Monthly Archives: December 2018

2019 Head Staff Announcement – ACS

We are excited to announce that none other than Kristyn Bennet will return to continue her role from this past summer as Activity Counselor Supervisor.

Kristyn has been at Schodack for a 3 years and has been a pool counselor, was Head Pool in 2017 (along with being a Tribals General!) and then joined the Head Staff as an ACS this past summer. Kristyn brings incredibly valuable experience and knowledge of our activities to Camp and we are thrilled to have her back.

We asked Kristyn to tell us why Camp is so important to her and why she keeps coming back…

 

Hey, hi, hello Camp Schodack  My name is Kristyn and Iʼm so excited to be heading back to camp again in 2019! I would never have thought four years ago when I took a chance to travel across the world to somewhere strange and new that it would become one of my favorite places in the entire world where I would return year after year!

My first couple of years spent pool side were amazing (cold mornings and a few green moments included) but getting to experience so many new sides of camp last year as an ACS was like discovering camp all over again with new eyes and it brought a new level of excitement to the magic I already love about camp. This is why Iʼm so excited to be returning to the role again next summer! Though many of you are wishing the winter days away so we get closer to camp and the hot summer weather, over here in Sydney it isnʼt too different from camp, which always reminds me of all the amazing times and memories of last summer. The downside is that it also makes me miss all the people responsible for my American summers being incredible. Its those times that make me even more excited for the summer of 2019 to come!

Here are some of my favorite memories from the last amazing Schodack summer:

 

1. Tribals Break

Being a part of the secrets and surprises that comes with the fakes and break of tribals was one of the most fun and exciting things I have been apart of. Seeing the excitement it brought so many campers and staff made it even better! From food fights, roof battles, cookie crushing and finally the 1am break, itʼs something I was so happy I got to be a part of and bring that magic to everyone!

Kristyn on the HC roof during a Tribals fake

2. Daily activities

As I said before, getting to go around to all the activities I had not fully experienced at camp before was a highlight of my summer. Not only for the activities but for all the different bunks I got to do those activities with. I loved that I could go from Junior to Senior camp and always have the best time at every activity.

3. Triple Crown Events

I love watching all the different events during the summer (though Lip Sync is probably my fav). Triple Crown days bring a certain amount of excitement to camp and getting to see all campers give so much energy to their acts with their counsellors cheering them along makes sitting in the PlayHouse on warm, summer days worth every second.

4. Canada

I was lucky enough to get to go along on the LT Canada trip last summer and Iʼm so happy I got the experience. Not only because it was a new place I got to see (not to mention jet boating was incredible) but I was so glad I got to get to know all the LTs so well and form bonds that I would not of had otherwise. Iʼm also so excited to see some of them on staff this year and do an amazing job!

5. Burning of the Year

All the hugs, tears, signing year books and listening to different people talk about what Schodack means to them is why this is one of my favorite nights of the summer. Even though it brought the end of camp, watching the 2018 burn as I think about the amazing summer I have had always makes me happy and so thankful for every moment.

Look forward to seeing you all very soon and doing all over again in 2019!!

 

Kristyn is currently working as a nanny and studying social entrepreneurship in Sydney, Australia. We are very excited that she is able to return and complete another summer at Schodack.

2019 Head Staff Announcement – ACS

We are very excited to announce that long-time Schodack favorite, Lewis Fear will be joining our Head Staff team as an Activity Counselor Supervisor for summer 2019.

Lewis is known to everyone on Camp for having taken care of our waterfront program as Head Lake for the past 6 years. He is also joining the rarified company of international staff to return to Schodack for more than 5 years. Amazing!!! Lewis will be bringing his energy, experience and passion for Camp to the Head Staff team this year.

We asked Lewis to let us know his favorite memories of Camp and to share the reasons that he keeps coming back year after year…

Hello campers, staff, parents and alumni, my name is Lewis Fear, or as I have been known for the past 6 summers, Lewis Lake.

I came to camp in the summer of 2013 after I met Matt earlier in London at a Camp America hiring fair. When he met a young, short hair, no beard, fresh faced Lewis not knowing what to expect, both of us never of thought I would be returning to camp for my 7th year in a new role as ACS. For 6 years I was down at the lake soaking in the Schodack sun and watching some incredibly talented campers waterskiing, wakeboard and slalom. For the last 4 years I have been the head of the lake program. Now after these wonderful years at the lake, I am going to try on my land legs instead of my sea legs, so to speak. 

A fresh faced Lewis (on the left) at the London fair after meeting Matt for the first time

I’ve  been lucky enough to have the same boys from Super Junior until recently when they are now on staff and I can’t wait to see the great work they will do this year. Words cannot describe how excited I am for this summer in my new role, there will be so many differences from the lake to being on camp all day…for one, when it’s a bit hot I cannot take a quick dip in the lake to cool off! But that’s ok!

Top 5 things I love about camp:

1. Seeing Campers achieve their goals

I honestly think one of the greatest parts about camp is seeing how excited a camper and their bunk mates get when one or all of them achieve something new which could be the first attempt or the 100th. The excitement shown is always the same, it brings me a lot of pride seeing them achieve their goals.

Lewis with campers at the LT Carnival

2. Down time with your bunk

As an Activity Counselor you get given a bunk who you eat meals with, do OD with and evening activities with also. These times are some of the funniest moments possible when you, your bunk staff and your kids are just having fun, creating personal jokes and close bonds with the campers and staff.

3. Being with your CAIL bunk

My CAIL bunk. I am lucky enough to have the same group of amazing boys who were called Chippewa boys. I was with them from Super Junior until they graduated the LT program. I have never been more proud of a group of boys than this bunch. I am looking forward to see them on staff this summer.

