Summer Day Camp, Overnight Camp, and Teen Leadership Camp for children in the Capital Region near Albany, NY and Troy, NY.
We could tell you about our 22 acres and lakeside property, we could tell you about our ACA accreditation, well, actually we will do that as it’s important. When you’re done with this page please click on the ACA logo to the left and read all about that. We could tell you lots of administrative and technical things but we believe there are 10 reasons to choose Camp Scully and these reasons are what we are all about.
Top 10 Reasons to Consider Going to Camp Scully
1. Physical Exercise Camp Scully provides a wonderful opportunity to put down the electronics, get out of the classroom and to run, swim, jump, dance, dive, hike and climb. A lot.
2. Experience Achievements Camp Scully helps kids build self-confidence and self-esteem. A true sense of self esteem comes from real accomplishments, not just praise. We position campers for success, helping them discover areas in which they can shine.
3. Build Resiliency Encouragement & nurturing at Camp Scully make it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new things and see personal improvement.
4. Unplug from Technology One of the keys to Camp Scully is the fact that children are in a technology-free environment. The average teen spends over 52 hours every week looking at electronic screens. As their screen time grows, they spend less time cultivating face-to-face skills. At camp, we reconnect without the electronic umbilical cord. In fact, camp is the only place I know where 8 year-old boys will put down their game consoles and teen girls will put down their phones AND be happy about it! Read our policy.
5. Develop Lifelong Skills Recent research suggests that children have a deficit of many skills that are critical for success and contentment. These skills, however, are not the academic ones we hear so much about. Instead, leading educators, researchers and employers are all focusing on “non-cognitive skills,” like communication, collaboration, creativity, grit and empathy. This is Camp Scully in a nutshell.
6.Unstructured Play The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says free and unstructured play is healthy and essential. It contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.
7. Independent Growth There may be no better place to help children grow than summer camp. Camp Scully is more than just fun—it’s youth development. It’s the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions in a safe and caring environment.
8. Character Skills Much emphasis is placed on the “cognitive theory” that holds that success in college is a function of IQ, academic skills and SAT scores. These have some relationship to collegiate success, but not as much as certain “non-cognitive skills”, including self-control, optimism and gratitude. These are called “character skills”, they are found in abundance at Camp Scully.
9. Nature Connections In his influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s “wired” generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Camp Scully’s programs are predominately outdoors and connect kids with nature.
10. Make New Friends Friends are a very important part of life. Friendships can affect our happiness, self confidence & achievements. They can also help develop social skills & teach us how to get along with others.Camp Scully is 100% committed to making lots of new friends.
The leadership and program are top quality, get to know more about the Camp Director. Here are some nice things people have had to say about us.
"From our first impression during the 2011 Memorial Day Camp-Out to the present, we've been delighted with Camp Scully, and thank you for making it such a special place with such fond memories for our family". - The Gruber Family
Camp Scully has six core values which guide our daily life: Service, Caring, Understanding, Love, Loyalty and Youthfulness. Campers learn to embody these values throughout the week through all of our programs. They can earn "letters" awarded daily for tasks such as helping others, displaying sportmanship, sharing and behaving. Our staff model these values consistently and encourage and motivate the campers to do likewise.
Camp Scully has 22 acres of land on which are 9 children’s cabins, playing fields, hiking trails, beach area, archery field, challenge course, campfire pits, game areas, a vegetable garden, a stage, a lean-to camping platform and recreation hall. Campers spend their week with 9 other children in their age group and two adult counselors. Cabins are split by gender and are in separate areas of the camp. Children arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave on Friday evening. Camp has an extensive waterfront area with kayaks, canoes and an inflatable water trampoline. Our challenge course is an extensive one with plenty of physical and mental obstacles for children including two that are 30 feet in the air. Camp has two archery ranges, a beginner range and a more advanced one with a unique “sniper” trail!
We are very excited this summer. As usual, all resident campers will share 3 meals a day served family style in our dining hall. It's much bigger, with bathrooms and a magnificent view of the lake. An afternoon snack is also provided. To help incorporate our values, campers travel throughout their camp day with their cabin groups. Our popular camp store sells snacks, beverages and clothing items. Monies may only be added to the camp store during registration; campers may not hold money while at camp.
Camp Scully is not a religious camp and does not offer religious services of any kind. While Camp Scully serves all children, it has been dedicated to serving children from low-income families since its inception. This commitment includes financial assistance to large numbers of the participants. Without this support from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany many children would not have the opportunity to attend summer camp.
Camp Scully Mission Statement - Camp Scully’s unique program provides an opportunity for an educational recreation program that fosters socialization skills in a natural environment for all children. This is accomplished by promoting acceptance of self and others through the social, recreational and educational aspects of camp life.
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