Woodcraft's 100th Summer!

Mar 25, 2024

Here’s to Woodcraft 100!

A Woodcraft Alumni Reunion, August 15-18, 2024


June 29, 2024 marks the beginning of Adirondack Woodcraft Camps’ 100th Summer, and 100th Year! What an incredible honor it is to preserve this important piece of Adirondack history, nestled between the towns of Old Forge and Inlet in upstate New York in the forever wild Adirondack Park. Chief Abbot had a vision for Woodcraft and we know he would be proud to see camp flourish into the future. Please join us in celebrating & supporting Adirondack Woodcraft Camps during this incredible milestone. Click on the above link for information and read on if you have more time. As always, please reach out to us with any questions at all.

Yours Sincerely,

Doug & Christina Bartlett & Family

Office: 315-369-6031




Letter From The Directors:

Spring 2024

Dear Woodcrafters,

We will never forget our first footsteps around Woodcraft when we followed Woodcraft Director Emeritus, John Leach, around snowy camp with our young kids and sled in tow. Woodcraft’s forests, fields, and lakes spoke their own magical tale as we wound around large white pines and between the camp cabins. John, who has become a trusted mentor & friend and who lead camp together with his brother Dave for many years, brought camp history to life as he shared about Chief Abbot’s vision when Chief first found himself wondering about a future summer camp in this wild and pristine setting between the two lakes of Ka-nac-to and Te-jec-na.

7 years later, we continue to step around Woodcraft with careful respect for the magic and meaning it holds for the Adirondack Woodcraft Camp community. Taking over from the Leach family to continue Chief’s vision has been an adventure in the truest sense of the word! While the vision for Woodcraft is bright and beautiful, working toward it most frequently requires getting elbow deep in grit and courage. Of course as all Woodcrafters know, the challenges along the way tend to make every view that much sweeter. 

We have many organizations like LivingADK, Adirondack Bank, Mohawk Valley SBDC, and Herkimer County IDA and individuals to thank for their support thus far and all of our campers, parents, staff members, alumni and friends are a part of that. A special note as well to our NY Forest Rangers and the NYSDEC who do so much to preserve and protect our wild spaces, and help us safely explore them. Thank you!

100 summers is a milestone that many summer camps have never seen, or will never experience, and we couldn’t be prouder. Adirondack Woodcraft Camps’ mission is to inspire young people to become resilient, kind, and skilled leaders who care for each other and the natural world around them. Whether it’s swimming in the pure water of Lake Ka-nac-to, climbing to the top of a pine-rimmed summit, learning to shoot archery, rappelling the rock wall, finding & crafting with natural resources, taking that shot at soccer, zipping through the trees, paddling the Moose River, singing at campfire, casting a line, building a one match fire, biking the trails, encouraging a fellow camper to take a chance at a new activity, Woodcrafters learn and grow in life and activity skills like nowhere else.

We hope to connect with you in person at the upcoming Woodcraft 100 celebration. If you are not able to make it, we would still love to hear from you! Please see below for ways to stay connected and to support your favorite summer camp.

Best wishes from our family to yours,

Doug & Christina Bartlett

Ways to Stay in Touch & Support Woodcraft:

  • Enroll your child or spread the news & encourage new campers to enroll in Summer Camp 2024 at Adirondack Woodcraft Camps

  • Take part in Woodcraft 100: A Woodcraft Summer Camp Alumni Reunion Weekend, August 15-18 2024

  • Support Friends of Woodcraft: Adirondack Woodcraft Camps is in the process of helping to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Friends of Woodcraft mission is to preserve and enhance the camp experience for present and future generations. Your gift will help provide financial assistance for campers in need, purchase equipment to maintain and enhance our program offerings, and improve facilities and grounds to ensure that Woodcraft maintains a camp environment that is deserving of its magnificent setting and history. Please contact doug(at)woodcraftcamps.com for more information.

  • Send us your news! We are looking to connect with our alumni and currently campers to hear your news and to do our best to preserve your memories of Adirondack Woodcraft Camps.


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