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Restoration Weekend


Restoring and maintaining an Adirondack family camp can take a lot of work. This weekend is designed for “do-it-yourselfers” who want to spend a weekend at Great Camp Sagamore building on their skill sets. Participants will have the opportunity to select which seminars, workshops, and hands-on experiences are most valuable to them and their camp projects.

This program’s instructors are all well-versed in their areas of camp restoration and maintenance. Instructors include Ted Riehle, Sagamore’s Facilities Director, Pat Smith, Boat Builder, John Friauf, Great Camp’s SMA Trail Steward, and featured speaker Steven Engelhart from AARCH (Adirondack Architectural Heritage).

Classes offered include:

  • Closing Camp for Winter: A Case Study of the Main Lodge by Ted Riehle

  • Recanvasing a Classic Cedar Canvas Canoe by Pat Smith

  • Woodland Trails: Basic Maintenance and Tools by John Friauf

  • Building an Adirondack Chair by Ted Riehle*

  • Bridges and Bogs: Managing Wet Trails by John Friauf

  • Hidden Infrastructure of Sagamore by Robert Engel, Historian

*“Building an Adirondack Chair” requires pre-registration and an additional materials fee of $40 will be due upon your arrival at camp. The Adirondack chair class is limited to 10 registrants due to space constraints. You will be able to take your chair home in pieces and assemble it there using our instructions. Contact jmaguder@greatcampsagamore.org to pre-register for chair-building.

The cost of registration includes classes, our hearty, healthy meal buffets, use of our boathouse and water crafts, and a two-night stay in Sagamore’s historic accommodations.

For more information about our boat building instructor Pat Smith, please click to view his webpage.

To learn more about Sagamore staff members Robert Engel and Ted Riehle, click here.

Starting at $425 (plus gratuities)


Or Call to Register:  315-354-5311 ext. 1023