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Eagle Island Camp

A Children’s Camp in the Heart of the Adirondacks
442 Gilpin Bay Road Saranac Lake, NY 12983 |
Sailing towards the Boathouse (where the Junior Leadership Campers reside)
three girls walking down a hill from a camp building Photo Credit: Erika Bailey
Young campers in waste deep water throw a ball to each other and jump to catch it as they play games during free swim on Upper Saranac Lake. The sky is bright blue with puffy white clouds and mountains are in the distance.
A wooden platform tent is shown with the front canvas flaps tied open and a camper inside. In the foreground a sign states the name and number of the tent which is Striped 28.
two girls under a tent made out of sticks and brush Photo Credit: Erika Bailey
In the background the sun rises over the mountains and Upper Saranac lake. In the foreground is the silhouette of a wooden structure in traditional Adirondack Great Camp Architecture and an Adirondack Chair on a deck.
Campers in waist deep water reach out their arms to the sides to mimic the swim instructor standing at the front of the group teaching them a swimming stroke.
Campers standing singing and clapping on a beachfront during a campfire.
Lunch salad bar to accommodate all meal needs
Tye-dying to support the Eagle Island Camp tradition
Down time between activities in Loon Lodge
A boat full of campers on a pontoon boat on Upper Saranac Lake wave as the camp nurse waves back from the dock
Preparing to sail on Upper Saranac Lake
Teambuilding -  Communication from learning to articulate their own ideas while also listening to others and finding collaborative solutions.
Swimming activities and instruction in Upper Saranac Lake
Down time after lunch in the Platform tents
Aerial view of Eagle Island
Arts and Crafts on the boathouse deck
Jumping off the dock into Upper Saranac Lake
three girls sitting on a rocky shoreline by a lake Photo Credit: Erika Bailey


In everything Eagle Island does, we believe in inspiring and empowering girls and young women to be confident, collaborative, and courageous. Check out our website for details.

A Children’s Camp in the Heart of the Adirondacks

Inspiring and empowering young people to be confident, collaborative, and courageous is at the heart of everything Eagle Island does.

Built as one of the finest Great Camps of its day in a classic Adirondack style, Eagle Island has been home to summer camp programs for over 80 years. Today, Eagle Island is run as a private non-profit offering a variety of youth and family camps throughout the summer. Located on its own 31-acre private island on Upper Saranac Lake, participants have a unique opportunity to unplug and reconnect with the natural world in the heart of the Adirondacks.

An Active Day of Outdoor Exploration, Education, & Fun

Daily camp activities include open waterfront time (free swim, kayaking, canoeing, games, and more), swim lessons, STEM-inspired outdoor education, camper-choice activities, and camper-led play in the Peninsula (an open space for campers to explore and use their imaginations). Other activities offered include nature education, team-building, crafts, and traditional camp survival skills like fire-building and shelter-building.

Eagle Island Camp believes that the summer camp experience should serve as an extension of each camper’s education; a high emphasis is placed on hands-on activities geared toward fostering each individual’s unique skills and abilities.

Small group sizes ensure that Eagle Island Staff get to know each camper, helping to create programming that fits their interests and needs for a memorable and transformative summer camp experience.

Camp Activities

Regardless of program session, all campers have the opportunity to try a variety of camp activities including swimming, paddling, nature exploration, arts and crafts, teamwork development,  camper-led play, and community building. In the afternoons, campers focus on their program’s focus activities. 

All-Gender Day Camp ages 7–11 

Start and end your day with a pontoon boat ride on Upper Saranac Lake and enjoy the wide variety of activities listed above.

Overnight Camp for Girls ages 9–15

Eagle Island is offering one-week and two-week overnight sessions. You will be able to choose from a variety of programs based on your housing options and age.

One-Week Sessions (Friday - Sunday)

Two-Week Sessions (Sunday - Friday)

* * Financial Assistance Available * * 

and more . . . 

Rustic Retreat Groups

Alumni & Friends Women’s Retreats

Women’s Wellness Weekends

So much More Than a Summer Camp

 an unplugged island experience

Eagle Island is not only a summer camp but a National Historic Landmark and an Adirondack Great Camp steeped in history. Eagle Island, Inc., the nonprofit that acquired the island in 2015, works hard to secure funding to revitalize,preserve, and celebrate this important piece of Adirondack history.

Visit their website to learn more!

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