Monthly Archives: December 2016

2017 Head Staff Announcement – Division Heads!

We are BEYOND excited to announce this next group of our Leadership Team! Our Division Heads play a huge role in making sure each Schodack camper has the summer of their lives. We could not be more proud of this talented group and can’t wait to see them in action at camp!


Adam Berg is back for his impressive 15th summer at camp and first as a division head! During the year he lives in Boston and attends Emerson College where he is working toward his master’s degree in creative writing. In his free time he can be found writing, drawing, reading and singing karaoke!

He is most excited to be back at camp where he can see the view of camp from the top of the climbing tower, seeing his previous campers and also meeting all of the new campers!

Fun fact: Adam and his brother, Ethan, have an elaborate handshake that’s about twelve years old now!



We are excited to have Ciara “Gooi” Ooi back for her 5th summer at camp and 4th as a division head! During the year she has been traveling and living in London and currently she is doing a ski season in the French Alps!

“Gooi” is counting down the days until she receives her five-year blanket and can’t wait to be back playing elaborate games of bunny bunny!

Fun fact: “Gooi” can wiggle both of her ears independently of each other!


We are happy to have Pharoah Sutton-Jackson back for his 10th summer at camp (dedication summer!) and first as a division head! During the year he attends Syracuse University where he is studying for his degree in pre-law philosophy! In his free time, Pharoah can be found weight training and playing basketball!

Pharoah can’t wait to get back to camp and enjoy his favorite meal, Chicken McSchodack!

Fun fact: Even though Pharoah is allergic to cats, he is still a devout cat lover. He lives with two brothers from the same litter, Kobe and Billy!


We can’t wait to have Dani MacKay back for her 6th summer at camp and 5th as a division head! During the year she is a Classroom Interpreter for a pre-kindergarten Deaf and Hard of Hearing class in Orlando, Florida!

Dani is looking forward  to games of roof ball off the Jerry-K roof, seeing both new and returning campers and checking out the view from the corral hill!

Fun fact: Dani has never read or seen any of the Harry Potter books or films! What?!?!?


We’re excited to have Josh Baker back for his 4th summer at camp and second as a division head! During the year Josh lives and works with one of the Schodack families in New York as their au pair or ‘bro pair’, which is a term he coined!

Josh can’t wait to be back at camp for ‘The walk’ to services, which is one of his favorite parts of the week! His favorite camp meal is on the 4th of July when delicious burgers are served!

Fun fact: Josh only planned on coming to camp for one summer and then going home to start a job in London, however 3 years later he is living in New York looking forward to another wonderful summer!

We are ecstatic to have Allie Johnson back for her 6th summer at camp and 5th as a division head! During the year she is a 4th-grade teacher in San Antonio, Texas and loves exploring the city of San Antonio!

She can’t wait to be back at camp where she loves watching the sun hit the soccer field trees, which makes them glow during third camper’s choice! She also can’t wait for the awesome theme-night dinners served by the LTs!

Allie has already begun counting down the days until camp begins and is excited to see everyone back at her favorite place in the world!

Fun fact: In 2014, Kelsey Didion was Allie’s stunt double for a Tribals break!

Guest Parent Blog – A Story from Last Summer

Surprise Bracelet Makes its Way to Mom…Minus a Stamp!

Last summer was Ben’s first summer at Schodack, first summer away. I was missing him so much and the letters I was receiving didn’t exactly include all the information I was hoping for. The long awaited first letter literally said, “Dear Parents – I love Camp. From Ben.” The 2nd letter was more of the same, “Dear Mom – Camp is awesome. I can’t find my stamps. Love Ben.” I was thrilled that he loved camp but wanted more detail and emotion than I was getting from the letters.

About a week later I received an envelope that was a little thicker. When I opened it, the most beautiful bracelet fell into my hands. The note was written in Ben’s distinct, minimalist style, “Dear Mom – I bought this bracelet for you. Love you.” I found out later that Ben had gone to Howe Caverns on a camp trip. Instead of using the money his counselor had given him for a snack or souvenir, he bought me the bracelet. As I was enjoying his unselfish love, I realized how lucky I was to even have received the letter at all. Turns out, Ben never put a stamp on it! (see letter #3 below). He mailed the letter without postage, but somehow it still made its way to me!




We were told this at the winter reunion and wanted to share this lovely camp story!

Reunion Recap!

I had such a wonderful time seeing so many campers and parents at our NY/NJ Winter Reunion last weekend. Our reunions are always a highlight for me during the winter months – it reminds me how special Camp Schodack friendships are and how enjoyable it is to get time with our families. This year in particular, it also just made me pumped looking ahead to next summer!

I was thrilled to announce some of the new things, both facility and program-related, for next summer too:

*Total renovations in the following bunks: B, B1, B3, B4, G1, G2, G3, G7 and the Icehouse! That’s right…all of those bunks will look brand new for next summer. Also, significant upgrades in the Water Bunk and CIT Lodge as well.

*The Hockey Court will be finished with all new boards and will be a gorgeous new area for playing.

*Lots of beautiful new plantings and trees all around camp for beautification and increased shady areas to sit.

*Brand new for next summer, we will be bringing in CrossFit Kids instructors for any campers who want some extra exercise and fun with working out!

*Path to Rhythm – a program that leads hands-on and dynamic drum circles – will be coming to Schodack for the first time and all campers will get to drum along!

*We have installed giant new fans (and we do mean GIANT) in the Playhouse which will help keep everyone cool during our smoking hot Triple Crown events throughout the summer.

*We are excited to expand our Ultra Leagues Program next summer too. We are adding additional sports to the program and will be announcing more on this soon!

That is just some of what we have in store…stay tuned for more announcements throughout the year. Thanks everyone for joining us at the Reunion and I cannot wait for June!





2017 Head Staff Announcement – Activity Counselor Supervisors (ACS’s)

Chris and Izzy with Doug!

We are very excited to announce the return of this group of Head Staff Members for next summer…the ACS’s! This great duo did incredible work last summer and we are very excited to have them back for what will be another very successful summer at our activity areas! Welcome back Izzy and Chris!










We are so lucky to have Izzy back for her fifth summer at Schodack (blanket summer!) and her third as an ACS! During the year, Izzy is a high school physical education teacher in England and she dreams daily about being in the Amphitheater for services and listening to one of Paul’s stories! Izzy loves sports and even from across the pond is always watching games of her favorite teams, the New York Giants and Yankees!

Izzy can’t wait to get back in the dining hall to hear all of the great bunk cheers and to eat her favorite camp meal, chicken nuggets with bbq sauce and honey!




Returning for his fourth summer overall and second on head staff as an ACS, we are excited to have Chris help lead our activity areas again this summer! During the year, Chris studies computer science and law in Scotland and wishes he had his favorite canteen item, frozen Sour Patch Watermelon by his side while studying!

He can’t wait to be back at Schodack and especially for third camper’s choice, when a slight drop in temperature after dinner makes it the perfect time to play tennis, practice his swing at golf or watching his Purple Reign Ultra Leagues team’s games!

Fun fact: Chris is our defending camp-wide rock, paper, scissors champion!