Summer Newsletter: Week 2

Hey guys! Welcome back to camp for an exciting update on Week Two’s events here at Schodack! I can’t believe how fast these past 2 weeks have flown by. We’re halfway through first session and so much is happening every day that it feels like camp’s been in session for months. We had such an active and exhilarating week.

For starters, we had a very memorable and special “Fire Circle” this week. After the Lumbee Girls spoke of the theme of Positivity, it was time for Paul’s story and we couldn’t wait to see what he had in store for us this week. As soon as he picked up a large rock off the ground, loud cheers immediately followed as campers and staff alike knew the story “Uncle Lou Hated Rocks” would be told. A personal and camp fan favorite, this story is one of the few stories Paul repeats due to its remarkable history.

Rolling into the weekend, we had not only 1 but 2 very special event activities. On Saturday, the whole camp took a trip to the Wild West and had a blast at this year’s LT Carnival. This year’s Western-themed Carnival had a special twist to it, in which campers had to go to the Gold Mine and search for gold coins in order to play some of the games and go to the booths. Campers enjoyed frolicking to and from the Garden and the Playhouse to find the best activities such as the Three-Box Challenge, the Dance-Off, sock wrestling, the massive Pumpkin Bouncy House, and a blowup Water Slide.

Campers exploring the grounds of the LT Carnival.

Campers had so much fun at Carnival. Here’s what some of them have to say about this spectacular event:

“My favorite part about Carnival was searching for all the gold coins and then using them to play the games.” – Jordan, Algonquin Boys

“I never ran out of activities to do because there was just so much going on. I had a lot of fun that day.”   – Sophia, Senior 4 Girls

“I was at every booth that involved food. Anything you could eat, I was there. It was so yummy.”   – Samara, Naskopi Girls

“My first Carnival was such a fun experience!” – Connor, Mic Mac Boys

The rush from Carnival never left the campers as they were eagerly awaiting Sunday’s arrival of the first leg of Triple Crown! All 24 bunks, including the CITs and Waiters, got the opportunity to perform on stage with their bunkmates in skits and dances that they will remember for many years from now. For Junior Camp, the Algonquin Girls placed 1st with their explosive and high energy dance performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The Menominee Boys won for the Middle Camp division with Anchorman, in which they broadcasted live all the hot news going around camp from the Schodack Stage. And for Upper Camp, the vie for 1st place was so intense that the Waiters and the CITs both ended up coming out victorious with their stellar performances. The CITs put together the greatest show at Schodack with The Greatest Showman, which was straight out of a circus act. The Waiters gathered their humor with a hilarious skit called Undercover Waiter. Every bunk made an everlasting impression on the stage that night, and we can’t wait to see what is in store for Lip Sync, which is in a week from today.

The Chippewa Boys suit up for their big Talent Show performance of “Camp Guy.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Algonquin Girls steal the show with their winning dance performance.

What else is new and upcoming here at Schodack:

About 50 campers to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), one of the largest modern art museums in the United States. The exhibits were just exquisite, and campers even had the opportunity to make their own masterpieces at the museum.

 

Campers observing all the art they saw around the museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribals are definitely in the air. Everyone is busy searching for clues as to when it is going to break! Tribals break “fakes” have been occurring all around camp this week, and campers can’t wait for this color war to begin.

Head Staff members Pharoah, Berg, and Shira during a Tribal’s fake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior and Middle Camp spent this week’s Trip Day on a beautiful 2-mile hike through Schodack Island State Park and then cooled down with a visit to the movies. Juniors saw Incredibles 2 and Middle Camp had the option of seeing Incredibles 2,  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom or Ocean’s 8. Upper Camp went ice skating and then enjoyed an afternoon at the bowling alley.

This week the Greg Maddux Pitching Contest is taking place at Baseball. Campers have the opportunity to test their pitching skills by throwing the baseball into certain boundaries established on the field. If you throw the ball within the boundaries of the grid set up on the field, points will be awarded. The winner of this contest will earn their spot in the Schodack Book of Records.

