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New York

Adirondack Great Camp Adventure: Sagamore With Your Grandchild

Welcome to Sagamore’s historic Grands Camp, where a fun-filled week of hiking, canoeing, and making s’mores with your grandchild will reveal the best of the Great Outdoors.
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Program No. 4977RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
899
New York

Adirondack Great Camp Adventure: Sagamore With Your Grandchild

Welcome to Sagamore’s historic Grands Camp, where a fun-filled week of hiking, canoeing, and making s’mores with your grandchild will reveal the best of the Great Outdoors.
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Program No. 4977 RJ
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Nature’s calling – are you ready to answer? Building off years of experience, Sagamore's Family Program brings multiple generations together for an unforgettable week in the stunning Adirondack wilderness. Together with members young and old (and in between!), this fun-filled outdoor educational adventure is tailored to all interests and skill levels. Even your camp, an incredible piece of regional and American history, plays a key part in this thrilling adventure!

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get ready for a wide variety of fun-filled outdoor activities, such as stream-walking, canoeing, nature-hiking, swimming, games and crafts.
  • Enjoy lively nights filled with campfires, concerts, and dancing.
  • Spend the week living a piece of Adirondack history, in a wilderness camp once owned by “American royalty.”

General Notes

For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out program "Adirondack Great Camp Adventure: Sagamore With Your Family" (#21022). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Great Camp Sagamore: The Vanderbilts' Adirondack Retreat
by Beverly Bridger
Beverly Bridger was Sagamore's Executive Director for more than 20 years.
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Raquette Lake
D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Check-in from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Afternoon: Program Registration. Register to receive your room assignment at the Office, where you will also get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information. You will also be informed as to when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the dining hall, we will enjoy an ample buffet meal, offering hot main dishes, salads, vegetables, breads, desert, and hot and cold drinks.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar intergenerational program, where grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Grandparents and grandchildren participate in most activities together. We will also orient participants to the facility itself. As a non-profit National Historic Landmark, we work to instill a sense of community and common purpose by asking grandparents to sign up for a meal or two of "clean-up duty" in the Dining Hall with their grandchild, a task that involves wiping down tables and sweeping the floor. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Canoeing, Craft Workshop, Music Lesson, Barn Dance
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Paddling canoes and learning paddle strokes on the lake.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet offers hot and cold choices such as pancakes, an egg dish, French toast, hot and cold cereal, a variety of donuts, bagels, and pastries, plus milk, juices, coffee, tea, and pure Sagamore water.

Morning: We will work in groups through most of the week, and alternate through activities so everyone gets to take part in all the activities. This morning, one group will be at the waterfront with camp staff for a boating and boathouse orientation that will prepare us for a subsequent canoe trip on Sagamore Lake! The other group will head up to the Playhouse to learn some dance steps in preparation for tonight's barn dance when grand kids will dance with grandparents. We'll switch groups midway through the morning.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall, buffet choices typically include a hot dish, sandwich meats, cheeses, and condiments, various salads, cookies or granola bars, and a variety of fresh fruits, plus milk, a variety of juices, lemonade, coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: After lunch, one group will head up to the Henhouse where we'll begin work on a creative project for the week with Sagamore's Arts & Crafts Director. This project will be a special, nature-focused craft project that we'll work on throughout the week. The possibilities are endless, so use your imagination! The second group will be with our special musician guests, learning some age-appropriate music based on the various outdoor lessons that we will learn about and share this week. Under their guidance and supervision, we'll learn songs and music, using simple instruments like recorders, drums and the lap dulcimer. If there is time remaining, take this opportunity to do what interests you most. You may wish to work more on your craft project, practice your music or dancing, identify wildlife you’ve learned about, or go for a swim. Later in the afternoon each day, led by the Program Staff, grand kids will have their Kid's Club, and grandparents have a chance to socialize or rest.

Dinner: Dining Hall buffet.

Evening: At the legendary Barn Dance, music by Dan Duggan will fill the air. Grandparents and grandkids will be partners for these fun and lively square dances, which will also allow us to get to know our fellow campers.

DAY
3
Canoeing, Lawn Games, Nature, Crafts & Music, Campfire
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile total; uneven terrain, some muddy and wet parts.

Breakfast: Dining Hall buffet.

Morning: This morning we will be either canoeing and enjoying time on Sagamore Lake, working on art projects, or taking a music lesson in the Playhouse. Groups will switch activities midway through the morning.

Lunch: Dining Hall buffet.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, we'll have a nature walk led by program staff, work on our art projects, or learn some music for Creativity Night! Groups will switch activities throughout the day. There will be an hour of free time followed by Kids Club at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Dining Hall buffet.

Evening: At the campfire up at the Sagamore lean-to, we’ll sing favorite camp songs and maybe even learn a few new ones. Grandkids and grandparents can tell family stories or legends, and we’ll finish the evening with a favorite campfire treat.

DAY
4
Interpretive Hike, Folksinger, Free Time, Performance
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Walking about 1/2 mile at a casual pace on undulating hills.

Breakfast: Dining Hall buffet.

Morning: We'll rotate through activities such as nature crafts, music lessons, and stream exploration with our guest expert naturalist.

Lunch: Dining Hall buffet.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Evening: Back at camp, we’ll enjoy a special evening of entertainment, Adirondack style! A musical night with Dan Duggan is in order so be ready to sing, clap your hands, and have a good time!

DAY
5
Stream Walk, Nature, Crafts, Creativity Night,
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Walking along streams and uneven terrain on trails.

Breakfast: Dining Hall buffet.

Morning: We'll try to finish our nature crafts and learn some final songs for creativity night this morning. Anyone who has not yet been out canoeing, will have the opportunity to get out on boats with programs staff.

Lunch: Dining Hall buffet.

Afternoon: We'll play some lawn games, take a hike, or practice our musical performances in preparation for tonight's Creativity Night.

Dinner: Dining Hall buffet. Share some of your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Especially for kids: At Creativity Night in the Sagamore Barn, we’ll show off our favorite crafts that we made this week, sing and play songs, tell jokes, and get ready to applaud for everyone else! It’s a great way to round out our time together.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Raquette Lake
B

Activity note: Check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining Hall buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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!






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