FULL DAY ACTIVITIES
ARTS & HISTORY TRACK I [Pre-Paid Add-On]: FDR Home, Museum & Library and Val Kill. Immerse yourself in the lives of two great Americans Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt who lead our country through a most critical period. We will tour the grounds of the Roosevelt Estate including the acclaimed library and museum, take a guided tour of the main house and stables, take a guided tour of Eleanors retreat Val Kill, and take in the history and the awesome view of the Hudson River. Cost: $15. Limit 15 people. Drive time from camp: 90 min.
ARTS & HISTORY TRACK II [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Visit Mohonk Mountain House. Mohonk Mountain House, a grand 265-room Victorian castle built on the deep-blue waters of Lake Mohonk in 1869, is one of America's oldest family-owned resorts, and offers access to 85 miles of hiking trails. We will enjoy a leisurely nature walk from the Mohonk gatehouse to the Mountian House. Then we'll enjoy the challenge of the rock scramble and crevices of The Labyrinth as we ascend to Skytop Tower. If you'd prefer an easier ascent, you can take the carriage trail to Skytop Tower. We'll then descend for a special treat as we eat lunch in the Mountain House Dinning room. Soup will be served, then we'll head to the salad bar and hot buffet, follwed by a sumptuous dessert selection. After lunch we'll tour the grounds and enjoy the gardens that include various collections, rock gardens and butterfly gardens. You can also explore the maze, or just look at everyone else in the maze from the tower gazebo. Revisit the grand style of the late 1800s atthe Mohonk Mounatin House. Cost: $70 (includes resort lunch and admission to the grounds). Limit 12 people. Drive time from camp: 60 min.
BOAT & FLOAT TRACK I [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Kayak the Hudson River. After a lesson/review of paddling techniques, we'll kayak to Bannerman's Island and Castle, and explore. We'll have lunch along the shore of the Hudson, then spend the afternoon exploring some neighboring marshland and seeing what we can see. An enjoyable, relaxing day on the water. Cost: $70 (includes transportation, guide, tips, and all gear.) Limit 32 people. Drive time from camp: 75 minutes.
***SOLD OUT*** ADVENTURE TRACK I [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing in the Gunks. Recognized as one of the outstanding climbing centers in the United States, the "Gunks" offer a wide variety of high quality climbing opportunities at every level from beginner to expert. With a guide, we'll explore some great routes of the Gunks. Multi-pitch climbs involve placement of protection and construction of anchors. This event is for skilled climbers that have done mutli-pitch climbing before. Pre-screening will be required. Cost: $135 each for 4 people; price will increase if fewer than 4. Limit 4 people. Drive time from camp: 60 minutes.***NOTE: This event has been cancelled and you can no longer register for it.***
***SOLD OUT*** ADVENTURE TRACK II [Included]: Bike to Bethel Woods, site of original Woodstock Festival. Beautiful ride through diversified roads of Sullivan County , passing through everything from dilapidated bungalow colonies to expansive horse farms. Ride will include a stop at Stephen Crane Pond, where the author wrote The Red Badge of Courage. Our ultimate destination is Bethel Woods, the site of the original Woodstock Festival, and home of the newly created Woodstock Museum . As luck will have it, our day at Bethel Woods will also coincide with the annual Harvest and Alpaca Festival, featuring hundreds of local farmers, food vendors, and craftsman. A free outdoor concert rounds out the daily events. You can eat to your hearts content at the festival, as we will arrange transportation to take us back to camp. Distance: 35-40 miles, rolling hills (experienced riders please). Cost: $15 for museum entrace. Festival is pay-as-you-go. Bring bike and helmet; Limit 11 people. ***NOTE: This event has SOLD OUT and you can no longer register for it.
ADVENTURE TRACK III [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Geocacheing Join us on a modern day scavenger hunt. Using the provided GPS units, maps, and compasses, look for the hidden treasures. You will be transported to Black Rock Forest, a beautiful private reserve. There, using well marked trails, you will explore for the hidden objects. A golden opportunity to learn to use a GPS unit and compass. Cost: $28. Limit 12 people.
VINES & WINES TRACK [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Storm King Art Center and Winery Tour. On this tour, we'll start at the Storm King Art Center -- a museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature. Five hundred acres of landscaped lawns, fields and woodlands provide the site for postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists. At Storm King, the exhibition space is defined by sky and land. Unencumbered by walls, the subtly created flow of space is punctuated by modern sculpture. The grounds are surrounded by the undulating profiles of the Hudson Highlands, a dramatic panorama integral to the viewing experience. The sculptures are affected by changes in light and weather, so no two visits are the same. We'll take a tram tour, have lunch, and depart the gardens to visit two local wineries: Demerst Hill and Warwick Valley. At the first, we'll try some unique fruit wines and liqueurs including amazing limoncello and anisette while we ejoy the colorful stories of the Italian winemaker. Then it's over to Warwick Valley, to enjoy some lighter fruit wines and spirits, while relaxing on the lawn and taking in teh sounds of some summer music. Cost: $28 (includes admission to Storm King, tram tour, wine tastings, and transportation). Limit 15 people. Distance from Camp: 60 min.
