Family Camp Activities at FLC
There’s no such thing as a typical day at Forest Lake Family Camp
That said, our days tend to follow a consistent schedule. We have activities for the kids, supervised by our experienced councilors, along with adult and family activities. After all, Family Camp isn’t just a vacation for the kids!
The activity periods may be made up of any number of dozens of traditional camp activities and athletics. Through the years, we’ve offered over 50 different activity choices. Activities we consider mainstays to the FLFC experience include archery, arts & crafts, baseball, basketball, canoeing, climbing, fencing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, music, riflery, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and wilderness skills.
Each year we offer additional unique activities dependent on our counselors’ expertise and experience as well as the interests of attending families.
In addition to enjoying the activity schedule, families are always welcome to spend a more leisurely day exploring the trails on our campus or just relaxing away the hours reading on the front porch of your cabin!
At the end of the day, roast marshmallows over a campfire and enjoy the dazzling north country stars.
Read our schedule below, or click here to download as a PDF.
Optional activities for early risers include an organized morning walk, yoga, ‘Polar Bear Club’ swim or other activity to start off your day.
Each day starts promptly at 7:30 with reveille played to stir you from your nighttime hibernation.
Breakfast can be eaten at a leisurely pace to give you time to sign up for the day’s activities.
9:30 First Activity
The morning activity periods focus on traditional camp activities, fully staffed by our family camp counselors.
10:30 Morning Snack
Get a snack of fresh fruit (bananas, apples, peaches, etc), and a drink. At the end of snack time, move on to second period at 10:45.
10:45 Second Activity
Keep the fun going with field sports, a climb on the wall, archery or riflery, or one of the dozens of other supervised camp actives available during the day.
Mealtime is a great time to sit down and catch up with your own family members as well mingle with your new friends. We serve a hearty lunch to keep everyone fueld up for an active, fun-filled day.
1:30 Rest Hour
Following lunch, rest hour gives you the chance to relax as a family before the afternoon activities begin.
2:30 Afternoon Activity
Afternoon activities often involve the waterfront and also include many of our special activities, trips out of camp and other organized games for all ages. Some of these special activities require registration prior to arriving at Family Camp.
5:30 Free time
Time to relax, check in with the rest of the family, and change into fresh clothes for dinner and evening activities!
Dinner is served either in the mess hall or as an outdoor bbq at 6:00. Most nights an evening activity is scheduled for the full family.
7:15 Evening Activities
The evening activities are often family favorites and include drive-in movie nights, special games, family contra dance (with live band), and our traditional Campfire on Friday night with family skits and performances (optional for brave souls!)
Family Camp wraps up with the incredibly popular Family Camp Olympics. This is a highlight of every Family Camp session.
In addition to the regular activities included as part of the family camp schedule, we offer several special activities. A popular event is our guided, one day hiking trip where families can choose one of three hikes of different abilities to explore the Adirondacks.
We also offer the following special activities for an additional fee.
Offered at our stables, riding may be taken by adults and children (with proper supervision for our youngest campers). Riders will be grouped by ability and taught by our expert riding instructors. All the horses have been screened and tested for appropriateness for different levels of riders.
Our whitewater rafting guide will take families on a whitewater rafting trip down the Sacadaga River on one afternoon during the family camp week. Appropriate for all family members over the age of 7 who have passed our swim test, this is a great way to see the local area and spend a beautiful afternoon on the river with your family.
Waterskiing and Tubing
For the beginner or expert skier, we offer waterskiing once during the family camp week for campers 7 years of age or older who have passed our swim test.. Run by our contracted ski instructors, skiers will spend an afternoon on Daggett Lake including expert instruction or a chance to ski at your own pace.