Our mission at Camp Jeanne d’Arc is to empower young women to achieve greatness. All that we do at Camp Jeanne d’Arc is carefully designed to help your daughter:
- Find Her Voice
- Uncover Her Talents
- Discover Her Passion
- Realize Her Value
- Our Campers are girls ages 7 – 16
- Counselor in Training program (CIT) for campers ages 16 & 17
- 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 week sessions (Dates & Rates)
- Crystal Clear Chateaugay Lake in the Northern Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York
- Committed to giving personal attention and providing a safe camp environment for every camper!
- Emphasize and model good character and positively contributing to our camp community
- Small by design, 3:1 staff to camper ratio
- We welcome first time campers to join our 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Jeanne d’Arc campers
- Hosting campers from NY, NJ, CT , PA, MD, MA, CA, FL, OH, OR, NH, TX, Puerto Rico and countries including Mexico, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Panama
- All religions and cultures welcome
- A beautiful campus with charming Swiss chalet style cabins with indoor bathrooms, large screened windows and beautiful views over the fields and mountains
- Offering a wide range of activities including swimming, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding , tubing, canoeing, stand up paddle-boarding, horseback riding at all levels, tennis, golf, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, archery, bb’s, riflery, arts and crafts, camping out, hiking, fitness, yoga, dance, drama and lots of surprises and special events.
- Healthy food choices and special dietary accommodations
- 95th continuous summer in operation. Family owned and operated
- Camp JDA is a vibrant summer camp modeling traditional values
This is where your daughter will let her hair down and not worry about impressing boys! Without gender distractions, she is more likely to accept leadership roles, take more risks and try new activities without worrying about what the boys think. At Camp Jeanne d’Arc our girls take center stage and discover who they really are. She will meet girls from all over the country and all around the world. Many of our campers keep in touch over the school year and many friendships last a lifetime.
A Cultural Experience
Camp Jeanne d’ Arc hosts campers and staff from all over the world. Last year we had campers from NY, NJ, CT , PA, MD, MA, CA, FL, OH, OR, NH, TX, Puerto Rico and countries including Mexico, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Panama. It’s more than summer camp, it’s a cultural experience!
Unplug and Connect with Nature
Spending her summer on Lake Chateaugay in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York will help her learn to love and appreciate nature. It’s the perfect outdoor playground! We are a No Tech Zone! The only screen she will see will be on Friday night movie night.
Staff and Counselors
Our staff and counselors are extraordinary! They are carefully screened and hand selected based on the highest standard. Our staff is passionate about life. They all bring something unique to share with the campers at JDA. Our staff has been rigorously trained to ensure your daughters’ safety at all times. Your daughters’ safety is our highest priority. A safe camp is a fun camp.
94 years of Tradition
It’s no secret that we are proud of our 94 years of tradition here at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc! It’s one of many attributes that sets us apart from the rest. From the ceremonial feather picking to the surprise of Christmas in July, we’re rich with tradition. Nobody will leave camp without their own hand-crafted Jeanne d’ Arc shield. It will forever serve as a reminder of the accomplishments and celebrations of those unforgettable summers spent at camp JDA. Upon their arrival at camp, each camper will choose a feather, blue (Jolis Coeurs) or white (Les Pucelles) and be a part of that team for life. For more information about these teams and other camp traditions see our Traditions Tab.
Camp Jeanne d’ Arc offers a HUGE variety of activities for all to enjoy! Just to name a few: swimming, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding , tubing, canoeing, stand up paddle-boarding, horseback riding (at all levels), tennis, golf, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, archery, bb’s, riflery, arts and crafts, camping out, hiking, fitness, yoga, religious worship, dance, drama and lots of surprises and special events. Never a dull day at CJDA!
Cool Motor Trips
Could it get any better than summer camp!?! We offer 3 exciting motor trips to choose from throughout the summer. Get up close and personal with all that the Adirondacks have to offer.
“Giving Back” Projects
“Giving Back” to our community is the JDA Way! Taking part in fun, interactive service projects reminds our campers of their responsibility as Camp Jeanne d’ Arcers to reach out and serve in their communities. We really can make the world a better place!