The Adventure team took a group of campers to Crab Apple for the first Whitewater Rafting trip of the summer. This trip is easily one of the most popular and anticipated adventure trips of the summer. Another group of campers will be heading out to rafting next week!

Kemp the Storyteller is back for another summer. Campers in all divisions gathered in the Playhouse to listen to Kemp share some magnificent stories that involve some catchy toons. Every camper was jamming out with Kemp especially with a notable favorite, “The Cat Came Back.”

We had a very busy week of intercamp games. The 6th grade boys travelled to Camp Winadu to play basketball, and then the 7th grade boys played them in soccer a few days later. The 8th grade girls took a trip to Camp Pontiac  for a soccer game on Wednesday and today they returned to play them in tennis. We played with great athleticism and spirit. Great job to everyone who participated!

On Monday night we took a trip back to the Middle Ages for Medieval Night. With no fans, utensils, or lights, we enjoyed a festive meal of bread bowls with soup, corn on the cob, and chicken wings.

The horses making a special appearance during dinner line up before the Medieval festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament took place this morning. Congrats to Gabe Fine from the Senior 3 Boys and Sophia Spiegel from the Senior 4 Girls for winning the tournament. An honorable mention to Ben Rhodes-Kropf from the Senior 2 Boys and Lilly Shiavo from the Senior 1 Girls for being the runners-up in the tournament. 

This week’s division spotlights:

Mic Macs:  We have had a week of amazing scheduled activities with exciting special events in between.  Both bunks enjoyed the LT Carnival, walking around all the booths in the Playhouse and Garden and visiting with our favorite CITs and Waiters at all the booths. A favorite night activity this week was cookie decorating.  We used cookie cutters to shape the cookies and then decorated them with icing after they cooked.  So yummy!  Then we had talent show on Sunday.  Both bunks put on a great skit and the Mic Mac Girls got 3rd place!  We finished off the week with our first bonfire.  We hope we have s’more soon.  Can’t wait for Week 3! – Allison

Junior Boys: Another exciting week has happened here at Camp Schodack with big events such as triple crown, trip day, and tribals fakes! For triple crown each of the bunks got up and did their own performance making the camp laugh and enjoy a wonderful night of entertainment. The Algonquin boys took home second place in the division with Schodack movies, making a twist on classic movies such as Forrest Gump and Titanic. This past week also marked the start of tribals fakes! The boys have seen their Division head Adam Berg on the rooftops of camp and they are trying to solve the mystery of who has stolen the hatchet so that they can start 2 Day tribals. The boys have some theories that Adam is the thief wanting to break tribals himself this year. Stay tuned to find out who it really was! The boys have also enjoyed another trip day of hiking at Schodack Park on a clear and beautiful Tuesday, and were able to watch the incredible movie Incredibles 2! They have also had another wonderful week of activities and swim lessons with them getting stronger and stronger each week in the pool!

Junior Girls: If you were an emoji what would you be!?…The Junior Girls got in character as we kicked off emoji day bright and early! I chose to dress as the cat love-heart eyed emoji with help from my red lipstick for the heart eyes and eye liner for the nose and whiskers! Among the crowd we had the rockstar, happy face, puppy, pregnant lady and my all time favorite the poop emoji! Everyone looked amazing! We had a fun afternoon as a division where we had an emoji debate, emoji story board and create your own emoji. I loved the creation of the gangster unicorn! We topped off the day with a night time activity of a beautiful bonfire with s’mores. During the day I split the division into groups of 5 and they each acted out an emoji skit! Each group did an awesome job and were great to watch in the Amphitheater! The junior girls counselors at the end improv’d their own skit which brought a lot of laughs! Thanks for a great week Junior Girls!! – Maria

