Monthly Archives: July 2016

Summer Newsletter – Week 4!

Hi again! For those just tuning in, my name is Brittney and I’m in my 11th summer at Schodack, currently as a member of the Leadership Trainee (LT) Staff. I study film and journalism at college and love writing the Newsletters each week! Keep an eye out for our email announcing them each Friday!

After welcoming all our Second Session campers, things continued with a bang as the whole camp gathered in the Playhouse for Counselor Show. There was amazing talent on stage and our staff entertained the camp to many laughs and cheers! Some particularly popular acts included the Head Staff makeover skit, a step-dance routine, gorgeous piano playing and Paul and Matt singing “The Krouner’s Hotel” song.

This has also been a popular week for basketball inter-camps. Our 7th grade girls played in a local tournament and proudly came home with a 3rd Place Trophy! On Thursday, we hosted a Basketball inter-camp here at Schodack for Senior Camp Girls. It was a Round Robin style inter-camp and Schodack won both of their games. Lots of campers came to cheer them on and the Garden was rocking!

Camping overnights have been available to all Junior and Middle Campers throughout the summer. They take place right in our own beautiful woods and a ton of both boys and girls attended an overnight this week. The overnights are a lot of fun and great experience for campers to hike, pitch a tent in the woods, make s’mores under the stars and enjoy nature!

The Lake has been booming during regular activity periods! A new invention this summer is the “Wake Wall of Fame,” which encourages campers to work on their skills skiing or wake-boarding – any campers who moves successfully in and out of the wake get their names added to the Wall of Fame which is hung on Lake Shed. The Banana Boat and Hotdog Boat are also getting a lot of use during additional Rest Hour sign-ups each day.

In other sporting news, there has been an ongoing Penalty Shoot-Out at Soccer this week and at Ultra Leagues, our more competitive Camper’s Choice Sports league, our Middle Boys have had some amazing games with wild finishes. It’s been a phenomenal Ultra Leagues season so far.

The Art Shack has been producing some sculpture masterpieces lately – our art staff have been hosting special Camper’s Choice periods where campers are encouraged to use the pottery wheels to make ceramic figures or pots. Fridays are also always bustling at Arts and Crafts because it’s “Tie Dye Friday,” where campers can come and tie dye camp shirts with their own creative color choices.

I hope that gives you a good update on some of the exciting things going on here at camp! As something a little special for this week, and in honor of Second Session starting, I’m adding a copy of this morning’s camp newspaper…The Schodack Scoop! “The Scoop” is brought to us every morning at breakfast by the LT’s and is everyone’s favorite spot to read about camp announcements, funny jokes and news from all around the world! Enjoy!

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Summer Newsletter – Week 3!

Hello all!

We can’t believe First Session is almost over! Wow, the summer is flying by…we can’t wait for Visiting Day tomorrow!

Big news: 2-Day Tribals broke last Friday night! The whole camp was teleported to the Galactic Empire for a Star Wars-themed event. After running around camp from the flagpole to the Pitch and Put course, a dramatic duel between the Head Staff for who would break tribals ended the night.


Only one could be victorious, and that was our Special Events Coordinator, Michael Samuels! After the words, “2-Day Tribals has begun!” escaped his mouth, the whole camp was rushed to the Playhouse to find out the Generals, Captains, Head Lieutenants and their team assignment. Leading the Seneca Green team was Jess Humphreys (Horseback) and David Mandlebaum (Group Leader). Leading the Mohican White team was Jess Wise (Group Leader) and Harry Elkin (Group Leader).

The next morning kicked off 2 jam-packed days of fun and spirited play. At team meeting areas, the team names were announced: “Seneca Slash” and “Mohican Motion.” After a morning of activities like gaga, tennis, basketball, steal the bacon and water basketball, the camp gathered for Hatchet Hunt. A hatchet was hidden in a pit and the entire camp watched as the Generals, Captains and Head Lieutenants dug and searched for it. Mohican Motion’s General, Harry Elkin, found it in record time and the White Team celebrated as they were announced as winners of the Hatchet Hunt.

That night the whole camp came together, taking off their green and white for Services. Everyone was quite for the walk to Services as we reflected on the week. Paul’s Story was a crowd favorite – he talked about the history of Camp Schodack’s pools.

