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

having a good time with great people, it was also about learning who you are, and how you interact in a larger community.

And now for the request: Jack (and all of us here at camp) wants your help.  He wants you to remember what made camp special for you, and he wants you to share that with anyone around you who may benefit from spending two, three, four or even seven weeks at camp. If there is a young person in your life that yearns for adventure, community, self discovery or even just some time in the woods, please tell them about camp. By sharing your love of camp, you’ll help connect children with nature and each other.  And by increasing our enrollment, you’ll help ensure that camp will be around for many years to come.

logo - campCLICK HERE for a guide that will give you a few things to talk about, both with children and their parents.  If anyone asks a question that you don’t know the answer to, please let them know that Sarah and I are always available. 

Thanks you so much for your time and efforts, and for sharing the love of camp with the next generation of campers.   

Brian DeGroat – Executive Director – [email protected]      

Sarah Disney – Director of Admissions –  [email protected]

P.S. Did you know that over 90% of our campers come to camp because it was recommended to them by someone who has already been to Pok-O! So be cool and join the trend!


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

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

[email protected]

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