EASY HIKE TRACK I [Included]: Nature and Photography Hike in Mongaup State Park with Dave. Take your time and take in the birds and tree canopy in this diverse watershed area. Minimal elevation change makes for an easy walk of about 2 miles to the pond and back. If time allows, we'll walk around the pond. The trail can be muddy so hiking boots are best but old sneakers will do. Bring your camera! Elevation gain minimal. Hike distance 4 miles at max . Limit 20 people. Distance from Camp: 50 min.
MODERATE HIKE TRACK I [Included]: Hike the Hodge Pond/Frick Pond Loop. From the Frick Pond Trailhead, we'll hike the Flynn Trail north to Beech Mountain Nature Preserve, a private inholding with a NYS easement for a public footpath. The trail passes by the south shore of Hodge Pond before returning to State Forest Preserve. Continuing westward, the Flynn Trail ends at Junkyard Junction. From here, we'll return to the trailhead parking lot via the Quick Lake Trail, passing by Frick Pond. Total distance, 6.3 miles. Elevation gain TBD. Limit 14 people. Distance from Camp: 50 min. NOTE: This is a repeat of Saturday hike by same name.
MODERATE HIKE TRACK I [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Awosting Falls, Peters Kill, Split Rock Hike/Swim in Minnewaska State Park. This is a 4.5-mile (3 ½ hour) moderate hike with some easy rock scrambling along a babbling mountain stream with an option for a short swim at the end of the hike. We'll start the day at Awosting Falls, a 60 plunge into a broad pool in Minnewaska State Park. From there' we'll follow the High Peters Kill trail which is one of the finest, most varied trails in the Shawangunks. This trail climbs to the top of the Peters Kill cliffs with blueberry bushes abound and then descends and crosses the Peters Kill brook. We will follow Peters Kill upriver passing numerous cascades, chutes, and rocks worn by stream action. Non hikers beware - there are some short, steep sections on this portion of the hike. We'll then turn uphill, climbing 450 feet up to the ridge separating the Peters Kill from the Coxing Kill to rejoin the High Peters Kill trail. We'll then head back downhill to the Coxing Kill area. Once at the end of the trail we will come to Split Rock, a waterfall and swimming hole with some natural waterslides slightly further downstream. Cost: $10 (Fee to enter Preserve on weekend). Elevation gain approx 450 Feet in a short 1 mile section of the trail [we will start at 1400 Feet and end at 700 Feet]. Limit 15 people. Drive time from camp: 60 minutes.
MODERATE HIKE III [Included]: Visit Verkeederkill Falls and the Ice Caves. This out and back hike is along the Long Path as it passes through the Hamlet of Cragsmoor. The highlight of this outing is the 100 foot Verkeederkill Falls, and a walk through the Ice Caves. Half of the trail is on wide, abandoned paved road that gave access to the Commercial Ice Caves attraction. These caves were formed along fractures in the bedrock and in a jumble of boulders or talus blocks that have fallen from the face of the cliff. Snow and cold air enters the caves through the openings at the top and is unable to escape. This refrigerated environment often preserves snow and ice into the summer. You will explore this area by going up and down ladders and around and through splits in the rock. While there is small amount actual rock scramble there will be a couple places where you will need to pass your backpack forward to squeeze through. Total hike length is 8 miles (~6 hours). Elevation gain 100'. Limit 14 people. Drive time from camp: 40 min.
MODERATE HIKE TRACK IV [Pre-Paid Add-On]: Hike to Bonticou Crag and Table Rock. This is a 4-5 mile moderate hike, with an optional strenuous rock scramble. This hike is one of the best in the Shawangunks. This outing includes some easy walking through a deciduous forest, has sweeping views of the Catskills and other regions, plus best of all a challenging rock scramble on the talus of the Bonticou Crag. This outcrop of white, shining Shawangung conglomerate rises unexpectedly like a mirage from the valley floor and can be seen in the distance from many directions. The 150' rock scramble is an adventure in itself but should not be tackled by folks with inflexible bodies. A good head for heights is an advantage, and both hands and feet will be needed to make the ascent, though the rock offers great handholds and grip. The scramble can be bypassed by the Northeast Trail, affording an easier route to the top of the cliff. After lunch, we will then travel on to Table Rock a stunning area of rock outcroppings with very deep crevices. Along the way, we'll be rewarded with views of field and forest scenery, with many wildflowers. After returning to the starting point, if time allows, we'll take a short hike on the Chapel trail to end our hike at Clove Chapel. Total hike time: 4-5 hours; depending on time taken for the rock scramble. Cost: $10 (Fee to enter Preserve on weekend). Elevation gain 800'. Limit 15 people. Drive time from camp: 60 minutes. NOTE: This is a repeat of the Friday hike of the same name.
