Monthly Archives: May 2017

Head Staff Announcement – Mike Palese!

We can’t wait to have “Hipster” Mike Palese back for his fourth summer at camp, third on head staff and first as an ACS! During the year, Mike conducts research for the Sonoma County Government to lower carbon emissions of county buildings and looks for the most effective alternative energy source for their government facilities. He has also been working on a research project to bring off-grid energy sources to small villages in Indonesia.

Mike can’t wait to be out in the sun all day this summer and to be returning to see all of his friends and to make new friends. This year Mike’s campers from his first summer will now be on staff with him so it will be a full-circle experience! 

Fun fact: Mike is red-green color blind!

Karen’s Korner – Clothing Exchange!

As you’re gearing up for summer camp packing, please remember our CLOTHING EXCHANGE. As in the past, the warmth and generosity of Schodack families has fueled the CLOTHING EXCHANGE – returning families offering out-grown Schodack clothing for other families to use. If you have gently-used clothing that your child has outgrown and that you’d like to donate to someone else, send me an email with the style/color/size and I’ll match it up with families looking for camp gear.

Then, simply pack the clothes in a plastic bag marked “clothing exchange” and pack it in your child’s duffel. When we unpack your camper’s duffels, we’ll take the donated clothing and distribute it as needed.

For those of you who are looking for camp clothing, send me an email with what you’re looking for (i.e. green zip-up sweatshirt, size youth small) and I’ll try to find a match. If I find a match I’ll let you know, and we’ll then make sure the clothes, cleaned and with your child’s name written inside, get to your child’s cubbies.

We’ll keep the extras washed and folded and ready for emergencies!

As many of you may remember, we offered a drop off/pick up of gently used Schodack gear at this year’s New York/New Jersey reunion, and it was a big hit! Thanks to all of you who participated!

Happy Packing!!


Guest Blog Post: Marcy Lief!

I can not put this off any longer, June is quickly approaching and I need to face my fears! Ok, here I go…I am going to take out the camp trunks, rummage through them and figure out needs to be replaced, what I need to buy, label, rewash, fumigate and try to get another summer out of. This year I am going to start early to ward off that, “How am I going to get this done” anxiety!

Year after year packing for camp became a project that I couldn’t help but get attached to. The allotted number of each clothing item is permanently stuck in my head as the items are being compiled. I sit with piles of socks and my sharpie for what seemed like hours. I take out my sewing box and name labels for the rest of the clothes. Blue for Brittney, black for Andrew and I sew away as I sing camp songs from my time at camp… Oh yes, I sew, old school! And once that is finished, I count each item over and over to ensure it’s within the limit.


Once everything is counted, I begin to place the items into the trunks and leave them unzipped once finished for any potential last-minute additions. On the day they are delivered a feeling of relief overwhelms me as if I took the final exam of the semester.




So as June approaches this year these feelings are resurfacing, however after 15 years I surrender my reign over the camp trunks as my children are now adults and onto other endeavors. I must admit I am going to miss this process! As every part of their childhood this seems to have flown by this had too. So when you and your child are discussing which type of sunscreen he or she wants to bring to camp, just pause and take in the moment because these years will fly by!


Head Staff Spotlight: Izzy McAree

The thing about being an international at camp, a British International at camp, is how unaware I was of what I was about to experience, the journey I had started, the obsession that had begun. Back in 2013, as an undergrad physical education student, spending my summer in America just seemed like a great way to fill in the gaps between each semester. Sure, I had heard about Camp America, s’mores, camp fires and star gazing, but nothing could’ve prepared me for the life-changing experience that Schodack has been. And yes, Camp Schodack changed my life, it’s dramatic I know, but if you know, you really do know and that’s what makes it so special. I can’t begin to summarize how I feel about 40 Krouner Road, and if you’re reading this having experienced a summer at camp, I know you’ll understand why. Amongst the green grass, perfect sunsets, gorgeous weather and plethora of sports, it is the wonderful Schodackians, both campers and staff, whose paths I have had the pleasure of crossing that have made camp the neverland I so adore. And I know you would all agree, that in one way or another, Schodack has changed your life too.

I’ve always found it amusing how camp makes the world feel so small yet so big all at once. No matter how many times I unexpectedly run into someone from camp, those huge oceans laying inconveniently between us (you and I) never feel bigger than in the cold winter months. It quickly become normal to have several different time zones on your radar, to say goodnight in the morning and to wake up inundated with messages from all corners of the world. Despite this, my ‘camp friends’ have taught me more about kindness and friendship than I could ever imagine. Friendships that survive not only the test of time but the thousands of miles often between us. It’s these friendships, built on green and white foundations of all things Camp Schodack, that allowed me to so easily fall in love with everything camp had to offer, and why, at 23 years old, I still can’t think of a better way to spend my summer than with firecrackers, roof tops and apache relays at the 12123.

As I reach my ‘blanket summer’, I feel a great sense of gratitude for having accidentally stumbled across the most fantastic place on earth. I am humbled everyday by the beautiful people I am proud to call my friends, who go about their day taking care of the Earth and treating people kindly. There isn’t a single day that I don’t think about camp and how so much of who I am today I attribute to the time I have spent at Schodack… because that’s the thing about camp, it gets ahold of your heart and never let’s go.