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General Questions About the Raquette Lake Facilities

What is our arrival time?

Where do I park my vehicle?

Do you host a facility orientation?

What are meal times?

If someone in my group has a food allergy, do we need to bring our own food?

Are we expected to work in the kitchen?

If we have a birthday while we are visiting camp, would you make a cake?

If I would like to have a "social" with my group will you provide snacks?

Is alcohol permitted on the premises?

Do you have running water at the Raquette Lake facilities?

Can I drink the water out of the bathroom faucets?

Will I have to share a bathroom? And are they located inside my building?

What do I have to do before I leave?

Do you provide linens?

How do I go about getting my group to use the ropes course at Camp Huntington?

If my group is staying at the Antlers Center, can we use the ropes course at Camp Huntington?

I took the ropes course facilitator safety course at Camp Huntington three years ago, is it still valid?

What kind of boats does SUNY Cortland have available for use?

Can I rent a canoe from SUNY Cortland?

What equipment do you have available for winter use?

Will you supply a medical kit for my group?

Where is the closest hospital?

Do you have lifeguards there?

Is there a noise policy at Raquette Lake?

How do I make a payment for the use of a Raquette Lake facility?

Do you have items to purchase with your logo on it?

Can I bring my tent?

Can I bring my boat with me?

I own a Jet Ski, can I bring it?

Can I bring my pet with me?

Can I bring my CD player with me?

Do you get cell phone service at the Center?

Are there computers there for me to use?

What kind of fish are in Raquette Lake?

Do I need a fishing license to fish in Raquette Lake?

 

What is our arrival time?

Be sure to check your reservation form for exact arrival times. Arrival time must be no later than one hour prior to your first meal.

Where do I park my vehicle?

Parking for all of the Raquette Lake facilities is at Antler. Find a staff member for assistance. If you cannot find a staff member, park your vehicle at the Main Lodge and walk to the bottom of the hill. The office is in the building on the left.

Do you host a facility orientation?

Yes, each group will participate in a scheduled orientation. A question-and-answer session will follow the orientation.

What are meal times?

Meal times are breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at noon and dinner at6 p.m.

If someone in my group has a food allergy, do we need to bring our own food?

For special food requests, the cooks should be contacted directly prior to your arrival. Planning ahead helps immensely due to our location and delivery schedules. The cooks will know best how they can serve you.

Are we expected to work in the kitchen?

Yes, each group is responsible for helping to bring food to the tables and helping to clean up. For each meal there should be a KP (kitchen patrol) person for each table set. Example: you have five tables of people, so there should be five KPs for each meal. A list of KP duties will be sent with your group's reservation confirmation.

If we have a birthday while we are visiting camp, would you make a cake?

Typically what happens is the birthday person will receive dessert first with a candle in it and get sung to by the program participants.

If I would like to have a "social" with my group will you provide snacks?

Consult with the cook no later than two weeks prior to your visit. Cost will be dependent upon your requests and availability, if feasible.

Is alcohol permitted on the premises?

As an extension of the College campus, we follow and abide by the alcohol and drug policy located in the SUNY Cortland College Handbook. The policy on alcohol and drugs can be found in Chapter 360.

Do you have running water at the Raquette Lake facilities?

Yes, both sites on Raquette Lake have running potable (drinkable) water.

Can I drink the water out of the bathroom faucets?

Yes, all of the running water on both sides of the lake is potable (drinkable).

Will I have to share a bathroom? And are they located inside my building?

Most, not all bathrooms are inside the building in which you will be sleeping. There are showers or baths located in each of the bathrooms. Depending on the building you are occupying you may have to share with other folks.

What do I have to do before I leave?

There is no janitorial or maid staff at any of the locations. All participants are expected to clean their accommodations, including sweeping, mopping and/or vacuuming, where applicable, before leaving. Each guest is responsible for leaving the facilities in as good or better condition than they found them. Cleaning supplies minus elbow grease are supplied.

Do you provide linens?

The center provides a wool blanket and a plastic coated pillow for each bed. You are encouraged to bring a pillowcase and either linens or a lightweight sleeping bag. All beds are twin-size. Check with your group leader for further recommendation.

How do I go about getting my group to use the ropes course at Camp Huntington?

Contact the director of the center for availability and applicable course fees. There are some guidelines that will need to be addressed before you can bring a group to the course.

If my group is staying at the Antlers, can we use the ropes course at Camp Huntington?

Yes, groups staying at Antlers may use the ropes course at Camp Huntington, dependent upon availablity.

I took the ropes course facilitator safety course at Camp Huntington three years ago, is it still valid?

No, facilitators must have complete a safety orientation every other year.

What kind of boats does SUNY Cortland have available for use?

SUNY Cortland has canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. Life jackets must be worn at all times and are provided by the College.

Can I rent a canoe from SUNY Cortland?

Yes, SUNY Cortland rents canoes at the Antlers depending on availability. The cost to rent canoes is seven dollars per day per canoe. To make reservations you may call Antlers at (315) 354-4631. Please remember that availability depends upon the size of the groups using the facility during your requested time. Life jackets and paddles are included in the rental. Life jackets must be worn at all times.

