Big Announcement from Jack Swan

Passing of the Family Torch

Jack Swan Steps Down as Owner of Pok-O-MacCready Camps

After 57 years at the helm of Pok-O-Macready camps, Jack Swan has announced his retirement, although ownership will continue with family members as it has since camp was founded in 1905.

The transition of ownership and leadership to the newly formed Board of Directors will include Jack’s children, Margaret, Sharp, and David along with his grandson, Tom Reinckens and grandniece, Lauren Swan.

 “We’re excited to continue the longstanding tradition of creating a great summer camp experience for kids,” Reinckens said. “The new team is concentrating on improving all aspects of camp.”

 Current camp executive director Kathleen Moser said her staff is working in unison with board members in various areas to make sure that this summer is extra special. As Jack likes to say, everyone is getting their “hands in the mud.”

 “With registrations at an all time high, there’s a lot of positive energy right now and a lot of excitement for the coming summer,” Moser said 

 Certainly, there are many opportunities to expand upon thanks to what was done during Jack’s tenure.  

1956: Jack Swan, with his parents

“There’s so many things to be proud of,” said Jack, who took over the directorship from his parents, Tilden and Sarah, in 1963. “The creation of the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation was a great step forward because we were able to help parents financially to send their children to camp.”

 Pok-O-MacCready camps can continue to boast of being the oldest camp in the country under the ownership of the same family. Dr. Charles Robinson, Jack’s grandfather, started Pok-O-Moonshine camp for boys in 1905. Back then, the Point House was the only building on the property and the boys lived in tents. 

 “When grandfather passed in 1946 my mother was determined to continue camp and she and my father took over leadership until I stepped in 1963,” Jack explained. “I think our strength has always been to find in each camper what they are good at, to make sure they are successful and to help them improve their self-confidence.” 

Jack and girl’s camp directors at MacCready’s 40th reunion.

 

 The camp experience off Reber Road grew when Camp MacCready for girls was started in 1967.  Along the way the 1812 Homestead Farm and Museum opened in 1973, along with the Outdoor Education Center in 1975.

 “To say that Jack Swan lived, and breathed camp is an understatement,” said Tim Singer, who has been affiliated with camp for 50 plus years, first as a camper, then a counselor and now an administrator. “For Jack, every ounce of his time, money and passion was spent trying to figure out ways to make the camping experience more innovative.”   

Jack continues to be involved with the reconstruction of the historic farmhouse on the 1812 Homestead property, which was destroyed by a fire in 2016. Thanks in part to a successful fundraising campaign, the building is nearly complete.

If you would like to help in further efforts to continue Jack’s legacy, please consider donating to the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, contributing to the Improvement Project fund, or by sharing this article and your love of camp with others who want to get involved!   

 

 

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

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

800.982.3538 (within the U.S.)
518.963.7656
[email protected]

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