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2018 Augur Lake ice out contest

Posted: February 15, 2018

When thinking of Augur Lake, it’s always nice to imagine splashing around in the swim area, steadily paddling a canoe to Blueberry island, practicing wet exits in a kayak, taking a paddle board to Whip island, rowing out to your favorite fishing spot, making perfect tacks on your windsurfer or sailing into the Augur. The reality now is that the lake is much better suited to ice skating, ice fishing or ice sailing. With a layer of approximately 18 inches of ice on the surface, it is anyone’s guess as to when we’ll be able to enjoy activities on Augur Lake that don’t begin with the word ‘ice’!

If you would like to be the ‘anyone’ or the ‘someone’ to guess the date when Augur lake will be completely ice free once more, follow this link to submit your predictions – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWK6PSZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter on Augur Lake

Posted: March 1, 2017

It’s been a funny winter in the north country.  We jump from one extreme to the other, alternating between bizarrely warm days and icy blasts of cold and snow.  Last weekend, the Furman clan headed out onto the lake to enjoy some of the latter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walked through Whippoorwill, dragging our ice fishing gear in a sled behind us.  Camp was quiet and beautiful, beneath a blanket of snow.  The day was clear and blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walked out from Birdie Beach and drilled some holes for fishing.  The fish were not particularly aggressive, but we did manage to lay gloves on one, or two.  Our new dog, Josie was particularly interested.

We hope you enjoy these glimpses of camp, during the off-season.  The shores of Augur lake are a special place in every season, but we’re getting very excited for another summer at Lincoln and Whippoorwill.  Do you know any families who should be thinking about sending their kids to camp this year?  If so, put them in touch with us.  We still have some room in most age groups.  Thank you and we hope the rest of this winter is fun and productive for all of you.  Spring is coming!

Farewell to Fall Colors

Posted: November 10, 2016

Ask almost anyone what the prettiest time to be in the Adirondacks is, and they’ll probably say the Fall.  The brilliant reds, yellows, oranges and pinks of October are brief, but spectacular.  We spend weeks watching them develop, speculating about when they’ll reach their peak and then, it happens.  It’s glorious, awe inspiring and almost as soon as it begins, it’s over.  Perhaps it wouldn’t be quite as special if it lasted longer.  Now, with the trees mostly bare, we settle in for the cold and snow that isn’t far off (and we dream of the summer to come)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photos in this post, were taken by Doug, during a walk around camp two weeks ago.  We hope you enjoy seeing the familiar landscape of camp, during this spectacular, but fleeting bit of time.  And we hope that wherever you are, you have enjoyed, or are enjoying the Fall colors too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and Doug are certainly thinking about next summer. Recruitment for the 2017 season is well under way and over the past weekend, they held successful open house events in Brooklyn and Westchester county.  Similar events are being planned for Manhattan, Boston and other locales, so please give some thought to who you know who should be thinking about a summer at Lincoln, or Whippoorwill this year and put them in touch with us.  This is how the NCC family continues to grow and we thank you for sharing us with your friends, neighbors, co-workers and family!

Best wishes from us!

5 ways to recreate summer camp at home.

Posted: September 19, 2016

Although it’s sad to say goodbye to friends at the end of a great summer, we all know there’s something lovely about being with your family, reconnecting with friends from home and flopping on the couch to do, well, nothing, for a while. School is in full swing and you’ve all been back together for a month or so now. It’s right about now that we start yearning for those long warm days spent outside with friends, choosing activities or trips, splashing in the lake and being full of pep and enthusiasm. Here are some ideas for recapturing your camp spirit, while at home. It’s a good way to while away the months, until you get to go back to your summer happy place for real.

 

 

1.            Go for a hike! Or an adventure of some sort… Perhaps you don’t have access to the woods, mountains or wilderness trails. Perhaps you don’t have enough time to hop in the car to go and find some. Why not explore your local park? Take a map and compass and go bushwhacking ‘off trail’. Or maybe it would be fun to create your own map of a local green space. Get outside for a wilderness adventure no matter where you are. Not only will it be a fun bonding experience, but you might even find some cool little spot. In the meantime, you’ll fine tune your navigation skills as a family – just don’t forget the GORP!

 

 

2.             Have a cabin night with your family! Why not plan some kind of evening activity where you are all involved in coming together for a project. Needle felt little family members, work on a pinewood derby car, make jewelry or friendship bracelets together, or fairy houses in your back yard. Maybe even make funny fake mustaches or go urban tracking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.             Hold a concert with friends! Gather your friends and family together to showcase songs, dances, talents and skits. It’s hard to go wrong with an evening variety entertainment. Don’t forget to end the show with some wheezlings!

