure each Schodack camper has the summer of their lives and this group has over 70 summers at Schodack combined between them!! We could not be more proud of this talented team and can’t wait to see them in action at camp!



Halle Gold is back for her 12th summer and 1st as a Division Head! During the year, she studies Media Culture and Communications at NYU.

Her favorite camp memories have come from stargazing on the tennis courts! She is so excited for dance parties with her middle girls this summer!

Fun Fact: Halle is studying abroad in London this spring!




Adam Berg is back for his amazing 16th summer at camp and second as a Division Head! During the year he lives in Revere, Massachusetts and goes to Emerson College. He is working on his MFA in Creative Writing and also works as a copy editor and teaching/research assistant for a philosophy professor.

His favorite camp memory is when the whole camp was doing the Inca Cheer during the 2016 Bunk Plaque Night! Berg can’t wait to get back to camp to see the view from the top of the climbing tower and to enjoy his favorite camp meal, turkey dinner!

Fun fact: Berg has never broken or sprained a bone!




Allison Worms is back for her 10th summer at camp and 1st as a Division Head! During the year, Allison attends the University of Delaware where she studies Management and Marketing with a minor in Spanish and International Business. This winter, Allison will be going to Panama on a study abroad trip to work on her minor. During her free time, she works on the executive board for UDance which raises funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. 

Allison’s favorite camp memory is participating in CIT Triple Crown events! She is most excited to meet all of her new campers this summer and watch them fall in love with camp!

Fun Fact: Allison has been to 8 countries and when she goes to Panama this winter it will be 9!



Pharoah Sutton-Jackson is back for his 11th summer at camp and 2nd as a Division Head! During the year, he is a Pre-Law Philosophy Major at Syracuse University.

One of his favorite camp memories is playing Scrappy Doo in last summer’s Tribals’ Break! He is looking forward to another awesome summer at Schodack!






Shira Buchsbaum is returning to camp for her 14th summer and second as a Division Head! During the year, she studies Anthropology and English Non-Fiction at Brown University, where she also works as a Special Collections Assistant at the John Jay Library cataloguing old books and trying not to break their bindings.

Shira’s favorite camp memories are painting the Mystery Machine for the 2017 Scooby Doo Tribals’ Break with the rest of Head Staff and watching the entire camp go bananas over it during the first fake, and singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with her CITs behind the Lodge right after a torrential downpour in 2016.

Shira is excited to get back to going off walkie for bunk chats, impromptu concerts and dance parties, and hugging every single one of her wonderful girls goodnight, every night.

Fun Fact: Shira loves parent phone calls!


Jessica Humphreys is returning for her 5th summer at camp and 1st as a Division Head! Jessica recently graduated from university and will be back in school soon, pursuing her passion to become a teacher.

Her favorite Schodack memory is the the first time she ever stepped foot on camp back in June of 2014. Jessica is so excited to finally see her first campers as staff members this summer and to get to know all the girls in her division. Her favorite spot on camp is the incredible view from the top of the Corral Hill!





Josh Baker is returning for his 5th summer at camp and third as a Division Head! He has been living in New York for the past 2 years as an au pair, but is returning home to England next week, to work, travel and see family.

Josh is excited to see the buses pull up at camp on the first day of the summer and to watch all the camp friends reunite!



Fun Fact: Josh used to volunteer as a police officer while studying at college!

Exciting News From Camp!


We are thrilled to announce an exciting staffing update for next summer!

Alyssa Applebaum, a Physical Education teacher, varsity-level coach and former Division 1 collegiate soccer player will be switching roles to take over as our Sports and Activities Coordinator.  With her strong background in sports and fitness, Alyssa will oversee all of our Sports and Activity Programs.

Alyssa, who grew up as a camper and staff member at Schodack, played Division I Soccer at Syracuse University, where she also received her B.S. in Communications. For the past 13 years, Alyssa has taught Physical Education to preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, NJ.

