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Wilderness First Aid to be Taught at Camp

Dear Camp Staff, Alumni and Friends,

We’re excited to announce an upcoming program at Pok-O that you might want to take advantage of.

Dave Durant, former camper, counselor, outdoor ed director, etc.  will be instructing courses on advanced wilderness first aid.  READ MORE HERE

This is a great opportunity to increase your wilderness first aid skills.

Current or future staff who successfully pass this training and work at camp next summer will be eligible for a course tuition reimbursement at the end of the summer.

Please CONTACT us if you have any questions.

Best Wishes,

Sarah Disney and Brian DeGroat

“Jake” Eddy, Forever a Pok-O Family Member.

Last week, a long-time member of the Pok-O-MacCready Family passed away.  Condit “Jake” Eddy was in his Chevy Chase,MD home when he died on August 27th.  Here is his Washington Post Obituary.


“Jake” (Age 89)  
Of Chevy Chase, MD and Willsboro, NY, died of renal failure at home in Chevy Chase on August 27,2017.
Jake served for more than three decades as an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, with posts in Amman, Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon; Aleppo and Damascus, Syria; Istanbul, Turkey; and London. A descendant of three generations of American missionaries in Syria and Lebanon, Jake was the first student in the United States to graduate with a degree in Near Eastern studies, part of a pioneering program at Princeton University.
Prior to his government service, Jake worked for the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia and taught English at Aleppo College. After his retirement, he was an active member of the Singing Capital Chorus of the DC. chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and of the Daytones, a Barbershop Harmony group from several area chapters.
Jake was born in Watertown, NY and served in the United States Army from 1945-1947. After his military service, he attended Princeton University, a member of the sixth generation in his family to have done so, and graduated with the class of 1951. He remained a deeply proud Princetonian all his life.
Although he traveled widely throughout the world for business and pleasure, Jake’s favorite place to be was at the family’s rustic camp on Long Pond in Willsboro, in the Adirondack mountains.
Jake is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Boardman Eddy; two children, Kristin Eddy of Vallejo, CA, and Nicholas Eddy, daughter-in-law, Wendy Eddy, and their children, Grace and William, of Chevy Chase, MD.
A memorial gathering will be held on October 14, which would have been his 90th birthday, at a location to be announced soon.
Published in The Washington Post from Sept. 3 to Sept. 10, 2017

Alumni Honored with Boat, Building

Two longtime Pok-O-MacCready family members were honored last week, in conjunction with the Camp MacCready 50th Anniversary celebration.

Kelly Daley Zimmerman was bestowed a sailboat in her name for her 25 years of service to the camp staff in a variety of functions, from counselor, waterfront director, tutor, nurse’s aid and, most notably, boating director.


Sue Andrews Bagli is arguably the most influential person in the history of Pok-O-MacCready’s riding program, having served two terms as program director, in the 1980’s, and 2010’s.  In her honor, the long-referred to “New Barn” has been renamed The Sue Barn.  

Bagli is a 2nd generation distinguished alumna; her father Bob was one of the early recipients of a rowboat named in his honor.  



Mohawk capture Tribal Games, Break 13-year Curse

The Mohawk ended the longest drought in the 62-year history of Tribal games, winning the 2017 championship by a scant two point margin over the three-time defending champion Tuscarora.


“It was great how everyone came over to celebrate with us,” said winning Sachem Willow.  Indeed, the victory was a popular one.  “If it wasn’t going to be us, I’m glad it was the Mohawk,” claimed a member of the runner-up tribe.

Christian becomes the fourth consecutive member of his family, and fifth overall, to be a winning Chief, joining his brother, cousin and uncle. “I felt some pressure about that but mostly about trying to break the 13-year streak,” said Christian, who was visibly emotional about the win. “When they announced us, I didn’t know what to think– the tears just kept coming.”