 

 

4.            Make your favorite camp meal! Everyone eats well at North Country Camps, but there must be one special dish that really gets you feeling nostalgic for time spent in the lodge with your buddies. Gather the ingredients and get cooking!

 

 

5.            Create your own slide show! You can gather your friends around the computer to reminisce over the fun you’ve had as you peruse our end of season slideshow, but why stop there? Get your cabin mates together online or in person, to create your own slideshow of the summer. You may be surprised at the stories all your photos tell when collected in one place. AND if you find any exceptionally good photos, send them to Doug and Kate. Maybe, they’ll make it into reunion slideshow or other camp updates!

 

 

There are plenty of other ways to recreate that summer camp vibe and it would be fun to hear about how you and your friends keep North Country Camps alive in your hearts during the long ‘extended trip’!  Send your ideas to doug@northcountrycamps.com or kate@northcountrycamps.com

We rely on you all to share your love of North Country Camps by spreading the word to families with camp age children. Thank you for keeping our community strong! Register your child at this link https://northcountry.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App  for the 2017 season if you haven’t already!

Written by Kate Green

NCC’s Winter Residents

Posted: January 6, 2016

Every Winter, I try to take at least one walk through Lincoln and Whippoorwill.  It’s fun to see camp covered in snow, to walk out on the lake and contemplate the stark difference between the quiet, cold of now and the boisterous, warm days of summer.

While things may be quiet now, camp is far from deserted.  A fresh dusting of snow reveals the comings and goings of our many off-season residents.  On this day, the new snow lay on top of a hard, slippery crust; a   challenge to walk on, for me and for the Whitetail deer, as evidenced by this photo.  The deer almost look like they’re skiing!  Deer leave heart shaped tracks in the snow, made up of two halves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer wander freely about camp at this time of year.  A fact that was wonderfully illustrated by these tracks, which are emerging from underneath the cabin of Gothics.  There were no tracks leading in, so this deer must have hunkered down under the cabin, to ride out the snow storm!

Smaller animals have been leaving their tracks as well.  Mice leave tiny marks in the snow, with a line down the middle.  That’s the tail!  Red squirrells bound from tree trunk, to tree trunk and leave piles of pinecone bits all around, from their snacking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically, mice run from place to place in a straight line, but something very interesting is going on in the Lincoln senior section.  Either these mice are abstract artists, or they’ve been continuing our evening field games!

The lake was frozen, but just barely.  This is the latest freeze up that I can recall.  Only 1.5 inches and I was able to kick through easily, but it held Simmie the dog, when he ventured out a few feet.  He seemed to sense the danger and came back onto the dock quickly.  The view from the Whip waterfront was spectacular, as always and birdie beach was covered in interesting and complex patterns of ice crystals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope Winter is off to a beautiful start wherever you are.   Enjoy the snow, but remember that it won’t be long until the lake thaws, school ends and the deer and squirrels welcome back their excited summer visitors, to Lincoln and Whippoorwill.  If you know any boys or girls who would like to join them, this would be a great time to put them in touch with Kate, or Doug.  We have open house events coming up this month, in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Connecticutt.  We’ll be in the bay area of California in February and, of course, we’re happy to visit folks individually as well.  Thank you and stay warm!

Doug

 

Chickens!

Posted: December 14, 2012

We had such a good time raising chicks at camp this summer and we thought you all might like to see your fuzzy little friends as the big feathered friends they’ve become!  Some of the chickens went home with Nancy and David, while a good number of them went home with Doug, Emily, Colba and Keir.  They’re still friendly, sometimes cuddly and seem to be taking winter in stride, though they don’t seem too sure about the feel of snow on their feet.  You can be sure that like you, they are looking forward to getting back to camp in June!

Below, you’ll see pictures of Colba and Keir playing with their chicken buddies, Lois the “surprise” rooster, Colba with Little Brandy, Keir with Trout and about a week’s worth of eggs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy holidays from everyone at NCC.  We hope to see you at the reunion, January 5th!

 

 

2012 ~ First bulletin of the season

Posted: July 9, 2012

                             North Country Camps Newsletter

Whippoorwill and Lincoln

July 4, 2012

 

 

Arrival at camp!

Together with those who arrived by car, girls and boys headed off to choose beds in their cabins, check in with nurses, Brandy and Mary, and take an inaugural swim in the lake. Workgroupers helped their Birdie and Cub buddies settle in, unpack and figure out where everything goes. For dinner we enjoyed a delicious meal of baked chicken, mashed potatoes and vegetables, before heading to the Nest at Whip and the Lodge at Lincoln  for introductions and songs at our first council fires.

