Our expansive waterfront extends more than two miles around camp and is navigated by our fleet of power boats, sail boats, canoes, and kayaks. We have a fully equipped sports complex for a wide variety of land sports including basketball, hockey, and archery. Our arts facility includes equipment and materials for woodworking, ceramics, and more. Our support facilities include the dining hall, a massive arena for sports, a social hall for get-togethers, a canteen, and an infirmary.
Raquette Lake Boys Camp has over two miles of waterfront on one of the biggest lakes in the Adirondacks, so it offers the most complete swim complex for Red Cross training and competitive swimming. The largest and most up-to-date fleet of Nautique ski and wakeboard boats, and a wide range of Hobie Cats, Sunfish, Laser, and Precision sailboats, are all available. There is a 27-seat custom fishing boat with a captain and first mate. In addition to this fleet there is a water slide, a water trampoline, a rope swing, banana boats, and tubes for all campers. The canoe dock offers canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.
Raquette Lake Boys Camp has a complete sports complex. Our facilities include outdoor areas for tennis, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, golf, ga-ga, flag football, and ultimate frisbee. There are mountain biking trails, a sand volley-ball area, batting cages, golfing nets, a gymnasium, and indoor areas for hockey, basketball, and archery. We provide access to local golf courses and an ice hockey rink.
There is a comprehensive arts program with a woodshop, ceramics center, and indoor and outdoor arts & crafts facility. There is a new theatre for shows and musical reviews. And don't miss our new LEGO room.
Raquette Lake Boys Camp is located in the largest state park in the US, surrounded by thousands of acres of protected woodlands and 100 miles of shoreline; our camp offers the perfect setting for adventure. It has the largest climbing and ropes course in the East and 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks for hiking and climbing. Every summer, each age group takes overnight canoe trips in the wilderness and day hikes in the mountains. Wilderness survival training is also available for those that want more adventure and challenge.
All bunks have been completely renovated and offer private bathrooms and showers. There are single and bunk beds available by request. Campers are responsible for daily cleanup of the cabins, and the bathrooms are maintained daily by our professional cleaning staff. Hot water is provided by state-of-the-art on-demand hot water systems.
The centerpiece of camp is our log dining hall which overlooks the lake. With round Adirondack style tables and a stone fireplace, the dining hall can seat the entire camp for each meal.
With seating for at least 1000 people, the arena is used for all camp events, intracamp tournaments, and occasionally for boy/girl camp get-togethers. The arena also houses indoor hockey, basketball, volleyball, Color War events, and ceremonies.
The "Gold Campfire", which overlooks the lake, is the site of our weekly full-camp fire and various traditional ceremonies such as the first and last nights of camp.
The Canteen is the nightly gathering spot for campers, scheduled by age group, where they can find ice cream sundaes, popcorn, pretzels, foosball, darts, or a game of pool.
We have a 2:1 camper to staff ratio, so each bunk averages 8 boys and 4 counselors. Cabins have private bathrooms and showers, and on-demand hot water systems. Each bunk is led by mature counselors who are always present to guide and support the campers. Cabin clean up, with daily inspections, is the responsibility of the entire bunk. A professional cleaning staff takes care of the bathrooms and showers every day. Bunks are supervised by their counselors 24 hours a day.
Inter-collegiates: Each age group is split into 4 teams and they compete throughout the summer.
Color War: This is a week long battle of skills between two teams, Green and White, across most camp activities. Each camper will participate in numerous activities and events.
Final Four: This is a two day mini color war where the four teams from the Final Four of March Madness are represented and have healthy competition.
Guinness Records Day: This year’s boys try to beat the records of last year’s boys.
Luau: A Hawaiian beach festival highlights the first part of the summer.
All Star Days: The boys display their skills in basketball and baseball during All Star games.
Day at the Races: The boys display their skills in track and running.
July 4th: The 4th of July celebration combines the boys camp and girls camp for an All-American cookout and fireworks extravaganza.
Carnival: We have a full carnival with rides. Campers build booths and participate in classics like Dunk the Counselor, Shave the Balloon, and the ever popular "Egg Toss."
Halloween: Campers dress up and go trick-or-treating around camp.
Hobby Night: Hobby night happens on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Boys participate in a special activity or hobby of their choice.
Family Night: The boys camp and the girls camp get to spend the evening together and share activities on some Saturday evenings.
Brother/Sister Lunch: Once a week, siblings from the boys and girls camp get- together for lunch.
Trip Day: Every Monday is trip day. All boys leave camp once a week for a special trip with their age group. Trips include: The Great Escape at 6 Flags, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, mountain hikes, overnight and canoe camping trips, Lake Placid, Lake George, Old Forge, and Montreal.
Socials: Older campers from the boys camp and girls camp get together at the canteen for foosball, ping-pong, popcorn, drinks, etc. They can also enjoy dancing in the social hall.
Raquette Lake Boys Camp centers around the 6 activity periods which run from morning until evening. Each camper participates with his entire cabin in all the activities except his chosen elective. Interspersed between the action are quieter moments such as meals and snacks or spending time with a specially chosen “camp brother.” The camp calendar is spiced up by special days and events including cookouts and cross- camp socials with Raquette Lake Girls Camp. View our Daily Schedule >
Each day consists of six activities: five structured and one elective. Led by their counselors, campers travel from activity to activity with their entire bunk. Every day begins with reveille at 7:30 a.m. and ends with taps at 9:00 p.m. The only days where the schedule differs are “lazy” Sundays and Mondays (out of camp trip days).
Arguably the favorite building of all, the dining hall greets campers with three full meals every day. All meals include a vegetarian option. There is a fruit bar for breakfast and salad bars for lunch and dinner. We can handle most food allergies and the camp is nut free. Special meals include cookouts. View a sample menu >
Among our oldest traditions, younger campers are paired with older campers for support. It’s a special bond of brotherhood that each boy shares. Camp brothers participate in a weekly dinner and evening activity.
The completely renovated, up-to-date infirmary houses 3 full time nurses and a camp doctor. It handles most of our medical needs.