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Ted’s Winter Tale

Posted: March 6, 2014

Ted Sonneborn kindly wrote a description of some of the winter trips he’s been taking with friends over the past couple of years. We love to hear stories of wilderness adventures that connect us with our days at North Country Camps. If anyone else has stories to share, please feel welcome to be in touch with us at

In March 2012, Barry Needleman and I climbed Noonmark with Neil Van Dyke. We had a great time and wondered why we didn’t spend more time out in the mountains during that time of year. On the descent that day an idea was born: climbing the 46 in winter.


Barry with Seward in the background


We had each climbed a few High Peaks in winter in prior years but those were only sporadic efforts.  In January 2013, we set out to chase our goal, starting the challenge with a hike up Whiteface and Esther.  It was a fun, tough start – the temperature hovered near zero all day.  Since then we’ve climbed more than twenty peaks together through wet snow, packed snow and fresh powder that went up to our waists.  Alumni from both Whippoorwill and Lincoln have joined us on our various adventures, including Neil, Jack Schneider, Will Holland, Chris Freyer, Robin Gucker, Ruth Needleman, Paul Sonneborn, and Paul Ferrari.  We’ve also each climbed solo on a few occasions.


Will and Ted's excellent adventures!


The difference between winter hiking and summer hiking isn’t just the cold, snow and snowshoes, it’s the many extra layers, three hats, four pairs of gloves, frozen water bottles, and frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Best of all, there are no bugs in the winter and there’s no mud, roots or rocks – when the trails are packed you can fly along like walking on a smooth snow sidewalk. Insulated boots with microspikes, crampons, or snowshoes enable you to move forward towards your destination safely and in comfort.


Approaching the summit of Haystack


The summits remain breezy and beautiful, though completely transformed once the snow and ice lay cover on the crown. With temperatures often below zero up top, there’s usually just enough time to take a picture before heading down to the protection of trees for a quick snack. The coveted summer-time slide-climbs are highlighted by the snow, allowing one to dream of the fun to come in warm weather. There are days where a five minute break is too long, for coldness sets in quickly; conversely there are days where the sun warms you and longer breaks are welcomed when graced with slightly warmer temperatures.


Hiking up Haystack


Although people do camp in winter, we’ve chosen to do all our climbing as day trips.  That means in comparison to summer camp trips, we’ve ended up climbing some odd combinations of peaks.  For example, we set out a few weeks ago to climb the Lower Range, but only got as far as Upper and Lower Wolf Jaws because so much deep, fresh snow slowed us down too much to continue that day to Gothics and Armstrong.  So we went back a few weeks later for a Gothics and Armstrong day trip from the Ausable Club.  That’s another major characteristic of winter climbing – the weather and conditions often have a major effect on your plans, and frequently prevent you from doing what you intended to do.  You always have to be smart, and recognize your limitations.  Being careful in the mountains is always important, but especially so in winter.

I plan to follow up this post with trip reports about each of our climbs. We’re also hoping to do a slideshow this summer of photos we’ve taken over the last two winters. So stay tuned, and who knows – maybe next winter some of you can join us on our hikes as we head toward our goal of finishing on Phelps on March 8, 2015.

Happy campers reunite! 2013 Reunion

Posted: January 10, 2014

In the dark depths of winter, it is especially satisfying (and fortifying) to think about the fun that we can experience with our friends in the summer time. But, even better is to relive perfect memories from times gone by with those friends. This is why the North Country Camps annual reunion is an event that is not to be missed!




On a  crisp, chilly, but sunny Saturday in January, droves of campers and staff joined together at Chelsea Piers Sky rink. Many happy faces milled together to catch up and share old stories over snacks and refreshments.  Others raced each other around the Ice rink.  Summer friends chatted and played happily, catching up on each others’ lives and the day was capped off with a trip down memory lane as we enjoyed a slide show from this past season.










Besides being fun, the annual camp reunion also marks a midpoint on our ‘extended trip’ away from camp. There are only 170 more days until the start of the 2014 North Country Camps season.  A long down hill slide into summer!  And,  there is still time to refer others who might like to join us!

