The Best Kept Secret in the Adirondacks!
The Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, New York is nestled on 1200 acres of wooded land within the Adirondack Park. Oswegatchie is owned and operated by the New York FFA Leadership Training Foundation, Inc. The center operates as a youth camp during the summer months and is open throughout the year as an educational and recreational retreat center.
Our Mission is to provide both youth and adults with meaningful experiences in leadership training, environmental education, and outdoor recreation. Oswegatchie is open to all groups and organizations. Affiliation to the FFA is not required.
The Oswegatchie Educational Center provides the perfect environment for learning about our natural world. The property includes 4 bodies of water, various streams, wetlands, open fields, and woodlands for hiking, cross- country skiing, and environmental education.
We are New York State's FFA Leadership Training Center!
A Brief History of Oswegatchie
Many moons ago, this place was called Oswegatchie. The native people who travelled these rivers gave the waters this name due to the tea colored water. The water looks this way because of tannic acid which is leached from the local forest and alters the water’s coloring.
As European settlers moved across the mountains and settled this land, loggers settled the area in search of timber and furs. As time moved on, the grounds upon which the Educational Center would exist, a logger’s hotel was constructed. Later, it became a retreat and a resort. During the Great Depression and WW2, the lands were vacant and without owners.
In 1946, Agricultural teachers representing the New York Future Farmers of America purchased the original 1,050 acres of land, plus buildings for $33,500. Since that time, Oswegatchie Camp has served as a summer camp.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, summer camps throughout the country were experiencing hard times. Many camps closed their doors to campers ending years of long traditions. Oswegatchie Camp was able to make it through these hard times. However, summer camp enrollment slowly dwindled and change was desperately needed.
In 1996, Oswegatchie Camp became the Oswegatchie Educational Center. A full time administrator was hired to build a place with opportunities for all four seasons. Using the structures already in place, including a fully winterized lodge, a new era of programming began for Oswegatchie. Since 1996, we have grown to welcome more than 5,000 guests each year. With the use of our ropes course, ponds, forests, and great people, we are able to offer many unforgettable experiences in the Adirondacks of New York.
Oswegatchie today offers year-round opportunities for colleges, high schools, businesses, churches, clubs, families and friends. We have the resources to offer a variety of experiences for people. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, we have something for everyone. For More Information call (315) 346-1222 or email email@example.com.
Our 2012 program had 768 campers in attendance during 5 weeks of FFA Camp! Don't let this opportunity pass you by!