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Boat-Building and Canoe Skills: Grand's Camp at Adirondack Great Camp

Program Number: 4978RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/30/2013 - 7/5/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Raquette Lake, New York
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 11 - 14 years of age.

Bring your grandchild to this historic Adirondack camp to learn how to restore and maintain a classic wooden canoe with the help of experienced, certified boat-building instructors who offer hands-on guidance. Plus, learn traditional paddling techniques in the placid waters surrounding Great Camp Sagamore. Two generations come together to bond over this safe, fun, fulfilling project in a beautiful setting.




Highlights

• Try your hand at boat-building techniques like applying canvas, steam-bending and installing ribs, caning seats, and making paddles.
• Learn about the history of boats and boating in the Adirondacks.
• Get to know your fellow participants around the campfire and enjoy an end-of-program regatta.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day. Camp is not paved, stairs into most buildings. No previous woodworking skills are necessary but knowledge of hand tools is a plus.




Date Specific Information

6-30-2013

Please note that June is black fly season in the Adirondacks. Although Sagamore will provide bug jackets and insect repellent, please prepare accordingly.



Coordinated by Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.




Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake’s pristine water and wooded lakeshores are located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Great Camp Sagamore, founded by the Vanderbilt family in 1897 and now a National Historic Landmark, shares this wilderness area.



Accommodations
National Historic Landmark-designated buildings, shared baths for two or three rooms. Buffet-style meals served in a wood-paneled, lakefront dining hall.
Meals and Lodgings
   Great Camp Sagamore
  Raquette Lake 5 nights
 Great Camp Sagamore
Type: Lodge
  Description: National Historic Landmark
  Contact info: Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org
  Room amenities: We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Each room has a bedside lamp and an overhead light. Internet access is available for those with laptop computers.
  Facility amenities: Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is an outdoor firepit at our lean-to and access to 15 miles of hiking trails on State Land.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers.
  Additional nights prior: $99 per person per night Based on availability. Must call in advance to arrange.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $99 per person per night Based on availability. Must call in advance to arrange.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4PM starts check in at Great Camp Sagamore You will be staying at Great Camp Sagamore that night.
  End of Program:
10 AM You will be staying at Great Camp Sagamore the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health form.
  Parking availability:
There is a parking lot for Sagamore guests. It is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Raquette Lake
  Nearest city or town:  Villages of Inlet, Old Forge or Blue Mountain Lake
  Nearest highway: Route 87
  Nearest airport:  Albany or Syracuse
  From End of Program
  Location: Raquette Lake
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Unfortunately there isn’t any public transportation to the central Adirondacks. Amtrak serves Albany (Rensselaer) and Utica. The nearest airports are located in Syracuse and Albany. Bus service reaches only to Warrensburg. Limo service is expensive, but available from the airports in Syracuse and Albany. For more information on limo services, please contact your local AAA agent, visit www.yellowpages.com. Most guests prefer to rent a car from the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany (2˝ hours Northwest)- Take the Warrensburg Exit #23 off the Northway (I-87). Follow Rte. 9 through Warrensburg to Rte. 28. Follow Rte. 28 about 1˝ hours to the village of Raquette Lake. In the village of Raquette Lake, at the 4-way crossroads turn onto the dirt road beside the large green Sagamore sign. Drive very slowly on the road into Sagamore; one curve is posted 15 mph. Follow the sign for “Registered Guests”. When you arrive at Sagamore, you should find the gate closed. Please open it, enter, and close it again for your own privacy. Drive up the hill to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the gravel pathway and signs for the Office building.
  From Lake Placid (2 hours South) Follow Rte. 86 to Saranac Lake and then Rte. 3 to Tupper Lake where you will follow Rte. 30 to Blue Mountain Lake and then Rte. 28 to the village of Raquette Lake. In the village of Raquette Lake, at the 4-way crossroads turn onto the dirt road beside the large green Sagamore sign. Drive very slowly on the road into Sagamore; one curve is posted 15 mph. Follow the sign for “Registered Guests”. When you arrive at Sagamore, you should find the gate closed. Please open it, enter, and close it again for your own privacy. Drive up the hill to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the gravel pathway and signs for the Office building.
  From Plattsburg, NY Drive time: Plattsburgh to Sagamore, 3 hours. I-87 to Rte 3 to Rte. 30 to Rte 28 to Raquette Lake. Take the Plattsburgh exit off I-87 and head southwest to Saranac Lake on Rte. 3. If you have extra time consider this alternative: continue south on I-87 to exit 30, the Lake Placid exit. Lake Placid was the site of both the 1932 and the 1980 winter Olympics and you can visit the venues and museums of the games. Continue from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake on Rte. 86. You are in the Adirondack Park, a six-million acre forest preserve with public and private lands. Saranac Lake was founded by Dr. Trudeau (the cartoonist Gary’s great grandfather) as a wilderness cure for tuberculosis. It is still a medical research center and charming 19th century town. Follow Rte. 3 from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake. Tupper is the home to the newly opened natural history museum, the Wild Center. Continue on Rte. 30 from Tupper to Long Lake on a straight road known for its scenery and speed traps. Be cautious. Continue on Rte. 30 to Blue Mountain Lake, home of the famous 27-building Adirondack Museum. At the bottom of the hill you will follow Rte.28 the last 12 miles to Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks. Look to your right to see Blue Mountain as you cross the second causeway. Sagamore Road is well marked just past the school. You will turn LEFT and follow the four-mile road to the “registered guest” gate. Do not look for other signs. You are driving through protected Forest Preserve lands and signage is not permitted. At Sagamore’s gate, let yourself in. You are welcome!
  From Utica (1˝ hours Northeast)- Take the Utica Exit #31 off the NYS Thruway (I-90). Follow Rte. 12 North to Rte. 28 North. Follow Rte. 28 to the village of Raquette Lake. In the village of Raquette Lake, at the 4-way crossroads turn onto the dirt road beside the large green Sagamore sign. Drive very slowly on the road into Sagamore; one curve is posted 15 mph. Follow the sign for “Registered Guests”. When you arrive at Sagamore, you should find the gate closed. Please open it, enter, and close it again for your own privacy. Drive up the hill to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the gravel pathway and signs for the Office building.
  GPS/Website Map Instructions • Garmon Handheld GPS: Search 'Great Camp Sagamore' as a point of interest OR type 1105 Sagamore Road; RAQUETTE LAKE (make sure you list Raquette Lake!) - either will give accurate directions to Great Camp Sagamore. • TomTom GPS: (currently the most popular GPS system): Search for SAGAMORE, NEW YORK - as a town, and it will give you accurate directions to Great Camp Sagamore. While Sagamore, NY does not actually exist, this seems to work while we wait for technology to catch up to the Adirondack region! • Google Maps or Mapquest users: Search for SAGAMORE, NEW YORK - as a town, and it will give you accurate directions to Great Camp Sagamore. While Sagamore, NY does not actually exist, this seems to work while we wait for technology to catch up to the Adirondack region!
Elevation Note: Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Hand tools provided, but bring your own if you like. Work gloves and sturdy shoes are important. Safety goggles or glasses provided, but again, bring your own if you have them.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome and Orientation
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 4:00PM at Great Camp Sagamore.
 Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Evening: Welcome meeting and orientation to facility includes introductions and itinerary discussion and a brief tour.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History. Building and repair techniques/safety. Barn dance tonight.
(Monday, July 1)

