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The North Country Camps - Camp Lincoln was established in 1920, and Camp Whippoorwill in 1931, by Colba F. "Chief" Gucker.  Four generations of the Gucker family and many dedicated and long-time staff members ran camp for almost 100 years, creating a place of community, adventure and skill building.  Generations of campers have developed confidence, independence, a love of living and playing simply, and a sense of stewardship for nature and the Adirondacks. 

The North Country Camps Foundation was formed and began overseeing and leading North Country Camps in 2018.  The North Country Camps Foundation Board of Directors is made up of camper, staff, and parent alumni who are committed to the future of Lincoln and Whippoorwill, and to continuing the legacy of the Gucker family.

 Kate Green and Doug Furman Co-Direct the North Country Camps Foundation summer camps.  Kate Green began directing Camp Whippoorwill in 2007 and Doug Furman began directing Camp Lincoln in 2009. Kate worked as a counselor, Program Director, and Associate Director before taking on the Director position of Whippoorwill. Doug's parents and grandfather both worked at camp, and Doug spent his childhood as a camper at Lincoln, later working as a Counselor, Section Head, Trip Leader, and Associate Director before taking on the Lincoln Director position.

 Kate and Doug are joined by Associate Directors Liz Westergaard, Amy Carlstrom, Ruth Needleman, Emily Furman and Ted Sonneborn, as well as other talented, long-time staff members.  Our counseling staff of almost sixty young men and women is composed of a number of experienced head counselors and activity leaders, together with several recent college graduates and present college students, many of them former campers. A majority return to the staff from one summer to the next. Each camp has a Registered Nurse or Health Care Professional in residence. Physicians are on call, and the city of Plattsburgh provides a modern, well-staffed hospital.

 Susan Gucker Dion manages the office and camp food service. David Birdsall and Peter H. Gucker oversee the physical plant maintenance and development. 


Kate and Doug, Directors of North Country Camps





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