Camp Guggenheim is located on Lower Saranac Lake in the magnificent Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The Camp operates six weekly sessions from late June through August. Each weekly Camp begins on Sunday at 3 pm and concludes with Liturgy on Friday at 1:30 pm.
Each week-long session provides campers with an incredible mix of faith, fun, and adventure. Weeks 1-5 are open to 12-15 year-olds, and Week 6 is open to ages 16-18. Faith formation and growth is at the heart of the Guggenheim experience and is an important part of every day! Campers actively participate in Mass, reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and prayer throughout the day. Camp activities include swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rappelling, arts & crafts, campfires, dances and much, much more. Campers are actively involved in living out and sharing their faith. It's what makes Camp Guggenheim so incredible.
Weeks One through Five are specifically designated for 12-15 year olds, while Week Six is just for 16-18 year olds.
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Camp Guggenheim is sponsored and operated by the Diocese of Ogdensburg Office of Youth Ministry, and is made possible through the generosity of the Diocese of Ogdensburg Bishop’s Fund. We welcome campers each week without regard to race, creed, color or national origin.
Campers spend their mornings in one of the four main program areas: Liturgy, Waterfront, Arts & Crafts, and Project Adventure. Campers rotate through the programs, so by the end of the week, each camper will have experienced each program.
After an energetic song practice, lunch, and some quiet time and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, afternoon finds some campers climbing an Adirondack Peak, while others explore Lower Saranac Lake in our kayaks. Those looking for artistic opportunities might be found creating something in arts & crafts or dancing away. Activities such as soccer, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and basketball are among the options for those looking for athletic involvement. Older campers have opportunities to go rappelling or to plan for an overnight camping excursion.
Everyone eventually gathers for beach time and a bit of lounging in the sun. Swimming and water volleyball are the favorites of many, while others choose to soak up some Adirondack sun on the beach. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are also available for use. All waterfront activities occur under the watchful eye of our American Red Cross certified lifeguards.
Evening events at Camp Guggenheim include the Guggenheim Olympics, a campfire, creative adventure games, a variety show, and a dance. Special liturgies including Wednesday evening's Reconciliation service and Thursday evening's celebration of Mass are also favorites.Laughter, song, prayer, and friendship are a huge part of our entire day!
The Teen Vision program at Camp Guggenheim is designed to provide enthusiastic teens with an opportunity to put their faith into action while developing leadership skills in an outdoor ministry setting!
This year,the Teen Vision program will run as follows:
1. All Teen Visioners need to be at least 16 years of age by camp attendance.
2. All Teen Visioners will attend a training week at camp. During this week the staff will work with the teens doing workshops and building on leadership skills of service, responsibility, faith and humility.
3. Once training is completed, Teen Visioners will return the following week to work within the camp community. During this week Teen Visioners will use the leadership skills learned and will work side by side with the staff as a role model for other campers.
Vision Session 1
July 7-12 Training Week
July 14- 19 Leadership Week
Vision Session 2
July 21-26 Training Week
July 28-August 2 Leadership Week
Teen Vision participants are also encouraged to attend 6th Week. If you are interested in doing so, please register for 6th week using the traditional Guggenheim registration form. 6th Week fees must be paid in addition to the cost of Teen Vision. Remember to register early!
Please note -- if you have participated in Teen Vision in a prior year, you are not eligible to participate again.