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Camp Read Winter Adventures
During the winter months the Adirondacks become one of the most popular locations in the country for winter outdoor activities as the entire area becomes a frozen playground!

Our winter programs are based out of the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY, just a few miles north of the Lake George village.

For 2017 we are offering downhill skiing/riding, XC skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing adventures. Winter Expeditions into the nearby Pharaoh Wilderness Area are also possible. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

The focus is on learning the fundamental concepts and techniques of these activities and building a solid foundation for further development. Basic skills and etiquette will be introduced and reinforced.


New for 2017!!!
Dog sledding or biathlon adventures! Space and dates are limited. Please contact us to book either of these new custom adventures!


All XC skis, poles, boots, snowshoes, specialized ice and climbing equipment will be provided. Downhill equipment can be rented at additional cost. No prior experience is necessary. Participants must provide the required personal gear.


Participant Requirements
Ice Climb, Snowshoe and XC Ski: Participants must be 14 years of age or older. Group size limited to maximum 10 people and minimum 6, including adult leaders.

Downhill Ski and Ride: Participants must be 9 years of age or older. Lodging space limited to 27 on most weekends.


Fees & Registration
2017 Fees: A $50.00 per person non-refundable deposit (applied to your total balance) is due with your application. Fees are per person pricing. * Troops must choose an activity for Saturday and Sunday. ** Multi-day tickets can be used at Whiteface or Gore after day 1.


Youth & Adult Fee

2-Day Base Fee (lodging & meals)


3-Day Base Fee (lodging & meals)



Down Hill Skiing

Youth Price

Adult Price

Ski 1 day (Gore only)



Ski 2 day (Whiteface/Gore)



Ski 3 day (Whiteface/Gore)*



Lessons (90 min group)



Equipment Rentals (1 day)



Additional Rental Days







**Final Payment is due no later than 30 days prior to departure.

Ice Climbing/XC Ski & Snowshoe

Youth & Adult Fee

1 day guided ice climbing & equipment


1 day guided XC Ski & equipment


1 day guided snowshoe & equipment


Biathlon Add-on






**Final Payment is due no later than 30 days prior to departure.

Please contact our Camp Read Program Manager to customize your winter adventure!

Monique Wicks
518-494-2228 ext 533

2017 Program Dates

January 6-8 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

4 Purdys & 4 Scarsdale (5 spaces available) 

January 6-8 - Farmhouse  

414 Manhattan (full) 



January 13-15 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

29 Yonkers (10 spaces available) 

January 13-15 - Farmhouse (ski/ride) 

154 Goldens Bridge & 8 Edgemont (3 spaces available) 



January 20-22 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

15 New Rochelle, 5 Bronxville (6 spaces available) 

January 20-22 - Farmhouse (ice) 

14 spaces available 



January 27-29 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

113 Centerport (10 spaces available) 

January 27-29 - Farmhouse  

18 Briarcliff (full) 



February 3-5 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

164 Yorktown (10 spaces available) 

February 3-5 - Farmhouse  

55 Irvington (full) 



February 10-12 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

1 Chappaqua & 5 Bronxville (full) 



February 17-19 - Log Cabin  

1 Carmel (full) 

February 17-19 - Farmhouse  

1 North Salem (full) 



February 24-26 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

267 Yorktown (10 spots available) 

February 24-26 - Farmhouse  

154 Goldens Bridge (full) 



March 3-5 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

437 Phillipstown (9 spaces available)  

March 3-5 - Farmhouse (ski/ride) 

14 spaces available 



March 10-12 - Log Cabin (ski/ride) 

27 spaces available 

March 10-12 - Farmhouse  

11 New Rochelle (full) 







Information last updated: 3/1/2017 7:47:36 AM


General Personal Gear List for ALL Winter Activities
  • Warm jacket
  • 2 pairs of winter gloves (to allow for dry warm hands)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Snow pants or other waterproof pants
  • Underwear
  • 1-2 sets of synthetic non-cotton mid-heavy weight long underwear and undershirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Towels
  • Extra shirts and pants
  • Sweater or sweat shirts for in camp
  • Boots and sneakers
  • Toiletry Kit
  • Socks 1-2 pr. (Heavy wool/synthetic and light synthetic liner)
  • Small duffel bag or day pack
  • Ski goggles for extreme conditions.
  • Face covering for extreme conditions.
  • Sunglasses