Lewis (far right in red) with the Waiters ahead of Bunk Plaque Night this summer

4. Tribals

Tribals has been a huge amount of fun every year at camp and after being 2-day general in 2015 I have been itching to be involved in creating the magic that is tribals.

5. The Lake

I must say the Lake is my home away from home. I love the lake program in all its glory. From the old lake to the new one I will miss the lake but am excited to go in a new direction this summer and enjoy a whole new side of Schodack.

Last note I am so excited for this summer and seeing all the friendly faces of returners and to meet all you new campers and staff member who are reading this

See you all soon – Lewis

Lewis is currently working as an Au Pair in New York with one of our Schodack families. He has a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge about Schodack that will be invaluable in this new role. We are very excited that Lewis is joining the team again next summer.

Winter Reunion & Mystery Boxes

It can be easy to take your Camp friends for granted these days, especially with all the modern ways to stay connected. But nothing beats the experience of being face-to-face and bonding about things that only your Schodack family can truly understand.

This was in full display on December 1st when we held our annual Winter Reunion at Sportime USA. We could not have had a better time. There were the usual camp antics – tons of playing and laughing, standing/sitting in a circle, and talking about Camp-related things that you’ve been dreaming of for months since the busses rolled out.

Matt, Paul and Karen held their parent meeting and talked about lots of amazing new things that will be happening at Camp. This included exciting future developments the Krouner’s have been putting together for 2019 and beyond (no spoilers here though, you’ll have to wait and see!).

There were also LT and Super Senior meetings with Owen to get everyone excited for the summer. We can’t wait for this group to be our leaders of camp this summer! Lots of parents and campers were curious to ask more about the Super Senior Program since it only happens every other year.

In other news, many of you chose to purchase the Holiday Mystery Boxes that were launched by the Schodack Campership Initiative (SCI) and Alumni Association this year.

The boxes were a huge success, selling out faster than we could have imagined. We’ve seen some awesome pictures of campers enjoying the exclusive Schodack swag that was hidden inside! Most importantly, thousands of dollars were raised for SCI, to help give the gift of camp to deserving children.

Keep an eye out for more SCI news and surprises in the coming months. They are always looking for new ways to help bring the joy of Schodack to young people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. Feel free to be in touch if you’d like more information about getting involved with this wonderful cause.

Some of the staff in London at their annual Winter Reunion

All in all it has been a wonderful start to the winter for us here at Schodack. Even after all these years, we are amazed by how much fun and excitement can be squeezed into a short gathering like the reunion and it definitely left us wanting more time all together and longing for Summer 2019. 

Until then, we always enjoy seeing photos and hearing stories from your get-togethers throughout the year. So please, please, please keep telling us what you’re up to and when you get together with your Camp friends. We love staying connected all year longSpeaking of which, some of our British staff just held their annual Winter Reunion this past weekend and sent some awesome pics along as you can see above!

 

Fall Fest, Meets & Greets and Head Staff Updates!

 

Camp during the height of Fall

Lots was still happening throughout September, October and November in the world of Schodack (we really are the Camp that never stops). In fact, there has been so much that we are just now finally able to sit and tell you all about them in this latest Blog. Read on to find out more about what the we’ve been up to this fall…

Fall Fest

First off we held a bigger-and-better-than-ever Fall Fest celebration. Despite the rain and the cold air, a huge number of you came out to visit with us at Camp. We had games set up all over with basketball, corn-hole and a quarter back toss all on the lawn between the Garden and Playhouse. 

 

This was also the setting for our giant, inflatable jack ‘o’ lantern that doubled up as a bouncy castle. The bouncy castle was really cool, but the highlight activity was the pumpkin decorating organized by none-other than Paul Krouner. Our decorating stations had everything from vegetables to arts & crafts supplies to make the most creative pumpkins you can imagine.

 

The Lodge in the height of Fall

It wouldn’t be a Schodack event without delicious food, so we brought in Yanni Too’s incredible food truck who was with us for the whole day. Our Maintenance Team took kids out on hay rides and the live music filled the air courtesy of Hot Tuesday, a local gypsy jazz band who were playing hot! 

 

 

Hot Tuesday performing in the Playhouse and Yanni’s food truck

Most people came just to soak up time at Schodack during the fall and catch-up with Camp friends, but some also stopped by Goold’s Orchard for their 30th annual Apple Festival and Craft Show.

It was a fantastic day and we already know that next years’ will be even bigger and better…fingers crossed a little warmer and less rain!

 

Meet & Greets

Each year we host ‘Meet and Greet’ events in the fall and spring as a great opportunity for new and existing families to come together and talk about all things Schodack. Sometime people bring their friends to learn more about Schodack too!

So far we’ve had events in Westchester and on the Upper West Side in NYC where lots of you came out to see Camp friends and hang out. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did! Keep an eye out for more Meet and Greets starting again in February…New Jersey, Manhattan, CT, Westchester and Massachusetts we are looking at you!

 

One of our ‘Meet & Greet’ events

Head Staff Updates

October and November included lots of exciting Head Staff additions for 2019. Our Head Staff team is so important to us and Owen is making sure we have the absolute best people for these positions!

We are thrilled that all our Division Heads are officially in for 2019. Each of them has written their own Blog post so we encourage you to click through our older posts to read about each of their favorite memories of last summer and the many reasons they keep coming back to Schodack year after year.

In addition to our DH’s we have Josh Baker returning as SPEC and some more very exciting Head Staff announcementscoming out in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for more about our Activity Counselor Supervisors (ACS) and Leadership Trainee Coordinators (LTC)

 

2019 Division Heads

So there you are…we have just about caught up with everything that has happened over the past 6-8 weeks, with the exception of our Winter Reunion, the London Staff Reunion and probably a million other things but you’ll have to wait until our next blog post to find out more!