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Summer is coming right up so it will soon be time to pack the kids up for camp. If they’re headed to Raquette Lake, one of our favorite summer destinations, they can start their adventure in the great outdoors with a Shoreline Aviation seaplane ride. What could be better? Over the course of many summers we have delivered children to the Raquette Lake Camps for their seven weeks of adventure, and then later flown their parents up for visiting days. This year’s camp session runs from June 27th to August 14th with visiting days falling on Saturday, July 20th for the Girls Camp and Sunday, July 21st for the Boys Camp.

Raquette Lake Boys and Girls Camps are the epitome of classic American summer camps. Children who attend are afforded the opportunity to experience nature in all its splendor. The camps, divided by two miles of lake, were founded in 1916 making them among the oldest traditional overnight camps in the nation. Current campers may be the third or fourth generation of family members to continue the tradition. The lake features almost one hundred miles of shoreline for sailing, canoeing, water skiing, paddle boarding, or wind surfing. One highlight for the older campers is the four day, 80-mile canoe trip from the camp to Saranac Lake, a great way to build confidence and character. Campers have access to tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and basketball courts all designed to encourage camaraderie and competition. Arts and crafts, weekly skits, and s’mores are also part of the program.

Much of Raquette Lake belongs to the state of New York, so it is not nearly as developed as other lakes in the area. There are two unique “Great Camps” of the Adirondack style on the lake built by William Durant, a designer and developer. Camp Pine Knot, also known as Huntington Memorial Camp, was the first camp opening in 1877. It was later purchased by Collis Huntington. After he died it lay dormant for fifty years. His descendants turned it over to SUNY Cortland to be used as an outdoor education center. Another example of Durant’s style is Great Camp Sagamore, the former summer retreat of the Vanderbilt family. Here you can book a room for a weekend or attend educational programs or hiking tours offered by the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, the organization that runs the camp. Facilities for weddings, family reunions, and corporate retreats are also offered there. Both of these icons of American Adirondack style, are designated as National Historic Landmarks.

If you were traveling to the camps back in the late 1800s, it would have taken more than a day to get there by rail and boat. Today in a Shoreline Aviation seaplane you can be there in just 90 minutes from New York City or 75 minutes from Boston. Whether you’re seeking a quiet weekend in the Adirondacks, or taking your kids to camp, flying to Raquette Lake by seaplane will give you more time to appreciate the magnificent beauty of the region.
Call us at 800-468-8639 to make your flight arrangements or email us at info@flysai.com.

Happy travels-
Andrea

Shoreline Aviation Seaplane Service – In Partnership with Cape Air

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