Full Tribal Games galleries can be found at our ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY

Legacy: 113 Years… and counting

This photo, taken Thursday morning, consists of the dozens of legacy campers and staff attending camp for 2017’s four-week session.  Among the group are seven 4th-generation campers; one 5th-generation staff members; and a 6th-generation camper– the great, great, great grandson of camp founder C.A. Robinson.  ( few camp family members were absent for the photo)

Pok-O-Mac Open House April 29

Spring has finally arrived at Pok-O and it is time to start thinking about summer.  And what do we need for summer??? Kids! How do we get em? Open house at Pok-O! (I hope)

When: Saturday, April 29th, 1-5PM

Where: Pok-O

What: Meet and Greet, Tours, Boating (Fishing) Climbing, Sports, a hike maybe?

Who: Local families and prospective campers

Why?: Because we are hoping to boost our 3 week numbers

The Big Ask: Camp director Brian DeGroat would like to get as many returning families and staff here as possible to help with set-up, run some small activities, talk with parents and kids, and generally just show how cool we are. If you think you will be able to join us, please contact Brian.  

FIND OUT MORE HERE, and if you know of anyone else who may be up that weekend, please pass this on.

Brian DeGroat Executive Director

Pok-O-MacCready Camps and Outdoor Education Center

(P) 518.963.7656  (F) 518.963.4165

Camp MacCready to Celebrate 50th Anniversary!

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Pok-O-MacCready Camps will be offering several special activities in conjunction with its annual Alumni & Family camp, AUGUST 16-20, 2017.





Summer Camp Blog: “Get2Kno” Pok-O MacCready Camps!

        The previous summer camp blog entry was about setting goals and achieving these goals step-by-step. Pok-O-MacCready Summer Camps always has the goal to GROW our current family and SHARE the greatest summer camp in the universe with more communities. It is simple, more kids means more fun activities. 
        So, our first step was to plan the Get2Kno Pok-O: Summer Camp Socials. 

           Executive Director Brian Degroat said this about these new ‘socials’:

                “We realized that our best promoters for camp are our current families. So we created opportunities for potential campers to meet current campers and have a ‘hang out’. Then they can continue to forge the relationships they make during the summer, while making new friends they may then see that summer!  We would love to see just as many new faces as familiar ones at these socials.”

                When and where will these events be?

                We are going to have events in NYC, New Jersey, Westchester, Boston, Connecticut and Philadelphia but the first event is:

The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym
(Chatham, New Jersey)
January 14th 2017


               We will have access to their 40+ Foot Climbing Walls and over 14,000+ Square Feet of Climbing.  There will be food and refreshments in addition to the climbing. The day is all-inclusive and completely free.  We do suggest that you arrive about 10 minutes early to get set-up with climbing equipment.  This will be the kick-off of the Get2Kno Pok-O: Summer Camp Socials, so we hope to see as many of you there as we can!

                What are ways current camp families can help?      

               Simply showing up, having fun and sharing those loving camp memories are enough, but if you would like to take it a step further, talk to anyone you know who is interested in summer camp.  Share the event on-line and in-person. The Facebook link below will bring you to the events page for Pok-O-MacCready Camps. 


(Click for Facebook)

           This can be shared on Facebook itself or any online groups you may be a part of.)  Bring friends or family members who’ve known about your summer camp experiences but have never tried it out. The goals of these activity-based events are simply to share some good times and possibly grow the Pok-O-MacCready Community!



…and if you’d like, print and post some flyers! (They also can be found on the Facebook event page)

                How do I get to the first event?

                All of the directions can be found online through the Facebook or The Gravity Vault website, but here is the exact address for the Chatham location, where our event will be held.

40 Watchung Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928
January 14th  

                Can’t make it this time?

                Don’t worry! We have more fun activities ahead. Stay tuned and check out the Facebook. Or e-mail us at for more information.



2016 Holiday Moonshiner: News, pictures and Information

The 2016 camp newsletter has been sent out to close to a thousand Pok-O campers, parents, staff, alumni, family and friends.