Middle Boys: The Middle Boys have had a wonderful week here in the 12123! It started out with Triple crown with each of the three bunks putting on a skit for the rest of camp in which the Menominee boys were able to take first place in the division with their own rendition of Schodack Anchorman! The Naskopi boys had their own version of the “talent show that went wrong” and Lumbee boys did Saturday Night Lumbee tipping their hats to SNL. Both the Naskopi and Lumbee boys had the playhouse in stitches. We also had a great trip day walking around the Schodack park for a beautiful hike on a wonderful summer day, with not a cloud in the sky! And after a nice hike the boys were off to see Incredibles 2 at the movies for a nice relaxing end to trip day! The boys had canteen drop this week where they were able to compete for extra canteens for their bunks. The Menominee and Lumbee boys in their final round bet it all to try and gain eternal canteen glory but came up just short on their answers, while the Naskopi boys ended up with four extra canteens for their bunk! And finally we have heard the start of firecrackers leading up to 2 Day Tribals. We aren’t sure when it will break because someone has stolen the hatchet and we must find out who took it so we can break tribals! Stay tuned for next week! – Kaish

Middle Girls: Hello from the Middle Girls division! Schodack has had another whirlwind of a week with a lot of exciting events which was kicked off by the first leg of triple crown, talent show. The middle girls did an amazing job with their talent shows placing third and second this year! The Naskopi girls placed second this year with their own rendition of camp vines which had the playhouse bent over laughing, while the Menominee girls placed third with a version of the bachelor using different camp counselors as their characters to have hilarious questions and responses. And the Lumbee girls showed off their spectacular dance moves with different fortnite dances! On trip day the middle division hiked around Schodack Park and saw some incredible views,  followed by a trip to the movies to see the Incredibles 2. The middle girls will be starting hush buddies this week, giving each other small hand-made gifts and leaving clues as to who is leaving these small gifts for them. Finally the hatchet has been stolen so tribals can’t be broken until it is found! There are many clues being left behind and the camp is in a rush to look for who it is! Stay tuned to find out who the culprit is! – Halle

Upper Boys: It’s that time of the week! Another seven Schodack days have past, filled with fun and excitement.  Shoutout to the LT program for running a great carnival, the boys told me they absolutely loved it. Following all those festivities the boys performed their first leg of the Triple Crown,Talent Show, on Sunday. The Senior 1 Boys put on a great show planting ideas in our minds with their interpretation of Inception. The Senior 2 Boys showed all the youngbloods how to really ball in Uncle Drew. Last but definitely not least, The Senior 3 Boys had us all cracking up when they revealed what really happens in the Schodack office. Trip Day this week was an enjoyable pairing of ice skating and bowling. The boys were energetic and enthusiastic the whole time.  A few weeks in and this summer has been far from mundane and routine, and we’re loving every second of it. Until next time… – Uncle Ro

Upper Girls: Hard to believe two weeks have already flown! The Senior Girls have had a blast this week at activities, and we’ve gotten into full swing with bonding and fun! Saturday we had cookies on the basketball court after Fire Circle, and the girls had to find one uncommon thing in common among themselves within their small groups. On Monday night, we belted through Senior Girls YouTube Karaoke – the girls split into mixed-up groups, picked songs, and then sang to the rest of the Division (featuring broom handles and ping pong paddles as microphones). Some highlights were “Love is An Open Door” from Frozen and “Fabulous” from High School Musical! We ended Wednesday with another Senior Girls Bonfire out at Archery, where the girls shared their punniest jokes to lots of groans and laughter. Here’s to another jam-packed week of exciting events, new friendships, and smiles abound! – Shira

Here is a copy of today’s Schodack Scoop and other photos from the week:

 

Purple Reign playing Orange Glory in Middle/Upper Basketball Ultra Leagues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arapaho Girls showing off their 70 foot long daisy chain they made during a Camper Choice period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campers playing one of the most popular games on camp, 9-Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Newsletter: Week 1

Hello there, it’s me Izzy Tabs again reporting live from Nassau, New York on the latest activities, special events, trips, and tournaments from Week 1.  Congrats to all of us for surviving the first full week of camp in the sweltering heat. The Schodack sun was definitely shining to finish off a hot week of activities, LITERALLY.

