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Camp Regis Applejack

15 Heron Ln,
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
All bookings are free!
Camp Prices 2020
Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Acting, Archery, Arts&Crafts, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Ceramics, Culinary, Dance, Drawing, Fishing, Football, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Music, Nature Exposure, Orienteering, Photography, Pool, Reading, Sculpture, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Theater, Tubing, Volleyball, Water Skiing, Wilderness Trips, Woodworking, Yoga

About Camp Regis Applejack

Provide a fun and rewarding experience for your child's summer! Camp Regis Applejack builds relationships and passions that last a lifetime in the heart of the Adirondacks!

The spirit of the camp, where boys and girls age 6 through 16 can spend the summer in the woods and on the water is one of traditions. Activities include sailing, swimming, tennis, hiking, art, drama, sing-alongs and stories around the campfire. Camp Regis is unusual in its emphasis on diversity. The Humes' founded the camp as a way to bring together children from all backgrounds and to teach them the value of diversity.

Camp Regis Applejack is completely non-denominational. Much of the respect for individuals and their differences, down-to-earth attitude, and the non-judgmental, non-competitive atmosphere stems from this background. Today, this tradition of diversity is carried on through the Humes family's commitment to core values and social mission.
camps overview
Camp Regis
Camp Regis is for campers ages 6 through 12 and well suited to new and first-time campers. Here the focus is on the group living experience as well as on introducing campers to new activities. We have found that these young campers make an excellent adjustment to camp life, often getting over homesickness far quicker than many teenagers. They are also eager and invested in learning everything they can, which is why we make sure that they receive a well rounded experience of all of our activities.

Camp Applejack

Applejack camp was founded for teenagers aged 13 to 16. In the Applejack teen camp campers focus more on improving their skill set, learning new skills, and a more rigorous camping experience. The Applejack campers are given special privileges such as extended bedtime hours where they can socialize in the staff supervised pavilion area, trips to town, and longer more rigorous out of camp trips.
History
Camp Regis was founded by Earl and Pauline Humes in 1946 and was one of the first non-denominational summer camps in the United States. The Humes' opened the camp to every race, religion, and economic background to create an environment of diversity and acceptance.

Later in 1956 they opened Camp Applejack, which was to be a teen camp that focused on not only the traditional camp experience but also encouraged campers to participate in volunteer work.

When managing the two separate properties became too much they consolidated the two camps on their property on Upper St. Regis Lake, and Camp Regis Applejack was born.

Camp Regis Applejack continues to be a family run children's summer camp as it was taken over by Pauline and Earl's son Michael Humes in the 1960s. The camp's enrollment declined after 2011 while Mike worked through a health issue but continued to be an American Camping Association accredited summer camp and enrollment is rising once more.
Philosophy
Camp Regis Applejack was founded on the principles of acceptance and appreciation for nature. The Humes family's philosophy for the camp stems partially from their association with the Society of Friends and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

At Camp Regis Applejack campers and staff develop an understanding and compassion for those who may look, worship, act, and speak differently from themselves.
Activities
At Camp Regis Applejack we offer tons of Activities on and off of our property on St. Regis Lake. Take a look at our various departments to see what activities your child could learn this summer at Camp!

Athletics
Camp Regis Applejack has two large athletics fields along with an extensive tennis and basketball court which lends itself to a varied athletics program.

Arts & Crafts
Camp Regis Applejack has an extensive Arts & Crafts department where campers are encouraged to explore their imagination in an array mediums.

Birch Lodge

Birch Lodge is the name of our indoor gaming, reading, and cooking building at Camp Regis Applejack equipped with a kitchen, pool table and more.

Nature
Being advantageously in the heart of the Adirondack National Park we make sure our campers have all the necessary skills to enjoy and respect nature.

Performing Arts
Camp Regis Applejack offers many activites in the Performing Arts department such as music, theatre, instrumental and vocal music, costume design, and more.

Waterfront
Camp Regis Applejack has nearly a mile stretch of waterfront on St. Regis Lake where campers can enjoy various water based activities such as swimming.
Athletics
At Camp Regis Applejack we have two large atlethics fields on our property along with a large tennis and multipurpose court. In addition to this dedicated space for Atheltic activities, we take advatage of our natural location and take many of our activities into the wilderness of the Adirondacks.

Our game playing is focused on teamwork, growth and fun. While we do compete internally and with other camps we do not put the focus on the final score but on the learning experience. The camaraderie this creates does make us a formidable team when competing against other camps though!

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tetherball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wallball
  • Waterskiing
  • Yoga
Arts & Crafts
At Camp Regis Applejack we have a large, well equipped Arts & Crafts building that facilitates the many activites we can offer. Campers are taught various fine art skills from painting to pottery including some unconventional mediums such as paper and candle making. We encourage campers to take their own creative liberties and to make use of the nature around us, whether that is to take their drawing outside or to use bits of nature in their pieces.

