The Friends of Pok-O-Moonshine

“It was hard work, but I got to be with my friends and it was great to help out!”  -Willow

Camp has htrailwork08ad a close association with Mt. Pok-O-Moonshine since, well, the founding of Camp Pok-O-Moonshine, in 1904.  Early visiting day picnics were held at the base of the mountain, the meal and dessert being the reward for having climbed to the top…  In the 21st century, the top of the mountain has served as the finish line, and celebration spot for the Patch Sprint fund raising endurance race… And, for over a century, kids from camp have climbed the trails and camped on the slopes of “Pok-O”.

Therefore, it is wholly appropriate that camp gives back to this wonderful mountain that has provided so much enjoyment.  That’s where The Friends of Pok-O-Moonshine comes in. Otrailwork09n Wednesday, a group of campers and staff volunteered their time to assist the not-for-profit organization with the maintenance, repair and improvement of the trails up the mountain.

“We did a lot of water bars, like every ten feet,” said Brandon H.  “It was a lot of fun but a lot of work.”  Water bars, which divert overflow away from the trail, are a big part of trail maintenance.  “There are a lot of rocks to move,” reports Willow, but as eight-year old Annie C mentioned, “We had lots of tools to work with.  They were heavy but they worked!”  June concurred:  “It was good using the tools – like the pick axe – cleaning out ditches and making streams.”

trailwork12Trail work is definitely a group effort (“We used a lot of teamwork to get the job done,” said Scott V) and is one of those camp endeavors where the reward comes from the effort.  “More fun than work,” said Marko, “and we got to feel accomplished because we did something useful for everyone.”
“It was hard work,” said Annie, “but, when we finally stopped, we realized it was fun.  Especially when we got to the top and saw the views.  It was really nice.”

Camp is clearly happy to help care for the mountain it is named after, and Friends of Pok-O-Moonshine director David T. Train remarked that, “this is the best group we’ve ever worked with.”

“While the work was repetitive and took a long time,” concluded Lucy M, “once we hiked down and saw what we had done, we really started to appreciate what it takes to make the mountains so beautiful.”

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Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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