How do meals work if I arrive early?
If you are arriving in Hamilton early due to your travel arrangements, it is important to note that the first meal provided will be dinner on the first day of WA. If you arrive the day before, or the morning, please make sure you have a plan for your own food.
NOTE: Your meal plan IS NOT active until after Wilderness Adventure.
If you need help planning meals during your early arrival, please contact us via phone or email and we can offer some suggestions.
Once WA starts on the first evening, we provide all meals through breakfast on the final morning. WA ends by 10:00 am on the final day.
Should I bring my phone/watch/camera/etc.?
Phones are a no go. Before your trip, your leaders will collect your phones (and any other valuables you aren't brining on the trip) and we will store them under lock and key while you are out on your trip. Mobile service is sketchy at best in the Adirondacks, and having your phone will make you more likely to call or chat your friends and family back home, rather than focusing on the people and experiences right in front of you. Your leaders will carry communication technology to be used in case of an emergency, so don't worry about that.
Some WA leaders choose to spend WA "time free," rising with the sun, eating when you are hungry, and sleeping when you are tired. Others prefer keeping to a more precise schedule. This choice is left up to each trip and leader pair. If you need your watch for a specific reason, be sure to let your leaders know when you arrive.
Since you won't have your phone, bringing a small digital or disposable camera is a great way to remember your trip. If you bring a digital camera, we strongly recommend something rugged (water, dust, drop proof and resistant point-and-shoot cameras are relatively common these days). Or, just grab a disposable and store it in a zip lock bag when not in use. If you do bring a camera, we hope you will share some of your photos with us for use in our Family Weekend slideshow!
We couldn't possibly list all the other electronic devices you might bring. The easiest answer is that if it runs on electricity, then you probably shouldn't bring it. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule (like flashlights!), so if you aren't sure, give us a call and ask.