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Camping Programs at SCORE

Since 2012, STRIDE opened has operated an 85-acre camping retreat facility, named SCORE (STRIDE Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education) in Chatham, NY.  Privately owned, the use of the property is donated.  SCORE is home to many unique outdoor education programs, which include 6 themed sleep-away tent-camping weekends from June – September, archery, disc golf, fishing, hiking, and so much more! The camp is also available for family camping reservations. 

In addition to serving hundreds of STRIDE youth participants, SCORE is also offered as a retreat center for groups, field trips, Wounded Warriors and private family camping. The spacious lodge offers space for trainings, seminars, weddings, and outdoor education.

2022 Camping Program

We excited to begin our 2022 SCORE Camping season. This year, STRIDE has some old favorite themes still on the schedule, but we also added new and exciting themes. To register for a camping weekend, please complete and submit this form, as well as updating your child’s registration form and liability waivers as needed. Campers must be at least 8 years old to attend camp. This is an overnight camp, Friday night to Sunday afternoon.

Location:

Camp SCORE – 2182 State Route 203, Chatham, NY (across from John Deere dealership)

Times:

This is an overnight camping program. Drop off is after 5:00pm on Friday, pick up is 12:00pm on Sunday.

Weekend Descriptions

6/24 – 6/26 Sportastic
Archery, horseshoe, kickball, and more! Friendly competition is healthy, and this weekend campers will have the chance to show off their skills from backyard games to mainstream sports.

7/8 – 7/10 Music and Movements
Campers will enjoy making their own instruments, jam out in the drum circle, and have musical guests to dance around the campfire with!

7/22 – 7/24 Furry Friends
Make throw blankets to donate to local shelters or share with your furry friend at home, snack on “puppy chow,” and visit the Catskills Animal Sanctuary to meet over 200 rescue cows, pigs, chickens, goats, and more animals!

8/5 – 8/7 Nature Camp
Campers will have the opportunity to go fishing, enjoy nature walks and activities, and experience a Birds of Prey presentation by guest bird rehabilitator and falconer.

8/19 – 8/21 Military Boot Camp 4 Kids – *First time participants only*
Veterans are the counselors for this special weekend. Campers will learn military jargon, walk in line, raise a flag, and learn more about military life! Campers will go to Jiminy Peak Adventure course with their vet as their guide.

9/9 – 9/11 Water Adventure
Beat the late summer heat with all things aquatic! From making your own tie-dye t-shirts to water balloon fight with friends, you’ll get to wrap up the weekend with an adaptive water skiing trip to Leaps of Faith in Connecticut!
Wheelchair users are especially encouraged to participate this weekend.

 

Ready to enroll? Follow the steps below!

1.) Ensure your child has up to date STRIDE registration form and liability waivers. This paperwork is valid for 365 days. Feel free to email Camille to check on the status of your child’s forms before updating!

2.) Fill out the 2022 Camp Registration Form 

The registration form will also include a mandatory medical permission form and field trip transportation form. 

To fairly accommodate and welcome new campers please rate your preferred weekends in order of preference (1- 6). Campers will be registered for preferred weekends on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive confirmation from Program Director Camille Pawlowski for the weekends your camper was approved for by June 1st.

To reserve a private camping night(s), contact STRIDE Program Director Camille Pawlowski at cpawlowski@stride.org 

SCORE Programs Sponsored by:

SEYMOUR FOX MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

 

 

Meet Our STRIDE Camp Director: Stefon Stilwell

When I was younger, I went to Double H Ranch which had a profound impact on me. As a child growing up with Spina Bifida, I spent 9 summers at Double H Ranch, and it was one of the highlights of my childhood. I got involved with STRIDE back in 2010 when I found out about the Sled Hockey program.  In 2014, I found out about the Camping Program when I attended the STRIDES 4 STRIDE 5K for my first time. I signed up shortly thereafter to volunteer for the camp and quickly felt the rewarding and fulfilling experience of volunteering at SCORE. I have been able to see my camp kiddos grow into great young adults. I have also been able to volunteer with a fantastic group of people and become more and more involved with STRIDE. It has allowed me to provide the experiences I had as a child to other children, which gives me great joy and contentment. I have been the camp director of the STRIDE camping program since 2015, and it is something I talk about passionately and often to anyone who will listen. My main goal every summer is to help my campers become more independent and try new experiences!

To register for SCORE programs, contact cpawlowski@stride.org

*A current (within a calendar year) STRIDE application must be on file at STRIDE to participate. STRIDE reserves the right to charge a full price cancellation fee if you make a reservation and do not attend.

To set up a consultation for facility use, please contact info@stride.org or call 518-598-1279.

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