Everyone woke up to the cheering of their Generals, Captains and Head Lieutenants Sunday morning for the last day of 2-Day. The main events of the day were Bucket Brigade and Rope Burning.


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To end out 2- Day Tribals, the camp went to Siberia (our golf driving range) and the 2-Day Plaques were shown to each team and the winner was revealed. Mohican Motion was victorious!

But it wasn’t just Tribals around here…First Session’s musical was a huge success! They performed The Lion King for the whole camp Thursday night as an all-camp activity. It was a true chance to see Schodack’s talent on stage. Over 40 campers were involved and there was amazing acting, dancing and singing in the Playhouse!

Notable Camp-wide events:

The theme for this week’s theme night was Medieval Night! The Dining Hall was decorated with hay and shields, transporting the camp to hundreds of years ago. Everyone got really into it and the LT’s did an amazing job decorating and serving the meal.

The Canadian Doubles Tennis Tournament was this week. On Wednesday, we had over 60 people come together to play tennis! The tournament consisted of two campers paired up against one counselor.

Trips this week:

Junior and Middle Camp: A hike and the movies

Upper Camp: Bowling and the movies

Paul’s Trip: the Ballet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Overnights with Adventure

Wish everyone luck tonight as each bunk will compete in the second leg of our Triple Crown…Lip Sync! See everyone tomorrow for an awesome Visiting Day!

Summer Newsletter – Week 2!

Hello all!

It’s Brittney again and it has been an awesome week here at camp! We are in full swing in the 12123.

Let’s kick off this week’s newsletter with the exciting LT Carnival! On Saturday our amazing LT’s (Leadership Trainees) organized and ran an afternoon of carnival activities. The LT’s transformed the Playhouse and Garden into a popcorn-scented, carnival escape for the whole camp! A fan favorite was the snow-cone station (pictured below) where kids could choose from 6 different flavors to top off their tasty treat! The Dunk Tank, Fortuneteller, Games of Chance and Cotton Candy were also three of the busiest stations of the day.


Sunday was a huge day here at Schodack! It was Talent Show- the first leg of our Triple Crown Event. The Schodack Stage was flooded with talent as all our bunks performed a 5-10 minute skit. As always, the Junior Campers warmed our hearts with their dance moves and jokes. Middle Camp stepped up their game by really showcasing their talents, including many fantastic singers and even a violinist! There were a nice variety of acts in Upper Camp – funny story-lines that would have given Saturday Night Live a run for their money!

This week’s themed dinner was “Salsa Night!” We are lucky enough to have a professional salsa dancer on camp this summer- our very own, Chef Luis aka “The Dancing Gourmet!” At dinner lineup Chef Luis performed salsa for the entire camp and lead a dance party into the dining hall.


Notable Optional Trips:

* Tri-City Valley Cats AAA Baseball Game

* Cultural Trip to the opera – “Witches of Venice”

* Golf trip to play 9 holes at a local country club


In Other News:

* At Archery, campers have been shooting bull’s-eyes through bells and soda cans!

* Outdoor Cooking has become one of the most popular Camper Choice activities – brownies baked in orange peels, yummm!

* There was a Greg Maddux pitching contest at Baseball!

* Rocketry has been booming and had another a successful rocket launch this week!

* Kemp, the storyteller, returned for his 4th summer to host a night of stories for the whole camp.


To close out this week’s newsletter, check out the ridiculously picturesque fog that rolls through Schodack first thing in the morning and at night. Talk to you all next week!

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Summer Newsletter – Week 1!

Hello all!

With the first week of summer ’16 complete we are rocking and rolling in the 12123!! We have been fortunate with amazing, sunny weather and camp is in full gear. Returning campers are back in their second home and new campers are falling in love with the wonders of camp.

Fourth of July is always a jam-packed day of entertainment here at Schodack. Everyone started the day by dressing in red, white and blue to show our USA Pride! After a morning of activities, the camp gathered at the flagpole to kick off our annual Fourth of July special activity – “All for One.” Our First-Year LT’s ran the event, creating 18 different small activities for the campers to do all around camp – US Trivia (fun US trivia), “Corn in the Hole”, cookie decorating, skittle sorting and a dance party event…everyone had a great time! Dinner was also a highlight of the day as the Dining Hall was transformed into a sea of red, white and blue for our first themed-meal of the summer – American BBQ! The night ended with an all-camp trip to a major fireworks display nearby. Phew…what a day!