It’s like a dream here on pristine Lake Chateaugay in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY! Our campus is comprised of 100-acres of woods and fields–a perfect outdoor playground. All of our Swiss Chalet-style cabins are different, having their own personalities. They have the rustic charm of Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s cottage, with the modern convenience of electricity, large screened windows and indoor bathrooms. Camp Jeanne d’Arc is one-of-a-kind with almost 100 years of history to prove it!
Delicious Healthy Meals (with Cookies and Milk at bedtime)
We understand that not everyone likes everything, that’s why we offer lots of choices. All of our meals are served family style, so girls decide what they would like to put on their plate. A full salad bar is offered with every meal. Our older campers deliver cookies and milk to the campers before bed. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available upon request.
Our mission at Camp Jeanne d’Arc is to empower young women to achieve their greatness. All that we do at Camp Jeanne d’Arc is carefully designed to help your daughter:
Find Her Voice through…
- Arts & Crafts
Uncover Her Talents through…
- Design and Build Projects
- Traditional Camp Activities: Sailing, Riding, Waterskiing, Archery, Riflery, BB’s, etc.
- Tennis, Field Sports and Golf
- Special Choice Activities including cooking class, kite flying, yoga, etc.
Discover Her Passion through…
- Camp Clubs: Camp Craft, Mountaineering, Riding, Sailing, Canoeing
- Nature Exploration activities: Bird Watching, Nature Crafting, Drawing, Critter Watch, Star Gazing
- Camping Out
- Motor Trips
- Horseback Riding
Realize Her Value through…
- Inspired leadership training
- Service Projects
- Environmentally Friendly Practices
- Opportunities to increase faith
- Team Competition and Games
- Award Night and Banquet
- Spirit Awards
- Earning Shield of Accomplishments
At Camp Jeanne d’Arc we are committed to empowering young women to grow into the leaders that our world needs today. We need young women in this world who are confident and brave, compassionate and kind, faithful and loyal. Our camp motto, “Faith, Endurance, Courage and Confidence” is what we strive to instill in our young women each summer. As our alumnae of the past 94 years will attest, Camp Jeanne d’Arc has taught them many powerful, life-shaping lessons. Your daughter, too, will treasure her years at summer camp as she reflects on her experience here at Camp Jeanne d’Arc.
JDA’s main waterfront on fourteen-mile Lake Chateaugay provides a beautiful fresh-water setting for all types of water sports. Every camper takes daily swim lessons. Other waterfront activities include sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, wake boarding and stand up paddleboard.
All waterfront activities are taught and supervised by certified Red Cross instructors and lifeguards.
Horseback riding is a very popular optional activity offered 3 or 6 times per week to novice through advanced riders. Our well qualified instructors put safety first!The stable, paddock and Olympic sized riding arena are just a step away from the waterfront. Our equestrians learn not only how to ride but also about horse care and barn maintenance. Riders go on trail rides for lunch trips several times each session. Horse shows at the end of each half session are enjoyed by all.
One of our most popular waterfront activities is water-skiing. The Water-skiing instructors work closely with each camper to improve her skills and proficiency. Each instructor is an NYS certified boat driver, ARC certified lifeguard and an experienced water-skiier. Whether the camper has never been on water-skiis, or is an experienced water-skiier, she will have a blast on the lake.
Archery is another very popular activity. Trained instructors teach the girls on a safe and well-marked range. Success is measured by an awards program developed by the Camp Archery Association and the annual tournament to close out the summer.
Riflery is also enjoyed by many campers. Girls, ages 12 and older, participate in the National Riflery Association Program, setting goals to achieve pins as well as participating in the end-of-the-year tournament. Our program is run by a trained and certified instructor. Our younger campers shoot BB guns on a separate, smaller range using a shorter distance.
Field Sports and Golf
Soccer, field hockey and lacrosse are top choices for field activities. Campers also develop skills in Tennis (USTA program) and Golf, a optional activity offered once a week at the Malone Golf Club with PGA professionals. Twilight activities often include large field games such as Capture the Flag, Run Sheepie Run and Ditch. And the Fourth of July and certain other days wouldn’t be the same without our massive slip-n-slide down Archery Hill.
