4-H Camp Overlook – A Memorable Outdoor Experience

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 enhances life skills, stimulates interest and challenges one’s abilities through training, education and play?

girl standing on a tree on a ropes course

Located 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, 4-H Camp Overlook, which is owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, has been providing affordable, healthy, educational and recreational outdoor experiences for children and teens in our local communities and neighborhoods across New York State and nationwide for more than 75 years.

Traditional one-week sessions (six days; five nights) are offered to young people aged 8 to 19. Campers normally choose four courses they would like to participate in, from a wide variety of programs and courses offered, including canoeing and kayaking. , fishing and aquatic education, sailing, eco-exploration, adventure programs; Levels 1, 2 and 3 (which contain elements of rope course), archery, marksmanship, rocket shooting, STEM (hands-on science activities), theater and improvisation, etc. 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 for the corresponding week. Participants will try new, exciting and stimulating 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 the whole group participates in.

children with pom poms on their heads

For younger campers, there’s Cloverbud Camp, a two-night camping experience specially designed for children ages 6 to 8, with classes and activities on offer that have been modified to meet their needs and abilities, all while experiencing the independence of the overnight camp for the first time. Camp Cloverbud counselors are specially trained to understand the needs of young campers and nutritious meals are provided by friendly and caring kitchen staff.

Older campers, 14 years of age and older, are encouraged to enroll in Instructor-in-Training (CIT) programs. 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, available for campers 16 and over, is a mentoring or consultant shadowing program designed to promote and develop leadership skills through first-hand experience. This is a one-day program for teens interested in working as counselors at 4-H Camp Overlook. Young participants help teach classes and run evening activities and meet with the camp director and deputy director for assessmenttion and consideration for employment during the six week summer camp season of the following year.

group of hikers

For those thirsty for excitement and a taste for adventure, the 4-H Overlook Camp offers the Mountaineer, Alpine Adventurers and Pathfinder (MAAP) programs. Pathfinder is an introductory course, offered to campers of all ages, in which they learn the basics of hiking and camping (packing techpicnic, orienteering, outdoor cooking, Leave No Trace principles) and then put into practice what they learned on their trek to the top of nearby Owls Head Mountain in the town of Bellmont.

Alpine Adventures is offered to campers aged 11 and over who can travel 3 to 6 km 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 trekking trip to the Adirondack High Peaks region, with the option to climb any of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.

The Mountaineer program is limited to campers aged 13 and over who are looking for an enjoyable and challenging 5-day hike through the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains and are able to cover 5-8 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 recreation 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.

Why not give your child a truly enriching and unforgettable experience and very special memories of their own? Do not miss anything. Register now.

girl holding archery bowFor more information or to receive a camp request and register your child, contact Camp Overlook at 518-483-4769 or online at 4hcampoverlook.org/summer2021/online-camp-registration

You can also email the camp. The e-mail address is [email protected]

Richard Gast

Richard Gast

Richard Gast is a retired extension program educator and has been hired by Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County to continue their informative and thought-provoking articles.

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