Notable camp-wide events:

*With all the hot weather, we had our first “Blister Day” of 2016 this past week! The whole camp gathered poolside to cool off and splash in the pools.

*At archery, the Golden Bow competition took place this past week. There was an expert sharp-shooter declared in each age division.

*Interested campers went off on inter-camps to compete in tournaments for soccer and tennis at nearby camps.

*Scho-Karts has introduced their new licenses for the summer! Campers love getting a physical license when they pass the driving test!

*At mealtime, lunch rides were very popular this week. Campers enjoyed horseback riding to a picnic for lunch or dinner.

*Paul and Linda took campers on their first Cultural Trip of the summer. They went to MassMOCA and everyone loved seeing the modern art!

*At the lake, we are continuing our “Wake of Fame!” Those who cross over the wake get to write their name on a giant plaque for all to see!

In the meantime, bunks are busy practicing for Talent Show (the first leg of Schodack’s Triple Crown), which is happening this Sunday. The camp is anxiously awaiting coming together to sing “Breakaway” and “In the Air Tonight” in the Playhouse before the big event! We cannot wait to see all of camp’s stars on stage very soon!



Junior Camp

The Mic Mac Girls cooled off this week by having an impromptu sprinkler activity. They ran and danced through the sprinklers!

The Junior Girls have been crushing it at hockey this week on our new sleek court.

All of the Junior Camp Boys were in the running to win this week’s cleanliness cup, but the Inca boys took home the prize!

Some Junior Boys spent Wednesday’s Camper’s Choice trying to get into the Book of Records at basketball through the “Bump Tournament.”

Middle Camp

A lot of our Middle Camp Girls are working hard on this summer’s play, “The Lion King.”

Wednesday night’s Night Activity for Middle Camp was a fun night as campers gathered in the Playhouse for “Dancing With the Staff!” They dressed up their counselors and choreographed a dance for them to perform.

Upper Camp

The Senior 2 Boys won the “All For One” special event, earning the most points for participation and success in the various activities. This was their 3rd year in a row being victorious.

Senior Camp has been enjoying “Senior Choice”, where all bunks in the division come together and can choose out of multiple activities. This has been great for Senior Camp Bonding!


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Summer Newsletter – Welcome to Camp!

Hello! My name is Brittney Lief, this is my 11th summer at camp and I am thrilled to be writing this summer’s newsletters each week! Schodack is a family tradition for me – I am a second-generation camper (both of my parents and my older brother attended Schodack) – and during the year I attend the University of Rhode Island where I study film and journalism. In addition to the newsletters, I am on the Leadership Trainee (LT) Staff as a counselor in our teen training program.

I want to give you a heads-up for what to expect for these newsletters each week. Each Friday (prior to the weekend phone calls which start next weekend) a newsletter will be posted to the Blog to give you an update on what is going on at camp. We’ll also send out an email reminder letting you know when we post it. Camp events, trips and activities will all be discussed! We want to keep you in the loop about exciting things happening at camp so make sure to stay tuned each week!

It has been an exciting week here at Camp Schodack to say the least! After a fun 10 days of orientation the staff could not wait for the buses to arrive.

Opening Day was filled with smiles and anticipation as we kicked off our 60th summer! As they took their first steps off the buses, campers were greeted with welcome signs and cheering counselors who immediately took them back to their bunks so everyone could start meeting each other. After tours of camp and name games by group, the traditional opening day meal of grilled cheese and tomato soup was served in the Dining Hall.


The afternoon was filled with swim tests, bunk photos and a welcome meeting with the Krouner family. After dinner was the Counselor Show with the whole camp in the Playhouse where our staff showed off their skills and passions through skits and performances and filled the night with laughter and cheering. There was a lot of talent on display, especially when our Head Staff showed us the “evolution of dance” in a skit where they demonstrated all the most popular dance moves from the past few decades! Paul and Matt’s version of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” with Linda on piano was also a big hit, as was the “the bean skit” where a group of staff replayed the same scene over and over with different accents and timing – it was hysterical. After such a full day, everyone was ready for night snack and bed so it was back to the bunks to turn in for the night.


It’s been an amazing start to Summer 2016. Talk to you all next week!