2023 Summer Camp Log Week 2

Jul 08, 2023

Hello from the Best Summer Camp Ever! 


We have been enjoying the most beautiful weather in the Adirondacks. Campers have been taking in the gorgeous scenery while out on their trips and right here at Woodcraft. At camp, our waterfront has been very busy. Woodcrafters are working on patches at swimming and boating, and we’re noticing lots of cool jumps and dives into Lake Kan-ac-to. Add a little music and some ice pops to cool everyone down and you have yourself a summer camp beach party. It was a lot of fun!


Some highlights since we last wrote: Our last pizza night was a big success. Pepperoni, vegetarian, Hawaiian and supreme were some favorites along with the salad bar which was colorful and full. Once everyone was fueled up it was off to Field O for all-camp blob tag. Everyone brought their best camp spirit,  and campers and counselors were cruising around laughing and having the best time. At the end of the game, we had happy but dirty campers on our hands. What to do when there’s a power outage and showers before bed are not possible? No problem! Everyone hit the lake for an evening swim to cool off and clean up. By the next morning, the power was back on and we jumped right into Woodcraft’s 4th of July celebrations. Face painting, water balloon tossing, boat decorating, dodge ball, and a frog jumping contest filled the day and our big bonfire on the Field of Dreams lasted well into the evening.


Trips have been a great success. The Auroras spent three nights out and trekked to Middle Settlement. Although the weather was up and down, they kept their spirits high which was evident in their trip report to ABBA’s S.O.S. tune. Best trip report so far! IV did a great job on their two night backpacking adventure to Queer and Cascade lakes — we’re really proud of them for showing great stamina. Our Hadarondahs ventured out for two nights and had a beautiful trip to Blue Mountain Lake and Castle Rock. Outpost went to "Outpost Island" by canoe and did a fantastic job paddling and making camp. The Wenonahs set out on a combination canoe and hiking trip as well, and spent two nights at Russian Lake where there were apparently very many butterflies! Our Rangers returned yesterday from their two night trip to Clear Pond and Treadway Mountain.  They came back with big smiles but also indicated that it was not a walk in the park! Trail Campers returned today from their three night canoe trip from Long Lake to Tupper Lake. They came back with plenty of enthusiasm and tricks of how to canoe when you’re one paddle short. What do all trips have in common? Woodcrafters exploring the beautiful, forever-wild Adirondack Park, and returning with stronger bonds, greater confidence, and new resilience.


This Sunday marks the beginning of our 5 week camp session and we look forward to welcoming everyone for arrival between 12pm-2pm. Our Rookie Campers departed today and we’d like to thank them for joining us for their portion of the summer at Woodcraft. We absolutely loved having them here and are very proud of their accomplishments. A message for our Rookies: We miss you already and can’t wait to see you in 2024! 


That’s all for now. Call to Quarters just sounded through camp… time to head back and get ready for bed. Goodnight from Woodcraft!


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