Frequently Asked Questions
Are there traditional events?
There sure are! We have weekly camp shows and many camp songs. We have casual camp fires, cook-outs and bonfires. Our greatest tradition is our 4-day Green and Gray competition, in which boys remain the same color for life and siblings and children of alums are usually the same color as their relatives.
What is the caliber of athletic instruction?
Our instruction is great in all three mini camps, although the amount of choice, the duration and the intensity varies according to age. Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Waterfront, Hockey and Soccer instruction are our strengths. We do believe in ability-grouping (without labeling) in our instruction. We never allow boys to be embarrassed because they lack experience or skills, nor do we allow them to be bored because they are experienced and/or talented.
Are you a competitive camp?
Brant Lake is an 'appropriately competitive' camp. We are well aware that there are pitfalls as well as valuable lessons to be learned from competition. At Brant Lake the frequency and intensity of the competition increases as campers get older. For example in our Junior Camp, we have leagues within camp for everyone, and a few Inter-Camp games in which all boys are equally included. Our Intermediates, have intramural leagues, plus many Inter Camp games, and everyone is equally included. In our Senior Camp, we offer leagues, Inter-Camps and additionally have tournament teams for which boys must qualify.
What are the opportunities for social activities with girls at Brant Lake?
In the Junior Camp interactions with girls are limited to attending a few Special Events, such as magic shows, folk singers, etc., and visiting sisters. In the Inter Camp, in addition to the Special Events, we begin to offer several socials with Point O’Pines, our sister camp down the lake. For Senior Campers, co-ed opportunities increase markedly with options of social activities being offered almost every evening, with either Point O’ Pines or Brant Lake Dance Camp (located adjacent to our campus). These activities include bowling, volleyball, dances, hang-out time and the movies.
Are there many trips?
Each group has weekly trips. Some are outdoor "Adirondack" experiences, and some are "town trips." We offer overnight trips, and our Inters and Seniors can select multiple-night trips. Our trips are always led by a "Key-Staff" member and include counselors qualified in first aid/CPR.
Do you have a lake or pool?
Brant Lake has been categorized as one of New York's cleanest lakes. It is a beautiful, crystal clear, freshwater lake with a smooth sand bottom. We have clearly designated areas for swim instruction, competition, and free play, and we have ample space for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and water-skiing. We would not think of having a pool. Pools use chemicals, have concrete bottoms, and are often crowded. One needs to shower after coming out of a pool.
Is Brant Lake a large or small camp?
Brant Lake is comprised of 330 boys and 105 counselors. We run Brant Lake as three mini-camps (Junior, Inter, Senior), each with their own schedule, facilities, Head Counselors, Group Heads, Guidance personnel, Athletic Directors and Counselor Staffs. We provide the warmth, supervision, and guidance of a small camp, yet have the numbers to ensure that there will be other boys of the same age with similar interests, abilities and experience as your child. Additionally, having large groups allows us to have exciting intramural leagues within each group and to match an appropriate level of instruction to each camper.
Is Brant Lake Camp co-ed?
No—We are an all boys camp with no co-ed activities before the boys reach Senior Camp (after 7th grade). We do run a small dance program for teenage girls called the Brant Lake Dance Centre which is located above the camp with its own facilities. The Dance Program allows our Senior boys to have some of the advantages of co-ed camps without interfering with our unique and excellent program which we take great pride in. There are numerous social opportunities for Senior boys, on a choice basis, primarily during the Evening program.
What kind of experience and loyalty is there at BLC?
We are very proud of the unparalleled experience and loyalty found at BLC. Our Five Directors, Bob, Karen, Rich, Dave and Andy, total more than 100 years of experience as Directors of Brant Lake. Our more than 30 "Key-Staff" members (teachers and coaches), total close to 500 years of experience at Brant Lake. Approximately 20% of our counselors are former campers. Each summer over 160 people attended our 5 year party. Our active Alumni Association has a bi-annual newsletter, yearly reunion, and sponsor scholarship
Will my son have the opportunity to see and visit with his sister who will be attending Point O’Pines?
Yes—Brant Lake Camp and Point O’ Pines have regular brother-sister visiting about once a week. The location alternates between the two camps and does not interfere with any activity periods.