Here at Camp Schodack, we are incredibly fortunate to have such a beautiful and easily accessible property in the State of New York, close to the Massachusetts border.
Set in the foothills of the Berkshires near Albany in the capital region, we are only 2.5 hours from Boston and New York City and as such we are in a prime location in the North East of the United States.
Nestled away on our 100 acres of privately owned land we have 60 acres of woodland trails and paths to explore that wonderfully compliment the 40 acres of open lawns that house the majority of our activities. In addition to our traditional team sports such as baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse and more we have 7 newly laid tennis courts, a high ropes adventure course, zip-line, 40ft climbing tower, 2 heated swimming pools, go-kart track and access to a 400-acre lake.
Alongside our activities, we have many beautifully renovated cabins that are cool during the day and warm in the evenings as well as a dining hall that can accommodate the entire Camp allowing us to share daily meals together.
Long History of Camping Excellence
Camp Schodack has a long history of providing amazing summer experiences to children of all ages. The property has been under the same continuous family ownership for 4 generations of the Krouner family. First opened as a summer camp by ‘Uncle Lou’ Krouner and his wife Clara in 1957, Schodack was passed onto Lou’s son, Dr. Paul Krouner and is now under the direction of Paul’s son, Dr. Matt Krouner.
Despite the ability to grow larger in numbers, it has always been important to the Schodack philosophy to maintain a close and personal connection with our campers. For that reason, we make sure that our staff ration is almost 2-1 campers/staff to ensure that we offer the best possible care to our campers. This allows our staff to have a real in-depth knowledge of the campers that they work with and to ensure that we are able to respond to every camper’s needs on an individual basis and that no one at Schodack is just another camper.
Strong and Dedicated Leadership
Schodack is guided by its leaders every step of the way at the Camp. Our fantastic Directors and Assistant Directors have spent years and years at Camp as they themselves have grown up at Schodack. Because of this, they know what it is like to have worked at every level and to have enjoyed Schodack themselves as a child.
Our Head Staff have also been at Camp Schodack for many years, lots of them also as campers and an incredible 90% of our bunk staff were themselves campers here. This incredible tenure from so many of our staff in every possible role at Schodack allows us to remember what makes amazing experiences for the children we work with, it allows us to develop new experiences with a solid grounding in why we might need to change things.
Above all else, though this long legacy of evolving from camper to staff member to leadership role allows us to pass on our history, heritage and traditions from generation to generation with ease and is the reason that so many our of campers come back year after year.
Highest Possible Camp Standards
Camp Schodack takes the safety of our staff and campers very seriously and makes sure to take every possible step in order to protect those in our care, not just during each summer but also beyond camp and out into the real world.
One of the ways we ensure that our standards are of the highest possible level is by closely following the American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines to allow us to have full ACA Accreditation year after year. Our Directors and Assistant Directors work very closely together to deliver on our accreditation requirements and we are proud our of a long history of accreditation with the ACA.
It is by working with agencies and groups such as ACA and others that we are able to constantly strive to improve and be better. The ACA is always looking at ways that Camps can improve safety surrounding their activities, policies, and practices and we work hard to improve with them where necessary and are keen to set the bar higher where possible.