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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 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!