Monthly Archives: August 2016

Summer Newsletter – Week 6!

Hello all!

I can’t believe this is the last newsletter of summer 2016…it’s amazing how the summer flies by. But not to worry, lots of fun things have been happening in the 12123!

Bunk Plaque Night was Saturday night. It was amazing listening to each bunk create a song about their summers and to see the new bunk plaques that will grace the Dining Hall Walls! Junior Camp melted everyone’s hearts with their singing voices and Middle Camp bunks were funny as can be with their creative bunk names. To end out the evening, the LT’s and Senior Camp rocked it with incredible performances. The CIT’s and Waiters ended in a tie for first place for Upper Camp….a crowd stunner!

Trip Day this week was a huge hit as we went to Six Flags and Saratoga with Ice Skating. That night, The LT’s put on their annual “LT Show.” It was a night of laughs as they entertained the camp with skits, songs, and talent! Some popular acts were “LT Classmates,” singing performances, and the CIT’s and Waiters doing each other’s Triple Crown dances! No one expected that!

Camp entering its final week can only mean one thing…Tribals has begun. In honor of Schodack’s 60th summer, the theme of the break was “Color War”, the original nickname for Tribals from back in the day. Each member of Head Staff took on the role of a different color and tried to change the camp colors from green and white to their own respective color. Check out how the “white” wall near the pools even got a facelift!


On Tuesday, the camp was in for the ultimate surprise during a Canteen break. Firecrackers sounded and we were all rushed to the main lawn. Our SPEC was all in purple (his chosen color) and promised that purple was the true color for Tribals. To prove it, he claimed to be able to make it rain purple from the sky. Suddenly, a plane emerged from the sky and before we knew it purple people were floating down toward camp! It was an awesome fake, as camp brought in professional sky divers to come and join the fun. But purple was not to be as Matt came out and announced that purple would never be the true color of Schodack.


DSC_9009Later that night, in a historic moment, Paul came to save the day! Explaining the importance of Green and White for camp tradition, all was restored as Michael Samuels (SPEC) and Paul broke the arrows, symbolizing the beginning of Tribals.


After the break, camp gathered in The Well to hear the reading of the teams. Congratulations to Shira Buchsbaum and Michael Schilinski the Generals for the Iroquois “Odyssey.” Also big congratulations to the Seminole “Shock” Generals Liza Matz and Jake Brandt.


We are looking forward to more all-camp events during Tribals such as Track Meet, Bucket Brigade, Apache Relay, and Sing. After that, it will be an incredible final few days of camp with Banquet, Celebration, Ultra-Leagues Finals, Burning of the Year, Yearbooks and much, much more.

Thank you all for reading this summer! It has been a blast sharing camp with you!

All the best,

Brittney Lief

Summer Newsletter – Week 5!

Hello all!

It has been a great week here in the 12123! This has been a jam-packed week of fun and excitement as we are cruising through the summer.

I want to fill you in on some of the all-camp events this past week:

Friday was a special night for Camp as the camp gathered for our weekly Services. This week’s story from Paul was the famous “Uncle Lou Hated Rocks” story! It is a crowd-pleaser, with lots of Camp Schodack history in it! Ask your children about it in your phone call this weekend.

There was also our annual Rock Paper Scissors Tournament for anyone who wanted to participate. The Garden was full of energy as everyone cheered on their friends as the field of players got smaller and smaller. There was new champion crowned – Chris ACS – the first time a member of Head Staff has ever won the event!

We finally had some rain this week, but it certainly didn’t stop the fun! We had an all-camp Rainy Day Activity in the Playhouse – our traditional “Odds and Evens” event! The Whole Camp gathered to see who had the best luck. Dressed in his famous purple onesie, Owen tossed two large die in the air while the whole camp had to guess if the combined numbers would be odd or even. The winner, after guessing correctly for every single round while the whole camp cheered them on, won a prize for their bunk. It was a great escape from the rain with everyone dancing to music in between rounds.

Our weekly theme meal was “Country/Western Night!” All the tables were covered with red and white plaid tablecloths and the camp chowed down on pulled beef brisket sandwiches on pretzel buns with cornbread! Keeping with the theme, our Leadership Trainees (LT’s) had a Hillbilly themed-day for Challenge Day. They competed in relay races and a chili cook-off competition! Middle Boys also had a similar day, as they dressed like cowboys in the afternoon and had a western-themed afternoon searching for gold!

In activity news:

Exciting things are happening at Hockey as the camper-counselor tournament has been a big hit. Lots of teams have been competing across all ages of camp.

Ultra Leagues are really heating up too as we get nearer to the Playoffs. In basketball and soccer, those who signed-up to play in our more competitive sports league are playing their hearts out. It’s exciting to see who will make it to the championship round.

At Campers Choice, there have been a lot of fun, extra activities being offered! Creative Writing has been a great place for campers to write poems or short stories that get published in the Scoop, our camp newspaper! Fishing has also been a great way for our anglers to get some action. During Campers Choice, campers can sign up to catch fish at the lake! And of course the ever-popular Outdoor Cooking continues full steam ahead. Campers love cooking pizza pitas, banana boats, Belgian waffle sundaes and guacamole…just to name a few!

Trip Day:

On Tuesday this week, Junior and Middle went bowling and to a movie while Upper Camp went mini-golfing and to a movie. Our LT’s had a great three days in Montreal! This two-night trip was an amazing time for the LT’s and highlights included exploring Old Montreal, Jet Boating on the St. Lawrence River and visiting the La Ronde Amusement Park!

Everyone is practicing for tomorrow night’s “Bunk Plaque Night,” our final Triple Crown event of the summer. Each bunk will sing a song about the incredible summer they have had and show off a plaque representing their bunk name. Wish them luck!

I’ve included another copy of our daily newspaper from this past week below. Hope you enjoy it and I’ll catch you all next week!


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