New York

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
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 4 L 3 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. There will also be a 15 minute DVD about Sagamore's history. Sagamore was the wilderness retreat of the Alfred Vanderbilt family for over 50 years. There is also a video presentation on kaykaing.

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: We will begin the day with a boat house orientation followed by equipment and gear explanations. The history of kayaking will be followed by basic paddling instruction to make sure you're all set for the week. You'll have an opportunity to speak one on one with your instructors for any clarifications.

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: LECTURE: 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: This is an outtrip on one of the many waterways near Sagamore. The goal for this session will be practice, practice, practice . . . that feels like fun, fun, fun as we visit a larger, neighboring lake in the Raquette Lake area. The group will decide when to stop for lunch.

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: Dinner is at 6:00 in the dining hall.

Evening: Tonight we will be entertained by a storyteller or learn more about the history of the camp or the Adirondack Park region. Afterwards, there will be time for board games, jig saw puzzles, or a campfire at Sagamore's rustic lean-to.

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: We'll take another trip to a 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 on the water, 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.

Evening: After a long day's paddle, we'll finish up the day with a short discussion about our experiences,with a good old fashion campfire at Sagamore's Historic Lean To to wrap up our week!

Program Concludes
Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY

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

Morning: Kayaking overview, including a Q&A with the instructor. We'll say our good-byes by 10:00.

Lunch: Lunch today will be either in the Dining Hall, or packed at breakfast, depending on other groups in camp.

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