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 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. 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.
Breakfast: The bell will call you to breakfast in the dining hall. Again, you will choose from the buffet.
Morning: CANOE PADDLE: Following breakfast, we'll head out onto Sagamore Lake, the roughly 185-acre wilderness lake that Camp Sagamore is located on. Canoeing was the major mode of transportation for early peoples all over the earth, and were the way that most early visitors to the Adirondack region moved through the area. Waterways were roads, food sources, and places of beauty. Sagamore Lake is a great example of these attributes, and is a great body of water to begin our week on: small enough to paddle safely on in the event of a wind or inclement weather, but large enough for kids to really feel like they are out on the open water. Depending on the weather, we'll plan to paddle across the lake and up the Lost Brook Inlet at the opposite end of the lake. Then we'll stop at the Sagamore Lake beach for a picnic lunch.
Lunch: We'll eat lunch in the Dining Hall.
Afternoon: HISTORICAL TOUR: After lunch we will tour the grounds and buildings of Sagamore that once was considered "The Playground of Millionaires". Learn about William West Durant's most prized great camp in a kid friendly tour and how the Vanderbilt's made it their favorite family retreat. After the tour we'll head to the Boat Shop for an introduction to the classic art of guide boat building from Chris Woodward. Among his many services to Sagamore over the years, Chris helped us to restore the original 'Caleb Chase Adirondack Guide Boat' that is on display in the Carriage Shed and can be seen on the Sagamore tour. He also makes his guide boats available to Sagamore guests who want to try their hand at rowing this unique craft. We'll be able to see a guide boat in action on Sagamore Lake
Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner in the dining hall.
Evening: A BARN DANCE was THE social event for early rural Americans. Farmers and ranchers rarely saw each other, and of course boys and girls wanted to meet each other to socialize. 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.
Breakfast: SWIMMING: For those willing to brave the morning chill, we will take a early swim in Sagamore lake and watch the sun come over the mountains Breakfast is in the dining hall. Today we will pack out our lunches.
Morning: HIKING: This morning, we'll have a special presentation of the traditional Adirondack Guide Boat in action on the water! Watch it glide across the lake just as intended when guides lead excursions in them throughout the park's history. After we'll hike out to the old farm meadow across the lake from Sagamore. Part of the historical estate, the area still contains remnants of the Vanderbilt's ownership era, including many introduced species of plants, and the ruins of several structures, now returning to the land as part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the protected lands of the Adirondack Park.
Lunch: Lunch can be eaten either in camp or out of camp, for those who will be heading out after the morning hike.
Afternoon: This afternoon is a free afternoon. Take a canoe out on Sagamore Lake, or head out of camp, to the world-class Adirondack Museum in nearby Blue Mountain Lake, or Wild Center Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake.
Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner in the dining hall.
Evening: CAMPFIRE: Following dinner, we'll join our fellow Road Scholar's in a good old fashion campfire with music, stories and of course, s'mores!
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall. We'll pack lunches again today.
Morning: PADDLE MAKING. After eating breakfast, we'll begin crafting our very own canoe paddles! Led by Pat Smith, grandparents and grandchildren will work together to construct this critical tool in the art of canoeing that can be kept and use for years to come. It takes hard work, concentration, and occasionally Pat's help, but the end product will be worth every minute.
Lunch: Lunch can be eaten anywhere around camp
Afternoon: PADDLE MAKING. After eating lunch, we'll continue with our paddles. When our hands are too tired to sand away at paddles anymore, we'll walk up to Sagamore's primitive site in the woods to learn outdoor skills like fire building and knot making. Surviving in the woods like Adirondackers have done for hundreds of years!
Dinner: Dinner is in the dining hall.
Evening: PERFORMANCE: Tonight we will enjoy a concert by the acclaimed, Dan Duggan on his Hammered Dulcimer
Breakfast: Eat a hearty breakfast, this is a big day.
Morning: HIKING/PADDLING: With an expert guide, half the group will start off traveling down to Raquette Lake to paddle the South Inlet, a beautiful 2 mile stretch where wildlife like bald eagles and herons are often spotted. The other half of the group will start from Sagamore and hike the Powerhouse Trail, the original carriage route to Sagamore from steamboat landing. Both groups will meet up at the old steamboat landing site and rushing cascades of the South Inlet.
Lunch: We'll meet up at the end of the trail by the scenic cascades and eat our packed lunches.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll swap out hikers and paddlers and travel back to camp a different way then we left!
Dinner: After we finish our trip, enjoy a BBQ dinner where you can regale your fellow campers with stories from the days adventures.
Evening: BOWLING! What better way to end the week with then a friendly round of bowling at the Vanderbilt's historic lanes?
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. Then it's a round of good-byes, hopefully only until next year!