Saturday was a big day for new beginnings here in the 12123. We had our first adventure trip of the summer… YEAH, ADVENTURE. Our two amazing adventure counselors, Grace and Denholm(both going 2 years strong), took 40 campers to the Albany Indoor Rock Gym to explore the shadowy depths of the indoor caves. Not gonna lie this trip is a pretty big deal because it is the only indoor caving system in the entire country…wow! It was also a chance for campers to escape the blistering 95 degree heat with some luxurious air conditioning. Equally as exciting as the first adventure trip was the beginning of Ultra Leagues. During our new extended Camper Choice, Junior/Middle camp teams and Upper camp teams participated in the opening Ultra Leagues games playing basketball and soccer. Additionally, Junior/Middle Ultra Leagues now have new team colors: yellow, crimson, lime green, navy blue and light blue.

Later that night when things cooled off, we had our first Fire Circle of the summer. Previously known as Services, Fire Circle is a time where the whole camp gathers in the amphitheater. Here, one bunk chooses a theme and leads us in a song, we listen to a story from Paul, and campers and counselors have the ability to show their gratitude to friends by dedicating a stick to them. This week, the Senior 3 Boys lead Fire Circle with the theme “Determination,” and then the whole camp sang Survivor’s “The Eye of the Tiger” in harmony.  

The traditional silent walk to “Fire Circle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heat continued throughout the week, and when it’s this hot at Schodack, the only thing campers dream about is a “Blister Day.” During Sunday and Monday’s afternoon periods, the whole camp gathered around our two pools and the adjacent shady areas, swimming and splashing after a hot morning of (modified) activity periods. Campers also had rotating visits to our massive waterslide on the Corral Hill and played in sprinklers placed all around camp.

The pool area filled with campers and counselors during Blister Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While campers were enjoying “Blister Day,” the LTs held their first Challenge Day leading with a “Prisoner Day” theme. The LTs were accused of stealing Junior Camp cookies, and in order to prove their innocence, they had to do a series of challenges to find out who framed them. The whole camp could feel the adrenaline rush coming from the colors grink, red, blue, and yellow as they approached each event with enthusiastic intensity. 

LTs on Grink avoiding the laser beams of the spider’s web, while escaping the prison during a Challenge Day Event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water activities continued for Junior and Middle camp through Tuesday, when they kicked off the first Trip Day of the summer to a visit to Zoom Flume Water Park. This trip couldn’t have come with better timing, as campers were able to enjoy trips on the Lazy River, a ride down many water slides, and splashing around in the wave pool. Senior camp and the first year LTs shopped, ate and explored their way through Saratoga Springs. There’s nothing better than spending quality time with your camp friends in one of the most beautiful towns with some of the best food and ice cream in New York.

Campers react to the first trip day of the summer:

“The Canyon Plunge was definitely my favorite ride. I was screaming my head off the whole time.” – Leo, Naskopi Boys

“The Family Ride at Zoom Flume was so fun and fast. I liked that we could all go on the raft together!” – Avery, Arapaho Girls

“I had the best sushi ever in Saratoga. It was superb. Especially the wasabi.”   – Natalie, Senior 1 Girls

“Kilwin’s was the highlight of the trip. It was necessary because it was such a hot day.” – Ben, Senior 3 Boys

Here are some more noteworthy events of the week:

-Bard Drama and the cast of this summer’s play Mulan are getting down to business with rehearsals. We can’t wait to see this notable and fan favorite Disney movie come live to the Playhouse stage.

-The Senior Camp Boys took a trip to Camp Winadu for a basketball intercamp. They played three very tough and intense games, and although they only won once, they still had a blast.