It was wonderful to see those of you who were able to join us this past Saturday.  Like you, we can’t wait for the summer to arrive!

The end of Autumn in the north country

Posted: October 28, 2013

Greetings from the far north!  Fall moves quickly up here and while it’s not yet Halloween, the leaves are all gone and the high peaks are capped in snow.  What a Fall it was though!  We had beautiful, warm weather for longer than anyone can reasonably expect at this latitude and, of course, it’s always lovely watching the reds, yellows, oranges, pinks and other colors that defy identification, creep down the mountain sides and cover the ground.  The green at camp held out longer than in most areas, and then turned and dropped abruptly, almost overnight.  We thought some of you might like to see what Lincoln and Whip look like during this time of transition.


One of the rituals of Fall for my family is the annual CLAC gathering over the Columbus day weekend.  This tradition of several camp friends and their families gathering for a weekend of outdoor fun, goes back to the late 60′s and has always been one of my favorite “holidays!”  This year, a hike up Goodnow mountain and a delicious dinner at Frau’s were shared by a good group of camp and non-camp folks.  See how many you can pick out in the photos!  And, we know that there are other similar gatherings of camp alumni around the country, at various times of the year.  Why not send us some pictures of yours this year and maybe a “trip report?!”

In other news, we’re pleased to announce that this month has given us a new member of the camp community.  Kate gave birth to her new daughter, Matilda, on October 22nd.  She, her husband Doug and Matilda are all doing very well!



As Fall moves its way south, we hope you’ll all get to enjoy the color and the crisp air.  Best wishes with school and work.  As the leaves disappear and the cold winds move in, just remember that each day brings us closer to the 2014 camp season and summer!

2013 Parent Bulletin Excerpts

Posted: September 19, 2013

Each year, at the end of the summer, Kate and Doug condense that season’s parent bulletins into one document, which we give to prospective families.  It’s a great way for them to get a sense for what’s happening at camp over the course of a summer and we thought you all might enjoy seeing this year’s version.  It will be a nice trip down memory lane for some of you and perhaps a good link to send to any friends you think might like to join us next summer.  Enjoy!

     The beginning of another camp season is much like a birth.  There’s anticipation, nervousness and above all, a lot of excitement for what is to be!  Each summer is different and this one certainly has spirit!

      The thrum of excitement at Horace Mann was unmistakable as the buses arrived to transport our campers to camp. Good cheer assisted parents as they slung their children’s bags onto the van and buses, and wished their offspring good luck. Children waved goodbye with anxious joy, but quickly turned their attention to catching up with chums old and new.  After a long drive up the Northway, we eventually pulled onto Frontage Road and spilled out onto the field at Whip and the driveway at Lincoln.  The boys and girls streamed off the buses, full of that spirit and ready to begin the fun.  They met quickly with the camp nurses, picked beds and moved into their cabins.  Many took a refreshing dip in the lake before heading up the hill for a delicious dinner.  After a month of setup work around camp, with just a handful of counselors around, it felt great to see, hear and feel the full dining halls again!

    The weather has been less than perfect, with periodic rain storms coming through our area.  We set new records for rainfall in June and so the ground has been soggy.  A few particularly wet areas of camp have trails of “wood cookies” (sawed from logs) leading through them, but any inconvenience we feel seems to be lost on the kids, who see these trails as little adventures!  Indeed, the weather does not seem to be impacting the happiness and excitement of the campers, who rightly point out that all this water just makes more lake for swimming and boating!  As I sit and write today, the weather is perfect; warm, sunny and the forecast looks good for the next few days, so hopefully we’re turning a corner.  

    What a difference a couple of weeks can make when it comes to the weather!  From the record-smashing rains of June and early July, we’ve moved on to dry, sunny days, perfect for camp.  The mud is gone and the girls and boys are hard at work (the work of having fun, that is).