What equipment do you have available for winter use?

Camp Huntington has cross-country skis, boots, poles and snowshoes available.

Will you supply a medical kit for my group?

The center is not responsible for providing first aid kits for your programs. We have a small kit for use at camp.

Where is the closest hospital?

The closest hospitals are in Utica and Glens Falls approximatley 80 miles away in each direction.

Do you have lifeguards?

No, you are responsible for your own individual and group water safety.

Is there a noise policy at Raquette Lake?

Yes, quiet hours are observed from 9 p.m.-7 a.m.

How do I make a payment for the use of a Raquette Lake facility?

Please make checks payable to Auxiliary Services Corporation or ASC. Payment should be made upon arrival unless prior arrangements have been made.

Do you have items to purchase with your logo on it?

Yes, Camp Huntington has a commemorative plate, designed by Theta Phi, produced by Syracuse China. We also have postcards of the Chalet and The Story of Huntington Memorial Camp by Vince Gonino. Our new logo items include travel mugs, T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers.

Can I bring my tent?

Tents are not to be used at the center's main facilities. Check with your group leader before packing equipment.

Can I bring my boat with me?

Contact the center director before bringing boats of any kind.

I own a Jet Ski can I bring it?

Jet Skis may not be brought to the Raquette Lake center.

Can I bring my pet with me?

No guests are allowed to bring pets or animals to SUNY Cortland's Outdoor Education Center.

Can I bring my CD player with me?

Check with your group leader before packing technological devices. We do not recommend bringing electronic equipment; you most likely will not have time to use it.

Do you get cell phone service at the center?

Cell phone service at the center is sporadic at best. Check with your group leader before packing technological devices.

Are there computers there for me to use?

There are no computers for use other than instructional.

What kind of fish are in Raquette Lake?

Raquette Lake boasts a variety of fish, including brook trout, lake trout, small mouth bass, large mouth bass, perch and bullhead. This lake is stocked annually with lake trout and brook trout.

Do I need a fishing license to fish in Raquette Lake?

The SUNY Cortland Outdoor Education Center abides by and follows the New York State Department of Conservation's Fishing Regulations Guide. To obtain a license you can contact the DEC by mail or by visiting your local sporting goods store in New York state. The Ace Hardware store in Inlet, N.Y. has fishing licenses available. To get a license, you will need your complete name and address information along with proof of residency — driver''s license or non-drivers license identification.

The cost for a New York state resident weekly license is $15 and a residential yearly license is $29. Non-resident licenses are $70 annually and $35 weekly. The last weekend in June is considered a "free" fishing weekend. This year you may fish without a license on June 25 and 26, 2011. Children 16 and under do not need a fishing license according to the NYS DEC. For more information go to the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov.

 

Questions Specific to Antlers

Are you open to guests all year?

No, Antlers is open from approximatley May 15 through Oct. 15.

How many people can Antlers accommodate?

Antlers maximum capacity is 45 people.

What are the sleeping arrangements like at Antlers?

Most sleeping accommodations are bedrooms with two or three beds in each room (one bunk bed and one regular twin-size bed). Each bedroom at Antlers has its own bathroom and shower or tub. The Main Lodge can sleep 18 people, the Cedars nine folks and the Terrace Cottages collectively 18 people.

 

Qestions Specific to Camp Huntington

Are you open to guests all year?

Camp Huntington is open most of the year. Guests use the facility from Jan. 2 through March 15 and from May 1 through Oct. 30.

How many people can Camp Huntington accommodate?

Huntington has sleeping arrangements for 74 people. During the winter session, due to non-winterized buildings, Camp Huntington can accommodate 65 people.

What are the sleeping arrangements like at Camp Huntington?

There are several different size rooms at Camp Huntington. Generally, most rooms sleep four people. A few of the accommodations sleep six to eight in a room. All rooms have twin-size bunk beds and dressers.

 

Questions Specific to Kirby Camp

What is the Kirby Camp?

The Kirby Camp is a cabin built in the late 1880s, currently used for guests. The cabin consists of four rooms and two walk through closets. It sleeps eight and has a modern kitchen. The cabin is locatd on the Camp Huntington side of the lake and is only accessible by water.

Who uses the Kirby Camp?

The Kirby Camp is only available for rent to SUNY Cortland alumni, faculty and staff.

What time of year is the cabin used?

The Kirby Camp is open from mid-June through mid-September.

Where can I find more information about the Kirby Camp?

For further information on the camp, use the Kirby Camp button on the Raquette Lake page of this website. For availbility, contact Mary Jo Carey at (607) 753-5488.

Can I use the camp for a weekend visit?

No, the Kirby Camp is rented out by the week. The week starts on Sunday at 2 p.m. and ends the following Saturday morning.

Is there electricity at the camp?

No, the Kirby Camp has no electricity. The lights, oven/stove and refrigerator are all powered by gas.

Does the Kirby Camp have running water?

The Kirby Camp has running water in the kitchen and the master bedroom. Separate water containers from Camp Huntington are provided for drinking.

What type of bathroom facilities are there?

An outhouse is outfitted with a composting toilet. The shower facilities consist of a solar shower.