Pre-breakfast fitness walk about 1 mile on a generally flat trail with rocks and roots; gradual inclines. Walking less than 1 mile; gravel paths. Elective nature hike is about 1 mile on a generally flat dirt path with rocks and roots.
In the Sagamore dining hall we’ll have a breakfast buffet with choices such as pancakes, eggs, cereal, breads and pastries, and a beverage choice of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
In the Reading Room of the Collins Building, we’ll join our expert writing instructor for a prompted writing workshop. Our instructor will begin by leading a discussion on why practice is important for writers. A short, prompted free-write session will follow. Prompts will include questions like, “What is your earliest, most striking memory of the natural world out of doors?" and "What is your favorite place to go to find peace, reflection, or relief from stress?" and "What have you seen recently (books, TV, films, news events) about the environment that has impressed you?"
In the Sagamore dining hall, we’ll have a sandwich bar with a variety of sides and beverage choices of milk, juice, lemonade, coffee, tea, water.
With a history instructor, we'll set out on a walking field trip to explore the grounds of Great Camp Sagamore. Originally designed as a private wilderness retreat for the Vanderbilt family, Great Camp Sagamore was transformed into an educational National Historic Site in 1975. As we walk, we’ll learn about this camp’s unique history. For those who are interested, a local environmental educator will lead a nature hike and talk about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the Adirondack Mountains. Those who do not wish to hike may spend some time free-writing at camp or along the shore of Sagamore Lake.
Dining hall buffet.
In Great Camp Sagamore’s Playhouse, we’ll invite some members of the camp’s community to join us as we talk about environmental literature. Our group leader will discuss Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. We’ll have a chance to share our thoughts on this book or on another piece of environmental literature. Note: See the recommended reading list prior to the program for alternate suggestions.