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Kayaking the Adirondacks

Enjoy a thrilling kayak adventure across Sagamore Lake and nearby waters, learning from experts as you improve your technique, discover historic sites and explore the Adirondacks.
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Program No. 16454RJ
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Video
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Great Camp Sagamore

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 P.M. The chef will carefully prepare buffet meals provided in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available Note: Sagamore's buffet line is bountiful and varied. If you do not think that you can choose the foods you need for your special diet from the buffet, please supplement with your own that may be stored for your convenience in our walk-in cooler and/or cooked in an available microwave. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious. Please do not bring bottled water.

Evening: After dinner there will be introductions, orientation, and a schedule overview led by the instructor and group leader. Afterward, we may settle in for the night or watch a movie about the history of Great Camp Sagamore and the Adirondack region.

Class on the Water, Lecture
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Lectures and hands on

Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8:00 A.M. All breakfasts are served in the Vanderbilt dining hall, with lovely views of the sun rising over the mountains of the Blue Ridge Wilderness. Breakfast choices typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: For the early risers among us, a morning fitness walk will be led by a member of Sagamore staff. We may see birds, snowshoe hares, loons, and other wildlife if we're lucky. After breakfast we will begin kayaking instruction with equipment and gear explanations. Before the morning is over, a kayak will be assigned to each of us and adjustments will be made to ensure they fit us properly. The instructors will go over basic paddle strokes and be available to answer any questions we may have.

Lunch: Lunch is at noon in the Sagamore dining hall. Lunches typically include selections such as: sandwich meats, cheeses, breads and condiments: a hot entree like macaroni & cheese or soup; various salads, like cole slaw or potato salad; cookies or granola bars; a variety of fresh fruits; milk and a variety of juices or lemonade. Coffee, tea, Sagamore water are always available.

Afternoon: The afternoon will be spent continuing instructions, reviewing safety and rescue procedures and paddling around Sagamore Lake. After we've had enough of our intro to kayaking, we'll have a guided historic tour of Great Camp Sagamore. Learn about the buildings and grounds and how they were once used by the Vanderbilt family and their famous guests!

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 P.M.

Evening: We'll learn about the history of the Adirondack Park by a presentation that will give you a sense of place and describe the unique features of the Adirondack waters, a playground for paddlers.

Class Trip on the Water, Free Time
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Hands on and field trip

Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8:00 A.M.. We will pack out our lunch for our out trip. Pack lunches consist of cold-cuts, chips or pretzels, fruits and vegetables, yogurt, juices, and cookies or other snacks,

Morning: The morning fitness walk will precede breakfast again. After breakfast we'll depart on for an outtrip to one of the many waterways near Sagamore. We'll aim to hone our paddling skills and have some fun as we visit a larger, neighboring lake in the Raquette Lake area. We'll pick a scenic spot to enjoy our lunches along the shore.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, more paddling and possibly a short hike, we will head home to Sagamore. There will be a bit of time for rest before dinner.

Dinner: Tonight is Vanderbilt Dinner night in the Sagamore dining hall, where we'll enjoy a special meal inspired by camp history and food that is sourced from the Adirondack region.

Evening: Tonight we will learn more about paddling routes in the Adirondack park with a short presentation by our guide.

Field Trip on the Water, Evening Discussion
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Field trip in the region

Breakfast: We'll have breakfast in the Sagamore Dining Hall.

Morning: Our morning fitness walk will take place before breakfast. After we eat, we'll take a trip to another scenic water body in the area. Sagamore is located close to a number of lakes, ponds and flat-water rivers, include Brown's Tract Pond, the South Inlet of Raquette Lake, Seventh Lake, the Marion River, Utowana Lake, Eagle Lake, or Blue Mountain Lake. Each of these waterways has unique characteristics, and our choice of trip will be determined by the instructor and class together, depending on his assessment of the groups' collective skill level. Regardless of which trip is chosen, students will have a great opportunity to hone their kayaking skills, observe the local flora and fauna, and immerse themselves in one of the wildest and most beautiful regions in the eastern United States.

Lunch: We'll have lunch along our paddling route, perhaps on a beach or lakeshore in the area, alongside a babbling brook, or even near some small cascading waterfalls.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll paddle a bit more, possibly with a short walk, either finishing up a one-way journey, or completing a small circuit.

Dinner: Sagamore dining hall buffet.

Evening: We'll celebrate our last night together with a musical performance by an Adirondack folk artist. Sagamore staff will make a fire in the fireplace, where we may make s'mores and relax after the concert.

Program Concludes
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY

Activity note: Pre-breakfast fitness walk. Lodge check-out by 10:00 a.m

Breakfast: After 8:00 A.M. breakfast we will meet one more time for water work, evaluations and wrap-up.

Morning: We'll have one last pre-breakfast fitness walk. Immediately after breakfast, we'll meet with the group leader over coffee and tea in the dining hall to review the week, ask any final questions we have, and share a few more laughs before we say goodbye. Check-out is at 10:00 am.

Afternoon: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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