You will attend a new-student orientation program in June or July. Our summer orientation program acquaints you with the campus, academic programs and student services. It is through this program that you will meet faculty, staff and other students and register for courses. Being an Adirondack Trail Blazer takes it one step further. ATB allows you to apply what you have learned through orientation to embrace new experiences. You will have the opportunity to reflect on how far you have come and challenge yourself to see how far you can go.
Upon registration, you will receive a packet of helpful information, including a personal gear list. The list contains items of clothing and personal equipment that you will need to provide such as hiking boots, water shoes, etc. The list also can be found by following the link in the column to the left.
The $385 fee covers all transportation throughout the program, food (Sunday dinner - Friday lunch), room, instruction, the ropes course and camping equipment. An $85 deposit is required with your application. Financial assistance may be available by applying through the registration link in the column on the left of this page.
If you qualify for student aid through the Financial Aid Office, you may be eligible for a reduced rate. Choose the registration button in the left column of this page for the application. An $85 deposit is required for the program and should be sent in with the application form.
No, the program is designed for active students who like to take on new challenges and meet people, but the activities are geared for participation at any level.
In 1876, William West Durant built the first Great Camp of the Adirondacks on Raquette Lake. It was later donated to the College to be used for outdoor educational programs. In 2004, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. It consists of rustic cabins, meeting rooms, a dining hall, waterfront, trail system, a challenge course and 400 acres of natural land. The early history of the Adirondacks is everywhere you look.
Cell phone service is sporadic at best in the Adirondacks. Leave all cell phones and technology on campus to prevent it from getting lost or damaged. In case of an emergency, parents may contact Camp Huntington at 315-354-4784.
Students from different academic majors, including undeclared and from many geographical regions that the College serves will be on your trip. It’s a great way to meet people from diverse backgrounds who will be your classmates in the fall.
Each group of eight students will have a lead instructor who has many years of experience in the field. Some are SUNY Cortland alumni and many teach outdoor education at the college level. You will also have a knowledgeable upperclassman or faculty member who can answer your questions about SUNY Cortland.
Gear to be used during ATB should be packed separately from the rest of your personal residence hall items. Your gear will be moved a few times before you arrive at Camp Huntington. Securing any loose items you may have into bags will ensure things do not get lost. Nylon or canvas duffle bags work much better than suitcases for transportation.
All the specialized camping gear and canoes will be provided for you. You’ll need a decent pair of hiking boots, a sleeping bag and rain gear. If you need suggestions on finding these, we'll be glad to help.
If known ahead of time, we can accommodate most food allergies and/or restrictions. Dietary concerns might include allergies, intolerances, vegetarian diets, etc. You may need to bring supplemental food, if you have a very restricted diet. Be as specific as possible on your medical form. We will contact you for clarification if needed.
Yes, you can receive mail at camp, however it must be delivered by Thursday, Aug. 21 to assure you will receive it before you head back to campus. Mail is delivered by boat and although you will be at camp through Friday we cannot guarantee you would receive it before your departure.
The address is:
P.O. Box 99
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Adirondack Trail Blazers has limited enrollment, so the sooner you sign up, the better. Registrations will be accepted beginning May 1. A deposit is required with your registration, and final payment is due Aug. 6. If you cancel before Aug. 6, your deposit will be refunded in full. If final payment is not received by Aug. 6, your spot will be forfeited to another student on the wait list.