Choices, Checks and Tests!


                On the second day of summer, campers take turns getting checked out by nurses, hopping into the lake for swim tests and rotating around with their sections for the activity fair.  During this fair, the campers get an overview of all the class options they have to choose from.  They confront the tried and true as well as the possibility of trying something new. With over twenty options, the choice is difficult.

                      Once through all the stations the campers convene in Robinson Hall and fill out their dream schedule. The camp classes range from sports to arts, horse-riding to homesteading, and all the way to “Insanity”.  This last option is a popular and difficult conditioning program taught by Squeaky, camp’s resident et cetera/hype man. During this class, campers spill their fair share of sweat and leave very fatigued. Regardless of the physical demand, campers are encouraged to have fun while building skills. 

                Intermediate Moonshine camper Graham is looking forward to honing his archery skills, trying out sailing and joining Campcraft. He says that “it’ll be really cool to learn about the wilderness.”  Camp craft students learn map/compass skills, stove cooking, tarp usage and more.  


     Sophie, a MacCready Highlander, was quick to say that pottery is one of her choices for this summer. Spots in the pottery classes are always on high-demand.  She explain that this is because the atmosphere “relaxes the mind” and “the music played during opens the mind for creativity”.

          While one half of the camp moves through the 3 minute class demonstrations, the other half gets acquainted with the on-camp nurse and takes their swim test. This can turn out to be a time frowned upon by some campers since to not succeed now in the water, means one of their class slots is a swim lesson.  Yet, through hot days and hard work, this opportunity for improvement allows campers to partake in a great camp tradition. Many of the current camp counselors learned to swim in these lessons at Long Pond.

                After dinner, sections spend time together either taking a quick hike, playing the beloved chocolate game, heading to the low ropes course or doing a field activity together.  This is a first of many evenings filled with section-specific activities.  Here, the fun continues until lights out.

For many more pics of this day and days to come, check out our online photo gallery!!


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

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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