4977
New York
Sagamore's Great Adirondack Camp With Your Grandchild
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.
Program No. 4977RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Raquette Lake
D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Check-in from 4:00 p.m.

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 our dining room with great views of Sagamore Lake, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner prepared by our chef. Dinners typically include a hot entrée, salads with several dressing choices, a variety of side and vegetable choices, bread, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water; beer and wine available for purchase. Sagamore's buffet is bountiful and varied. If you have special dietary requirements and do not think you can get what you need from the buffet, you may bring and store your own supplemental food in our walk-in cooler and/or cook them in an available microwave. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious, so please only bring refillable water bottles.

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: Especially for kids: 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, and/or enjoying activities and games on the lawns. You'll learn some new ones, as well as maybe play some very familiar ones. Groups will switch activities midway through the morning.

Lunch: Dining Hall buffet.

Afternoon: We'll start our afternoon with some nature identification, and legends and lore about plants and animals. Finding familiar plants and learning what they are and how they may be helpful to humans, as well as hearing the legends and lore of the Adirondack region and critters. Then we’ll gather to work on our craft projects and to learn more music including songs that we’ll share at Creativity Night.

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 head out onto the trails around Sagamore for an interpretive hike led by a member of the Sagamore Outdoor staff to learn more about plant and animal identification and local history. The most common finds include salamanders, frogs and toads. We'll learn about the various animals and the role that each plays in maintaining a healthy forest eco-system. With our Adirondack musician Dan Duggan, we’ll gather and have a musical activity for all.

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, Owl Hunt
Raquette Lake
B,L,D
Great Camp Sagamore

Activity note: Walking along streams and uneven terrain on trails, Night hike hunting for owls and night life.

Breakfast: Dining Hall buffet.

Morning: Activities include: Setting out on a stream walk led by a member of Sagamore's Outdoor Program staff, we’ll investigate, identify, discuss and document a sample of the aquatic life that teems in the stream waters near camp. Typical species found include crayfish, spiders and a variety of insects. We will also be having fun with George Steele, our guest for the day, who will be leading our group to learn about characteristics of Adirondack animals and the concept of camouflage that is often so important to survival in nature. We'll be looking for tracks, feathers, and any sign of animals.

Lunch: Dining Hall buffet.

Afternoon: We’ll take some time to finish up our craft projects and 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. After the Creativity Program, guests will have the option of taking part on an Owl Hunt - a Special Night Hike at Sagamore with George Steele.

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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