Would you like to give your child a truly remarkable gift this summer? How about a memorable outdoor experience in an informal and truly unique educational setting; an experience that improves life skills, stimulates interest and challenges one’s abilities through training, education and play?
4-H Camp Overlook, south of Malone in the hamlet of Mountain View, in a peaceful 25-acre Adirondack Mountain setting with frontage on Indian Lake and the channel between Indian and Mountain View lakes, is owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin and Counties of Saint-Laurent. For more than 75 years, it has provided affordable, healthy, educational and recreational outdoor experiences for children and teens in local communities and neighborhoods across New York State and nationwide.
Traditional one-week sessions (six days; five nights) are offered to children aged 8 to 19. Campers would normally choose four courses from a variety of programs and courses on offer which include canoeing and kayaking, fishing and aquatic education, sailing, eco-exploration, adventure programs (levels 1, 2 and 3, which contains elements of strings lessons), archery, air gun shooting, rocket, STEM (hands-on science activities), theater and improvisation and more. This year however, as part of Camp Overlook’s efforts to reduce the potential risk for campers and staff to exposure to COVID-19, rather than selecting just four favorites, each camper will have the opportunity to participate in all programs. available of the week. Participants will try out new, exciting and challenging activities; all supervised by well-trained role models serving as advisers. Some classes and classes are only available during certain weeks and age restrictions may apply. BBQs, sporting events, games, and evening programs including a talent show and dancing are all part of the weekly activities that the entire group participates in.
For younger campers there is Cloverbud Camp, a two-night camping experience specially designed for ages 6-8, with classes and activities offered that have been modified to meet the needs and abilities of children while discovering the independence of the overnight camp for the first time. Cloverbud Camp leaders are specially trained to understand the needs of young campers. Nutritious meals are provided by friendly and attentive kitchen staff.
Older campers, aged 14 and over, are encouraged to enroll in Training Counselor Programs (CIT). CIT 1 is designed to help teens hone their camp life and teaching skills and focuses on camp philosophy, leadership, personal communication skills, and human development. Those enrolled in CIT 1 have the opportunity to select the class of their choice and help with teaching. The CIT 2 training program further develops the skills acquired in CIT 1.
CIT 3, offered to campers aged 16 and over, is a counselor mentoring or shadowing program designed to promote and develop leadership skills through first-hand experience. It is a one-day program for teens who wish to become counselors at Camp 4-H Overlook. Youth participants help teach classes and run evening activities and meet with the camp director and deputy director for assessment and consideration for employment during the six-week summer camp season of the following year. .
For those thirsty for excitement and a taste for adventure, the 4-H Overlook Camp offers the Mountaineering, Alpine Adventurer and Guide (MAAP) programs. Pathfinder is an introductory course, offered to campers of all ages, in which they learn the basics of hiking and camping (packing skills, orienteering, outdoor cooking, Leave No Trace principles) and can then apply what they have learned as they walk. atop Owls Head Mountain, nearby in the town of Bellmont.
Alpine Adventures is offered to campers 11 years and older who are able to cover 3-6 miles per day, while carrying their own backpack (up to 25% of their body weight). Three days were spent at Camp Overlook learning, planning and preparing for the second half of the week; a two-night / two-day hiking trip to the Adirondack High Peaks region, including the chance to climb one of the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks.
The Mountaineer program is limited to campers 13 years of age and older who are looking for a fun and challenging five-day hike through the high peaks region of the Adirondacks and are able to cover 5 to 8 miles per day with their own backpack. .
At Camp 4-H Overlook, children experience personal, social and educational growth within the context of the natural environment. They participate in recreational programs and activities that promote environmental awareness, social development, community and healthy life skills. And they bring home precious and lasting memories of their experiences in this very special place.
For more information or to receive a camp request and register your child, contact Camp Overlook at 518-483-4769 or online at wdt.me/4hcamp.