-The First Year LTs put together an amazing camp event on Sunday called “All for One.” The event speaks to and honors the most important philosophy here at Camp Schodack: participation. The goal of the event is to complete as many activities as possible such as trivia contests, a gymnastics obstacle course, cookie decorating(a camp favorite), and so much more. Congratulations to the Menominee Boys and Senior 2 Girls who tied for 1st Place.

-Due to high demand, CrossFit is back for another summer. Campers and counselors are ready to work hard and have fun with our incredible instructor Carolyn. 

-Game, set, match! The Camper Counselor Tennis Tournament, one of the most highly anticipated tournaments of the summer, was definitely a smash hit. It came down to Brett Siegel and Ben Rhodes- Kropf vs. Josh Damast and Brady Fine in the final match, with Ben and Brett coming out victorious. Awesome job to everyone who participated. 

-The first leg of Triple Crown, Talent Show, will be this Sunday. Bunks all around camp have been intensely preparing their skits for a memorable performance.

-Big shout out to the Chipawa Boys for winning this week’s Cleanliness Cup. Those junior camp boys living in the Farmhouse might be small, but they sure are master cleaners.

-Paul and Linda took a group of campers to the Opera performance of “Merry Widow” at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center(SPAC). 

Overall what a fantastic first full week of activities. Here are some of the division spotlights from the week:

Mic Macs: The Mic Mac’s have had an amazing first full week at camp! We have been spending so much time in the pool because of the crazy heat.  Lake has also been a great way to cool down.  Some first-time waterskiers, kneeboarders, and fishers!  We also enjoyed Zoom Flume as our first trip. Our night activities have included Reader’s Theatre as well as Night at the Races.  Can’t wait for a great next week ahead of us!   – Allison

Junior Boys: Last week the Junior Boyz had a blast staying cool in the sun. Over the weekend, we splashed around in the sprinklers between morning activities and splashed around in the pool during free swim in the afternoon. Not to mention the Junior Favorites: playing water basketball for Camper Choice and going down the waterslide again and again and again. The weather couldn’t have been better on Tuesday for Zoom Flume. Those raft rides were hilarious, the Canyon Plunge was epic, and the tiki pool had waterfalls to chill out in. We watched Disney’s CoCo after Zoom Flume—definitely the best Pixar film of all time—and went back to regular activities on Wednesday. What a great week! – Berg

Junior Girls: Shout out to the Arapaho’mies, Algonqu’eens and Chin’ookies. What a week we’ve had girls! Blister days were fun when it was too hot, but now we’re ready to enjoy all of the fun activities! We have many fans of gymnastics and arts and crafts so be sure to ask us about our Camper Choice activities! Cookout on Wednesday and the fireworks were amazing! We’re settling in now and making Schodack our home, singing our bunk cheers all around camp. Bring on week 2 of camp! – Maria

Middle Boys: It has been an exciting first full week for the middle boys! Despite the heat, the boys have remained cool and been rocking it at activities. On Sunday we had our annual all-camp event for Fourth of July, All For One, which our very own Menominee Boys won! Monday night we had our very first bonfire of the summer where Doug answered all of our burning questions about what camp used to be like when he was a camper, and on Tuesday we were able to escape the heat at Zoom Flume. With Talent Show coming up on Sunday and some cooler weather on the way, next week is shaping up to be even better than the last! – Kaish

Middle Girls: It is hard to believe that the first week of camp has already come and gone! And what a crazy, jam-packed week it has been. The Middle Girls have loved spending time at the pool and lake to cool off during these super hot Blister Days, and had a blast at Zoom Flume water park going on rides and eating funnel cakes for the first trip day! Another highlight was the Middle Girls bonfire, where we made s’mores, jammed out to our favorite songs, and played bonding games with the whole division. It has been amazing getting to know all of these kind, smart, hysterical young women, and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer to unfold. – Halle

