Education Sponsered by Our Chapter
The Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is seeking applicants in the 11 to 17 age group to
sponsor for the 2017 camp season. The chapter pays the $350 fee for selected youths to spend a week at either of DECís
environmental camps, Colby near Saranac Lake or Pack Forest just above Warrensburg.
For those in the older age range who prefer a more rugged experience which includes five days out in the woods with hands-on
experience learning the ins and outs of trail maintenance, ADKís headquarters offers its own Teen Trail program. Selected
applicants here will have a choice of five possible locations which in the past included the High Peaks area, portions of
the Northville-Placid Trail and the Lake George area, though several other areas fall into consideration dependent upon need.
DEC applications must be in by December 21st as DEC is opening up its registration in January and acceptance will be on a first come,
first served basis and registration must be done by the chosen candidate.
Application forms for all of these sponsorships may be downloaded using the "Application Forms" links from this web page
and when completed, send to:
18 Pine Ridge Road,
Hadley, NY 12835
The Lake Colby Environmental Education Camp, for youth aged 11 to 13, is located on the western shore of Lake Colby, just outside the Village of Saranac Lake.
The DEC website promises a week filled with fun and adventure, noting that "campers participate in a discovery group while at camp, completing six lessons ranging
from group dynamics to field, forest, and pond explorations, to a study of human impact. Group members learn science, solve challenges, play games, keep a journal,
catch salamanders, net butterflies and discover the interconnectedness of life on earth. College-educated counselor staff guide all activities, encouraging
participation and respect, while interpreting the natural world for the campers. Additionally, campers choose from a variety of optional activities throughout
the week that introduce them to outdoor pursuits and pastimes. Experiences include fishing, canoeing, archery, exploring a bog, and overnight camping."
Pack Forest, just north of Warrensburg, offers camp sessions for both teens, from 14 to 17 years old, and youth, aged 11 to 13. "Sessions offer the older campers
a chance to explore forestry, aquatic biology, wildlife management, field ecology, and other environmental issues. Workshop attendees learn about professional
forestry techniques, such as the use of Biltmore sticks and increment borers. The program emphasizes group dynamics and teamwork as essential to the environmental
decision-making process. Staff encourages interaction, communication, and cooperation as campers seek solutions to group challenge activities. Students also discover
their individual strengths and abilities. In addition to advanced outdoor workshops, Pack Forest campers participate in exhilarating, out-of-camp canoeing or
backpacking trips in the beautiful Adirondacks. Optional activities during the week include fly fishing, hiking, swimming, shooting sports, and orienteering."
Youths, ages 11 to 13, can share in activities that mirror those at Camp Colby.
ADK's Teen Trail five day projects
ADK's Teen Trail five-day projects are geared towards high school students (aged 14 to 17). This program, which relies on the key elements of teamwork and shared
responsibility, focuses on educating participants on the ways and means of trail maintenance. Participants may learn such skills as how to properly install water
devices such as water bars, how to harvest a tree using tools such as a crosscut saw and axe, or how to use boulders with a steel bar. Through the course of a trail
project, which can be physically challenging, campers share in a fun and rewarding experience while forming new friendships and memories. Ultimately a quality trail
project is completed by trail crews and it will protect the natural resource for many years. ADK provides campers with food, group camping gear, tools, and
experienced leadership. Specific sites for the summer 2016 program will be posted on our site as soon as available.
Campership recipient Walker Caffry-Randall had this to say about his experience and provided us with a photo as proof ... "I had a lot fun this year and I enjoyed
learning about making wooden bridges. It was especially cool because we felled the tree on site. I feel like my skills have really increased now that I have
had a project with stone and a project with logs. I have had so much fun I hope to be on a crew every summer. When I am old enough, I hope to work for the
Adirondack Mountain Club. I'd love to be a teen trail crew leader."