Camp Treetops, Lake Placid, New York

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Camp Treetops is an Adirondacks summer camp for boys and girls ages 8-14, located in the Adirondack mountains outside Lake Placid, NY. Here children experience the natural world and an array of creative and challenging activities in a simple, unhurried, child-centered environment.

Our rustic Adirondack setting and unhurried pace provide children with the space and time for childhood. Our 200-acre property has a working farm with barnyard animals, large organic gardens, a lake free of motorboats, and miles of trails from which to explore the surrounding mountains and woodlands. Treetops offers a life of simplicity—free from the pull of computers, television, and other electronics—where during a summer unplugged, children come to appreciate their own imaginations, the company of others, and wonders of the natural world.

Our campers also benefit from these uniquely complementary features:

  • a close-knit and diverse community of children and caring adults that values shared work toward a common purpose and the full variety of geographic, cultural, ethnic, and family backgrounds that enrich us;
  • an emphasis on environmental stewardship that ranges from an appreciation of the surrounding natural beauty and practice of composting, recycling, and Leave No Trace camping to an awareness of local food sources and efforts to preserve, protect, and responsibly manage our natural resources; and
  • an unusual degree of personal choice for even the youngest campers to select their own activities balanced by a strong ethic of community service and giving back that is embedded in almost everything we do.

Cultivating Environmental Leadership
For Camp Treetops and North Country School, cultivating environmental leadership begins in a place of extraordinary natural beauty. Camp and School share a unique, 200-acre property surrounded by mountain wilderness in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. Camp and School founders aimed to instill in children an awareness and appreciation of the natural world around them, as well as a duty to protect it.

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Our Camp
Our campus is simple and rustic. Campers live in platform tents or cabins, usually in groups of four, formed on the basis of gender and age, and carefully arranged for compatibility. Washhouses with showers and toilets are located convenient to the living quarters. Our bread is baked fresh from scratch, and real maple syrup from our sugarbush makes pancakes a breakfast favorite. Our belief in sustainable living carries over to our dining rooms, where nothing is wasted. All food scraps are recycled to our compost pile or fed to our pigs.

Swimming and boating classes are small, and while safety is always of paramount importance, we also want children to have fun in and on the water. Every day, every child takes an American Red Cross swim class based on his or her ability, and every camper must pass a swim test before swimming in deep water or participating in boating activities.

Treetops sits amid the largest publicly protected area in the continental United States. Nearly half of the Adirondack Park’s six million acres are designated forever wild—and this is our backyard. Taking full advantage of this spectacular setting, Treetops offers a broad range of hiking, canoeing, and sailing trips—many of which are overnights—all based on campers’ abilities.

Dates 2017

Seven-Week Session July 1 – August 19, 2017

Four-Week Session July 1 – July 29, 2017

Tuition fee for 2017
For the seven-week session tuition is US$ 9,800. For all enrollments, a US$ 1,000 deposit is required with registration and is applied to tuition.

The four-week session tuition is US$ 7,200.

Our tuition covers every expense except transportation to and from camp. We charge no extra fees; all horseback riding, camping trips, shop and craft materials, and laundry services are included in the tuition. No provisions need to be made for pocket money, as Treetops does not have a camp store. Incidentals such as batteries, toothpaste, and other personal items are billed to your account. These policies not only enable parents to know summer expenses in advance but also make certain that every child shares alike in every Camp opportunity.