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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

Love for the 1812 Homestead

In September’s issue of “Adirondack Explorer”, Alan Wechsler featured Pok-O-MacCready’s current owner Jack Swan  in a intriguing, page-long piece about the 1812 Homestead and the tragic fire which took the Farmhouse and Barn. Read more…

A Pok-O-MacCready Goodbye (for now) Guide.


The leaves are turning green to brown and finding their way to the ground. In falls the new season and we must wave good-bye to summer. It turns out, 2017 was one of the best here at the Pok-O-MacCready Summer Camps.  Another, is less than 300 days away. Those days become minutes and those reduce to seconds in a blink.  Time is always bringing us one second closer together! So, enjoy your year, because then, back at camp, there will be so many new memories to share!

                However, we know it can be difficult to be patient. So, whether you’re longing to be back, or have to complete a report on “what you did this summer”; we created this smart little guide for you, call it the “Pok-O-MacCready Good-bye (for now) Guide” : Read more…

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.  


Yachting Excellence

The Jack’s Cup sailing regatta was held Friday morning on Long Pond.  Staged in two heats, the racing began with little to no wind, but picked up as the event moved along.  “The wind was pretty low when we began, but it picked up and took us all the way!”

So said Dan, who along with fellow Senior boys camper Liam (left), won the four boat, all boys final to capture the cup.  “No secret,” Dan said about winning.  “We just sailed how we thought we should.”.  Finishing in second were the defending champions, Sasha and Christian.

Jack’s Cup marks the end of a busy multi-sport intra-camp, and inter-camp sports season at Pok-O-MacCready.


  1. Dan and Liam
  2. Sasha & Christian
  3. Hunter & Henry
  4. Jack & Lucas

Trophies, Patches, Hugs & Tears

2017 Camp MacCready Session #2 Honor Campers

The five young ladies pictured above, were joined by seven other MacCready “M” recipients; top riding honorees Zoe and Sophie P; and with Abbi, who was the most recognized wilderness honoree.

Those were the big winners, but every MacCready camper was given a gift for their years of service”, and/or class and wilderness participation, attitude, improvement or excellence.

The ceremony, which followed a roast beef dinner, was highlighted by the naming of the MacCready “M” (given to the staff’s choice – in each section – as the most ideal camper), and the Honor Camper.

When asked, by camp director Brian DeGroat, to name the qualities of an Honor Camper, many adjectives were shouted out (“kind”, “helpful”, “trusting”, “someone who always has your back.”).  Perhaps, it was best summed up by Elly, who mentioned that her vote for Honor Camper went to “someone who may not be loud, but when they’re gone you really feel their absence.”  Below, are the 2017 winners:

LODGE Shea, Oona Kate C
INTERMEDIATE Melanie, Mallory Alexis
SENIOR Zoe, Vivian Tori
C.I.T. Abbi Jaida (CIT sheet)

 The award’s presentation was followed by a the traditional candlelight singing ceremony, filled with some singing, and some sobbing.  See a full collection of banquet pictures at our ONLINE GALLERY.

Boys Banquet: Celebration of Summer

2017 Session #2 Honor Campers

Robinson Hall was decked out Wednesday night for the 113th Camp Pok-O-Moonshine Banquet.

Cooked by the kitchen staff, and served by the C.I.T’s, the meal consisted of roast beef, broccoli, roasted potatoes and a brownie sundae.

The awards ranged from class participation, wilderness excellence, all the way up to the big prizes:  The Pok-O “P” (counselors pick for most ideal camper), to the Honor Camper (chosen by the camper’s themselves.)  Special recipients are listed below.

See a full gallery of the boy’s banquet HERE; the girl’s hold their awards banquet and candle ceremony Thursday evening.

INTERMEDIATE Casey, Emmett Caden
SENIOR Kevin M Dan A
Papouto June

High Sierra Climbing

Pok-O-MacCready recognized it’s 404th recorded Adirondack 46er Wednesday morning, when C.I.T. camper Sierra topped out on the summit of Wright Peak.

Sierra was joined by her father, staff member Matt, along with most of the members of the ADV and CIT sections.

See a more pictures from this, and all 2017 camper 46er celebrations at OUR ONLINE GALLERY, and check out a lengthy, impressive list of all camp 46ers, dating back to 1955.

Get Into the Games!

Last nights post did adequately sum up the games. So, here is a video recap that puts you into the action of the past couple days.  


Click here for an awesome full photo gallery from the days.