Downhill Ski/Ride Specific Gear
  • Skis/board/boots/poles
  • Helmet

Ice Climb Specific Gear
  • Waterproof pants and jacket. 
  • Wool or fleece hat (which will fit under a helmet)
  • Small backpack (recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle (recommended)
  • Winter insulated boots.  The climbing & XC Ski will be done with special boots but winter boots are recommended in case boot swaps are necessary at the climb site.  An inventory of everyone's boot size will be needed in advance of the weekend. (Extreme sizes (small or large) may require an additional rental and in some cases may not be able to be accommodated).

Essentially, plan for gear similar to that required for a cold day of exercise outdoors. The winter activities can be located in exposed locations. Be sure to bring proper clothing.   Review upcoming weather forecasts for the area; it can be very cold in the Adirondack Park throughout the winter months.

The farmhouse and log cabin accommodations are in a warm house-like setting with both large and smaller bedrooms with bunk beds. Sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, towels and all personal items are not provided. So please plan accordingly.

Camp Read is 45 minutes north of Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) located at exit 15 off I-87 in Saratoga, NY for any last minute purchases, which is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Ski shops throughout the Westchester/Putnam area may also rent ski equipment at reduced rates for scouts. We will also have limited inventory available at our camp trading post.

All meals are provided including a bag lunch each day and evening snacks. Meals are wholesome and plentiful and are prepared by a professional chef. Dinner on Friday is on your own. Please notify us at least 1 week in advance of any special dietary needs.


Read Winter Staff
A mature and experienced staff is provided for each trip. All groups must have sufficient adult leadership. The staff can provide leadership for individual campers. A safety orientation is provided to all upon arrival at Camp.


Travel Directions
The Camp Read Winter Programs are based from the Read Scout Reservation located at 1377 Palisades Road, Brant Lake, NY 12815, about 1 to 1.5 hours north of Albany, NY.

From lower New York State proceed to Albany using the Taconic State Parkway or the NYS Thruway (I-87).

If using the Taconic: From the end of the Taconic following I-90 west into Albany (exit B1 off the Thruway to follow I-90) then to I-787 N then to Route 7 West to I-87 North, (the Northway).

From Albany continue on I-87 North (the Northway) to Exit 25, 65 miles north of Albany. There are two good rest areas (neither with food) on the Northway: one in Clifton Park at about mile marker 13 and one just before exit 17 at mile marker 40.7. Best opportunity for food is at exit 15. With several fast food or sit down options. Last fast food is a good Subway at Exit 18 (mile marker 45) and a McDonalds at exit 23. Last (cheap) gas is at exit 19, gas is also at exit 23 and 25 (mile marker 72).

Take exit 25, Brant Lake, NY and make a right onto Route 8 towards Brant Lake. On Route 8, approximately 7.3 miles from the Northway, take a left onto Palisades Road at the sign directing you to camp. This is the second time Palisades Rd will intersect Route 8. The Camp Read entrance will be 1 mile on the right off of Palisades Road.

Please try to arrive prior to 9 p.m. on Friday evening.


Program Schedule
Friday night: arrive at Camp Read. Check in at Read Manager Residence at the camp entrance. Drive to farmhouse or log cabin for evening snack, weekend orientation and sleep for the night.

Saturday: Depending on your choice of activities wake and departure times vary. Plan for a full day of winter activities either at the ski resort or right from the Camp Read Property.

Saturday evening: return to the Read farmhouse around 5pm. Shower and free time until dinner. Dinner at 6:30pm. Trading post open for sales after meal. Free time & desert to follow.

Sunday morning: Depending on your choice of activities wake and departure times vary. Plan for a ½-full day of winter activities either at the ski resort or right from the Camp Read Property.

Weather conditions may require changes in this schedule.

Other Useful Information
Brant Lake has cell phone coverage by mostly Verizon carriers only. There is however, limited Internet service at the log cabin and farmhouse. Most winter activity locations do not have great cell phone coverage.

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