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. Email wpc.camping@scouting.org for more information.

Fees & Registration

2018 Fees: A $75.00 per person non-refundable deposit (applied to your total balance) is due with your application. Fees are per person pricing and include lodging. *Please note-Ski Camp no longer offers meals. Units must provide their own food. A minimum group size of 6 for deposit needed to reserve your space. ** Multi-day tickets can be used at Whiteface or Gore after day 1. **Final Payment is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. 

 

Down Hill Ski & Ride

 Downhill Ski & Ride Youth Price Adult Price
 1 day Ski/Ride (Gore Only) 95.00 110.00
 2 day Ski/Ride (WF/Gore) 135.00 155.00
 3 day Ski/Ride (WF/Gore) 160.00 195.00
 Lessons (90 Minute Group) 31.00 31.00
 Equipment Rentals (1 day) 37.00 37.00
 Additional Rental Days 30.00 30.00 

 

2018 Program Dates

The following calendars include offerings and dates of our ski weekends for your troop at Camp Read. ***Please note that skiing only is available every weekend or on Saturday and Sunday. Give attention to group size maximums and minimums. Downhill Ski and Ride are offered both days of the weekend.

Please click on each calendar to see available weekend ski dates. 

 
 

 Date

 Sat/Sun Activity

Group

Available Space FH(14)/LC(27)

Jan 5-7Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride
164 Yorktown

Available

LC (26) (1 space available)

FH (16 spaces available)

Jan 12-15 (MLK)Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride
5 Bronxville

154 Goldens Bridge

LC (20) (7 spaces available)

FH(11) (3 spaces available)

Jan 19-21

Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride

15 New Rochelle

41 Putnam Valley

LC (15) (12 spaces available)

FH (12) (2 spaces available)

Jan 26-28

Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride

113 Centerport

18 Briarcliff
LC(15) (12 spaces available)

FH (6) (8 spaces available)
Feb 2-4Ski/Ride

Ski Ride

1 Chappaqua

200 Wilton Park & 65 Cedar Grove, NJ

LC(14) (13 spaces available)

FH (10) (4 spaces available)

Feb 9-11Ski Ride

Ski/Ride
N/A

4 Purdys
LC 2 (25 spaces available)

FH 15  
Feb 16-19Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride
Available

Crew 1570, VA

LC (27) available

FH (6-8) 

Feb 20-22

Ski/Ride 

Ski/Ride

 Available

161 Shoreham, NY

LC (27) available 

FH (10) (4 spaces available)

Feb 23-25 Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride

267 Yorktown

154 Goldens Bridge
LC (13) (14 spaces  available)

FH (6-10) (4 spaces available)
Mar 3-5

Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride

165 Yorktown

Available

LC (20) (7 spaces available)

FH (14) available

Mar 9-10

Ski/Ride

Ski/Ride

Available 

Available

LC (27) available

FH (14) available 

Gear

Essentially, plan for gear similar to that required for a cold day of skiing. 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.
Downhill equipment can be rented at additional cost. No prior experience is necessary. Participants must provide the required personal gear.

 General Personal Gear List for all Winter Programs

  • 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

Unit Cooking Gear

  • Pots/pans/utensils
  • All food items
  • Cleaning items
  • Refrigeration/stoves available

Downhill Ski/Ride Specific Gear

  • Skis/board/boots/poles
  • Helmet



 

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 in your local towns may also rent ski/ride equipment at reduced rates to scouts. We will also have limited inventory available at our camp trading post.


Meals, Lodging & Travel

Convenience stores and restaurants are within 30 minutes of camp and ski mountain cafeterias are also available to purchase any additional food. This makes for a nice break and opportunity to warm up.

The farmhouse accommodates 14 and the log cabin sleeps 27..

Both houses have full bathrooms and kitchens.

Sleeping bags, sheets, pillows, towels and all personal items are not provided. So please plan accordingly. 

Travel Directions


The ice-climbing program is 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 Palisades Road.
Please try to arrive prior to 9 p.m. on Friday.

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 weekend orientation and sleep for the night.

Saturday: Plan for a full day of winter activities at either ski resort.

Saturday evening: Return to the Read farmhouse or cabin to cook your meal or eat in town or on the slopes and ski the night away! Trading post open for sales after meal.

Sunday morning:  Plan for a ½-full day of winter activities at either ski resort.

Weather conditionsExternal Link 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.