It’s cold outside..let’s go camping

Undated postcard circa 1930

It’s February in New York and quite chilly outside and unless your are made of the right stuff, like Bro. Edwin Peary, most would not attempt it. So why would anyone think of going camping in February? Well they usually don’t but we can think ahead of warm summer days that are coming and look to Round Lake in beautiful Woodgate NY at Camp Turk. 

Camp Turk is is situated on over 1,500 acres of land in the Adirondack Park Preserve. It is one of the jewels of New York Masonry. The reason we should begin thinking of Camp Turk and camping is that the camp is always in need of things, like campers, and it is open to all children between the ages of 8 to 16 and holds 210 campers per session. Campers are roomed according to age. They have the opportunity to participate in over 32 supervised activities. Camp Turk will be offering one, two or three week sessions again this summer.  Parents who have never sent their children away now have the chance to try camp out.  Last summer many of the campers that were signed up for a one or two week session extended their stay once they gave camp a try.

Many Lodge’s have a special fund to host or sponsor a child to go to Camp Turk each year. If your Lodge does not, maybe it can. If a member of the Lodge does not want to use the sponsorship, maybe it can be given to a deserving child who would benefit from the experience. As well Camp Turk offers a scholarship program for families in need of financial assistance. Contact the helpful folks at the camp for details. 

During the seasons in which the camp is not abuzz with activity and children having the time of their lives, the camp could always use some help. They do have a wish list published on the camp website if you’d like to help -> Camp Turk Wish List. You can download a copy of the Wish List Here.

In years past the District would hop a bus and trek up to Utica to see the Masonic Home and grounds as well as take a day and tour Camp Turk. It’s really something to see if you have not been there. If enough interest is generated to re-start this annual pilgrimage, maybe it will be. 

Camp Turk currently organizing work weekend at camp on June 9th, 10th & 11th.  We are looking for volunteers to help clean and prepare camp for the upcoming camping season.  Please give us a call if you are interested in volunteering to help get the camp for the summer. 

If you’d like to know more about Camp Turk or how you can help, check their website -> Camp Turk.