Optional ADVENTURE Programs


Participants will depart Sabattis Adventure Camp on Tuesday right after an early breakfast, for a daylong adventure of whitewater rafting. The rafting starts on the Indian River with 3 miles of action-packed Class III whitewater. The rapids calm for a moment when we reach the Hudson, but quickly pick up speed as we plunge 650 feet through the Gorge. This is the best part of the trip, for 8 miles it's one Class III/IV rapid after another. We stop at a campsite in the Gorge to have lunch.

Healthy lunches are prepared fresh each morning. After the Gorge it's another 3 miles of Class II whitewater to the take-out in the hamlet of North River. Arrival back at camp is around 5:00 to 5:30 pm. (Staff will work to accommodate make-up requirements for merit badges missed during this daylong off-camp adventure).

Shorts and a T-shirt or a bathing suit are the most common wear. You need to have something secure on your feet—not just so you don't lose them if you swim, but more importantly, so you have good support when walking around on the river shoreline. Please no flip-flops, Crocs, or bare feet. Our professional outfitter will supply raft, helmets, PFD’s, paddles, wetsuits if necessary, a licensed guide in each raft, group safety and paddling instruction and lunch.

This program is restricted to Scouts and leaders holding swim classification as "swimmer". Troop leaders are to make sure that all Scouts in their troop planning to participate in this activity meet that requirement.

Signed wavier required.


Experience how the first humans to take to the air viewed the earth from a balloon basket over 200 years ago—but you get to do it in a modern, FAA inspected hot air balloon with a commercial pilot. This adventure activity will be conducted after dinner, weather permitting. The balloon stands 84 feet tall and will be positioned by three tether lines as it rises to fifty feet above the ground. It will hold 105,000 cubic feet of air, which will provide up to a ton of lift when the two propane burners heat the air to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Signed wavier required.


This exciting adventure is one of the best ways to experience the greatness of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park—from the air in an FAA inspected seaplane. Your commercial pilot will lift off from Long Lake and fly five of our campers at a time northwest to circle over Sabattis Adventure Camp to permit picture taking. Then you will experience a water landing upon the return to Long Lake.

Transportation to the seaplane base will depart from the camp office following lunch if the weather is favorable for flying on that day. If not, we will attempt to reschedule for another afternoon during the week. This was one of the most popular off-camp adventures last summer, as over 200 of our campers participated.

Signed wavier required.