Note: Hands on today.



   
 Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Morning: LECTURE: We will learn the history of this classic canoe. In general, morning classes will focus on boat building techniques throughout the week. Applying canvas for the canoe, steam bending and installing/repairing ribs, placing/replacing strips and installing/repairing gunwales, caning seats, and paddle making will all be discussed. There will also be a discussion of safety in using hand tools and a full orientation to the boatshop.
 Lunch: Lunch.
 Afternoon: ACTIVITY: Afternoons each day may include crafts, canoeing, swimming, hiking, music or the continuation of boat refurbishing.
 Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight is a barn dance for everyone in camp. FUN!
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Boat building techniques, outdoor activity. Campfire tonight.
(Tuesday, July 2)

Note: Hands on again today.



   
 Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Morning: ACTIVITY: Morning classes will focus on Boat Building techniques throughout the week.
 Lunch: Lunch.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Afternoons may include crafts, canoeing, swimming, hiking, music or the continuation of boat refurbishing.
 Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight, we'll have a campfire at the historic Sagamore lean-to, with songs, stories and 'smores!
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Boat building techniques, optional free time this afternoon or craft project in camp. Concert tonight.
(Wednesday, July 3)

Note: More hands on.



   
 Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Morning: ACTIVITY: We will continue to work on our boat.
 Lunch: Lunch.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Group may spend the day out of camp exploring local venues or choose to participate in a special crafts project in camp, including the option to carve your very own canoe paddle! (additional fee for paddle).
 Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Evening options may include starlight paddling with the instructor or other Sagamore staff, or music
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Completing techniques. Tonight is a closing celebration.
(Thursday, July 4)

Note: We'll complete our hands on experience.



   
 Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Morning: ACTIVITY: This morning we will work on completing our boat project.
 Lunch: Lunch.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon's activities may include canoeing, swimming, hiking, music or the continuation of boat refurbishing.
 Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: After dinner, we will plan to be on the water for a Regatta, weather permitting, or will go inside for our celebration if it is stormy. Our closing celebration tonight will include many well deserved pats-on-the-backs of our fellow classmates.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewells mid-morning.
(Friday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.
 Morning: A wrap-up/clean-up session will close the week. Check out is at 10A.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Raquette Lake Adirondack Museum
Regional museum of very high quality. For additional information, visit www.adkmuseum.org
  Raquette Lake Navigation
Boat Tour of Raquette Lake. For additional information, visit www.raquettelakenavigation.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Boats & Boating in the Adirondacks


Author: Hallie Bond


Description: Hallie Bond was the Education Director and then Curator of Collections & Boats at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake for nearly 30 years.



Great Camp Sagamore: The Vanderbilts' Adirondack Retreat


Author: Beverly Bridger


Description: Beverly Bridger has been Sagamore's Executive Director for more than 20 years.





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