Hiking and Camping Out
In addition to land sports, we offer a mountaineering program that teaches skills that instill self-reliance in the outdoors and nature appreciation. Starting with short day hikes and overnights to nearby campsites, campers advance to more challenging backpacking and canoe trips. Younger campers participate in Campcraft, concentrating on increasing knowledge of nature and close-to-camp overnights.
Each summer we welcome arts counselors who bring fresh ideas for fine arts and craft projects. Using everything from traditional art media to pine cones found in the woods the campers enjoy hours of gently guided quiet time to create beautiful and sometimes whimsical pieces of art. We hold an art exhibit at the end of each session so that the entire camp community can see what everyone has been working on.
We have many well-loved traditions at camp. Among them are Feather Picking and Team Games, Wishing Night, Smugglers, Christmas in July and many more activities throughout the summer: plays, musicals, dance performances and more! In addition to regular activities we offer a “club” program which allows campers further opportunities to excel and demonstrate leadership in canoeing, horseback riding, mountaineering, sailing and campcraft.
Team and Feather Picking:
Feather Picking is one of the most exciting nights at camp! Will I pick white and become part of the Les Pucelles team (maiden warrior) or will I pick blue and be a Jolis Coeurs (happy heart)? These two names are French words that describe Joan of Arc. Once you have chosen your team, you are part of a life-long family! You will spend the summer competing in fun games and activities to help your team earn points. The much anticipated awards are presented at Banquet to the winning team. Team trophies are presented for both achievements and spirit.
A Camp Jeanne d’ Arc shield is a memento to be treasured forever! All summer long as campers take part in various camp activities, they are earning symbols to be added to their shield. These hand-painted symbols are meticulously added to each campers’ shield each summer. By the end of her time spent at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc her shield is as full as her heart as she reflects back on all that she has learned and accomplished through her years at CJDA.
4th of July Celebrations (First 2 weeks)
It has long been a tradition at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc to celebrate the 4th of July the way it was intendent to be. We do this with a giant slip-and-slide, decorations, face paint, watermelon, fireworks, games, bonfires and more. The 4th of July is a much anticipated day at Camp JDA!
Christmas in July (Sometime in July…shhhhhh!):
As a child, there is absolutely nothing better than Christmas Morning! It’s even better in the middle of July! Christmas in July is a long time tradition at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc. Campers are awaken by candle light and Christmas carols to join their fellow campers in the Hearth for an all-out Christmas party. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without lighted Christmas trees, Santa Clause, presents, music, a crackling fire, cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa. This year we have an extra special surprise! Shhhhh…don’t tell. We love surprises at Camp JDA.
Wishing Night (Second Half):
Our Owl cabin (campers ages 14-15) presents a magical evening of candlelight, serenading and wish making. Each camper is presented with a handcrafted gift to wish upon. The magic and wonder of Wishing Night is one that is never to be forgotten.
Banquet (Second Half):
As a parting gift to their campers, the counselors and staff at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc put on an unforgettable banquet to celebrate the achievements of their outstanding campers. The final camp theme is revealed as the girls enter the Hearth to see the transformation that has taken place. A lovely dinner and dessert is served only to be topped by the recognition of each and every camper as they receive awards for their achievements. Campers are awarded with activity and camp spirit awards, club memberships, tournament awards, team trophies, and camp’s highest camper honors. Banquet is absolutely the highlight of the summer, not to be missed and certainly never to be forgotten.
And this is only to name to few! Camp Jeanne d’ Arc loves her traditions and certainly loves her surprises!
We hope you’ll join us!
Hello! We are Sandy and Randy Abbott, the proud owners and directors of Camp JDA. It is a dream come true for us to spend our summers with your daughters in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains at Camp Jeanne d’Arc.Growing up in Southern California, we spent out summers exploring the mountains of the West. This is where our love of the outdoors began. Between Scout Camp, Girls Camp, Family Camp, and Sports Camp; we spent our childhoods camping! It was there that we learned valuable lessons in responsibility, leadership, preparedness, camp safety, friendship and fun. With the help of our extraordinary staff and counselors, we will provide these same kinds of experiences for our JDA girls.