 WHIPPOORWILL pulses with vibrant energy, constant chatter, cheer and singing as the morale is quite high. Our weeks have been jam packed with adventures, entertainment, learning and creativity.  Campers choose their morning activities on a weekly basis, which allows them the opportunity to really develop some core skills that will provide a foundation for being proficient. We have offered many of the classic activities such as Kayak, Windsurf, Archery, Riding, Ropes, Drama, Sailing and Tennis. For some of our other traditional activities, we included a unique spin by making it possible to take “swim team,” which focused on speed, racing strokes and techniques. In dance, campers learnt ballroom steps, including the waltz, which they choreographed to more contemporary music. Girls practiced Ultimate Frisbee for an upcoming game with a neighboring camp, and crafters worked on making Clay Mobiles throughout the week.

   In addition, Birdies went to help pick out our new animal additions, baby dwarf rabbits – you can only imagine how cute they are and how much attention they are getting!  Artists are also busy making nature installations around camp, in the form of camp emblem designs made out of wood and leaves. Others have spent time in the craft house working on glazing clay projects, making heart shaped candles, newspaper poetry and Origami mobiles.

     Despite all the activity we’ve already mentioned, there have still been plenty of trip adventures, and at this point everyone has been out on overnight excursions. Junior girls headed out to spend the night at Giant Washbowl (they were assisted by a rugged few Work groupers, who helped sherpa water to their campsite) and rise early in order to hike Giant and Rocky Peak ridge successfully the following day. Another group hiked into Round Pond to camp, then hike Noonmark Mountain and enjoy its most beautiful views! Other girls enjoyed the natural beauty and wildlife that is so abundant on Keenan Pond, where they watched a great blue heron! Junior hikers backpacked into Gulf Brook after hiking Big and Little Crow, then hiked up Hurricane Mountain the next day. The Birdies followed their lead and have also been camping at Gulf Brook, while taking in the scenery from the Crows. Some senior girls ventured to Valcour Island for a service trip to collect garbage – with plenty of foresight, they packed an extra lunch, which came in handy when the winds picked up to make the waves impassable until later in the evening.  We also managed to squeeze in a range of day trips throughout the past few weeks, including hikes up Street and Nye, Catamount and Tabletop. Blueberry hunters on both Pinnacle and Poko harvested enough fruit for the kitchen crew to make delicious Blueberry pancakes for everyone!


    At LINCOLN we’ve continued with the full array of activities each day, on the field, in the woods and on and in the lake.  Ropes course, horseback riding, art shop, wood shop and mountain biking are popular and the field is quite busy, too.  Our junior and senior baseball teams played several games against Camp Poko, as did the soccer and sailing teams.  They were great, friendly competitions with lots of exciting moments.  Both teams played hard, but good sportsmanship was evident throughout.  In the end, the games were split right down the middle between the two camps; a perfect result even though it’s fun to win!  We’ve had groups out on the field playing ultimate frisbee, capture the flag and rugby as well.  The archery range and tennis courts are full of activity, and of course, with last week’s heat wave, the lake was the place to be!  Kayakers paddled, rolled and played polo almost constantly under the guidance of Matt and Phil.  Canoers and swimmers have been enjoying the weatherand sailors and windsurfers were treated to some very strong winds recently.  Our resident fishermen are out as well and have boated many sunfish and bass! 

   Activities and trips are the meat and potatoes of camp life, but perhaps special events are the cake!    Last weekend, we held what has recently become our annual “final four” competition, where the camp splits into 4 groups, each representing a member of the NCC leadership team.  This year’s event had teams representing Frau, Emily, Doug and Pete.  Contests ranged from blindfolded tent set-up to soccer and culminated in an all-camp relay race, the final leg of which involved eating pudding from a bowl with no hands!  It was a really fun day for everyone and, of course, each Sunday evening finds us down at the council ring for our Sunday night ritual; the council fire.  Here we commend each other for good deeds and accomplishments over the past week.  We also give out awards, discuss camp issues, sing some songs and tell a story.  Sitting under the great pines and hemlocks, listening to a story and watching the sun sink on the other side of the lake is the perfect way to close out a week.