STRENUOUS HIKE I [Included]: Visit High Point, Verkeerder Kill Falls, Sams Point, and Indian Point. We will start by doing a short loop to Indian Rock trail which passes through dwarf pine barrens and emerges into an opening that offers views of the Catskill Mountains located to the north. Then continue along to High Point Trail (rugged, with rock scrambling, but a very beautiful trail) which hops across open slabs of Shawangunk conglomerate rock, offering views across the Verkeerderkill watershed and extensive Pine Barrens. Then we start looping back to Verkeerder Kill Falls Trail which is a favorite among most hikers, this trail leaves the Loop Road and leads to the Verkeerderkill Falls. As it meanders through open dwarf pine barrens, the trail provides views of the south facing cliffs of Gertrude's Nose, Margaret Cliff, and other unique geologic features. We will then finish the Day with a quick look at Sams Point. Here you are high enough to see above the high point of Cragsmoor and can see west as well as south and east. Just to the west of the ridge 10 miles south, the Basha Kill is visible. On a clear day, you can see all the way into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Total hike length is 10.5 miles. Elevation gain 900'. Limit 12 people. Drive time from camp: 40 min.
***Cancelled*** STRENUOUS HIKE II [Included]: Hike Wittenburg Mountain. Wittenberg is the Catskills' most massive mountain. The trail up is very steep in some places and almost level in others, with some rock scrambles thrown in for goo dmeasure. 180 degree panoramic views of the northern and southern Catskills, the Ashokan Reservoir and the Shawangunk Ridge can be enjoyed from the summit. Although the trail is difficult, the rewards upon reaching the top are without equal in the Catskills. Many people rate this view of the Catskills the best, and among the most inspiring in the eastern U.S. Total hike length is 7.8 miles. Elevation gain 2430'. Limit 12 people. Drive time from camp: 40 min. ***Note: This activity has been cancelled due to lack of interest.***
HALF-DAY MORNING ACTIVITIES
***SOLD OUT*** EASY HIKE II [Included]: Visit Sam's Point Ice Caves. After a modest 6/10 mile up a 85 foot climb on a the remains of old road is Sams Point. Here you are high enough to see above the high point of Cragsmoor and can see west as well as south and east. Just to the west of the ridge 10 miles south, the Basha Kill is visible. On a clear day, you can see all the way into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Afterwards the trail leads through the Ice Caves. These caves were formed along fractures in the bedrock and in a jumble of boulders or talus blocks that have fallen from the face of the cliff. Snow and cold air enters the caves through the openings at the top and is unable to escape. This refrigerated environment often preserves snow and ice into the summer. You will explore this area by going up and down ladders and around and through splits in the rock. While there is small amount actual rock scramble there will be a couple places where you will need to pass your backpack forward to squeeze through. We will then finish by having a small snack by Lake Maratanza and then head back down to the bus. Total hike length is 3.7 miles. Elevation gain 100'. Limit 18 people. Drive time from camp: 40 min. ***NOTE: This event has SOLD OUT and you can no longer register for it***
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK I [Included]: Boating/ Swimming in Camp. The waterfront at the lake will be open this morning for boating around the lake, swimming, sunning, etc. Unlimited.
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK II [Included]: Archery. Learn to shoot like William tell! Practice your newly-learned skills atthe outdoor archery range. All skill levels welcome. Limit 16 people.
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK III [Included]: Sports and Fitness at Camp. There are gorgeous tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and other sporting fields available and open for your use, and the camp has a fitness center, as well. Work out, grab a partner, get a group together, hit some balls, shoot some hoops... then go cool off in the lake.... Unlimited.
HALF-DAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK I [Included]: Art on the Lake. Walk with our very own Dorrie to the lake to explore your artistic expression. Bring cameras, sketchbooks, pencils, markers, or any media you enjoy working in. Dorrie will provide instruction and guidance. Limit 20 people.
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK II [Included]: Climbing Wall. Didn't have a chance to get onto th e real rock in the Gunks? It's not too late to practice your climbing skill, or just see what all the fuss is about. The camp has a fantastic climbing wall. We'll harness up, and try our skill. Limit 20 people.
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK III [Included]: Pool Open in Camp. The Olympic-sized pools will be open this afternoon for swimming, sunning, reading, or just hanging out. Lifeguards will be on duty. Unlimited.
CAMP ACTIVITIES TRACK IV [Included]: Sports and Fitness at Camp. There are gorgeous tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and other sporting fields available and open for your use, and the camp has a fitness center, as well. Work out, grab a partner, get a group together, hit some balls, shoot some hoops... then go cool off in the pool.... Unlimited.