Camp Schodack has been the beloved summer home to thousands of campers for over 50 years. Nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the New England summer breeze and bright, sunny days make for the perfect camp experience for your child. At Schodack, campers can participate in outdoor activities such as zip line, mountain biking, go-karts, archery and hiking, team sports including basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and more, indoor events such as arts and crafts and drama, and a host of evening activities from camp fire s’mores to all-camp sing-alongs.
Schodack is known for the warmth and friendliness that abounds in the bunks, at the activities and across the playing fields.
Our traditions – both old and new – help create the sense of belonging and unity that make children feel welcome and loved. And the camp spirit – seen and felt in every cheer, song and good-natured shout-out that take place at all-camp line-ups, meals and every day events – fills each camper with a feeling of energy and joy. Camp Schodack offers the perfect summer experience, where campers can learn what it means to be kind, can try new skills, can grow into more confident, social beings all while having the best summer ever!
From our winter home in Boston to our over 100 acres of beautiful, wooded facilities in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, Camp Schodack boasts a staff that is experienced, caring and passionate about camp and children. From our owner, Matt Krouner, a clinical psychologist and the 4th generation Krouner at Schodack, to the teachers, coaches and professional educators who grace our staff, each and every child is given the attention he or she needs to excel at camp.
Our bunk staff is trained in dealing with everything from homesickness to making friends, and our activity staff carefully prepare fun, well-structured lesson plans for each activity period. Campers travel seamlessly from activity to activity, engaging in everything from mountain biking to tennis to go-karts and more. Not only does your child get a chance to try every activity Schodack offers, they can choose to return to their favorite activities three times each day! With lots of opportunities to swim in our two heated pool and enjoy water activities at our gorgeous lake, campers spend their summer in the outdoors, laughing and playing in a carefree, wholesome environment, doing what they love most. This shared summer fun is the reason so many campers and counselors return year after year.
Unique to Camp Schodack is the emphasis we put on creating the optimal environment for campers who are new to the camp experience. We offer home visits to every family, and each new camper attends a special day at camp prior to the beginning of the summer. At New Camper Day, each new camper meets other new campers, engages in activities with the leadership staff, enjoys their first camp lunch, and gets to see where they will live, sleep, eat and play.
In late spring, each new camper gets a call from a “big brother” or “big sister” – an experienced, knowledgeable older camper, one of our Leadership Trainees, who answer questions and prepares them for their summer experience. Our “Big/Little” Program offers new campers a teenage guide who knows what they’re going through and is eager and excited to offer assistance. And once camp begins, each camper gets to spend special time with their “Big” at events scheduled just for them!
Our Leadership Trainees, participants in a two-year youth leadership program aimed at helping teenagers become compassionate leaders, offer a welcoming hand to each of our new campers who, in turn, find a willing friend and enthusiastic companion to guide them through their summer experience. In addition, each new family gets a welcome call from Matt or Paul Krouner before camp begins, and a call from your child’s Division Head within the first few days of camp. We know that camp is special gift you give your children, and we do everything possible to ensure that their camp experience is a stepping stone to a lifetime of happiness and friendships.