Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Adirondack Camp Scholarship Fund?
The Fund is an annual fundraising appeal designed to provide the Adirondack Camp experience to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Whether it be sitting out on the Point on a dark, starry night or swimming the triangle without breaking stroke for the first time, that Adirondack “experience” – of engaging life and making choices in a way that reinforces both self and family — is a strength held precious in the core of the men and women who have passed through Adirondack.
The Fund has been founded in connection with the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Adirondack’s continuing role in the development of young lives. In celebration of the 100th and to inaugurate the Fund, we ask for capital gifts a well as annual pledges. We hope the Scholarship Fund will become part of your annual giving.
Has the Camp had a scholarship program before?
Yes, the Camp has a long history of granting some level of scholarship aid to as much as fifteen percent of its camper body. In the past however, this has been done on an informal basis out of Camp revenues without recourse to consistant, formal guidelines. Providing scholarship aid through an independent Fund will help to assure:
- A larger pool of scholarship funds
- Consistent and fair treatment for all candidates
- A broader, more diverse pool of candidates
- A stable, independent funding source for scholarships that is not dependent on the Camp’s business cycle
How will scholarship recipients be selected?
An independent Board of Directors, made up of former Adirondack campers and parents of alumni, will review and consider applications on the individual merits of each child and within the confines of published guidelines. These guidelines include:
- a finding of financial need
- a diversity of race
- cultural background
There is no point or quota system. Individual need and merit of each applicant will be assessed and scholarships awarded on a case-by-case basis.
The ability of a child to effectively participate in and contribute to Adirondack Camp life will be considered. Parents or the appropriate guardian will be required to complete the Adirondack Camp Foundation Scholarship Application and submit an essay on why a summer at Adirondack would benefit their child. The prospective camper will also be encouraged to write a brief essay.
The Board can award both full and partial scholarships. In addition, the Board recognizes that children who attend Adirondack Camp for multiple summers derive greater benefits and for this reason, preference will be given to returning applicants.
In what form may I give my gift?
The Fund will accept annual donations and multi-year pledges in the form of cash, securities or gifts in kind that can readily be converted to cash. While generally, proposed gifts in kind are not likely to qualify, there can be moments of sheer creativity.
A good example of this is the very special founding gift of land to the Fund by William Dooley, an alumnus and prior owner of Adirondack. Bill has contributed three acres of land to the Fund, valued at $135,000. Camp agreed to buy this land from the Fund on a ten year installment basis, with interest, the payments being converted into scholarship grants by the Fund.
How much of my gift actually goes to scholarships?
About 90%. The Camp will donate all normal operating and overhead costs of the Fund. The Fund only pays for special costs like a one time rental of facilities for a fundraising telethon or the one time printing of our brochure. Board members do not receive any compensation and their children are not eligible to receive scholarships.
What sort of Reporting and Accountability is there?
The Fund is regulated as a New York not-for-profit corporation and is required to file annual reports with the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau and the IRS. These reports are available to anyone on request.
Additionally, the Fund will publish an Annual Report at the end of every calendar year detailing the year’s scholarship activities and accomplishments. The Report will include the names of all contributors, unless they prefer to remain anonymous.
Is my gift tax deductible?
Are there categories for giving?
Yes there are. However, a gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. So… if the categories herein do not fit, in the spirit of the Adirondack plaque for independence, please create your own!
Why is my gift so important
If you went to Adirondack as a child, you already know the answer. Simply stated, summers at Adirondack, as the song goes, mold young men and women. Chances are your birth-luck had a lot to do with your coming to Adirondack. That is, your family could afford to send you.
Today, most great old camps like Adirondack have gone the way of real estate developments. Meanwhile the cost of operating a camp has skyrocketed. Competition for the dwindling number of spots has grown even more intense. Camp is fully subscribed, thus making it harder and harder to assure a diverse camper body and to provide ample opportunities to less fortunate families.
So… your gift is extraordinarily important. An Adirondack experience will help children less financially fortunate to build the foundations of confidence in self, ease and mutual respect with peers, and love for the great outdoors. And it will help Adirondack to continue to strive for diversity in the camp experience.
Every component in a child’s life is important. Certainly, food in the belly, proper medical care, and a good education are essentials. Adirondack would add a happy childhood and character building to that essentials list. Healthy bodies, active minds, emotional intelligence and integrity — a good prescription for a saner world!
If you believe, as we do, in this prescription and Adirondack’s special role in it, we hope — as a former camper, parent, staffer or friend — you will reflect back on these remarkable childhood summers and what they have meant to you or someone close to you. Then please, consider your gift.