  • Batik
  • Candle Making
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Handicrafts
  • Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Paper Making
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Tye Dying
  • Weaving
  • Wood Crafts
Birch Lodge
Birch Lodge is our indoor recreational area, it is equipped with a full kitchen, two gaming areas, and a screened-in porch. Campers can enjoy themselves reading a book from our library on the patio, or challenge each other to a friendly game of pool.

The fully equipped kitchen can be used only during an assigned activity period and supervised by a counselor. With the assistance of their counselor or supervising staff memeber campers can use the facilities to make cookies, popcorn and more!

  • Air Hockey
  • Baking
  • Board Games
  • Cooking
  • Foosball
  • Journaling
  • Pool
  • Reading
  • Tetherball
Outdoor Life, Nature & Ecology
Camp Regis Applejack is located in the heart of the Adirondack National Park on the banks of Upper St. Regis Lake. Our location allows us to have an extensive outdoor program and requires our campers and staff to leave their technology home and truly enjoy the nature around them.

Campers learn many skills such as how to pitch a tent, make a fire, cook over a fire, read a physical map and compass, and other camp crafts. We teach the campers these skills through various internal and external trips like day hikes up the local mountains or an overnight at our in-house lean-toos. While on these trips we take the time to teach our campers the importance of the wilderness around them and how to follow the leave-no-trace rules of the Adirondack Park.

  • Camp Crafts
  • Canoeing
  • Cooking
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Wilderness Trips
Performing Arts
Our Theatre Arts Department puts on weekly plays, talent shows, improv nights, karaoke and more. Campers are encouraged to participate in any way they feel comfortable, whether it is under the spotlights or making the sets. Our indoor theater with a fully-equipped stage sets our campers up for success and allows them to thoroughly eplore the world theatre.

Music comes into play frequently at Camp Regis Applejack, from our campfire songs to music lessons. Our music department inspires campers to sing along or even learn a new instrument.

We have a wonderful Music Director, Isabella Baer Cortes, who has been teaching music for over 20 years all over the world.

  • Acting
  • Costume Design
  • Dance
  • Improvisation
  • Instrumental Music
  • Set Design
  • Stage Crafts
  • Theater
  • Vocal Music
    Waterfront
    Camp Regis Applejack is located on nearly a mile of lake front property on Upper St. Regis Lake. We take advantage of our amazing location to engage in a variety of water based activities.

    Our boating area boasts a fleet of over 40 boats, from row boats to sailboats. Campers have the ability to learn how to handle themselves independently with all of our boats and the opportunity for them to try their hands at activities such as waterskiing.

    In our swimming area we have a large sand beach where campers can socialize and enjoy the view. Our dock is equipped with diving boards and is separated into four sections that campers can swim in dependent on their skill level. Campers are required to have or learn basic swimming skills at Camp. We also offer fun swimming extracurriculars such as the polar bear swim and the whale swim.

    All of our waterfront activities are closely monitored by Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors.

    • Canoeing
    • Fishing
    • Kayaking
    • Paddleboard
    • Row Boats
    • Sailing
    • Swimming
    • Tubing
    • Waterskiing
        A Typical Day at Camp Regis Applejack
        7:30 AM - Rise and Shine!
        The wake up bell rings at 7:30 AM every day. Campers get dressed for the day, if campers are assigned as setters for the day they head to the dining hall to prepare the tables.

        8:00 AM - Breakfast

        Campers line-up outside the dining hall for morning announcements and then seated in the dining hall by group.

        8:45 AM - Cabin Clean Up

        Following the chore wheel set up by the counselors, campers straighten up their cabins and get ready for their day.

        9:15 AM - Free Choice
        Campers choose their first activity of the day via the list of open programs.

        10:25 AM - Group Activity

        Campers reconvene at their cabins to go as a group to their next activity.

        12:45 PM - Lunch
        Setters leave their activities 10 minutes early to prepare the dining hall for lunch. Campers line up for lunch.

        1:45 PM - Rest Hour
        Rest Hour is a time for campers to take a break in their cabins. They can take a nap, read quietly, write a letter, or anything that helps rejuvenate them for the rest of the day.

        2:45 PM - Free Choice
        Campers choose their next individual activity via the provided list.

        3:55 PM - Group Activity
        Campers reconvene to go as a group to their next activity.

        5:00 PM - Free Swim
        All campers convene at the beach and can use this time to swim, read, play in the sand, etc.

        6:00 PM - Dinner
        Setters leave Free Swim 10 minutes early to prepare for dinner. Campers return to their cabins to get dressed and line up for dinner.

        7:15/8:30 PM - Evening Activity
        Our Evening Activities vary each night. Some nights there will be shows in the theatre, bonfires, trips to town, movies, and more!

        9:00/10:30 PM - Lights Out
        Lights out varies based on age. The Regis campers go to bed by 9:00 PM, while the AJ campers have Pavilion Time where they can socialize in a communal area before their lights out at 10:30 PM.
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