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 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 summer camps. Kate worked as a counselor, Program Director, and Associate Director before taking on the Director position of Whippoorwill in 2007. 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 in 2009.
Kate and Doug are joined by Associate Directors Liz Westergaard, Amy Carlstrom, Ruth Needleman, Jennifer Livingston, Nicole Navarro and Ted Sonneborn, as well as other talented, long-time staff members. Corey Birdsall manages the office and Logan Birdsall directs camp food service. Our counseling staff of almost sixty young men and women is comprised of a number of experienced head counselors and activity leaders, together with several recent college graduates and current 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.