Senior Boys: Hello again Schodack Family! The first week of camp was far from typical. We got both ends of the weather spectrum, one day it’s showers the next excessive heat. For me the last seven days served as an example of the resiliency of Schodack campers and staff. Even in these weather extremes spirits were still high and we got outside and found ways to have some fun. The Senior Camp Water Fight was definitely a highlight of my week. Tuesday brought a much needed switch up as we had our first trip day out to Saratoga. The boys had a chance to get some great food, do a little shopping and relax in the shade of Congress Park. I found it a well-timed change of pace for all of us.  Back on camp, further developments this week include Ultra Leagues getting into full swing and Talent Show preparations ramping up. I’m sure the next sevens are sure to be just as eventful, if not more! Until next time… –  Uncle Ro

Senior Girls: The Senior Girls had a great first week! We concluded the second day of camp with an Amazing Race night activity, where each bunk was awarded a prize, including options of clean-up help from Head Staff or an IOU from me! On Sunday Night, the Senior 2 Girls won our first special event of the summer, All For One, and they will receive a pizza party prize for their efforts! Tuesday we headed to Saratoga for Trip Day, and we enjoyed lots of sushi, mac & cheese, ice cream, and more. It’s great to finally get into the swing of activities after a blisteringly hot start to the summer, and we’re going to wrap up this first week with a Senior Girls Bonfire at the newly-restored cookout pit by Archery! I’m psyched for another sun-filled, energetic week with these wonderful girls! – Shira

LTs– The LT program has been incredibly full and busy during the first week, embracing the heat during a dizzying array of activity in what has become known as the Summer of Sweat! Running laps around camp; playing tennis, soccer, basketball and 9-square – cooling off in the pool and undertaking hikes in both Congress Park in Saratoga and at Sutherland Pond in Ooms Conservation Area in Chatham, NY. The first all-camp event of the summer was also a triumph for the LTs, who conceived, planned, ran and cleaned up after All For One, a twenty-two bunk participation challenge that is now in its twelfth year.The first Challenge Day featured an escape from prison, a clear-your-name chase that took them back and forth across camp to the cheers of the younger campers and finally a courtroom case where ultimately their names were cleared of the dastardly crime of stealing the Junior Campers’ Cookies!We are gearing up to run the Wild West Carnival this weekend, an all camp event scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and then turn around and put on a stellar Talent Show on Sunday! All this while performing their community service in the dining hall, LTing in bunks and activities, writing and editing the morning Scoop each day and providing an upbeat active pulse for the rest of camp!

Enjoy some more awesome photos from the week and today’s edition of the Schodack Scoop:

Look at those colors burst! We saw some amazing fireworks right on our own campgrounds on the Fourth of July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Views from the Camper Counselor Tennis Tournament. Campers and counselors serving up a good time on the newly renovated tennis courts.

The Arapaho Boys pose after tumbling around at gymnastics.

Senior campers working and sweating hard during their CrossFit session. Great form guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Newsletter 2018: Welcome to Camp!

Campers and counselors alike, whether returning or new, have spent many months eagerly anticipating what we all know is the best day of the year… the first day of camp! At approximately 11am the first bus rolled up to 40 Krouner Road and the campers were welcomed with warmth, tradition, and spirit by all our staff members who had been excitedly awaiting their arrival. Schodack has officially begun its 62nd summer and boy, it’s going to be a summer to remember!

I invite all of you guys to join me on this wild ride of a summer. To start off, my name is Izzy Tabs and along with Claudia Photo and the help of some our 93 Leadership Trainees (LTs), I will be delivering you the finest news as it develops throughout the summer at Schodack. I have been calling Schodack my second home ever since 2008 when I was a Chipawa girl, and my journey came full circle when I spent my first summer on staff in 2016 after successfully graduating the LT program.  My time here at Schodack for the past 11 summers has truly been life changing, so in case your camper forgets to include lots of vivid details in their letters home (because they’re having so much fun!), I will be here to guide and tell you about the fantastic events happening each week. This blog will be published on Fridays, but we’ll send you a reminder email each week once it has been posted.

