Adirondack Discovery Trip

Adirondack Discovery

Discovery Adventure - Grades 5-6

For our youngest students, discover the Adirondacks and surrounding upstate New York in this perfect introduction to the outdoors, specifically designed for 5th and 6th graders. Our Adirondack Discovery offers a variety of daytime hikes and paddles in the Empire state’s most beautiful settings.

13 Days

$3,195

  • June 25th - July 7th
  • July 9th - July 21st
  • July 23rd - August 4th
  • Albany, New York

Day 1-2

We will arrive in Albany, meeting all of our fellow adventurers, each of whom will be just as excited as we are to get the adventure underway. We’ll travel to our first campground right on the shores of the “Queen of the American Lakes” – Lake George. We’ll learn how to set up camp, enjoy our first meal together, play games, and get to know each other. The next day, we’ll take the area by bike, weaving along the gorgeous community bike paths, picnicking along the shores of Lake George. In the afternoon, we’ll be taking the Adirondacks in the air with a tree top adventure ropes course!   We’ll get loaded up with proper shoes, harnesses, and equipment, learn the basics of knots and rope work, and do team-building activities.

Day 3-4

From Lake George, we’re off to the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain area. We’ll have a fantastic visit at Fort Ticonderoga and learn about the beginnings of American history. We’ll go on a day hike in the Adirondacks and stay at one of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s most pristine campsites. It’ll be a wilderness haven.

Day 5

We’ll take full advantage of the proximity of the Adirondacks to the historic Lake Placid. We’ll have a day trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and embark on the first of many water activities for our trip – stand up paddle boarding. We’ll learn the basics of balance and paddle strokes and cool off in the waters of Lake Placid.

Day 6-7

We’ll be ready to conquer our first real summit experience of the Adirondacks – a peak near the famous Adirondack Mountain Loj! We’ll practice our map reading skills, leave no trace principles, and trail etiquette as we make our way up to the summit. Once at the top, the views and sense of accomplishment will be unforgettable. The following day, we’ll head straight into our next group activity. We’ll learn to rock climb with the best guides in the area and hit the rocky crags for full day of top-roping, traversing, and rappelling. We’ll learn to belay each other and we’ll push ourselves, our trip mates, and even our leaders to whole new heights.

Day 8-9

We’ll give our legs a rest the next day and hit the water – canoeing Saranac Lake as a team! After learning the basics of our canoe equipment, we’ll follow our guides on a route full of a variety of ponds, short portages, and an abundance of wildlife (including beaver and maybe even moose and black bears!).

Day 10-11

There’s more water to come over the next few days. We’ll conquer the class II and III rapids of the Hudson River Gorge as a team and then hit the famous Battenkill River in our inflatable kayaks, aka “duckies”.

Day 12-13

Our final day will take us over to the local favorite, Merck Forest Farm. That night, we’ll gather for a magnificent feast at our final group banquet. One last time to laugh and relive all of our fantastic adventures, for the following morning it is time to bid farewell. And although it’s always hard to say goodbye, at least you’ll never have to let go of your wonderful memories and all of the new friends you’ve made. Early the next morning, it’s back to Albany for our final goodbyes.

Day 1-2

We will arrive in Albany, meeting all of our fellow adventurers, each of whom will be just as excited as we are to get the adventure underway. We’ll travel to our first campground right on the shores of the “Queen of the American Lakes” – Lake George. We’ll learn how to set up camp, enjoy our first meal together, play games, and get to know each other. The next day, we’ll take the area by bike, weaving along the gorgeous community bike paths, picnicking along the shores of Lake George. In the afternoon, we’ll be taking the Adirondacks in the air with a tree top adventure ropes course!   We’ll get loaded up with proper shoes, harnesses, and equipment, learn the basics of knots and rope work, and do team-building activities.

Day 3-4

From Lake George, we’re off to the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain area. We’ll have a fantastic visit at Fort Ticonderoga and learn about the beginnings of American history. We’ll go on a day hike in the Adirondacks and stay at one of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s most pristine campsites. It’ll be a wilderness haven.

Day 5

We’ll take full advantage of the proximity of the Adirondacks to the historic Lake Placid. We’ll have a day trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and embark on the first of many water activities for our trip – stand up paddle boarding. We’ll learn the basics of balance and paddle strokes and cool off in the waters of Lake Placid.

Day 6-7

We’ll be ready to conquer our first real summit experience of the Adirondacks – a peak near the famous Adirondack Mountain Loj! We’ll practice our map reading skills, leave no trace principles, and trail etiquette as we make our way up to the summit. Once at the top, the views and sense of accomplishment will be unforgettable. The following day, we’ll head straight into our next group activity. We’ll learn to rock climb with the best guides in the area and hit the rocky crags for full day of top-roping, traversing, and rappelling. We’ll learn to belay each other and we’ll push ourselves, our trip mates, and even our leaders to whole new heights.

Day 8-9

We’ll give our legs a rest the next day and hit the water – canoeing Saranac Lake as a team! After learning the basics of our canoe equipment, we’ll follow our guides on a route full of a variety of ponds, short portages, and an abundance of wildlife (including beaver and maybe even moose and black bears!).

Day 10-11

There’s more water to come over the next few days. We’ll conquer the class II and III rapids of the Hudson River Gorge as a team and then hit the famous Battenkill River in our inflatable kayaks, aka “duckies”.

Day 12-13

Our final day will take us over to the local favorite, Merck Forest Farm. That night, we’ll gather for a magnificent feast at our final group banquet. One last time to laugh and relive all of our fantastic adventures, for the following morning it is time to bid farewell. And although it’s always hard to say goodbye, at least you’ll never have to let go of your wonderful memories and all of the new friends you’ve made. Early the next morning, it’s back to Albany for our final goodbyes.