New York
Adirondack Great Camp Adventure: Sagamore's Family Program
Celebrate the great outdoors with your family at the former wilderness estate of the Vanderbilts, where you’ll hike, canoe, stargaze and learn the story of the Adirondacks.
Program No. 21022RJ
6 days
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5 nights
15 meals
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Registration, Orientation
Raquette Lake
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Welcome sessions and orientation.

Afternoon: Registration begins at 4:00 pm at Great Camp Sagamore.

Dinner: Dinner in the Vanderbilt Dining Hall consists of a hot entree, salads, breads, vegetables, fresh fruit, desert, and hot and cold beverages.

Evening: Our evening session is required of all participants. Welcome meeting and orientation includes introductions and itinerary discussion. We also will answer questions that you may have, and you will sign up for any special sessions during your stay with us.

Historical Tour, Canoeing & Water Games, Campfire
Raquette Lake
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Walking on uneven dirt roads, trail walking, water activities require appropriate footwear. Have insect repellent readily available. Afternoon water activities are weather dependent, and alternative activities are planned if weather prohibits us from being in the water.

Breakfast: All breakfasts are served at 8:00 am 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 pancakes, scrambled eggs, french toast; hot & cold cereal & milk; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: We start each morning with an optional Nature Walk at 6:30 am! After breakfast, get to know the grounds with an historical tour of Great Camp Sagamore. Learn about the herbs and edible plants in our yards as we walk to the Upper Complex to begin our tour of the grounds.

Lunch: Lunch 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; and a variety of fresh fruits. Milk, coffee, tea, and Sagamore water are always available for meals.

Afternoon: Our afternoon will be filled with water activities and games by the waterfront. Learn how to canoe, play in the swimming area, or learn some new lawn games. Guests also can lounge in our comfortable Adirondack chairs and read a book, or watch the activities!

Dinner: Dinner in the Vanderbilt Dining Hall. Important announcements will be made each evening as needed.

Evening: Our evening activity will be a Campfire at the historic Wigwam Lean-to, with songs and stories. These programs are family oriented, and parents, grandparents, and kids can come prepared with a favorite song or story to add to our gathering!

Nature activities and hikes, swimming, crafts.
Raquette Lake
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Outdoor activities - weather can change so be prepared for all possibilities. Trails are uneven and can be rocky - please wear appropriate footwear. Parents are required to accompany children and youth in all activities.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Sagamore Dining Hall.

Morning: After our Early Bird Nature Walk and breakfast, we will meet for nature activities on the trails and grounds.

Lunch: Lunch in the Dining Hall at noon.

Afternoon: Our afternoon will consist of a stream walk and interpretation. Be ready to get wet, walk through the stream, and find all kinds of critters! When our stream exploration is complete, we will have the waterfront open for swimming and canoeing, or families can chose to rest and relax.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 in the Dining Hall.

Evening: Our evening activity will be a family craft project. We will meet and create a project that the whole family contributes to.

Outdoor skills, and free time for family adventures!
Raquette Lake
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Morning activities will take place on the trails and in the woods - dress for the weather, and bring your insect repellent. Also an afternoon of family free time to explore local attractions. Evening activities will be carving walking sticks with an instructor, and an optional night hike (bring a red lens flashlight and insect repellent for the hike!).

Breakfast: In the Dining Hall. Be sure to make a pack-out lunch for every one in the family for your free afternoon!

Morning: After our usual Early Bird Nature Walk and breakfast, our morning will consist of outdoor living skills activities - trail finding with maps and trail markers, building a survival shelter, and other activities to hone one's camping and outdoor skills.

Lunch: Pack out lunch for all - eat wherever you may be!

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Families may spend the day out of camp exploring local venues. Many participants choose to visit the nearby Adirondack Museum (30 minute drive) or Wild Center Natural History Museum (60 minutes). Perhaps you'll want to do some exploring on your own, either in or out of camp.

Dinner: Back in the Dining Hall at 6:00 pm.

Evening: Our evening activity to bring us back together is a Craft Activity to learn to make your own walking sticks. We will start the sticks tonight, and finish them over next two days! Also, an optional Night Hike to listen for our creatures of the night!

Nature programs and activities.
Raquette Lake
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Programs will be outside, so bring clothing to be comfortable and dry.

Breakfast: Awaits your arrival in the Dining Hall

Morning: After the usual Early Bird Nature Walk and breakfast, we will be exploring the natural world with one of our activity kits for soil sampling, aquatic life sampling, or other nature identification activities.

Lunch: In the Sagamore Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Environmental programs fill the afternoon while we take part in hikes, using kick nets, trying to catch insects and butterflies, and much more. We will be taking our group photo this afternoon as well.

Dinner: In the Sagamore Dining Hall.

Evening: A special final night at Sagamore, with a storytelling session from Jeannine Laverty as we gather around the fire. Bring your snacks and beverages, kids can bring their blankets and snuggle up on the floor by the fire, and let your imagination take you to wherever Jeannine's stories lead you!

Early Bird Nature Walk and Goodbyes!
Raquette Lake

Activity note: Early morning walk might be cool, dress for the weather and temperature.

Breakfast: A good breakfast for the road in the Dining Hall.

Morning: Don't forget our final Early Bird Nature Walk at 6:30 am before breakfast! Then it is time to pack up and get ready for your travels! Check-out is at 10 am.

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