We have spent the last 11 years exploring our home state of North Carolina with our four lively children, Anna (17), Luke (13), Caleb (11) and Joshua (8). Although we only have four of our own, that number seems to triple on the weekends. It’s our joy to fill our home with the love and laughter of our friends. We otherwise stay busy with sports, music, scouts, church, animals and academics.
There is nothing in the world like watching a child grow into a creative, compassionate and confident young adult. As a girl’s camp director for the past 7 summers, I have had the privilege of being part of this process for many young women. My formal education was spent studying speech communication; combine that with my love of music, dance, sports, gardening, design, and youth mentoring, and I have found the opportunity of a lifetime in being a camp director. I absolutely adore it! Don’t let it surprise you when you come to camp and see me in the middle of the dance circle or knee deep in the dirt with the girls. I’m excited to bring many new and creative ideas to our camp programming to complement the well loved Camp JDA traditions already in practice. See you at camp!
Ask my wife and she’ll tell you I’m the biggest kid around. She’s right, I love to play! Growing up with 6 brothers, much of my childhood was spent outside in the pool or shooting hoops in the backyard. We had a basketball team all our own! My love for kids has grown into a passion for mentoring youth. I have spent more than 15 years in youth mentoring, including leadership positions within the Boy Scouts of America program. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Idaho State University studying Business Management and spent 16 years in the business world. I take the responsibility of being a camp owner and director very seriously. My number one priority is your daughter’s safety. We understand that you are entrusting us, first and foremost, to keep your daughter safe. We are 100% committed to that. With my wife and me at the helm, and with a team of trusting staff and counselors by our side, we will provide a safe, super fun, and life-shaping experience for your daughter. Come and join us!
We can’t wait to meet you!
Sandy and Randy
Here’s what our camp parents say…
(My daughter) had a fantastic time at camp! Thank you so much…. She came back a much more relaxed and self confident child. We just got back from vacation and the only vacation she talks about is camp. Mother of 3rd year camper, age 10, from New York.
Thank you for helping to give my daughter a first class experience at CJDA this past summer. You instilled a lot of confidence in her. We’d love her to be a repeat camper. Mother of first time camper, age 13, from NJ
[My daughter] returned home very, very happy. Every single day we learn new stories and hear songs… What an experience she had!!! In such a short period of time she seems to have learned to be more independent. Thanks for the care provided by you and your staff. Mother of first time camper, age 12, from Puerto Rico
Here’s what our campers say…
I just want to say thank you VERY much for an awesome summer and I cannot WAIT to come back! This year at CJDA would have to be the best yet, no joke. I had a ball being an OWL…. From Ship to Shore, to Campfire, to Friday Night at the Movies, to Activities, to Cleaning Hour, to the Meals, and to basically everything, I couldn’t have asked for a better camp experience this summer. OWL cabin was a blast and I had the most fun counselors that I’ve had in all of my 5 years at CJDA. 5th year camper from Connecticut.
Thanks for a really great summer, this has been the best year yet and I’ll surely never forget it. I can’t wait to come back… Camp is and always will be the highlight of my summer and the best part of my year. All the counselors this year were so kind and comforting and spirited and I really hope that I see them along with the best staff in the world next year for Summer of 20xx! It means so much to me that I can keep coming back to camp, because it is truly my heaven on earth. 14 year old camper, 5th summer, from NY
Here’s what our counselors say..
I would just like to say thank you for the whole summer experience. I learned so much, not only about Camp, working with others and taking on responsibilities, but also I learned a lot about myself. I definitely got a lot out of being at Camp and have made such amazing friendships thanks to it. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. First time counselor from England
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to you for affording me an amazing summer at Jeanne d’Arc…Jeanne d’Arc has once again left its mark on me, and I will be humming the songs and secretly practicing the traditions throughout the year. Prior camper and first time counselor from NY
How will my daughter travel to camp?
There are several travel options for campers. Some girls are dropped off by their parents by car, others take the camp bus (departing from one location in NYC and one in Westchester County), and others fly to area airports. For campers arriving by plane, we have a staff member meet the camper at the airport. More information about travel can be found in our New 2016 Parent Guide
What will my daughter eat at camp?
