Camp Activities

First Time Away Summer Camp for Girls, Adirondacks New YorkAt Camp Jeanne d’Arc we offer a wide variety of activities from soccer to hiking, archery to arts-and-crafts, water-ski to horseback riding-there’s hardly anything we don’t do!

Our mornings are more structured, and our afternoons more flexible. By sun down, every camper has enjoyed a full day of activities!

Water Activities at Overnight Summer Camp for Girls Upstate New York

Waterfront

JDA’s waterfront on pristine Lake Chateaugay provides a beautiful setting for all types of water sports. We offer swim lessons, waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, canoeing, sailing and lots of fun and games. Every camper will have an opportunity to spend time at the waterfront every day. All waterfront activities are taught and supervised by certified Red Cross instructors and lifeguards.

One of our most popular waterfront activities is water-skiing.  Every boat driver is NYS certified, and every lesson is supervised by an ARC certified lifeguard and taught by an experienced water-skiier. Whether your camper has never been on water-skis, or is an experienced skier, she will have a blast on the lake.

Horseback Riding

Ride a Horse at Overnight Summer Camp for Girls Adirondacks NY

Horseback riding is an optional activity offered 3 or 6 times per week to novice through advanced riders. Our well-qualified instructors put safety first! Our instructors teach mostly English style with an emphasis on good horsemanship. We strive to build a bond between our girls and our horses. Trail rides and horse shows are part of the fun as well.

Hiking and Camping Out

Explore Nature in the Adirondacks, Sleep Away Summer Camp for Girls, Camp Jeanne d'Arc

In addition to land sports, we offer a wilderness 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 have an opportunity to advance to more challenging backpacking and canoe trips in the Club program.

Clubs

Learn to Sail at Summer Camp for Girls, Adirondacks New York

In addition to regular activities, we offer a Club program which allows campers further opportunities to excel and demonstrate mastery in canoeing, horseback riding, mountaineering and sailing. As campers work for multiple summers to earn placement in a club, they learn the value of hard work and real accomplishment.

Learn to do Archery at Camp Jeanne d'Arc for Girls, Overnight Summer Camp in New York

Target Sports

Archery and Riflery are two camp favorites. Both activities are taught by trained instructors on a safe and well-marked range. Campers set goals and earn awards as they advance in the Camp Archery Association and National Riflery Association Programs. Our campers under 12 years old will shoot BB guns at a shorter distance. Campers enjoy participating in an end-of-summer tournament.

Play Tennis and Sports at Camp Jeanne d'Arc NY, All Girls Sleepaway Camp

Core Sports

Our core sports include soccer, field hockey, volleyball, tether ball,tennis (USTA program) basketball and more. Golf is offered as an optional activity offered once a week at the Malone Golf Club with PGA professionals. Evening activities often include large field games such as Capture the Flag, Run Sheepie Run, SPUD, kickball, softball, parachute games 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.

Arts and Crafts and Performing Arts at Sleep Away Camp in Upstate NY Camp Jeanne d'Arc

Arts

Using everything from traditional art media to pine cones found in the woods, our campers enjoy hours of gently guided quiet time to create beautiful and sometimes whimsical pieces of art.

The performing arts are also a big part of life at Camp Jeanne d’Arc. Campers will have an opportunity to participate in drama, dance and lots of singing. Every Wednesday we host a camp wide talent show where campers have an opportunity to perform.

And if that isn’t enough…Choice Activities

Afternoon “choice activities” are more specialized including baking/cooking, mountain biking, guitar, yoga, sailing, clubs, fishing, drama, dance, fitness training, board games, quiet time, field sports, bracelet making and more.

Optional Activities

Optional Activities including horseback riding, water-ski, and golf are scheduled during morning activities. Optional Motor trips are also offered 4 times throughout the summer. For more information, review our summer camp dates and tuition.

TESTIMONIALS

So Many Great Things, I Can't Choose My Favorite

If someone said which were my favorite things about camp, I couldn’t choose! Counselors, campers, food, the variety of activities… My first time at JDA was as CIT, but I didn’t have any less fun because of it! I had as much fun as campers but I also got to learn some great values such as leadership, responsibility and self-confidence. I think, one of the best parts of the day was campfire: we all sang camp songs to get ready for… MILK AND COOKIES BEFORE BED!! Camp Jeanne d´Arc allowed me to meet people from all over the world and make memories that will last forever!

Blanca S., Camper from Spain
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