If the publication did not find your home, it may help us to update your contact information and preferences.

No need to worry, however, an online version may be FOUND HERE!

Happy Holidays!

Important Holiday Message from Camp’s Owner & Directors!

Greetings Alumni and Camp Families,

Jack Swan

Jack Swan

As we get ready for a season of giving thanks, celebrating another turn around the sun, and spending time with our friends and families, I have a request to pass on to you from our owner, Jack Swan. Since 1963, Jack has tried to make Pok-O-MacCready an inclusive environment based on personal responsibility, community building, adventure education, and most of all, fun!  As we begin to see the effects of modern society and technology on our youth, these ideals are more important than ever.  Every year, hundreds of campers and thousands of students attend Pok-O-MacCready’s summer camp and Outdoor Education Center.  They are given opportunities to leave their computers, phones, and social media behind, and engage with friends, teachers, and role models in the picturesque setting of Long Pond and the Adirondack Mountains. 

Research has shown us that there are a multitude of benefits in getting children outside, and I am guessing that all of you can identify some of the ways in which camp b16_bingo05enefited you.

Many of you remember hiking the High Peaks, or maybe just Rattlesnake Mountain.  You remember getting off the bus, or the train, or getting out of the car, and running to meet old friends and see what your new bunk looked like and if your favorite horse was in the paddock.  Hopefully you cherish these memories and you’ve come to realize that camp wasn’t just about
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Pok-O-MacCready’s New Alumni Director


For immediate release:

Pok-O-MacCready Camps is pleased to announce that camp alumna Amy Hardin Turosak has been named the new Director of Alumni Relations.


Amy Turosak

Turosak is a former counselor and assistant director at Camp MacCready, with relatives at camp dating back 45 years,  She spent the summer of 2016 at camp– cleaning, organizing and categorizing camp information and memorabilia, while shifting material and records from the former archives room in the Master’s Lodge, to its new home at the recently constructed camp historical museum and gallery.

“For decades there’s been a meaningful curiosity and concern regarding the contents of the huge blue bins in the small room upstairs of the Master’s Lodge,” said Turosak.   “We happily announce the initial sort of photos, records and memorabilia from those boxes is now clean and complete in the newly built gallery.”

Turosak replaces Tim Singer, who created the position in 2010, and will continue to serve camp alumni on a part-time basis.  “Amy’s dedication to camp history wholly qualifies her for this post,” said Singer, who is stepping down from the job to focus more
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Legacy: Session #2


Seated on the bench, in the middle are Caden, Jessa, Wyatt, Joseph, Jackson W., Jackson K and Eliza, all of whom represent fourth generation Pok-O-MacCready family.

Earlier in the session, Tilden – a sixth generation legacy – was in Pioneer section.

Classic and Contemporary Camp

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The newest building at Pok-O-MacCready has been constructed to show off the oldest part of camp!

Located next to the lower (boy’s camp) parking lot, the Art Gallery and Archives Museum opened to the public this past week.  The museum features memorabilia from 112 years of Pok-
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The idea was conceived by camp owner Jack Swan as a way to replace the former archives room.  “Not only was the (old) building falling into disrepair, the camp archives themselves needed to be preserved.”

Taking on this daunting chore is former camp counselor Amy Hardin Turosak.  “My goal is to catalog, store, restore, digitize and display general archives,”  said Turosak, who is working with

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Our Loyal Leaders









Uniformly dressed for visiting day, the 2016 camp counselors, kitchen staff, administrators, specialists and nurses gathered Saturday morning for the annual group photo.

Camp Legacy


No less than 60 descendants of past Pok-O-MacCready campers and staff gathered this morning for our annual legacy photo.  If you see, or more to the point, don’t see someone that should be in the picture, that’s likely because they were on a hike.

As the impressive picture proves, we truly our a large camp family with a long history! (See more section and group pictures HERE)

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