The picture at left shows Kampers paddling canoes and paddle boats on the pond. The pond once served as an old swimming hole at the Kamp, but for the past 30 years swimming has taken place in the in-ground pool on the lower level.
The pond is now a focus of some of the greatest adventures the Kamp offers. It is used for canoe practice in preparation for the trip down the Mohawk River, for paddle boat fun during free time, and for fishing.
How's fishing here? Just great! The pond is drained each fall and then re-filled in the spring, fed with very cold water from fresh-water springs - just what trout like. Each year a few weeks before Kamp opens, the pond is stocked with brown trout to insure that every young camper can go home and brag about the huge fish they caught and the bigger ones that got away.
At the end of the summer, the fish are released to grow bigger and to be caught again another day by another young angler.
Shown at left is a picture of the path across the dam.
A fishing dock makes it easy for kampers to fish in the pond.
At left is the stream carrying water away from the pond area. Downstream from the pond there is a beautiful stream which winds through the woodlands. Eventually the water from here ends up in the Erie Canal and then on to Oneida Lake.
The area around the Kamp's pond is the most picturesque in the Kamp.
The tree-lined pathway through the woodland from the upper camp level to the pond level offers just one of many spectacular views which are typical throughout the camp.
Since the Kamp's dining hall is to the north and the pool is to the south, it's a view Kampers see several times each day as they make their way around Kamp.