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Adirondack Intergenerational Camping Adventures

Program Number: 17352RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014; 8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Raquette Lake, New York
Price starting at: $889.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 14 years of age.

Relive your childhood as you explore the lakes, forests and mountains of the Adirondacks with your own grandchild. Learn first-aid, canoeing, camping and fire-making skills. Identify the local fauna, bond with the natural world and with each other. Everyone roll up your sleeves and have some old-fashioned fun and games!




Highlights

• Share with your grandchild yesteryear’s pastimes such as skipping rocks, transmitting codes and ciphers, playing croquet and more.
• Enjoy hands-on explorations by hiking or canoe to learn about the natural world and basic camping/survival skills.
• Bond over ‘smores, tell campfire stories and star gaze as you share the forgotten art of having fun without a computer or cell phone.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over uneven terrain; stairs unavoidable.



Activities are based on experiences in the outdoors, like camping, hiking, and nature identification.




Date Specific Information

7-27-2014

This program is intended for Grandparents and Grandchildren ages 9-12, with program activities geared specifically toward this age group, such as nature hikes, basic paddling, and learning outdoor skills.



8-17-2014

This program is intended for Grandparents and Grandchildren ages 12-14, and focuses on canoe-building, paddling skills, and other outdoor activities appropriate to young teenagers.



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.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Pat Burdick

Pat Burdick is an expert naturalist, educator and a member of the Biology Department at the State University of New York, Potsdam. Her love of the Adirondacks is deep, as anyone who has heard her talk about the area’s flora and fauna or who has been paddling out on the water with her will attest. Pat enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Adirondacks with both adults and children on Road Scholar programs.
 
Nancy Foltz

Nancy Sue Foltz is an artist and certified art teacher who has been directing the crafts program at Great Camp Sagamore for almost a decade. A former high school teacher, she focuses on offering a wide variety of age-appropriate crafts. From pots to plant pressing, from pine cone art to painting tee shirts, from papier mache to paper hats and so many things in between, her ideas are always fresh. Grandkids will end up with some great, outdoorsy craft projects to bring home. Among her other duties at Sagamore, Nancy Sue is also the group leader for many Road Scholar programs.
 
Peggy Lynn

Peggy Lynn — singer, songwriter and arts educator — brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a B.A. in women’s studies to her credit, Peggy brings to light the important role women played in shaping the history of New York. Peggy also has an A.A.S. degree in forestry, giving her a keen understanding and deep appreciation of the subject. Peggy has developed a memorable arts in education program by using simple catchy melodies and scientific concepts to build environmental awareness and interest in learning. The CDs, “Bio Songs — Signs of Life” and “Close to the Sun,” offer songs to demystify nature as science for children of all ages.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Great Camp Sagamore
  Sagamore 5 nights
 Great Camp Sagamore
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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: Baths in hall ways.
  Additional nights prior: $99 Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $99 Please call to place your request, 315-354-5311 x 21.
  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:  Sagamore
  Nearest city or town:  Raquette Lake
  Nearest highway: I-87 and I-90
  Nearest airport:  Albany
  From End of Program
  Location: Sagamore
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Unfortunately there isn’t any public transportation to Sagamore. Amtrak serves Albany (Rensselaer), Utica and Saratoga Springs. A private train travels to North Creek from Saratoga. 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.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany (2½ hours Northwest)- Take the Warrensburg Exit #23 off the Northway (I-87). Follow Rte. 9 through Warrensburg to Rte. 28. Follow Rte. 28 about 1½ 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 (1½ 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: You may want to bring a "Daring" or "Dangerous" book, marbles, jacks, sleeping bag, poetry book, camp fire song book, information about your state including capital, tree, bird, flower, major products, and natural wonders.
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: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, August 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Canoeing/Games/Swimming/ Nature discovery /Barn Dance
(Monday, August 18)
   
 Breakfast: The bell will call you to breakfast in the dining hall. Again, you will choose from the buffet.
 Morning: 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. 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: 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 4:30PM and the kids will learn new tag games. Grandparents will have a break until 5:30P.
 Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner in the dining hall.
 Evening: A BARN DANCE was THE social event for early Americans. Farmers and ranchers rarely saw each other and of course the 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.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pre-breakfast swim/Hiking/Crafts/Music/Outdoor activities and optional overnight camp-out.
(Tuesday, August 19)

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: Pre-breakfast swim. For those people willing to brave the morning chill we will take a early swim in Sagaore lake and watch the sun come over the mountains.
 Morning: 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: 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: 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 4:30P 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: PUBLIC SPEAKING is counted as one of the scariest things a person can do. But you can be more daring 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! CAMPING 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.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Wednesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall.
 Morning: 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 for more than climbing. As you know they 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: STORIES Grandchildren share stories around the campfire that they have learned from their grandparents. Grandparents may share a family story as well. CAMPFIRE SONGS. Then we will all learn together two or three classic campfire songs. Singing alone may be daring, but singing together is always a choir.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Outdoor skills/hiking/ Storytelling and Music/Games/Creativity Night
(Thursday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Eat a hearty breakfast, this is a big day.
 Morning: FIRE BUILDING. 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: STREAM WALK- 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: 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. You may entertain us on your own or join your grandparents to show off a shared talent. "Acts" should be kept to under 2 minutes.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Good-byes
(Friday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall. Pack an optional bag lunch for the road if you like.
 Morning: CAMP PHOTO. 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 more skills that make us "daring" and "dangerous."
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sagamore Adirondack Museum
Called 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 Company
Cruise Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, aboard the W. W. Durant. 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.

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Great Camp Sagamore: The Vanderbilts' Adirondack Retreat


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





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