So what should you expect every week:

-Overviews, recaps, and details about one-of-a-kind Schodack events, activities, trips, tournaments, and more

-Excerpts from the Schodack Scoop, the daily newspaper written here at camp by the LTs. Our campers and staff members love beginning their day with Schodack’s very own version of the New York Times just like many of you.

-Quotes from campers with their reactions, feelings, and thoughts regarding the unique events and activities here at camp. And yes pictures WILL be included!

-Mini blog posts from each division on camp, featuring a glimpse of what they did that week.

We are so excited to kick off Summer 2018!

The first two days of camp were full of high energy and excitement with old friends uniting and new friendships booming. As campers arrived from buses and planes and cars, they were brought to their new bunks where they found their own beds beautifully decorated and organized, immediately feeling at home. Name games were buzzing all around camp accompanied by the biggest and brightest smiles as campers were finally able to say “I’m home!” The best part of opening day was right around the corner, sizzling from the dining hall. Within minutes of arriving at camp, the LTs served Schodack’s most famous meal, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, that was flying out of the kitchen at 10 plates per second. Wow, you could say that’s a lot of cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch, we began the first day of camp shenanigans. HEALTH CHECKS, SWIM TESTS, BUNK PICTURES oh my. Throughout the afternoon campers played name games, swam laps in the pool and learned their bunk cheers, and of course got glamoured up in their green camp shirts for the annual bunk photo (which will be sent home at the end of the summer). Counselors gave tours to their campers, and each bunk individually sat down with Paul and Matt for a welcome meeting where they shared camp expectations, rules, and traditions. More name games, ice breakers (including a camp and personal favorite “Bunny Bunny”), and camp songs radiated all over camp in between the “First Day Rotations.”

Later that night campers took their first camp shower of the season and bundled up in their PJs to watch “The Counselor Show.” Staff members including bunk counselors, activity counselors, and head staff put together a show of 13 acts that highlighted some of their secret talents, passions, and skills. A notable favorite was when head staff members Baz (ACS) and Berg (Junior Boys Division Head) put on their annual reenactment of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.”  Matt got to introduce Olivia (Schodack’s youngest camper) to everyone and the final act was a much-anticipated visit from Koshemak (who holds a remarkable resemblance to our very own Paul Krouner), sharing the history of many of Schodack’s beloved traditions. To end off a sweet day, campers enjoyed Schodack’s famous chocolate chip cookies and then drifted off to sleep in their new cozy beds dreaming about the next day’s activities.

We thought we’d ask some new and returning campers what they are most looking forward to this summer:

“I was happy to come back to camp because I got to reunite with  my friends whom I haven’t seen all year.” – Tiernan, Lumbee Girls

“I really want to try horseback riding this summer… It seems like so much fun.”- Carly, Chinook Girls

“I am so excited to be back at camp because I love Tribals. The activities are so fun!”– Sawyer, Algonquin Boys

“Ultraleagues really excite me at camp. It gives me the opportunity to play competitive sports, and it seems so much fun.”- Aaron, Chinook Boys

“Yay… I’m finally back at my home.” – Jordan, Arapaho Girls

“I’m really excited for basketball and the new tennis courts because it’s an opportunity to play sports with my friends.” – Brady, Menominee Boys

Thursday was when the real fun began. Campers were reunited with some of their favorite activities and were introduced to new skills, sports, and artistry. A little rain did not dampen the bright smiles of the campers as they swam, golfed, danced, played basketball, soccer, tennis and more. That evening, The 8th Annual Night at the Races took place where each division competed in a series of events such as relay races in hopes of achieving the opportunity to lead “Fire Circle.”

Well, that’s a wrap for the first two exciting days of camp. Stay tuned because I’ll be back next week for a full run through and review of Week 1!

