Adirondack Woodcraft Camps

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Adirondack Woodcraft Camps is a co-ed, sleep-away camp near Old Forge, New York.[1][2] Also known as AWC or Woodcraft, the camp was founded in 1925 by William Abbott.[3][4] Abbott, with the backing of investors, bought the property after coming across two small lakes while scouting the area for New York State.


The name "Woodcraft" comes from an antiquated term regarding outdoors skills and knowledge of the forest.[5][6] It is not a woodworking camp. The word "Camps" is plural because originally the different age divisions were regarded as separate camps.


AWC is located in the Town of Webb around Lake Kan-Ac-To and Lake Te-Jec-Na, two small kettle lakes about four miles northeast of the village of Old Forge.[7] The North Branch of the Moose River passes the camp just to the north. Woodcraft's location is considered to be in the West-Central Region of the Adirondack State Park.

Lake Kan-Ac-To


Adirondack Woodcraft Camps runs a traditional outdoor-oriented program. Campers experience canoeing, swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, nature education, mountain biking, archery, riflery, and rock climbing.[8] Canoeing and hiking trips are taken to many parts of the Adirondack State Park.[9]

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  1. ^ "Camp History". Adirondack Woodcraft Camps. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Old Forge: Adirondack Woodcraft Camps". Trip Advisor. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Derrick, Chris. "The Founding of Woodcraft". Woodcraft Blog. Adirondack Woodcraft Camps. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Bond, Hallie (2006). A Paradise for Boys and Girls: Children's Camps in the Adirondacks. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 0815608225. 
  5. ^ "Woodcraft Definition". Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Seton, Ernest (1912). The Book of Woodcraft. Garden City, NY: The Country Life Press. 
  7. ^ "Woodcraft Location". Google Maps. 
  8. ^ "Woodcraft Program Activities". Adirondack Woodcraft Camps. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Derrick, Chris. "Woodcraft Trips 2012". Woodcraft Blog. Adirondack Woodcraft Camps. Retrieved 5 October 2012.