Everyone looks forward to the Mealtimes at Camp Tucka Kitchen. Here at camp, we ensure that your child will  have wholesome, fuel propelling breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. All meals are purchased from certified food vendors and pre-prepped at their locations.

Sample Menu

Breakfast: Muesli, hot milk/hot water, crepes with bananas, strawberries, nutella, whipped cream, strawberry sauce and powdered sugar, sunny side up or scrambled eggs, omelette, toasted bread, caramelized onions salt-pepper to taste.Juice, tea  or caffeine free coffee.

Lunch: Green salad, tuna chicken sandwiches/wraps, choice of peanut butter and banana PJ, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta sides with hot dogs/chicken, macaroni and cheese and sausage. Fruit of the season. Juice, milk, tea or coffee (no caffeine) as beverages.

Dinner: Broiled chicken drumsticks & thighs seasoned herbs, pepper and salt served with mashed potatoes/flavored rice, steamed broccoli or mashed carrots. Juice, milk,  tea or coffee (no caffeine) offered.

Supper: milk with favorite cereal, cookies. Juice, milk,  tea and coffee (no caffeine) offered. 

Staying Hydrated

We have strategically placed water fountains throughout the ranch to encourage our campers to drink water regularly. Our suggestion to parents is to purchase your child a reusable water bottle to limit unnecessary waste. Please label the water bottle with your camper's name ! For water bottles and other items you can go to  Everything Summer Camp to purchase items for the camp.
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"Soothing the Homesick Childby Perri Klass M.D.
In the first book of The Odyssey, epic poem, the Greek hero is said to bestraining for no more than a glimpse of hearth-smoke drifting up from his own land? Thousands of years later, during the Civil War, homesickness (or nostalgia) was viewed as an affliction that could kill soldiers.... Read More
"Snail Mail"Kids (of all ages!) at camp very much enjoy receiving hand written letters.  Everyday after lunch, everyone is excited to check their mailbox for cards and letters. Give her camp address out to friends and relatives, along with a suggestion to concentrate more on how she is spending her time at camp than on any negative details at home. Keep the tone of the letter encouraging and positive. Mailing Address:

ADK WildHorse Camp
(Child's Name)
776 County Rt. 18.
Lake Clear, NY 12945

"Email" We do not allow our campers the use of email as we find that computers and the internet have a way of  absorbing a child's time in more negative ways than positive. Whether the camper remains at camp for a week or longer, we find that this is one of the ways to show your daughter that there is no need to be dependent on the constant use of social media such as facebook and twitter. However, we do allow your daughter to come to camp with a camera where she can document her time here and while at home, upload her memories to her computer.
The brains of Internet addicts, it turns out, look like the brains of drug and alcohol addicts. In a study published in January, Chinese researchers found abnormal white matter”essentially extra nerve cells built for speed”in the areas charged with attention, control, and executive function. 

A parallel study found similar changes in the brains of videogame addicts. And both studies come on the heels of other Chinese results that link Internet addiction to “structural abnormalities in gray matter, namely shrinkage of 10 to 20 percent
Is the Web Driving Us Mad? by Tony Dokoupil
Newsweek Magazine
in the area of the brain responsible for processing of speech, memory, motor control, emotion, sensory, and other information. And worse, the shrinkage never stopped: the more time online, the more the brain showed signs of atrophy Read More...
"Telephone" We strongly believe that phone conversations interfere with your child's adjustment to camp. If you need to find out how your daughter is adjusting, you may call the office at 518.302.6227 and we will arrange a time for a Parent Liaison to speak with you about your camper. The Parent Liaison will also have an progress report update. The parent will be informed of all achievements, activities and any problems that may arise during camp.

"Visitors Camp WildHorse does not host a Parent's Visitation Day. We have found that certain campers may be in the process of adjusting, and seeing familiar faces may make that more difficult. The Camp also suggests to sign up your child's friends to camp, if that would make your daughter more comfortable, this way the girls can be more opt to be socially interactive and will also be considered to have same bunk assignments. If you would like to see the camp yourself, your daughter could serve as your "Tour Guide" during the Closing Day. She can then show you her favorite places, horses and activities.
"Trips"Everyday the campers prepare for trips. We encourage all campers to spend time together and our Trip Activities are friendly for all ages & abilities. From hiking St. Regis, to canoeing or visiting the Wildlife Refuge to "Take a Wolf for a Walk", we found that these, low stress, nature-oriented and shared outings help with the camper adjustment process.

The most important part about shared activities is that we all do them together ! Some kids know more than others but everyone needs that learning curve to be good at many things the camp offers. 

Some of the onsite activities include:  arts & crafts, farming, swimming, and much more !

Some of the offsite activities include:  canoeing/kayaking, hiking into the mountains, visiting interactive museums, boat tours, camping, trips to wilderness beaches, the movies and NYC style pizza parlor, water sports & lakes and much more !

Homesickness - Expert Advice for Parents
American Camp Association

Phillips Exeter Academy psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber studied homesickness in 329 boys between the ages of 8 and 16 at resident camp. According to his results, homesickness is the norm rather than the exception. A whopping 83 percent of the campers studied reported homesickness on at least one day of camp.
Thurber and the American Camp Association (ACA) suggest the following tips for parents to help their child deal with homesickness at camp...  Read More..

Parent Preparation

It is very important for the parents to understand their child's psychology. You as the parent are responsible for recognizing changes in your child's behavior . Many parents often confuse such conduct with emotions such as disrespect, defiance or physiological  outbursts such as "raging hormones". In reality, every child progresses, matures and develops within similar categories, divided into age groups. 

It takes observation, education and assistance from pediatricians to child psychologists, who will explain the nature of "the  child" regardless of age. Confusion, lack of manageability, and acceptance are the results of a mis-managed child, whose parents are unable to distinguish between intentional antagonistic behavior, versus behavior where, for example, fear may speak through anger. 

Anger is pain, perhaps it is disappointment. Sometimes a child feels angry after being unable to accomplish a task, and at times, that dissatisfaction and aggression encourages the child to repeat and reach the goal. On other days, certain children may feel that going into a state of perpetual introversion  after failing to complete a task will mean that they do not need to try again. 

We want the children of our camp to succeed, to feel good about who they are, what they do and remember that there is much more to accomplish in life - this camp experience is just the beginning.

Why not read about it ?

A few book we recommend reading before you will send your child off to camp ! Mostly humorous, informative and shed-a-light sets of literature that will keep even the most conservative minds open.
We are confident your child's  summer at Adk WildHorse will be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of her life. Camp is quite different and is a perfect ice-breaker into a life of surprises, expectations, twists and turns. We have found that preparing your child for camp and determining what is appropriate before camp begins, is the best route  to make a decision between choosing a day or resident camp.

The following links are recommendations from The American Camp Association
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