    At WHIPOORWILL, plenty of singing took place in preparation for parents’ visiting day, as boys and girls gathered to form this year’s group of Wheezlings, who gave a tremendous performance that evening. In addition, those campers who love to flex their vocal chords created new camp centric song lyrics for popular songs, and some girls learnt the art of beat boxing. Campers have taken a variety of movement instruction that included beginner’s ballroom, interpretive dance and yoga. Crafters made Japanese paper lanterns, stepping stones for the garden or ceramic candleholders, complete with candles inside.

While morning activities remain focused on instruction and skill building, our afternoon choices continue to have a slightly more creative and whacky feel. And many of our activity ideas stem from camper requests: fishing, high ropes course, and fire building clinics made appearances, along with windsurf for advanced campers, mixed yoga, archery, a swim to Whip island this past week and a swim to Lincoln, too.  In the craft house, campers made mobiles, magazine woven baskets and stuffed squirrels from gloves, while painters ventured onto Birdie beach to work on watercolors. Those who are particularly fond of Harry Potter took the opportunity to celebrate the character’s birthday during an afternoon of Hogwarts focused games. There was plenty of dressing up and magical fun throughout the event.

  Interest in trips continued as the summer progressed and girls were excited to hike the Dix range, despite a mix of weather. Birdies headed on a canoe overnight that navigated through Long Pond and Hoel Pond, where they had a fabulous time! The Work Group had a couple of excursions during their final week. For the first, they enjoyed a lunch cookout with the Lincoln Work Group on a sand bar on Lake Champlain. The second was solo camping on our cliff property, where they were responsible for hanging a tarp and spending the evening and night reflecting on their experience.


  The LINCOLN boys have been very busy over the past two weeks.  As we pass the half-way mark of the summer, the focus of camp shifts slightly.  Activities still occupy a huge part of our collective experience, but trips are becoming a much bigger part of the picture.  Extended trips have begun in earnest with groups of boys heading out into the Adirondack wilderness for three, four, or even five days at a time.  One group of boys paddled up the Bog River, into Lowe’s Lake, where they stayed two nights, enjoying the peace and quiet (except when broken by the haunting cry of a loon).  Another lucky group spent four days paddling up (and back down) the Oswegatchie River, one of the wildest and most remote wilderness drainages in the park.  The scenery is wild and beautiful, especially at their destination, the High Falls of the Oswegatchie.  Another group paddled out onto Franklin Falls pond for an overnight trip.  A very ambitious and strong group of boys spent four days camping and hiking in the Lake Colden area, climbing Herbert, Cliff, Redfield and Colden.  Another group packed in from Elk Lake to climb the Dix range over three days.  A cohort of cubs spent the night at Heart lake, where they climbed Mt. Jo and Phelps, while a group of juniors used Heart Lake as a base camp to climb Algonquin and Wright peak.  Day trips have continued as well, with afternoon/evening paddles on the Ausable River and Lake Champlain; hiking trips up South Bouquet, Poko, Whiteface, Esther and Sawteeth;  rock climbing ascents; and sailing trips on the Orion.  The weather for these trips has, for the large part, been spectacular and the groups have returned happy and energized! 


 As you know, weekends provide tons of entertainment, but few more than the mid-season weekend when GIRLS and BOYS gather to hold a County Fair on the Whip field. We had a truly magnificent circus-themed fair, which boasted booths created and run by campers, including such challenges as catching soda from the soda slide, dunking the counselor, arm wrestling, pillow fighting on the balance beam, riding the bucking bronco, throwing darts at balloons, and of course getting married at the marriage booth!  The campers worked really hard coming up with ideas, decorations and costumes, to transform the field into a jolly fete that provided much fun for all. After dinner, we reconvened on the Lincoln field for an all-camp square dance called by our old friend Bruce. The whole camp whooped, swung their partners and do-si-doed around the field until it was too dark to continue.  Everyone had a blast!

 With little time to recover from such festivities, we plunged into the next day with enthusiasm and anticipation of this year’s play, the musical “Bugsy Malone,” gathering in the Red Barn for a matinee performance that was executed to perfection by a cast of more than fifty girls and boys, directed by Bea, Sean, Molly, Lainie and James.  As a special treat afterwards, we held a cupcake party that was a real hit with everyone. Each camper chose a cupcake that had been decorated by the Birdies and Cubs that morning.

