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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!!