Education Sponsered by Our Chapter
As Education Chair, on December 20th, I had the pleasure of joining the Wilton Rotary Club at their breakfast meeting
at Skidmore College to speak with them about ADK and all that it encompasses. I thank them for both their interest in
our organization and for their hospitality.
I am also pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring nine individuals for summer camperships for the summer of 2017.
- Heading to DEC’s Camp Colby will be Molly Rodewald of Queensbury, Kaitlyn Wells of Gansevoort, and Isabelle Savage of Wilton.
- Those who will be participating in DEC’s Pack Forest program include Jacob O’Brien of Galway, Liam Rodewald of Queensbury,
Alec Aleva of Glens Falls, Alexander Fingland of Ticonderoga and Cole Mead of Schenectady.
- Eric Defibaugh of Mechanicville will be learning trail maintenance skills as he takes part in ADK’s Teen Trails program.
Congratulations to all … and Enjoy!!!
The Lake Colby Environmental Education Camp
, for youth aged 11 to 13, is located on the western shore of Lake Colby,
just outside the Village of Saranac Lake. The DEC website promises a week at Colby will be filled with fun and adventure,
noting that "Campers participate in a discovery group while at camp, completing six lessons ranging from group dynamics to
field, forest, and pond explorations, to a study of human impact. Group members learn science, solve challenges, play games,
keep a journal, catch salamanders, net butterflies and discover the interconnectedness of life on earth.
College-educated counselor staff guides all activities, encouraging participation and respect among group members while
interpreting the natural world for campers…Additionally, campers choose from a variety of optional activities throughout
the week that introduce them to outdoor pursuits and pastimes. Experiences include fishing, canoeing, archery, exploring a bog
and overnight camping trips."
, just north of Warrensburg, offers camp sessions for both teens 14 to 17 years old and youth in the 11 to 13 age range.
"Sessions offer the older campers a chance to explore forestry, aquatic biology, wildlife management, field ecology and other environmental issues.
Workshop attendees learn about professional forestry techniques, such as the use of Biltmore sticks and increment borers.
The program emphasizes group dynamics and teamwork as essential to the environmental decision-making process.
Staff encourages interaction, communication and cooperation as campers seek solutions to group challenge activities.
Students also discover their individual strengths and
abilities. In addition to advanced outdoor workshops, Pack Forest campers participate in exhilarating out-of-camp canoeing or backpacking trips
in the beautiful Adirondacks. Optional activities during the week include fly fishing, hiking, swimming, shooting sports and orienteering.
Youths, ages 11 to 13, can share in activities here that mirror those at Camp Colby.
ADK’s Teen Trail five day projects
are geared towards high school students (aged 14 to 17). This program, which relies upon the key elements
of teamwork and shared responsibility, focuses on educating participants on the ways and means of trail maintenance.
Participants may learn such skills as how to properly install water devices such as water bars, how to harvest a tree using tools such
as a crosscut saw and axe, or how to use boulders with a steel bar.
Through the course of a trail project, which can be physically challenging,
campers share in a fun and rewarding experience while forming new friendships and memories. Ultimately a quality trail project is completed by
trail crews that will protect the natural resource for many years.
ADK provides campers with food, group camping gear, tools and experienced leadership.
Specific sites for the summer 2017 program will be posted on our site as soon as available.
A past participant remarked,
"I had a lot fun this year and I enjoyed learning about making wooden bridges. It was especially cool because we felled the tree on site.
I feel like my skills have really increased now that I have had a project with stone and a project with logs. I have had so much fun I hope to be
on a crew every summer. When I am old enough, I hope to work for the Mountain Club. I'd love to be a teen trail crew leader. "
Application forms for all of these sponsorships may be downloaded using the "Application Forms" links from this web page.
When completed, send to:
18 Pine Ridge Road,
Hadley, NY 12835