Education Sponsered by Our Chapter
First, I want to thank the Friends of Moreau State Park for inviting us to be a part of their Nature Fest on September 16th. We had a busy day interacting with individuals of all ages discussing Leave No Trace guidelines, with emphasis on waste timelines and the impact on wildlife and the environment that left behind "garbage" can leave. It was a pleasure to see how many cared!
Next, as our summer ends, so do the varied experiences enjoyed by those we sponsored for the DEC and ADK camperships. That means we are once again looking for more applications for the 2018 summer programs at Pack Forest, Camp Colby and on the selected trails of ADK stewardship.
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 at Colby will be 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 guides all activities, encouraging participation and respect among group members while
interpreting the natural world for 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 trips."
, just north of Warrensburg, offers camp sessions for both teens 14 to 17 years old and youth in the 11 to 13 age range.
"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 here that mirror those at Camp Colby.
ADK’s Teen Trail five day projects
are geared towards high school students (aged 14 to 17). This program, which relies upon 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 that 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 2017 program will be posted on our site as soon as available.
Following are some comments from some of this year's participants:
- Thanks for giving me this amazing experience ...We went fishing, we did archery, and even got to see a wild black bear ... Nicholas Wright
- I had so much fun. Every morning I went fishing on the lake. Also, one of my favorite activities was catching frogs ... Alec G. Aleva
- We played 3 games. They were "Sharks and Dolphins", "Predator-Pray" and "Oh Deer". I also learned how to tie knots.
I went swimming. I did the Polar Plunge every morning ...Alex Fingland (Thanks for sending your sample knots, Alex...nice job!)
ADK’s Teen Trail five day projects are geared towards high school students aged 14 to 17. This program, which relies upon 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 bars, how to harvest a tree using tools such as a crosscut saw and axe, or how to move boulders with a steel bar.
While this experience can be physically challenging, campers share in a fun and rewarding experience - forming new friendships and memories while
having the satisfaction of seeing a quality trail project completed by their trail crews. ADK provides campers with food, group camping gear,
tools and experienced leadership. Specific sites for the summer 2018 program will be posted on our site as soon as available.
A past participant remarked, "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
...When I am old enough, I hope to work for the Mountain Club. I'd love to be a teen trail crew leader. "
Application forms for all of these sponsorships may be downloaded using the "Application Forms" links from this web page.
When completed, send to:
18 Pine Ridge Road,
Hadley, NY 12835