Continuing her passion for individual and team sports, Alyssa also has an extensive coaching background in Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Tennis and Volleyball at both the middle school and Varsity level. After three years as our Health Center Coordinator, we are thrilled that she will now be in a position to run clinics in various sports throughout the summer and personally train our Activity Counselors on the most successful ways to provide fun and engaging athletic instruction.

Alyssa will be joined by her sons, Spencer (4th-year camper) and Carter (1st-time camper), at camp this summer as well, so please join us in welcoming Alyssa into her new role for 2018!!!

Summer Newsletter: Week 6

Hello all! Welcome to the final newsletter of Summer 2017! Wow, the summer has flown by!

Last week’s Bunk Plaque Night was a huge success, and we have our first Middle Camp Triple Crown winner since 2007! Special congrats to the Omaha Boys, who wrote their own lyrics to “One of Us” by New Politics and created a Netflix-themed plaque called “An Omaha Original.” Our winners for Junior and Upper Camp were the Kiowa Girls with “Kiowas in the Hood” and the CITs with “CIT Story.”

Also this week was the final Trip Day, to either Six Flags or Saratoga Springs and Ice Skating. Thankfully, the rain held out for the majority of the day and campers were able to enjoy the wild roller coasters, the delicious food, and the smooth ice of the Albany Hockey Facility.


Michael Samuels and Jake Steiner (Special Programs and Events Coordinators) breaking green and white arrows to symbolize the start of Tribals.

The following day we had the LT Show. Campers and staff alike always look forward to this night each year. From singing and dancing in front of the whole camp to working stage crew or the tech booth to creating the 15-page program, every single LT participated in the show in one way or another. It’s incredible what this terrific group has achieved this summer.

Later that evening, the entire camp was transported to another world for Tribals break of 2017! Continuing with this summer’s Scooby Doo theme, a group of Head Staff dressed as monsters led the whole camp from the Playhouse to the Garden, only to be whisked back to the Playhouse which was decked out in glow-in-the-dark lighting, cobwebs, and all sorts of spooky stuff. Finally, Head Staff members dressed as the Mystery Gang came back to save the day, restoring Tribals for all of the campers and staff.



Green and White battling it out at a Hockey period during Tribals.


Day One of Tribals began with the announcement of the team names. Jacob Plotkin (Super Senior Boys GL) and Megan Jaske (Super Junior Girls GL) took the helm of Seminole Creation, while Evan Snerson (Super Junior Boys GL) and Kristyn Bennett (Head Pool) led Iroquois Prestige. Following the reveal, everyone headed out to the pit for Hatchet Hunt. After an intense 20 minutes, Jacob and Evan finally pulled the hatchet out of the dirt, hand in hand, meaning that both Iroquois and Seminole split the first points of Tribals.

After a jam-packed day of activity periods, everyone headed down to the 31st Annual Marathons. Separated by gender and division, each group got the option to take their turn around the course, at varying lengths depending on age. While the winners did get their names entered into the Book of Records, each and every participant earned a point for his or her team.


Our four Generals in the pit right after Hatchet Hunt.


We continued yesterday with another pair of activity periods, followed by the Dashes across the Main Soccer Field and the Individual Medleys at the pool. In addition, our traditional Spelling Bee and Family Feud Trivia events also took place for major Tribals points! All of these events were organized by division and gender as well, and are favorites for allowing the whole camp to participate together.


View from high above the Junior Boys Marathon.


Still to come in the next few days are:

– “Sing,” where the whole camp gathers in the Playhouse and the two teams take turns singing their final songs for a panel of judges. This is always an emotional night as it signifies the nearing end of camp.

The Apache Relay, where each individual camper plays a role and contributes to their team’s performance in an all-across-camp relay race.

The Final Services, which will be led by the 2nd Year LTs.

Banquet, the final dinner on camp, which includes a special menu and decorations on every table. This is always one of the most spirited meals of the summer!

Thank you all for joining me this summer! I hope this newsletter gave you an insider’s eye into the goings-on around camp, and please feel free to send us a note at for any comments or suggestions for next summer’s newsletters!

