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!

Karen’s Korner: Packing Tips!

 

PACKING 101: Everything You Need To Know About Packing Your Child For Camp!

• Start now!! You’ll feel less stressed if you start early. Review our Packing List and make a list of what you have, what still fits, what you need.

• Check out the Camp Spot’s Road Show Schedule if you want to try on items before
purchasing; check out their delivery times for orders (much longer than we amazon.com’ers are used to!!)

• Circle your calendar for the date that bags are required at camp – since we unpack all
campers in preparation for opening day, bags for first and full session
campers need to arrive no later than June 18th. (note: Second Session campers bring bags on Second Session Opening Day). The Camp Baggage service picks up bags the weekend of
June 16th, and FedEx/UPS need enough lead-time to meet our deadline. You’ll be
happier having the bags all packed and out of your home, not scrambling last minute
and paying overnight delivery charges!!

• Feel free to pack the minimum number listed (10 additional t-shirts rather than 16, for
example) if you know your child will not care which t-shirt he wears! If he has lots of
favorites he wants at camp, go for the 16!

• Remember that extra clothing or other items get stored away. You want your child’s
favorite t-shirt to be in her cubby, not packed away because you packed too many!
Counselors count everything they unpack. Items on the “do not pack” list (rugs, folding
tri-pod chairs, electronics, etc.) will be stored.

LABEL EVERYTHING!! Consider pre-labeling clothing through the Camp Spot – big time
saver! Sharpies work for most items, and silver sharpies are great for black/dark
clothing. Those waterproof stick-on labels you can get from a variety of sources are
great for inside shoes, water bottles, toiletries, tennis racket, baseball glove, crazy creek chair, etc. Remember that the first summer is the most time-consuming – many of the
items you purchase and label in year one will be used in future summers!

• We allow up to 2 storage containers that fit in cubbies (see cubby cube or plastic
shoebox in the clothing catalog for examples) but other storage boxes won’t have a
place in the bunk. Don’t forget to pack a shoe bag (extra space can be used for “stuff”)
and a laundry bag. Many campers use their backpack, hung at the end of their bed, for
additional storage!

• Consider packing everything in recycled grocery bags or extra-large zip lock bags–
shorts in one, camp shirts in another, socks in another. It’ll help you keep track of what’s
going in the bag, and it will be easier for counselors to keep like-items together when
they unpack your child! It’s a great time-saver and organizer!!

• Our counselors unpack everything at the same time so no need to worry too much
about which stuff goes in which bag. It’s helpful when organizing, however, to put
bedding/towels, any sports equipment/toiletries/stationary/shoes/crazy creek chair in
one, and all clothes in the other.

Consider pre-addressing stationery – even older campers appreciate address labels!
And if a pre-addressed envelope reminds your camper to send a letter to Grandma and
Grandpa, all the better!

• Pack toiletries in zip lock bags; it’ll help prevent spillage in transit!

• If you want a specific set of sheets on your child’s bed, put the pillowcase of that set you your child’s pillow before packing it! Or include a note! (and yes, twin sheets/comforter will work – not necessary to invest in cot-sized!)

• If your child will be bringing some of their required items on the bus (sneakers, or their
pillow) include a note – it will save you receiving a phone call!

• Put batteries in flashlights and fans – place extras in a zip lock bag, with a note saying
what they’re for so your child knows that AAAs are for the flashlight, Ds are for the fan,
etc.

• Don’t over pack! Put a copy of your inventory list / checked off packing list in the camp
bag – it’ll help us make sure everything comes back home to you at the end of their
summer!!

Final Hint: Stay calm and enjoy the process of preparing your child for an amazing summer experience!!

Head Staff News!

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!

 

Head Staff Spotlight – Allison Worms!

I cannot believe it’s going to be my 10th summer at Camp Schodack. It feels like just yesterday I was a little Kickapoo Girl water-skiing for the first time, zip lining and doing arts and crafts every moment I could. When I first started coming to camp I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me. In fact, it may be hard to believe, but I was a very shy, nervous, homesick camper my first summer. Now I get home from camp and immediately start the countdown for the next summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp has shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned how to be independent (choosing what activity I wanted to do for camper’s choice for example), how to be brave (mastering the high ropes course), and how to be confident (participating in triple crown events).

can’t wait to watch all my Mic Macs enjoy camp just like I did. You will all realize that Schodack is a one-of-a-kind place with the most amazing people to share it with. Get ready for the summer of your lives and to make friends that last forever!!!!

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!