Actually, the list of 50 All-Star Family Camps. Not exactly sure what the eligibility criteria for consideration might be, but at a minimum they are all ACA accredited campgrounds. This mostly means that they have been vetted on “26 health and safety standards and are usually handicapped-accessible”. None on the list are cheap, so any third-party endorsement really helps take some of the risk out of the equation. Not really what I’d normally look for, but the more I looked, the more appealing it becomes.
Eagle Bay’s YMCA Camp Gorham, which is run by the Rochester YMCA is one of two New York Camps mentioned.
In the Adirondacks, on 1,500 acres. Kayaking, waterskiing, and sailing on 400-acre lake. Climbing wall, tennis, basketball, archery, Olympics, and square dancing. ACA accredited. Lodging: Lean-to with electricity sleeps four on bunks, with shared bathhouse; bunkhouse sleeps 48, with kitchen and bath; Adirondack-style cottages sleep 20 on doubles and bunks, with electricity and private bath. Food: Three family-style meals daily in dining hall. Dates: Aug. 20-27. Price: Cottage $1,765 (YMCA members $1,665). 888/518-5671, campgorham.org.
The camp is located on Darts Lake which is north of Eagle Bay on the way to Big Moose Lake. This place has a really interesting history. Originally settled (squatted on) in 1872 by William Henry Dart, it started as a trapper’s camp and eventually became Dart’s Camp Resort which was operated by the Dart family until 1943. For twenty years the resort was a private club until it was sold to the YMCA of Greater Rochester.
For anyone who’s never been camping, this might be just the ticket. There’s barely any investment in gear and almost everything is taken care of for you. The most interesting option are the “Adirondack Shelters” which feature “sliding front doors, built-in bunkbeds, electricity and storage cubicles. Bathrooms are located nearby”. Sounds plush! These “shelters” sleep 2-4 and go for $375 per person for 7 days, activities and meals inclusive. That’s less than $70 a day. I’d say that could be considered a bargain.
Download their brochure for more information.