All About Camp

"Camp Adventure" has been in operation since 1955. Originally, at leased space on Knickerbocker Lake in the Town of Niverville, in Columbia County, NY. Since 1970, Camp has been operated on the third Burden Lake in the Town of Sand Lake, Rensselaer County, NY. It is 35 acres of beautiful property, owned and operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. The Camp is permitted by the Rensselaer County Dept. of Health and regulated under the New York State Sanitary Code, part 7-2. The program and facilities are inspected at least twice yearly, once while in operation, by Rensselaer County Department of Health to ensure that the physical facilities are safe and that supervision is adequate. We pride ourselves on maintaining a highly qualified camper to counselor ratio of 8:1 with our full-time professionals employed by the Boys & Girls Club, supplemented with specialists certified in their specific fields of expertise. The organization's in house training program insures that all staff is current on all requirements of county and state regulations. The entire staff is not only qualified and experienced, but deeply concerned with each camper's progress and well-being. Each camper is urged to sample all the scheduled camp programs and encouraged to pursue those that he/she wishes to master.

Activities are aplenty throughout the day at Camp Adventure. Our dedicated and qualified staff will guide your child through his/her choice of educational and recreational activities in addition to some of the required group and individual sessions. Hidden talents and imagination are brought out with the outdoors related arts and crafts classes; our trail blazing club will teach skills in identifying natural resources and hazards of the land along with locating specific landmarks from a map of the lands; experts in their fields are brought in to discuss the evils of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, in addition to teaching skills in avoiding conflicts among family members and peers. Fishing is available each day and is overseen by specific staff members who are trained by the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation on basic fishing techniques and equipment.

Team play is the rule when campers choose the sport to participate in. Daily light competition includes: softball, football, tetherball, soccer, volleyball, horseshoes and street hockey. When Michael Jordan "invent a sport" program takes place, the imagination determines the game to be played.

The flag pole, the amphitheater which overlooks the entire mile-long lake, is the perfect setting for group discussions and individual mentoring sessions where many lasting relationships between staff and campers develop. Many of our staff members are former campers who developed their qualifications during their summers at Camp Adventure, and have been pursued by the administration to return and begin their professional careers with us. As part of our job search club, as campers become older (14–16), they are encouraged to become involved in our CIT (Counselor in Training) program. This is when training for future employment begins.