Weather these first ten days has run the gamut from chilly and showery to hot and sunny, fortunately in that order.  Spirits are high, health excellent.

At  WHIPPOORWILL during the first full day, section groups met to discuss various important matters such as camp boundaries and customs, and each group agreed upon how to come together as a community.  In addition girls made choices for which morning activities they wished to try during the first week.  A huge number of campers completed their swim tests in order to enjoy boating activities, while many others made a great start to this process, undeterred by overcast sky and cool temperatures. We welcomed a batch of freshly hatched chicks to Whippoorwill and girls have been helping take care of them during their free time.

New born

By Tuesday morning we were in full swing, with girls heading to weekly activities. These included Drama,  Art (in which campers made memory/camp logs), Swim, Canoe, Sail, Windsurf, Kayak, Biking, Horse riding, Ropes course, Archery and Tennis.

Sailing on Augur Lake

 

Afternoon choices have shown the range of the creativity we can achieve  here at Whippoorwill. There has been the opportunity to try “Squirreling,” which is a new activity where campers can track squirrels and chipmunks, while dressed in green and brown camouflage. The aim is to watch the animals and mimic them, by scurrying around and freezing upon the sighting of a human. Sailors ventured into the west end of the lake, bundled up for polar bear sailing during the first cold days, and practiced flipping their boats when our heat wave appeared later in the week. Artists made tissue paper stained glass, worked on needle felting projects and created nature landscapes from items found around camp, such as pinecones and needles. We’ve also taken advantage of the lake’s cool water, by offering splash ball fun, Nutty craft and a swim to Whip Island, in addition to kayak water polo. A Jacques Cousteau lake exploration took place with Dr. Nancy, collecting water samples to monitor the local lake environment as part of an Adirondack lake assessment program.

Campers got started on their trip experiences from pretty much the first day of camp – some taking a hike up our local mountain, Pinnacle, on the first full day, with Megan and Nikki. Others joined Robin on a hike up Skyline, which boasts views from the far end of the lake. Birdies and Juniors headed out to learn about setting up a campsite and cooking over a fire, during their cookouts on Birdie beach and at our Junior lean-to.  A group of paddlers enjoyed burgers on a Lake Champlain beach, after paddling down the Ausable River.

Our first big event of the season was the Pioneer Meet, which typically pays tribute to Independence Day. Two teams of campers dressed themselves in either blue or red colors, and took part in events such as the nail drive, obstacle race, water relay, tent pitch relay, dress the Birdie, pudding eating, fire building and, of course, the egg toss – one of the most nail biting events.

Lining up the Whips and Wills for the start of the bucket brigade

 

Bucket brigade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite Mother Nature’s decision to test our enthusiasm with two days of cool temperatures and rain at the start of the season, LINCOLN boys dove right into activities like sailing, swimming, baseball, horseback riding and archery.  Many boys were able to check off their basic swim tests during those first days, which freed them up to enjoy boating activities like canoeing and kayaking.  We continue to get regular announcements that another boy has swum across the lake, thus completing his tests. Every boy receives applause from the whole camp and you can see the thrill of accomplishment in their faces.

Baseball

 

Plenty of boys have been out on the baseball field, practicing for our games this week, and the tennis courts and archery range have been popular spots as well.

Caring for the week-old chicks

A dozen just-hatched chicks have found a home at Lincoln, to be fed and cared for by young naturalists from the Cubs Den, most of whom have never gently held a fuzzy little chicken before.

A mid-week switch in the weather has since driven much activity down towards the waterfront.  Where else would you want to be when it’s 88 degrees and sunny?!

 

Trips are a big part of our lives here at camp and we don’t waste any time getting out to enjoy the local mountains, lakes and rivers.  In one short week we’ve had groups out to climb Pinnacle, Poko, Roostercomb, Jay, Street, Nye, Cascade and Porter. Another group paddled the Ausable River on Wednesday, to cook burgers on the beach and then travel down Lake Champlain for a few miles.  With a group of experienced sailors, Andrew and Alex skippered the 25-foot Orion on its first Champlain shakedown cruise of the season.  The boys have returned from all of these trips with smiles, laughter and adventurous stories to share.  The pace will not let up at all next week, with many hikes, paddles and overnight camping trips planned!  When Emily announces new trips to sign up for, she seems to disappear behind an eager throng of boys, wanting a place in the group.