 During the last two weeks GIRLS and BOYS joined together for afternoons of tennis and badminton at Whippoorwill and sand volleyball at Lincoln. A group of Workgroupers from Lincoln and from Whippoorwill set off on a four day backpacking adventure, climbing only trailless peaks in the Dix range.  They had a great time navigating by map and compass, fording streams and getting a taste for what mountain climbing was like before the trails made it “easy.” Boys and girls met for final social events on Friday and again for our last concert of the season on Saturday evening.  It was a very fun combination of funny skits and impressive musical performances, capped off, of course, by the Wheezers.  Sunday morning found us all up in the horse field to watch the annual horse show.  Those boys and girls who have been up at the stables a lot this summer were eager to show off their skills and the crowd was treated to races, jumps and even a costume relay.  Riders worked very hard under the direction of Laura, Michael, James and Kelly and it was a fun morning for everyone. Workgroupers have continued to help out at our local organic vegetable farm, picking veggies, weeding and learning about farming from the energetic young farmers there.  And, they’ve been hard at work on their lean-to.  Since we last wrote, the lean-to was erected, taken apart, floated like a raft across the lake to its new site and then re-erected in the woods where it will be used on overnights by generations to come.

   On the day of the the Farrington Cup race at Whippoorwill, sailors could not have asked for better wind. It was a nail biting start, as the first heat saw all four boats pass the finish line within yards of one another. There was phenomenal sailing displayed by all participants, so everyone should feel very proud of their participation.

   Our last weekend at camp saw a string of special activities to close out the season.  Sunday evening was our much anticipated final banquet.  The themes (chosen by the campers several weeks ago) were Las Vegas at Lincoln and “Inside a garbage can” at Whip.  Campers in costume were amazed as they entered the lodges.  In one afternoon teams of boys and girls had transformed the dining halls into the Las Vegas strip and…the inside of a garbage can.  Our fantastic cooks pulled out all the stops with a delicious meal and it was a terrific celebration.  Monday was spent packing up and starting to pack away the camp for winter, with many boys and girls taking one last dip in Augur Lake.  We held our final council fire that evening, where there was much recognition of accomplishments and good deeds done over the summer.  At Lincoln, awards were given, songs sung and we watched a slide show of images from this camp season, while at Whippoorwill, we exchanged peanut presents and sang camp favorites while the sun set one last time over Augur lake.  There were many tears at the thought of leaving camp, but we had a good time together and went to bed with a mix of sadness and excitement. 


 It was a great summer, and we are already planning for 2014.  It promises to be at least as exciting and fun!  You can register now on our website:   We hope to see you there!




Kate, Doug and Nancy




A taste of what’s to come – summer 2013

Posted: April 27, 2013


Here’s hoping you’re all enjoying some lovely spring days, full of blooming flowers and blossoms, singing birds and sunny blue skies. Each night that stays above freezing, brings the temperature of the lake closer to optimal summer swimming conditions. The growth that we see happening around us, makes us start dreaming about what we will plant in our own gardens at camp.

How can we not start thinking about all the fun and adventures we’ll be having this summer with friends, old and new? It’s only natural that we start brainstorming the next new wacky afternoon activity, or all camp event, so we thought we’d share a few of the things we have up our sleeve, just to whet your appetite.

There’s been much discussion amongst the staff, about the absolute delight that can be gained from learning to canoe well and these discussions have led to the generation of a whole list of games and activities. We’ll be aiming to have Canoe races, Canoe poker, Breakfast Canoe trips (with the most decadent of culinary delights), maybe there will even be campers interested in sleeping out on the Augur on a Canoe raft. Another goal for the summer will be to create an all camp flotilla or at the very least, aim to get every camper in a boat for a photo opportunity – maybe we could even form the camp symbol out of our varied crafts and take a picture from Pinnacle! In addition, we are soon expecting delivery of a new fleet of stand-up paddleboards. In years past, we’ve improvised with old Windsurfer boards and canoe paddles and it’s generated enough enthusiasm that we feel ready to make the activity a regular part of our waterfront program.  These boards should even be stable enough to paddle with a friend!