And Here for more 2017 summer camp videos.

When the Games End.

The games continued early this morning with The Odyssey. City-states sent competitors all over the Pok-O-MacCready land for this long distance competition. The day did not end at lunch, for scheduled directly following, was the epic Peloponnesian War.  Read more…

From The Walls of Troy.

Painted along the ancient Troy-O-Plex, are the names of past Greek Games Champions.  Tor of Troy never took his focus off the battle in front of him and stated that the teams to watch out for were “either us… or… you know, all of them, all of the teams at this point have a chance of winning.” To aid in the struggle, he speaks of some strategy, “get out as many people I can , go for the weapons I can , go forward…”. Of course, the Trojan War Game has many elements, so the need for various different strategies.  In this labyrinth of a dodgeball battle, Sam Of Athens, has embraced a different strategy, “Cheer!”.

                Unlike other big games here at Pok-O-MacCready Camps, Greek Games’ Trojan war, has counselor heroes aided their city-states. Bales of hay acting as blockades and a Trojan Horse itself laying open behind each team, a preyed upon target, a quick defeat. Willow Of Sparta takes a head on approach, “I run at the ball it the beginning because I think it intimidates the other team.” Her intensity may be why she became a historical Tribal Days Sachem earlier this summer.  However, she doesn’t think she has any particular pressure to follow up that victory with another, “pressure is for every city-state.” she says.

 A fellow Spartan, Peter, proved himself worthy on the field in the younger division and so was given word that the elder warriors of Sparta needed his excitement. “I feel great man, I feel great.”  He cheered while preparing to go out there once again. All of this despite a sudden downpour over the morning’s Olympiad.  As sure as the birds came out to chirp, so did the campers come to play; soaked as they were. It’s another day of games tomorrow, and when the sun falls beyond the horizon, a new Champion will be announced at Delphi. Check back tomorrow for more.

Peruse the Online PhotoGallery for pleasure or purchase.

Check out which city-state your camper is on here.

Week 6 Recap (Video)

Here is a recap from this past week. Not included, but worthy a mention include Eve  and Talia’s 46’r finish, numerous section activities and tons of fun class hours.  Another maritime trip went out as well as plenty of hikes.  Check back for more news as this summer wraps up!

Click here for more summer camp video.

And HERE for photos!!

A Blue Ribbon Day

It was chilly on the MacCready field, a perfect day for the campers to take out those Pok-O quarter zips, hoodies, sweatpants and blankets that are put on reserve in the drawers during the warmer days. This afternoons event, the BIG MacCready Horse Show.  

Here’s some results:

Blue Ribbon Leadline: Chloe

Blue Ribbon Beginner Walk Trot : Christian 

Walk Trot Division Champion: Victoria

Counter Class Division Champ: Mallory

Blue Ribbon X-Rails: Lucia

Reserve Champion Low Hunter: Lucia

Our riding director also wanted to give special notice to Sophie. She rode three different horses on the day.  She did a wonderful job getting knocked down, literally, and getting back up and trying again. Though she did not leave with a blue ribbon, she has the respect of all who attended.  



More photos to be added on our online photo gallery.

Last Night in the North Country

Well, not 100% true. Though it was a few campers day to say good-bye, Pok-O-MacCready Camps had more people than usually on the grounds yesterday.  It was parents day and for many of you reading, this is a recap of what you yourself experienced.  However, once many of the parents had left and the campers returned from their excursions, they found the grounds turned into a carnival.  Another carnival?? Well, the Palooza surely could not have been enough and this one had a North Country theme to it.

What is the North Country?  Sasha said, “Adirondacks”.   Appropriate, yes, this is the north, but the carnival didn’t portray too much of the area, rather it had a classic “fair feel”.  Going along with this were the corndogs, fried dough, lemonade and an a-typical fair fare item, walking taco’s.  

Then, there were games.  These games kept the kids busy for hours.  None of the tasks were simple, many frustrated faces walked away from the bottle game or the washer toss with empty hands.  Still, prizes were being achieved with the tickets won at the games. Others include bean bag toss, ladder golf, and fill the spot. 


Though many of the campers were drowsy, coming down from sugar highs and excitement, the night ended with a rowdy game of North Country Bingo.  Were there dance breaks?  Does one even have to ask?  Chicken Fried, cotton-eye joe and Taylor Swift all made their usual appearance through the speakers.  



A full gallery will be placed up on the online smugmug gallery soon. 

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