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Program #17352RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Itinerary for Jun 30 — Jul 5, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hall ways.

Additional nights before: $99
Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 30 - Arrival/Orientation
Arrive To: Check in begins at 4P. At this time you will meet staff, make a name tag, settle into your room and get ready for dinner.

Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner at 6P in the dining hall which overlooks Sagamore Lake. Meals at Sagamore are buffet. You and your grandchild will go through the buffet line together for this and all meals. You will also sit with your grandchild for the meal.

Evening: Grandparents and grandchildren will tour camp, attend orientation and prepare for a week fully unplugged from the electronic world. We will go over the daily schedule that helps us through outdoor activities, crafts, and lessons recapture the spirit of the past. Activities are those of value that should not fade away and our task this week is to touch upon as many as possible. We will also have introductions and an orientation to buildings. Please note that we must reserve the right to change specific described activities if we think it will improve the program overall. We know you understand, thank you.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hall ways.

Additional nights before: $99
Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 01 - Canoeing/Games/Swimming/ Nature discovery /Barn D...
Breakfast: The bell will call you to breakfast in the dining hall. Again, you will choose from the buffet.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Campers will be divided into two groups for the week's activities. Both groups will be mixed sex groups. Both groups do the same activities but the activities occur at different times during the week in order to accommodate smaller, more manageable groups sizes. CANOEING was the major mode of transportation for early peoples all over the earth. Waterways were roads, food sources, and places of beauty. One group will learn flat water canoeing on Lake Sagamore. Lesson one is getting into the canoe without tipping! Paddle techniques will include holding the paddle and basic strokes. You will also be taught to steer. Sagamore provides canoes, paddles and PFDs. You should wear your suit, sunblock, and water shoes. The second group will learn some traditional camp games such as Bocce, Croquet and Kubb. After games they will investigate the outflow stream and have a great time finding crayfish and water insects.

Lunch: Lunch is in the dining hall.

Afternoon: ACTIVITY: Grandparents and grandchildren will crate an Adirondack craft to show off at creativity night and take home. Then it is on to music with traditional Adirondack folksingers. TAG GAMES will begin at 4:30 and the kids will learn new tag games. Grandparents will have a break until 5:30.

Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: A barn dance was THE social event for early Americans. Farmers and ranchers rarely saw each other and of course boys and girls wanted to meet each other. The barn dance was a family affair and everyone of all ages attended. The dances were simple and you could participate by simply doing what the caller told you to do. There is no better mixer than a grand right-and-left ending in a promenade around the floor to see and be seen. The barn dance is a Sagamore Intergen tradition. Grandchildren dance with their grandparents.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hall ways.

Additional nights before: $99
Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 02 - Pre-breakfast swim/Hiking/Crafts/Music/Outdoor ac...
Pre-breakfast swim/Hiking/Crafts/Music/Outdoor activities and optional overnight camp-out.

Note: Bring a sleeping bag for camp out. You may also want to bring a small pillow. We will provide tents and groundcloths.

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall. Today we will pack out our lunches.

Morning: ACTIVITY: Pre-breakfast swim. For those people willing to brave the morning chill, we will take an early swim in Sagamore Lake and watch the sun come over the mountains.

Morning: LECTURE: Basic First Aid is always important but it is especially important if you are away from a town, for example, on a camping trip. It really can be a matter of life and death. Today we will learn how to deal with injury and will learn how to recognize serious illness.

Lunch: FIELD TRIP: A hike is scheduled after our first aid class. Our lake trail is three miles long and we will pick a spot to stop for lunch. Hiking is a skill that can take you up mountains or across deserts or around a city. We will carry our water bottles, lunches and first aid kit.

Afternoon: ACTIVITY: Go on a nature discovery hike to see salamanders, frogs, toads, snakes, butterflies and wildflowers. Learn storytelling and try out your public speaking skills. TAG GAMES. At 4:30, all the kids will gather for more tag games. Grandparents will again have a break.

Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: ACTIVITY: Public Speaking is counted as one of the scariest things a person can do. But you can be more confident with practice and with a planned topic. Tonight grandchildren will practice their public speaking skills by telling a story to the other campers. What an enthusiastic audience! CAMP OUT (Optional): Tonight we will camp out under the stars with our new friends so bring your sleeping bag. We will return to our tent site after the campfire to enjoy an Adirondack summer night. Can we identify all those nocturnal sounds? The owl and deer may visit our camp during the night. Grandparents can share stories of their own camping adventures. If you want to return to your room to sleep you may, but for those who are adventurous a camp out seems a perfect finale to a wonderful day.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hall ways.

Additional nights before: $99
Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 03 - Outdoor skills - prepare a meal on the campfire, ...
Outdoor skills - prepare a meal on the campfire, learn the art of fire building and learn basic map and compass skills; Storytelling; Music, Free time in or out of camp in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will learn outdoor skills as you build a campfire and prepare your lunch to be cooked over the fire. While we are waiting for lunch we will learn to use a topographic map and learn about the Raquette Lake watershed and why trees are good for a lot more than climbing. As you know, tress breathe for the planet, provide shelter and food for animals, shade for us, raw building materials, and wood for our campfires. The trees of the Adirondacks that you will see on you hike are both deciduous and evergreen and will surprise you with their many uses--including tanning hides. The Adirondacks were settled by loggers and trees here were cut by the hundreds of thousands to be floated or taken by rail to saw mills. Their loss was seen in the muddy watershed of the Hudson river and their recovery is the foundation of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Lunch: Enjoy Lunch at a picnic table by the lake.

Afternoon: FREE TIME. Some of you will want free time this afternoon to see more of the Adirondacks. Other may choose to stay in camp and enjoy hiking, canoeing or an optional craft project.

Dinner: Dinner is in the dining hall.

Evening: ACTIVITY: Grandchildren share stories around the campfire that they have learned from their grandparents. Grandparents may share a family story as well. PERFORMANCE: After stories, we will all learn two or three classic campfire songs together. Singing alone may be a little scary, but singing together is something cultures and societies have done for thousands of years to build community bonds.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hall ways.

Additional nights before: $99
Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 04 - Outdoor skills/hiking/ Storytelling and Music/Gam...
Breakfast: Eat a hearty breakfast, this is a big day.

Morning: ACTIVITY: Today we will learn about fire-building, one of the most important camping skills, but one that requires patient and respect for nature. First things first. Fire. You will learn about tinder, kindling, and fuel and will learn to lay two basic fires. You will cook your lunch over the campfire. Grandchildren will make the meal while grandparents supervise and assist.

Lunch: Lunch is at the primitive site, a camp meal.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Join us for a walk in the stream and we will see how many aquatic animals we are able to find and identify. Games Grandparents and grandchildren will learn and compete in traditional camp games such as Bocce, Kubb and Croquet.

Dinner: Dinner is in the dining hall.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight is Creativity Night - Put those storytelling/public speaking skills to use and share a story, skit, poem, etc with your fellow campers. This is the night to let your talents shine. Children may choose to entertain us on their own or join their grandparents to show off a shared talent. "Acts" should be kept to under 2 minutes.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 05 - Breakfast/Good-byes
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall. Pack an optional bag lunch for the road if you like.

Morning: ACTIVITY: Line up on the Main Lodge steps for a group photo. Then as the grandparents pack the car, the grandchildren can have a last game of tag. Good-bye until next year when we can learn even more and different skills.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Sagamore
Adirondack MuseumCalled the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks" this 27-building complex feels like much more than a museum. It is a "must see."
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
Raquette Lake Navigation CompanyCruise Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, aboard the W. W. Durant.
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenavigation.com

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