We love Pok-O-MacCready Summer Camp, and we hope you will, too!
Read on to see how Pok-O earned the title of “Greatest Camp in the Universe.” You can learn more about our programs by clicking the links at the left to learn more about our summer camp staff, summer camp dates & rates, and the summer camp registration process.
At any point, please feel free to contact us for more information and to speak with a summer camp director. Want to HEAR about our summer camp’s history? Listen to our 15-minute podcast interview by CampNavigator Magazine.
What makes Pok-O-MacCready a unique Adirondack summer camp?
Adirondack summer camps differ greatly from other summer camps in New York. At Pok-O, our century-old tradition of outdoor sports is still very much alive today. We offer activities that you might not find at other camps including: archery, horseback riding, camp craft, candle making, homesteading, and our “History & Mystery” trips which lead campers into the wilderness to learn about the legends of the Adirondacks.
The proximity of our Adirondack summer camp to the Adirondack Park grants us access to more than 6 million acres of woodland, rocks, rivers, lakes, and mountains to explore. We consider it a privilege to be able to share this gorgeous part of the country with our campers each summer, and enjoy fostering their love of the outdoors while teaching them stewardship for the environment.
What comes to mind when you hear the words “Adirondack summer camp”?
Do you think of waking up to the call of the bugle and gathering with your comrades around the cobblestone fireplace of the dining hall before enjoying a hearty breakfast, made with ingredients from the farm just down the road? Can you hear the chorus of screen doors of the rustic cabins slamming shut as kids grab their waterbottles, backpacks, and bug spray before running off to class in the morning? Do you think of that sense of accomplishment after you cooked your first slab of SPAM on a camping stove, or that summer that you finished climbing the tallest peaks of the Adirondacks and became an Adirondack 46-er?
Can you feel the cool water splash around you as you do a cannonball off the diving board? Do you think of hiking with your friends to a rocky outcropping to watch the sun set behind a line of majestic mountains? Do you think of campfires and s’mores, and ghost stories with the moonlight reflecting on a shimmering lake, with the solemn call of a loon providing the soundtrack to a quintessential Adirondack summer camp moment? If these are the kind of images you associate with an Adirondack summer camp, then you would be right at home at Pok-O-MacCready! These aren’t recollections from our last Adirondack summer camp season; this is our history. Pok-O-MacCready Camps is one of the oldest Adirondack summer camps in New York.
In fact, our boys’ Adirondack summer camp is the oldest in the United States having been privately owned and operated by the same family since its establishment in 1905. In 1967 our current director, Jack Swan, saw the need for an Adirondack summer camp for girls in New York and opened Camp MacCready. We are now one big family, combining our names to “Pok-O-MacCready” and operating as a traditional residential Adirondack summer camp for boys and girls ages six to sixteen.
If you’re looking to introduce your child to the traditional Adirondack summer camp experience, the search is over: Welcome to Pok-O!