Adirondack Adventure LIT Trip
Prior to traveling to the Adirondacks, participants will stay in tents and participate in a backpacking “crash course” at camp. Here they’ll learn about meal planning and food prep, how to operate and field maintain group cooking equipment, safely treat water in the backcountry, properly fit and pack a backpack, set up and make basic field repairs to tents, basic orientation and map reading skills, taking care of feet and body while on trail, and Leave No Trace principles. They will continue to build upon these foundations during their wilderness experience, developing leadership and teamwork skills as they play an active role in cooking and cleaning up after meals, treating water, managing group gear, and route planning.

The trip itself will take place in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. Starting from the Putnam Pond Campground, the group will spend a week backpacking in the beautiful Adirondack Forest Preserve, containing an abundance of picturesque lakes and ponds. This area provides the right balance between easy accessibility while also maintaining a true-wilderness feel, and contains a robust network of nearly 70 miles of trails, 14 lean-tos, and 38 primitive campsites, allowing for the Trip Leaders (with the input of the group) to create a truly unique, personalized experience suitable to backpackers of all skill levels. If the group is up to the challenge, they may even tackle climbing the 2551 foot Pharaoh Mountain, the highest peak in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.

Participants should be physically fit enough to backpack 6-12 miles per day, carrying weights of up to 35 pounds in their pack, and should be comfortable sharing tent and primitive shelter space with other participants. They should also have a well-fitting, comfortable, broken-in pair of shoes – trail runners or hiking boots, appropriate for this backcountry experience.
8/4/2024 - 8/16/2024
Grades 8th - 10th
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Transportation Options
Burlington Airport Round Trip+ $120.00
Burlington Airport One Way+ $60.00
Montreal Round Trip+ $400.00
Montreal One Way+ $200.00
Burlington Bus/Train One Way+ $60.00
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Military Family Discount
Families will need to send in follow-up documents for discount to be approved. Additionally, the military member's relation to the camper must be that of Parent/Guardian.
Part-Time Staff Discount
YMCA Membership
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Sibling Discount
The system will automatically apply this discount for you. When sending more than one child to camp, camp offers a sibling discount. One week sessions get a $110 discount per child and two week sessions get a $175 discount per child. ($50 for Day Camp) The discount will only be applied to your second (or further) child coming to camp. The first child will not receive a discount. The discount will also be applied to the sibling(s) going to the shorter session(s). Multiple sibling discounts will apply if sending more than two children. If you are sending only one child to camp, regardless of the number of sessions, this discount does not apply to you.