The Work Group will yet again be volunteering with our neighboring organic farm, “Fledging Crow Vegetables”, where they’ll learn about crop maintenance, harvesting and planting. In addition, they’ll be working hard on the 2013 Work project, which at this point, looks like it will be a lean-to along the east shore of the lake.

It has been a couple of years since we had an all camp project at Whippoorwill, so it seems like it’s high time for us to get our creative juices flowing! We have plans to make permanent benches near the lovely pizza oven and garden.  These will be decorated with ceramic tiles, created by campers.

If you’re like us, you are already feeling your spirit being pulled back towards the woods, rivers and lakes of the Adirondacks.  Talk of upcoming trips has begun in earnest and there are just so many options! There are still plenty of new trails and slides to explore as a result of the Hurricane Irene a couple of years ago, however there are local areas  that would be fun to navigate as well. Perhaps some campers will put their map and compass skills to work, to navigate their way around Augur Lake in a day? We are excited to have sites reserved this summer for a trip into the Saranac region, where campers can learn how a lock works in their canoes. And we are very pleased to announce that we’ve recently adopted a lean-to at Flowed Lands, which will be our responsibility to keep clean and maintained, so there will be great opportunity to pack into this remote area, enjoy the beauty and give back to the Forest Preserve, which has given so much to us!

This is simply a taste of the many wonderful activities and adventures that we’re looking forward to this summer and we can’t wait for the fun to begin. If you know of any friends who might be interested in sharing in some of these good times with us, put them in touch with us.  There is still room for a few seniors at Lincoln and for some juniors and seniors at Whippoorwill.  It’s not too late to spread the word about North Country Camps and the summer of 2013.  Kate and Doug are still making trips to meet with prospective campers and can be reached at or

Here’s looking forward to another great season at North Country Camps.  See you soon.  We can’t wait!!

2013 Augur Lake Ice out Contest!

Posted: March 7, 2013


It’s that time of year again! The Augur Lake Ice-Out Prognostication Committee is poised to take your predictions for when the ice will melt, freeing the Augur from its winter sleep!

Each year, we see who among us has the superior powers of prediction, capable of divining when the lake will be free of ice, ready to accept our swim and boat docks, slides and tippy rafts. A small crew of staff is poised to take on the task of installing docks, but they are uncertain as to how many layers of long underwear to bring for the challenge.  Knowing the ice-out date will allow us to calculate (using the formula’s laid out in Frau’s third law of Thermodynamics), the correct amount of insulation necessary to avoid hypothermia!

Therefore, we invite you to offer your prediction now.   You may submit a prediction through this survey link.

The Pre-Pre Camp crew thanks you!


NCC Camper Reunion!

Posted: January 12, 2013

It was so wonderful to see all of you who made it to our annual Camp reunion on January 5th.  We had a great time skating, catching up with friends and watching a slideshow from this past summer.   We missed those of you who were unable to attend this time, but there’s no reason you need to miss out completely.  Below, you’ll find a link to the slideshow via smugmug.  Hope you enjoy it!


































We’re counting down the days until we see you moving into your cabins for another fabulous summer!

Slide show link:!i=2314766537&k=HqHjrq9


Fall in the Adirondacks

Posted: November 14, 2012

We hope that you are all having a wonderful Fall wherever you are in the world. This year has seen a particularly lovely autumn in the Adirondacks, giving plenty of opportunity for hiking mountains, walking in the woods and gathering with old camp friends. With the recent storm in the Northeast, our thoughts are with you and we hope that you remained safe and relatively unscathed if you felt the effects of Sandy.

As you can see, the colors in the mountains were really beautiful, so what better opportunity to gather with friends for a wander in the woods, before catching up over a hearty meal.


Things have definitely been a bit chillier in the High Peaks, with evidence that winter is right around the corner. Since these pictures have been taken, it’s been reported by Doug Furman that there is a good covering of snow above 2,000 ft elevation in the mountains.



