What to Expect/Planning Your Visit to the Adirondacks

What should I bring with me?

Unlike some other NEH programs, Forever Wild has unique requirements given its Adirondack location. Participants will be living in one of the great Adirondack camps and its rustic character suggests the following:

Clothing: Comfortable and casual. We’ll be wearing t-shirts, shirt-sleeves and shorts, sneakers, hiking boots, and water shoes for those wishing to kayak and canoe. Bring swim suits and a beach towel, in addition to one or two bath towels. It is warm in July but evenings at the lake can be chilly. Prepare by bringing clothes to layer, including a jacket and/or fleece pullovers, and pants. Depending on accommodations, some participants will be assigned to buildings without bathrooms. Showers and facilities are only a few steps away but you might want a robe or other cover up for the walk between bed and bath. Shower sandals are a good idea.

Incidentals: Participants should bring personal care items, including shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. Such incidentals typically provided at hotels are not available in camp. (Camp Huntington is accessible only by boat so quick trips to the drug store or pharmacy are not possible. Pack what you need!) Bring suntan lotion and bug spray and allergy medicine, if necessary. 

Bedding: We will be contracting with a company to provide participants with bed linens. The camp provides pillows but you may want to bring your own. Often guests pack their own sleeping bags.

Technology: laptops or tablets are a great idea. (The grant will have several iPads for our use.) You will want to bring a camera because the camp is stunningly beautiful (no one takes a bad photograph!) Cell phones, however, are tricky because reception in camp is hit or miss.

What about meals?

KPOn Sunday evening we will have a light meal at SUNY Cortland’s Alumni House during our evening session.  A continental breakfast is included in your rate at the Country Inn and Suites and it will be expected that you have breakfast before being transported to the Alumni House on Monday morning.  For lunch that day, we will take a bagged lunch on the charter coaches for our ride up to the Adirondacks.

For the rest of the week, we will eat the majority of our meals at Camp Huntington in the Fuge Dining Room, named after George Fuge director emeritus. These delicious and plentiful meals are served family style at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. A fruit bowl and some desserts are available in the dining hall after dinner.  Drinks at Camp Huntington are non-alcoholic and do not include sodas.  If you would like to bring alcoholic beverages or soda products, you are welcome to coordinate with other participants and bring them on your own.

Camp living requires that people from each group help with the Camp kitchen duties, known as the kitchen patrol or KP's. Everyone will take a turn pitching in and helping. The Camp is able to accommodate most dietary concerns, but individuals will need to indicate their dietary needs in their application.

The two exceptions to our family-style meals include lunch at Camp Sagamore on Wednesday, and lunch Thursday at the Adirondack Museum where you will have a choice of either taking a bagged lunch or purchasing a meal at the museum’s café at your own expense.

What academic resources will be available?

Though we’ll be in the Adirondack Park, Camp Huntington provides cutting edge instructional technology, including “Smart” classrooms and Wi-Fi connectivity. Huntington’s library provides resources in addition to the world-class library and archive at the Adirondack Museum.

Anything else I should know?

The State University of New York, College at Cortland, which owns Camp Huntington, is a non-smoking campus. Therefore, smoking is absolutely prohibited in camp. Be advised that the camp has basic first aid, but the nearest hospital is in Utica, NY, approximately 80 miles away. Pets are prohibited. Unfortunately, families cannot be accommodated.


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What Our 2013 NEH Summer Scholars Had to Say:

“The Forever Wild seminar has affected me like no other. I am a stronger teacher of the Gilded Age because of this week.”

“This was by far the best seminar and learning experience I have ever had as an adult.”

"The directors Kevin Sheets and Randi Storch and their assistant Kerri Freese were amazing--they were enthusiastic, generous, fun-loving, hard-working, passionate and well-organized in executing the program."

"The visiting faculty were intense and highly qualified to speak on the topics they did. The readings they assigned were excellent and will be highly adaptable as references in my classroom."

"The participants were amazing--it was a history nerd extravaganza in the best possible way."

"The activities were sublime--from touring the great camps to the excellent Adirondacks Museum to kayaking and swimming in Raquette Lake before breakfast--sublime!"

"This was simply a superb institute and experience. It will PROFOUNDLY affect my teaching of the Gilded Age and the beginnings of environmentalism in our history."

"The directors were knowledgeable, hands-on, and very engaging. They did not pontificate, but rather created wonderful lectures and groups that we as participants could actively be involve in as well as thrive in. The visiting faculty were outstanding, the use of primary source materials valuable, and the mix of colleagues was second to none. It was a pleasure to be around all the participants, faculty, and staff."


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