We have an awesome full-time kitchen staff that prepares three hot meals a day. The menus are full of kids’ favorites like pizza, tacos and chicken. Of course we know that kids like choices, so we always have yogurt, fruit and cereal available at breakfast, as well as a salad bar in the afternoon and evening. It is our goal to strike a balance between happy and healthy. We want to keep our campers happy by providing yummy, healthy options. We are happy to accommodate your daughter’s vegetarian and gluten-free diet upon request. By the way, your daughter won’t want to miss Wacky Wednesday in the Hearth, we are challenging the girls to try a bite of some wacky food combinations.
What should my daughter pack?
Keep in mind that camp is all about play! Your daughter will be very active at camp, clothes should be designed for this. We ask all our campers to wear closed-toe shoes around camp, flip-flops and sandals are allowed only at the waterfront. Clothes may get messy or wet, so nothing should be sent that cannot be replaced. For more information, please see our Packing Checklist.
Do you allow electronics? Phones? Laptops?
We are a NO TECH ZONE at Camp Jeanne d’Arc! Part of the camp experience is “un-plugging” and enjoying nature and our friends. For this reason we do not allow campers to have any electronic device that may be used to watch television or movies nor do we allow them to have cell phones. What we do permit the girls to keep in their cabins are e-readers without internet connection or other capabilities and music only devices like iPods. Remember that while these are allowed, we do not encourage campers to bring expensive and irreplaceable items with them to camp. If you have questions about a specific device, feel free to ask us!
How will I communicate with my daughter?
At JDA we believe that campers do best when fully immersed in the camp experience. We do not generally allow phone calls between campers and home. However, we strongly encourage you to keep in touch with your camper through snail mail, fax and our Bunk1 system. Care packages are welcome, though we do ask campers to open packages with a staff member so that any food can be put away in a safe place, away from critters. More information on communications can be found in our New 2016 Parent Guide
Do you honor requests for specific cabin mates?
We love happy campers! We encourage you to communicate with our staff about cabin preferences on your registration form. Please understand that we cannot fulfill every request. Cabin placement is done carefully and with great thought on the part of the staff, keeping the best interests of every camper in mind. All input is appreciated and considered but no request can be guaranteed. We will not put sisters, cousins, or friends from home who are not the same age or in the same grade at school in the same cabin.
Must you practice a certain faith or religion to attend Camp JDA?
Absolutely not! We are a camp of acceptance and respect. On Sundays we ask campers to choose one of the following 1-hour options: 1) Non-denominational Inspirational Service, 2) Catholic Mass or 3) Bible Stories, King James Version.
What kind of medical care do you provide at camp?
At camp, we have a full-time nurse, as well as a working relationship with a local pediatrician’s office. For more specific medical questions, please refer to our New 2016 Parent Guide or call our office.
How do you treat head lice at your camp?
Nobody wants to come home from camp with lice! We have partnered with Lice Happens, the country’s top head lice subject matter experts, to proactively screen for campers with head lice upon arrival at camp. We use a wet hair screening process and we follow Lice Happens guidelines to treat campers with a non toxic, pesticide free head lice foam shampoo to eliminate lice and nits. We also encourage campers to use good lice management practices such as not sharing hair brushes and limiting head to head contact.
What will you do if my daughter is homesick?
It is normal for campers to miss their home and family when they arrive, even for veteran campers! It is a healthy, common response. We have had considerable experience dealing with homesick campers and are ready to help. Know that homesickness often disappears as quickly as it arrives and overcoming homesickness is an opportunity for personal growth. It is not uncommon to receive a letter (or several) during the first few days of camp telling you of homesickness. In this event, we need help from you:
- Keep in frequent contact: Positive encouraging letters are best. Tell her that you are proud of her for conquering a challenge and ask her about new friends and skills.
- Encourage her to stick with it: Knowing that you have faith in her will help her get through the initial homesickness
- Try not to give her an out: Although it’s hard not to bargain with our kids, it’s important to refrain from telling your daughter that you will come and get her “if.” Knowing that she can’t give up helps campers get through homesickness.
Is there a boy’s camp close to Camp Jeanne d’Arc?
Yes, Camp Lafayette is our boy’s program that runs during the last 3 weeks of the camp season. Find out more about Camp Lafayette here.