– Sam Holland



Summer Newsletter: Week 5

Hi everyone! Welcome back for an update on the goings-on from Week 5 at Schodack!!!

We had a very special Services this past week — including the crowd-favorite story affectionately known as “Uncle Lou Hated Rocks.” This story tells the tale of how Lou Krouner dug up all of the rocks around camp in order to begin farming on the land we all enjoy today. Later that night was the 12th annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament, and I’m proud to announce that Evan Snerson (Super Junior Boys GL) was victorious for the 5th time in eight years, rendering his “RPS x4” shirt practically unwearable!


Josh (Super Senior Division Head) interrupted yesterday’s lunch lineup for a Tribals fake.


We’ve had a lot of comings and goings at camp as well. Junior and Middle Campers went to Grafton Lake State Park for a trip day at the beach, featuring some delicious hot dogs and burgers grilled by our very own Doug Herbst.

Meanwhile, our Super Seniors spent two days touring the great city of Boston, making their way to Gillette Stadium, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and Quincy Market.

While that was happening our fantastic group of Leadership Trainees were on their three-day excursion up to Montreal! Highlights included the ever-popular jetboating trip on the Lachine Rapids, an afternoon of shopping on Saint Catherine Street, a trip to La Ronde, and some time well-spent walking around Old Montreal.


Here’s a quick word from Matt:

Few places in the world can match the exuberance of the Camp Schodack Dining Hall. Spontaneous, positive energy is truly infectious during meal times and on certain days the decibel level can be off the charts. As proof of this, a few years ago a friend came to join me for lunch at camp and arrived a little late. Getting out of his car, he was concerned he had missed the meal but I was able to assure him he hadn’t by pointing out the cheers we were hearing all the way from the parking lot!

Cheers fall into a few main categories: Schodack Classics like the following have been around for years and years and will probably last forever: “Iggy-Wiggy,” “Kings and Queens,” “Sponge-Bob,” “Gandalf.” Other cheers are created for and performed by a specific person and pop-up for one summer out of nowhere and often fade away. A few of this summer’s favorites are “Mike for Hipster Mike,” “Kit for Shakespeare.” “Alan for Freestyle,” “Simone’s Special Iggy” and “Luke for Pool Song.” Each cheer has its own following – campers and staff who particularly love it – and each one celebrates an aspect of camp culture or an individual personality in a very special way.

If you’re looking for something to chat about during phone time this weekend, I encourage you to ask your camper about their favorite cheer from the Dining Hall. The stories and descriptions will give you a good glimpse into the spirit they experience at camp and will help connect you to some of the special traditions we have here at Schodack.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

One of our largest Whitewater Rafting trips to date!


Here are some other notable happenings from this week:

– Throughout this week the Steve Kurtz Hitting Contest is going on at Baseball, featuring a brand-new point system that better reflects a camper’s ability to hit — something that Ethan Gold, our baseball counselor, has assured me is 100% accurate based on current statistics and expert advice!

– Paul and Linda took a group of campers to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood last week, and another modern art trip to MASS MoCA is in store for early next week.

– The Schodack Open Tennis tournament is quickly approaching. Next Tuesday, campers will square off in a traditional singles tournament.

– Pharoah organized a special event afternoon for his Middle Boys – a special University Day featuring college classes and meditation sessions!

– Our Adventure trips are wrapping up for the summer, but not before one final Indoor Caving trip and an overnight trip to Jamaica State Park in Vermont.

– The final leg of Triple Crown, Bunk Plaque Night, is tomorrow! Only one bunk, the Omaha Boys, have the potential to win a Triple Crown, since they also won Talent Show and Lip Sync.

Tribals “fakes” are in full swing. Many members of Head Staff have been interrupting lunch and dinner lineups, in full-clad costume, each time only to reveal a bit more about the theme of this year’s break (Scooby-Doo!). See below in the Scoop for a wonderful photo and blurb!

That’s all for this week. I’ll be back next Friday with one final newsletter, but for now, check out today’s Scoop. (I decided to give the LTs the day off, as they only just returned to camp!)