..in the Adirondacks costs $11400 a summer and is practically impossible to get into. So goes the headline about Raquette Lake Summer Camp in upstate New York. However, yours truly did get into that camp, and for free, in 1979, as a soccer coach thanks to the British Universities North America Club (which has meanwhile itself expanded somewhat, it would appear).
What I found in the summer camp didn't seem particularly exclusive: dangerous flints in the soccer fields, lavatories that didn't function until the day before Parent's Visiting Day and endless peanut butter sandwiches - yuk! The only hint of exclusivity was John D. Avildsen, the Director of Rocky, who came to visit his son, landing in a helicopter and stepping out in a boiler suit. Still, shining flashlights at the bears at night was fun (you could only see their eyes) and we won the World versus USA Soccer Game 8-0 - I still have the pennant!
That first hop across the pond to New York in 1979 was epic - 24 hours in an "Evergreen Airlines" DC 10 that took off from London, stopped at Paris, then refueled at both Shannon, Ireland and Bangor, Maine before limping into JFK. I then yellow New York taxi cab and getting out wrong side. A passing truck slowly bent the door back 180 degrees - oops!
Churchill did worse in 1931, though -