Dinner: The bell will call you to dinner at 6P in the dining hall which overlooks Sagamore Lake. Meals at Sagamore are served buffet-style. 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: The Group Leader will greet everyone and will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Our week will be filled with a variety of outdoor activities in the woods and waters near Sagamore led by experts, boat-builders and licensed outdoor leaders. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking about 1/2 mile around camp. Getting in and out of canoes; paddling approx 1.5 miles.
Breakfast: The bell will ring at every meal when it is ready. Enjoy a nice meal in our historic dining hall that overlooks Lake Sagamore.
Morning: After heading over to the historic Boat Shop, we’ll learn about traditional canoe building from one of several expert canvas-covered canoe builders who teach boat-building courses at Sagamore. Grandparents and grandchildren alike will be able to see first-hand the process of constructing these craft boats from cutting wood, assembling, sanding and staining. Our expert has taught courses in boat-building, paddle-making and canoeing skills at Sagamore for many years, through the Adirondack Boat-Building and Waters Skills School which he helped to found more than a decade ago. We will also stop at the Rug-Braider's shop on our way back to the dining hall to see what the art of Rug-Braiding is all about!
Lunch: We'll eat lunch in the Dining Hall.
Afternoon: With one of Sagamore's expert interpretive staff, we’ll explore the grounds and buildings of Sagamore that were once considered "the playground of the millionaires." We’ll learn about William West Durant's most prized great camp in a kid friendly exploration and how the Vanderbilt's made it their favorite family retreat. After, we'll head to the Boathouse for an orientation on water safety, learn the proper way to paddle a canoe, get fitted for PFD's and paddles by staff and 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 was 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. We'll also have our traditional Kid's Club programs before dinner, and the Grandparent "Chill Hour".
Dinner: Dinner meal 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 where grandparents and grandchildren come and dance together.
Activity note: Hike around complex. Paddle-making requires use of hand tools; assistance provided as needed.
Breakfast: Meal in the Dining Hall.
Morning: Led by our canoe expert, we’ll begin crafting our very own canoe paddles! Grandchildren and grandparents will work together to construct this critical tool in the art of canoeing that can be kept and used for years to come. It takes hard work, concentration, and occasionally a little bit of help from the instructor, but the end product will be worth every minute. We'll also take a break and make another stop at the Rug-Braider's shop to see what is being made today.
Lunch: Meal in the Dining Hall.
Afternoon: We'll head back to the boat shop to finish our paddles this afternoon, and have some time to learn some other skills that come in handy when paddling - like tying knots!
Dinner: Dinner meal in the Dining Hall.
Evening: Join our fellow Road Scholars in a good, old fashion Campfire with music, stories, and of course, s’mores.
Activity note: Hiking approx. 3-4 miles along established trails.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall.
Morning: For those willing to brave the morning chill, take an early morning swim in Sagamore Lake and watch the sun come over the mountains. We’ll then set out for a hike to the old farm meadow across the lake from Sagamore with our Outdoor Staff members. Part of the historical estate, the area still contains remnants of the Vanderbilt’s ownership era including the ruins of several structures, which are now returning to the land as part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve – the protected lands of the Adirondack Park.
Lunch: At the Dining Hall.
Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. You may wish to take a canoe out on Sagamore Lake, head out of camp to the world-class Adirondack Museum in nearby Blue Mountain Lake, or visit the Wild Center Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake.
Dinner: Dinner is in the dining hall.
Evening: A night of music with our Special Musical Guest Dan Duggan. Time to sit back, sing along, and enjoy a night of music.
Activity note: Getting in/out of canoes; hiking established trails, paddling approx 3 miles on relatively flat water.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Dining Hall. Be sure to make a bagged lunch for our excursion!
Morning: We will begin by getting ready to embark for a day on the lake. Water navigation, paddling techniques, and canoe games will be our morning agenda. We will travel to the far side of the lake to enjoy our bagged lunches, and spend some time on the trails.
Lunch: At our stopping point, we’ll eat the lunches that we packed at breakfast.
Afternoon: Our afternoon will continue with a hiking adventure on the far side of the lake, exploring plants, trees, and any ruins that may be in the vicinity. We will then head back to our canoes, and continue learning to paddle, play games on the water, and slowly make our way back to Great Camp Sagamore.
Dinner: Returning to Sagamore, enjoy a tasty farewell BBQ dinner where. You may wish regale your fellow campers with stories of the day’s adventure or share some of your favorite experiences from the program.
Evening: What better way to end our days of adventure than with a night of creativity and talent at the barn with all our fellow campers! After, be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.
Activity note: Check-out is by 10:00 am.
Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining hall.
Morning: We’ll line up on the steps of the Main Lodge for a photo to commemorate the shared memories at Sagamore and in the Adirondacks. As the grandparents pack the car, the grandchildren can enjoy a last game together. Then it's a round of good-byes, hopefully only until next year! This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!