The summer camp tradition is a staple in the northeast among families who want their children to have rich and diverse experiences. All camps have their own distinctive feel, but we believe there are many things that set the Schodack experience apart. Our traditional values and philosophy, our long family-history on the land and the inviting nature of our camp are just a few of the key things that we have prioritized since 1957. Our campers return year after year and know that the connections they make at Schodack will extend far beyond the summer months. Schodack friends last a lifetime, and we have the stories from thousands of families over 62 years that prove just how much of a a positive impact is created through being a camper at Schodack.
Camp Schodack was founded in 1957 and has been operated by the same family since its creation. Originally used by the Krouner family as a farm and then a hotel, the beautiful 100-acre property was converted to a summer camp and has remained that way since. ‘Uncle Lou’ Krouner was the original founder with his wife Clara, and now Paul and Matthew Krouner, representing the 3rd and the 4th generations, continue this meaningful history at Schodack. Our property is ideal for use in the beautiful summers just outside the Berkshires, and our commitment to provide experiences for children in the great outdoors has never wavered. Our private site has open lawns and playing fields which are complimented by 60 acres of woodlands, criss-crossed with paths and trails that are perfect for exploring on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Having such a deep and close history with the local area means that our staff and camp families have a built-in connection to the the surroundings and we are the fortunate to really make the most of our wonderful location.
‘Warmth, Tradition, Spirit’ are the words that make up Schodack’s motto and those three words are at the heart of everything we do each summer. Each child at Schodack is cared for, treated with respect and encouraged to grow and try new things. These core values have been consistent at Schodack for over 60 years.
The pressures of 21st century life on young people are real, so one of our aims is to enhance a more traditional feeling of childhood and help our campers enjoy being young.
We have a no-technology-on-camp approach which is just one of many intentional policies that our campers, staff and parents embrace. The opportunity to reconnect with nature, the outdoors and their peers on a deeper, social level is something that campers at Schodack enjoy the benefits of year after year. It is this approach that leads to the development of life-long connections with our camp values, our land and the people that attend.
The safety of each of our campers is of paramount importance to us, as is their capacity for personal growth and development. By maintaining our size at 140 boys and 140 girls, we are able to ensure that every camper get individualized attention and personally focused program while at Schodack. Each of the staff that work directly with our campers will know them on a personal level. In fact, your child will know (and be known) by everyone at Schodack. That is the type of close-knit community we create. We have an incredible staff to camper ratio of 2:1 meaning that there is support, friendship and supervision offered to all of our campers with everything they do. We hire only the most qualified and experienced staff, and our professional training and supervising of all our staff makes us an industry leader in the camp world. We are incredibly proud that more than 90% of our bunk staff have grown up at Schodack as campers themselves. This is totally unique to Schodack and adds both to the family atmosphere, and the connections that your child will feel with their counselors.