With so many summer camp programs around, what makes Camp Regis-Applejack different? When Earl and Pauline Humes opened the camp in 1946, they had very specific goals in mind. One goal was to provide a diverse community of campers and staff from all backgrounds. In providing an opportunity to live with others from many backgrounds the campers and staff developed an understanding and compassion for those who may look different, worship differently, speak differently, or perhaps act differently than themselves. This idea was trailblazing in 1946 and continues to this day, embedded in our values so much so that it doesn’t even feel unique to us. That’s just what camp is about- inclusiveness.
Families who choose to send their children to Regis-Applejack want their children in a rich environment where it does not matter what your parents do for a living, what religion you are or are not, what color your skin is, or where you live.
The interest in having a diverse community stems in part from the Humes family’s association with the Society of Friends and the Unitarian Universalist Association. Although Camp Regis-Applejack is completely non-denominational, much of the respect for individuals and their differences, the low-key, down-to-earth attitude, and non-judgmental, non-competitive atmosphere stems from this background. Today this tradition of diversity is carried on through the Humes’ son, Michael, who has run Camp Regis-Applejack for 40 years.
Although grounded in traditions of the past, Camp Regis-Applejack has evolved over the past 70 years to focus on the needs of today’s children and families. Summer 2016 includes shorter sessions to accommodate today’s families and to try new sessions at camp! We understand that families may desire to spend a part of the summer vacation traveling and relaxing as a family unit, children may be visiting grandparents that live away and/or they may be attending another specialty camp during the summer. Whatever your reason, our flexible schedule should work for you.
Today’s Camp Regis-Applejack combines the best of both worlds- a traditional Adirondack camp with 70 years of heritage and a fresh perspective from our new co-directors. By providing excellent instruction in athletics, the visual and performing arts, aquatics and wilderness exploration, campers have the opportunity to try new activities as well as to improve on already existing skills. Under the watchful eye of the program specialty staff, enthusiastic skill building helps campers grow in confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment of the many activities offered.