Division spotlights from the first few days:

Mic Mac Boys and Girls:  “Day one was such a blast! We all played so many name games, toured camp and learned all about our new summer home!  Grilled cheese for lunch was a classic and always makes the first camp lunch a hit.  We played some intense gaga and tetherball and we had a great day of activities on Thursday. Get ready for summer 2018 to be the best one yet!” – Allison

Junior Boys: “The first day of camp was the best. Right off the bus, the junior boys brought the spirit that Schodack thrives on, stepping into a crowd of cheering counselors who couldn’t have been happier to finally see them. Thank you to my Group Leaders—Jason Karen and Jake Zeiman of the Algonquins, Melvin and Kush of the Chinooks, Luke Berry of the Arapahos, and Weiner of the Chipawas—for the totally cool cheers they came up with for their bunk names and for organizing how much fun we all had on the Junior Camp Playground, playing Gaga, Basketball, Four Square, and Tetherball. From Name Games to freeze dancing in the bunks, to their first grilled cheeses and the hilarious Counselor Show, these Junior Boyz started out the gate ready for the best summer of their lives!” – Berg

Junior Girls:

Some girls get off the bus and step onto that sweet Schodack grass

Calling out for the Arapaho’mies, Algonqu’eens and Chin’ookies

Happy times are coming, happy times have already started

Ohh what a blast these last two days have been

Dancing in the bunk and making new friends

At camp the fun never ends!

Come find us we love to play

Knock knock, who’s there? JUNIOR GIRLS!

                   – Maria

Middle Boys: “Hi! My name is Jeremy Kaish and I am the Middle Boys Division Head this summer. While it’s only been a day and a half since everyone got to camp, the fun has already begun! Everyone was out bright and early this morning rocking it at activities like hockey and volleyball. Some bunks have even begun working on their talent shows, which will be next weekend! With more activities to come and an awesome trip next week, it is shaping up to be a fantastic summer!” – Kaish

Middle Girls:  “Watching that first bus pull up on day one of camp is always the most surreal feeling. Summer after summer, I am astounded and exhilarated by the energy that the campers bring as they flood camp grounds, uniting with old and new friends and counselors. Yesterday was no exception; from seeing their beds for the first time, to learning bunk cheers, to enjoying some classic first day grilled cheese (my favorite), my Naskopi, Lumbee, and Menominee ladies had an amazing and jam-packed day with plenty of hugs and laughs. If day one was any indication, summer ’18 might just be the best one yet.” – Halle

Senior Boys:Hello Schodack Family!  My name is Pharoah Sutton-Jackson and I have the privilege and the pleasure of being Senior Boys Division Head this summer. On the heels of Opening Day I am overjoyed to have all my boys (plus a new addition!) back at camp. In Senior Camp it’s always a goal to bring the entire division together as a whole so it was amazing to see the boys ring in the session at the first meal with a division-wide stacking game with cheers that almost blew the windows out of the dining hall. I know we are headed for a fantastic summer. Until next time…” – Uncle Ro  

Senior Girls: “Seeing all of the Senior Girls’ shining faces as they stepped off the buses was the highlight of my year! After a rainy opening day of settling in and hanging ten thousand photos by our beds, the Senior Girls closed out day one with cookies and goodnight hugs, eager to wake up to a summer of unbelievable fun. We have so much in store for the girls – from special night activities and theme days to Senior Girls Bonfire Bonding and movie nights. I am totally stoked to spend the next seven weeks with the wackiest, funniest, sweetest, wildest girls on the planet!” – Shira

 

Below is a copy of today’s Schodack Scoop, and some other fun pics captured from the first few days of camp:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Camper Day…A Day To Remember!!!

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!!!)

(9-Square!!!)

 

(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 ;))

 

 

Junior Girls’ Division Head!!!

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!

 

What A Weekend!!!

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!!!

 

Guest Blog Post – Carly Abramowitz!

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!