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By Taylor Smith
Brant Lake Camp, founded in 1916, is one of the oldest single-family owned camps in the United States. Situated in the Adirondack Mountains, 3.5 hours from New York City, Brant Lake serves as a summer “home away from home” for boys ages 7 to 15. With the motto of “Where sports are done right,” Brant’s facilities include 15 tennis courts, three baseball fields, two soccer fields, eight basketball courts, a roller hockey rink, two volleyball courts, a climbing wall, an archery range, a putting green, and a large multi-sport stadium.
The 2019 summer season begins on Wednesday, June 26 and runs through Tuesday, August 13. Age groups are broken into three mini-camps, each with its own set of facilities, time schedule, and dedicated staff. Junior Camp includes boys ages 7-10 who have finished up fourth grade; Intermediates serves ages 11-12 who have finished up fifth and sixth grade; and Seniors is for ages 13-15 who have finished seventh through ninth grade.
The sports-heavy philosophy allows campers to learn new skills and develop their own athletic confidence in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Everything from lacrosse to flag football, baseball, ping-pong, golf, cross country, tennis, and Frisbee golf is on the menu. Brant’s experienced coaches provide one-on-one, age-appropriate instruction that caters to every ability. Not to be overshadowed, the pristine waterfront occupies six long miles on Brant Lake. Perfect for water skiing, sailing, swimming, fishing, and boating, campers can play to their heart’s content in the cool, clear, Adirondack water.
Meals are served buffet style in two newly-remodeled, pine-paneled dining rooms located in the center of campus. Fresh fruit is available at every meal along with a salad bar, vegetarian and pasta alternatives, freshly baked bread, cakes, and cookies. Allergies are closely monitored and the entire camp maintains a “Peanut/Nut-Free” policy.
Brant Lake Camp is located at 7586 State Route 8 in Brant Lake, N.Y. For more information, visit brantlake.com or call 518.494.2406.