4977
Raquette Lake
Grands Camp at an Adirondack Great Camp: Sagamore's Intergenerational Program
Discover Sagamore’s historic Grands Camp with your grandchild, where you’ll create lasting memories as you hike, canoe, enjoy a barn dance, stargaze and make s’mores around a campfire.
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Program No. 4977RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Registration/Welcome and Orientation
Raquette Lake
D
Great Camp Sagamore

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

Dinner: The chef will carefully prepare buffet meals provided in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available. For Intergenerational programs, we try to meet the needs of both children and adults. Note: Sagamore's buffet line is bountiful and varied. If you do not think that you can choose the foods you need for your special diet from the buffet, please supplement with your own that may be stored for your convenience in our walk-in cooler and/or cooked in an available microwave. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious. Please do not bring bottled water.

Evening: Welcome meeting and orientation to facility includes introductions and itinerary discussion. Please note that itinerary plans are subject to change if we feel we can improve this program for you. Generally speaking the morning is for outdoor activities, the afternoon for crafts and music, and the evening for special events. Grandparents and grandchildren participate in the activities together. After introducing guests to our staff and to each other, we will cover our itinerary for the week. We will also orient participants to the facility itself. As a non-profit National Historic Landmark with a very small staff of educators who oversee 27 rustic buildings used for educational purposes, we work to instill a sense of community and common purpose in our guest. In fact, many guests to Sagamore -- including Road Scholar service program participants -- come specifically to work, on projects ranging from building improvements to canoe and furniture restoration to trail maintenance. For programs like our Intergenerational programs, we work to instill that sense of community-mindedness in children by asking our 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. Weather, availability of materials, input from you, costs, and many unpredictable things can cause itinerary changes. We are sure you understand. Sagamore and Road Scholar have been intergenerational partners for over a decade and we are proud of our success together. Our aim is to help you and your grandchild/ren build memories, develop appreciation for nature, and strengthen the bond between generations. We hope you will enjoy your experience.

DAY
2
Outdoor activities, crafts, barn dance tonight.
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Breakfast: All breakfasts are served 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 blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: Morning options may include: BOATING. A boathouse orientation to prepare you for the canoeing trip. GAMES on the Playhouse lawn. You will learn Kubb, Bocci, ladder golf and croquet. Interpretive lake trail hike involving plant and animal identification and local history. We commonly find salamanders, frogs and toads. SINGING. Enjoy learning some favorite camp songs with an Adirondack folksinger. DANCING. You may also learn some steps in preparation for tonight's barn dance. Grandchildren dance with grandparents.

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; cookies or granola bars; a variety of fresh fruits; milk and a variety of juices or lemonade. Coffee, tea, Sagamore water are always available.

Afternoon: Options may include: CRAFTS & MUSIC (age-appropriate and based on the outdoor lessons we share this week). Craft and music sessions are about an hour long and scheduling often permits one class to follow the next on the same afternoon. SWIMMING or free time follows the two afternoon activities. At about 4:30PM each day, all the grandchildren in camp play games, lead by the outdoor education staff and give the grandparents a chance to rest and socialize.

Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Evening: BARN DANCE. Grandparents and grandchildren are partners for these fun and lively square dances and you will get to know everyone else in camp.

DAY
3
Hike on the lake trail, crafts/music, campfire tonight.
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Morning: Morning options may include: STREAMWALK to investigate the aquatic life stream. We usually find crayfish, spiders and a variety of insects. CANOEING to the beach and walking along the sandbar.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: FREE TIME: The Adirondack Park is the size of Vermont, so we try to allow families at least a little time to explore the region, if they desire. Families may spend the day out of camp exploring local venues or choose to participate in a special crafts project in camp (extra fee incurred).

Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Evening: CAMPFIRE tonight. We will sing a number of favorite old camp songs and may learn a few new ones. Grandchildren will share stories about their families that they have learned from their grandparents and we will finish the evening with a favorite campfire treat.

DAY
4
Canoeing, free time in afternoon or optional craft in camp.
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Morning: CRAFT, MUSIC and OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, will be juggled so that each participant gets to enjoy each of the activities for the week.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Afternoon activities may include: CRAFTS or NATURE DISCOVERY where we will look for the variety of animals that inhabit the area around camp. Typically we will see deer and their fawns, snowshoe hares and cottontail rabbits, moths, butterflies, salamanders, snakes and frogs. MUSIC: your group will learn a song to share at Creativity night.

Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: We'll enjoy some special entertainment, Adirondack Style!.

DAY
5
Outdoor activity, finish crafts, prepare for Creativity Night and a closing ceremony.
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Morning: Morning options may include: CRAFTS or NATURE EXPLORATION, an interpretive lake trail hike involving plant and animal identification and local history. We commonly find salamanders, frogs and toads.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Afternoon activities may include: NATURE GAMES learning about characteristics of Adirondack animals and the concept of camouflage. Complete your CRAFTS project or practice MUSIC in preparation for tonight's Creativity Night.

Dinner: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Evening: CREATIVITY NIGHT. Show the favorite craft you made this week, sing a song or tell a joke, and be ready to applaud for everyone else! It is a great way to round out our time together.

DAY
6
Good-byes
Raquette Lake
B

Breakfast: Meal served in Dining Hall.

Morning: Say good-bye to the friends you have spent the week with. Check-out is at 10A.