We hope that you’ve all been creating your own adventures and are gearing up for a terrific Holiday season!


North Country Camps Alumni and Families

Posted: October 19, 2012

Dear NCC Alumni and Families,

Hello from the beautiful northcountry!  It’s a bit chilly today, and the definite flavor of Fall has been in the air these past few weeks.  The sky is a deep clear blue, the leaves continue to turn, and there is a dusting of snow on the high peaks.  We can only hope that you’re all sharing in such a glorious Autumn!  It’s hard to believe our luck after such a beautiful summer of hot and dry weather and campers and staff all eager to play hard, learn new things and explore the Adirondacks together.  It really was a spectacular summer and many tears were shed at its end.

And as alumni who know the experience of camp, we would like to remind you all that the campers at Lincoln and Whippoorwill come to us almost exclusively through word-of-mouth referrals from people like you!  This would be a great time to pass on the word about North Country Camps to someone you know who may be interested in a fantastic summer in the Adirondacks.  Kate and Doug will be starting to organize home visits over the coming weeks and they would be thrilled to meet with any prospective families you may know.  Please feel free to pass along our contact info, or to contact us yourselves with referrals.  In recent years, we’ve even had some alumni offer to host a group informational gathering at their homes, inviting people who might possibly be interested to come meet us and watch the camp slide show.  This has been fun and productive!  Another way in which we would greatly appreciate some help is in the realm of school contacts.  We would love to find a way to make ourselves known in likely school communities and would appreciate any help you might be able to give in terms of advice, contact info, etc. for schools in your area.  We would be more than happy to mail brochures for you to place in a school, doctors office, etc.  Just let us know and thank you!

We are incredibly lucky that our alumni are so willing to share us with their friends, relatives and neighbors.  And, of course, we would be thrilled to welcome your kids to NCC as well!

We’re also so thankful for your generous contributions to the Chief’s Fund, which has been able to give financial aid to a significant number of families; some of whom need quite a bit of assistance to attend, and some of whom need just a little.  It’s a fantastic organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors, making camp a more realistic option for many children each summer, be they from alumni families or not.

Speaking of alumni, our 2012 Old Timers Weekend was a huge success.  Many former Lincoln and Whip campers and counselors joined us for a few days of great fun and food in August.  We shared stories, reconnected with old friends and enjoyed the local mountains and the lake.  Make a note on your calendar for August 22-24, 2014!

You can easily find more information and links to Alumni through our website which hosts it’s own ‘Alumni’ page.

Here you’ll find ways to keep us updated with your news along with instructions on how to register for Oldtimers weekend in 2014.

Best wishes to all and thank you!

Kate, Doug and Nancy


Doug Furman, Director of Camp Lincoln:

Kate Green, Director of Camp Whippoorwill:

Nancy Gucker Birdsall, Executive Director of NCC:










A hike up Poko

Posted: September 21, 2012

Greetings from the north country!  We hope that all of you are settled back into your school season routines and enjoying some cooler weather.  We woke this morning to temperatures in the 30’s and as you travel around the Adirondacks, there are more and more trees starting to turn.  Fall is nearly here.

Yesterday I had a chance to hike Poke o’ moonshine with several other people, representing the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Mountain Club and Friends of Poke o’ moonshine.  We were there to look at the trail up from the campground and assess what work will need to be done to it to make it a long-term sustainable trail.  The list is long, but one of the things I enjoyed about the hike was seeing all the work that has been done on this trail by groups from North Country Camps!  We passed numerous projects, from the brushing in of herd paths done by the 2011 work group, to a series of rock steps done by the 1996 workgroup.  And, of course, the trail re-route completed by this summer’s work group! 



I love that our campers get involved in community service projects, not just in camp, but out in our local community as well.  It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the natural resource that we get so much enjoyment out of each summer.  We’re already planning a project or two for next summer, so get those muscles ready!

While taking a few photos of the group, I discovered a shot of the workgroup trail work trip that I led in June.  This group spent a 90 degree day digging and fortifying water bars to divert water off the new section of trail.  It looked great yesterday WG 2012.  Nice job!



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