Weekends are a time for special activities at camp and this past weekend was certainly no exception.   On Sunday morning an industrious crew of counselors, under the direction of our good friend Art, cooked “Eggs Amler” for breakfast, a fitting way to store energy for the annual Pioneer Meet that was to follow.  The red team and the blue team spent all morning in friendly competition.  Since it is a “pioneer meet,”  the events were a bit on the old fashioned side.  We started with the traditional bucket brigade, where the boys race water up the hill from the lake to put out an imaginary fire near the lodge.  After, we moved to the field for tug of war, human pyramids, egg tossing, fire building, obstacle races and a turkey shoot.  Cross cut sawing, nail driving and log toss followed.  With the teams nearly tied, it came down to the pony express, a relay race from Whippoorwill back to Lincoln.  In the end, both teams had a great time and displayed great sportsmanship.  They also worked up quite an appetite, just in time for a big turkey dinner (for lunch)!

The energy level is high here at Camp Lincoln.  There’s so much more to do in the coming weeks; trips will continue to venture deeper into the Adirondack wilderness.  Activities will continue as well, with more and more boys trying things they’ve never experienced before.  And, of course, we’ll sprinkle in special events for good measure.

Choosing afternoon activities in the Lincoln dining hall

 

 

 

On our first Saturday evening BOYS and GIRLS met together to enjoy our traditional burger cookout.  It was great to see brothers and sisters checking in and sharing stories of their adventures so far. The day wrapped up with mixed activities – kickball for the Cubs and Birdies, initiative games for the Juniors from each camp and a dance in the Red Barn for the Seniors.  A small team of Workgroupers climbed Poko with Doug and Jess on Friday, to work on a trail project for the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine.  And girls and boys from the Work Group, under David’s leadership, initiated this season’s construction project by moving the Lincoln dishwashers’ cabin down hill to make room for an expansion of the tripcraft cabin.  In the process they learned to use surveyor’s tools.

We wanted to draw your attention to our electronics policy, which is slightly altered this year. We were much more specific in our allowance of iPods than in previous years and had asked that iPods be restricted to either the ‘shuffle’ or ‘Nano’ variety. Many of you have noticed this change and been diligent about sending these types of iPods, but for some the policy has escaped your attention in the busyness of preparing for camp. We are willing either to collect any other forms of iPod and hold onto them until Parents’ visiting day, or to have campers delete any apps, games or video footage that their iPods may contain. 

 Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Sincerely,

Kate and Doug

Roll on summer 2012!

Posted: April 23, 2012

With the most fantastic early spring weather, we are counting the days until the 2012 summer season begins at North Country Camps. The lake melted early this year, giving us high hopes of having balmy temperatures to get cabins opened up and cleaned, tennis courts prepared, docks in the lake and gardens planted with vegetables, herbs and flowers. We are having fun planning fun new adventures for trip groups and brainstorming twists on traditional activities. We welcome ideas of new things that can be incorporated into our already vibrant programs.


Enrollment is coming along nicely and we’re thrilled with our newest edition of the North Country Camps brochure. Let us know if we can send you some to share with friends and colleagues, since it’s certainly not too late to recommend us to families who are still looking for a wonderful summer experience for their children.
We also encourage you to follow us on twitter! @LincolnandWhip

It’s just 63 days until camp officially starts. We look forward to opening our doors in just a couple of months!

2012 NCC Augur Lake Ice out contest!

Posted: March 5, 2012

The Augur Lake Ice-Out Prediction Committee is poised to take your 2012 predictions for this most unusual of winters!

Each year, we attempt to get a sense of how many wetsuits will be needed for the Pre Pre Crew to wear, whilst braving the cold waters of the Augur to put the docks in. In trying to ascertain such vital information, a level of competitive guessing has developed and we invite you all to throw your ideas about dates into the mix. Please submit your predictions promptly through this survey link. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQ3GNK3

Attached for your reference is a photo taken yesterday showing a stretch of open water off Hulls’ point.  That open water is an anomaly, because a narrower version of it also appeared earlier in the winter, when  Peter’s ice boat was flying back and forth across the lake.  What it means is anybody’s guess….  Good Luck!

Winter wonderland at North Country Camps

Posted: January 16, 2012

It was great to see so many current campers at our reunion at Chelsea piers and had a lovely time hearing stories and reconnecting with friends. It was a fun day and only fueled our eagerness for the 2012 camp season to begin.

In the meantime, we thought we’d show you some recent pictures from around camp. The snow has finally started to fall, adding a special magic to the beauty of Lincoln and Whippoorwill.

Above you can see a picture of Saranac.

And the Junior section at Whippoorwill.

If you look carefully, you’ll recognize Kushaqua, where so many fond Work group memories have been created over the years.

And of course a picture of the lake from Birdie beach.

As the pine trees stand quietly, laced with white, we yearn for the days of summer that will be upon us in good time.

As the days get longer little by little, one can imagine being at camp with friends, taking part in activities and basking in the pools of light that trickle through the trees.

These are our ‘Dreams of Summer’.

The countdown is on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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