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June 1, 2010

The Whiteface Lodge Expands Luxe Kids’ Program

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Lake Placid, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Since many families have started planning their 2010 summer vacations, The Whiteface Lodge is pleased to announce that its gratis Kamp Kanu program has been expanded to provide interesting and creative activities for young tweens and teens, ages 11 to 14.

Supervised by activities attendants trained in CPR and First Aid, Kamp Kanu is a nature-oriented and skill-building complimentary program where kids may participate in activities that reconnect them with nature and teach important skills, such as orienteering (compass reading), campfire building and cooking, tent building, trail map reading and other fun outdoor techniques.

Many Kamp Kanu activities occur onsite at The Lodge or in the beautiful surrounding Adirondack Mountains. Kamp Kanu participants may also enjoy hiking, disk golf and/or fishing at The Lodge’s onsite catch-and-release pond, which is fully stocked (all equipment provided). Additional activities include swimming, canoeing and kayaking at The Lodge’s private lakefront beach area called The Canoe Club.

Kamp Kanu is offered daily throughout the summer and every weekend and major holidays throughout the year. Children aged three to ten may choose a half-day program (9:30am to 12:00pm) with an optional lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm or an afternoon program (1:00pm to 3:30pm). For participants ages 11 to 14, Kamp Kanu is offered full day, from 9:30am to 4:00pm. “Kampers” will spend the morning session hiking on a nearby hiking trail followed by outdoor skill building, and in the afternoon, they will enjoy water sports and field games at The Resort’s private lakefront Canoe Club. (A small fee is charged for the Kamp Kanu lunch).

“We expanded the Kamp Kanu program to include an older age group based on feedback from our guests. We have many families who make Whiteface Lodge their annual summer getaway and as their kids get older, both parents and kids have told us that they want to still enjoy the program’s Adirondack-themed skill-building techniques,” said Phil Anderson, General Manager, The Whiteface Lodge. “We spend a lot of time and resources ensuring that Kamp Kanu provides kids, tweens and young teens with an opportunity to experience new adventures, make new friends and create lifelong memories.”

In addition to Kamp Kanu, The Whiteface Lodge encourages young guests to explore and enjoy the property’s wide array of onsite gratis activities and amenities including a series of indoor/outdoor-heated pools, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a 54-seat onsite movie theater, and an indoor family game room featuring billiards, shuffleboard, table tennis and a two-lane bowling alley. On summer evenings, kids and their parents are invited to gather around a roaring campfire and enjoy delicious and complimentary s’mores supervised by staff.

This summer, The Lodge will begin offering evening “star gazing,” beginning at 9:00pm in the courtyard. Families will receive a constellation map and a staff member will share tips on identifying constellations and planets, and other star gazing tips.

For adults seeking to enjoy a kids-free dinner in Kanu, the main dining area or in the adjacent Kanu Lounge, the Lodge’s “Sunset Club” provides childcare services, where kids will enjoy a pizza dinner followed by themed activities focused on group interaction. The cost for the Sunset Club, available every night from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, is $30 per child for ages five to ten.

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