Adirondack Woodcraft Camps is sensitive to individual differences in development, and we place campers in seven divisions accordingly. Each division is structured and supervised so that youngsters get the most from their camp experience.
Boys from 6 to 9
Understanding the need for assurance and guidance, we reserve our strongest staff for Outpost. We monitor energy levels while staying ready to reassure the boy who has had a bad dream or feels homesick. We balance education and nurturing. The cabin for Outpost has two sleeping wings extending from a common room with a huge fireplace, an attached lavatory, and heat and electricity.
Boys 10 to 12
This division tends to be our largest. Led by a mature cabin counselor, groups of 4 to 5 campers share a spacious cabin on the shore of Lake Kan-ac-to (“Lake by the Campfire”). The cabins share a bathroom and shower house, and feature hot water, electricity, and flush toilets. This age is ideal for summer camp, as boys are physically functional yet learn to shed peer-induced inhibitions.
Boys from 12 to 13
As boys enter adolescence, they encounter questions and opportunities. Camp provides an ideal place for these youngsters to experience the success of wilderness tripping programs in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Ranger Posters come home to cabins lining the shore of Lake Kan-ac-to, with 4 to 5 campers sharing a cabin with a mature counselor who is trained to serve as a leader and role model.
Boys from 14 to 15
These teenagers spend a great deal of time away from camp as they hike or canoe to Adirondack Park destinations or beyond. They also have the opportunity to go co-ed whitewater rafting on the Black River and rock climbing. Trail Campers live in leantos poetically set around Lake Kan-ac-to. Adirondack Woodcraft Camps strives to provide these teenagers with healthy values and choices as alternatives to less productive options outside of camp.
Outdoor Leadership Training Division
Boys and Girls 16 years old
Our Outdoor Leadership Training Division, or OLTD, provides a valuable transition, preparing future counselors for greater responsibility and opportunities to serve as examples to their peers. These seven-week campers live in lean-tos in both Trail Camp and along Lake Ta-jec-na. As counselors-in-training, OLTD campers not only face greater challenges, they also reap the benefits of acquiring leadership skills that can translate to success in other areas of their lives.