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Karen’s Korner – Meet and Greets!

Gatherings from Virginia to NYC to Boston marked our first weekend of Schodack “Meet and Greets,” our community-based events designed to bring current, new and prospective Schodack families together for an afternoon of fun! From the Starnut Gourmet Coffee shop in McLean, Virginia, to the Hippo Park Playground in Manhattan, to Panera Bread in Brookline, MA, our “Meet and Greets” were a popular destination for returning and new families alike!

Here are a few photos from this past weekend’s events. Keep an eye out for info about our Meet and Greets coming soon to Scarsdale, Westfield, NJ, and Brooklyn. Stop by for some treats, schmooze with new and returning families, and feel free to bring friends who’d like to learn more about us! Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement about raffle winners at the NYC Meet and Greet – up for grabs was some Schodack gear, an Amazon gift card, an “extra night of canteen for your bunk,” and a “first to cookout” award for a lucky winner and his or her bunkmates!















































































We hope you will join us at the next Meet and Greet!!




Karen’s Korner – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Happy Halloween!!

While the story of Halloween originates in Celtic and Christian lore, the modern day

American version is more about community, candy and parties than ghosts and

goblins. As a kid growing up in the suburbs, Halloween activities for me included

bobbing for apples, dressing up in homemade costumes, going to parties and

parading around the neighborhood with my brothers. As a mom in Manhattan,

Halloween means taking my kids into stores on Broadway, and climbing

down from the top floor of an apartment building, knocking on the doors that have

some sort of Halloween sign to indicate they are giving candy. Both then and now,

Halloween meant filling pumpkin-shaped baskets with candy, trading with siblings for

favorite treats, and then rationing the junk food for weeks after. Here’s what some

of our Schodack campers have to say about Halloween in their neighborhood:


Lila Podgainy, high-schooler in Manhattan, writes: At my school, NEST+M, you

are allowed to wear your costume to school the day of Halloween or the Friday

before it happens. The nice teachers give you candy at the end of their class. When I

was younger, I went to my Grandma’s big apartment building and knocked on all the

doors that said they were giving candy. We would climb at least 30 flights of stairs!

Also, on the Upper East Side, they close of some streets (near where my Grandma

lives) and we would walk around over there. Now because I’m older, I go to a

friend’s Halloween party instead of trick-or-treating. My favorite treat to get

would have to be butterfingers or the gummy crabby patties from SpongeBob.


Josie Hoeber, Middle Camper, from Los Angeles, CA writes: This year me and my family decorated my whole house, and we also went to a pumpkin patch. I am having

a party with a bunch of friends, and we are all going trick or treating together. We

are all wearing animal onesies, and they look very cute! My favorite candy is all of

the king sized Twix bars! Happy Halloween!


Isabel and Maya Goldberg, Super Seniors, wrote about memories from trick or

treating in Connecticut: The last Halloween in Connecticut that we can remember,

we were dressed as a teddy bear (Isabel) and Clifford the Big Red Dog (Maya). We

walked down Main Street in Ridgefield, CT, and our house was decorated with

pumpkins. We went door to door trick or treating, and there was always this one

house that was super decorated and they had the best candy – big chocolate bars.

Favorite candy: Isabel: Skittles; Maya: Kit Kat.


Here’s to all you of trick or treating, handing out candy or just eating some…have a

fun Halloween!!

Karen’s Korner – Schodack Meetups

untitledSchodack Sightings started a few years back in response to the number of Schodack campers I would run into on the streets of Manhattan during the year. This latest one – a picture of three Senior 2 girls – is particularly appealing, as it was a random meet-up during a matinee performance of “School of Rock,” the day before school began. All it took was an intermission email from one of the girls – “I’m at School of Rock” – for all three to realize they were at the same performance!

It’s fun to post pictures on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. – but there can be a downside to the impulse to share these moments with the world. We’ve all seen the party and sleepover pics that are a painful reminder to those not invited that they were left out. When everyone isn’t included, feelings are bound to be hurt.

We love and encourage camper get-togethers during the year – what can be better than a sleepover with camp friends?! – and we know how hard it is to invite everyone, every time. But we hope that the message we share throughout the summer – be kind, be inclusive, be thoughtful – continues throughout the off-season, and that Schodack campers make an effort to include all of their bunkmates in get-togethers. We know sometimes this is impossible and/or impractical, but sometimes it’s just as easy to invite everyone, and in those instances, we hope your camper will do just that. An upside is it will make posting those photos that much easier!

Parents play a big role in this, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about any of this. We appreciate all your help in keeping all of our campers feeling loved and cherished by all their Schodack family!



Karen’s Korner: Clothing Exchange at the NY-area Winter Reunion!!




Taking It To A New Level!

As many of you know, we have offered a CLOTHING EXCHANGE over the last few years for out-grown Schodack gear. Through the warmth and generosity of Schodack families, we have been able to recycle Schodack clothing by arranging for families to send too-small Schodack gear with their duffles, which we then re-distribute as requested to new and returning families. You get to clear your drawers of outgrown clothing and exchange them for more appropriate sizes!


For Summer 2016, we’d like to offer an easier way to donate/receive Schodack clothing. At this year’s NY/NJ winter reunion we will provide a table where you can donate/pick up CLEAN, STILL-WEARABLE Schodack clothing.  Bring your outgrown Schodack clothes, and feel free to take what you can use for next summer!  Whatever remains behind will be brought to camp and distributed through our traditional spring CLOTHING EXCHANGE for returning and new families.

We appreciate your help in recycling Schodack gear and hope you will participate! See you at the reunion!

Karen’s Korner – 2015 Clothing Exchange!!!!



Once again, the warmth and generosity of Schodack families has fueled the CLOTHING EXCHANGE – many of you have written to offer 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, with your child’s name written inside, get to your child’s cubbies.

We’ll keep the extras washed and folded and ready if we need them!


Happy Packing!!