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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 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 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!


Brand New – See Our Latest Additions!

Exciting new things are always happening at Schodack and we are thrilled to share some of the fantastic facility additions our campers will experience this summer. Let’s Go Summer 2016!!!!

We completely resurfaced our Street Hockey Court and Junior Camp Playground! These new, state-of-the-art playing surfaces are beautiful and provide for terrific, safe play-ability. The Hockey Court is a 2-year project – after using it this summer we will be taking down the current boards and installing a brand new system for 2017!







Our work in the bunks continued in full force this year and we finished complete, gut-renovations of G5, G6 and B2 (as well as lots of smaller renovations in many other bunks). The new layouts are bright, airy and spacious and our campers and staff love them.

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Welcome to Camp Schodack! Yes, we have a newly improved and gorgeous camp entrance – all visitors will be welcomed here and it has already become an iconic spot for pictures!

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We did a total upgrade of our Baseball/Softball field including a new backstop, new fenced-in 3rd base line (with bleachers, not pictured), all new red-clay dirt and new infield dimensions. Play Ball!!!



We’ve added a new, super-duty model to our ever-expanding fleet of Scho-Karts. Campers will love to zip around our track in these new whips – they have increased seating room for a super comfy ride.


The Rec Hall, one of the most beloved buildings on camp, has undergone a major facelift. The Tribals Plaques are back up (now in chronological order) and we improved the floorplan to add some square-footage. Lots of history in this room…glad we gave it some love in time for our 60th Reunion!!


Clothing Exchange 2016!!




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 duffle. 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!!