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.
Doug Furman and Jen Livingston co-direct the summer camps. 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. Jen was also raised at camp, spending her earliest summers at Lincoln where her parents were fixtures for several generations, and later at Whippoorwill. She worked at Whippoorwill as a counselor, Section Head, Program Director, and Associate Director until 2003 before pursuing a career in education administration. Jen possesses two decades of extensive experience in leading, designing and implementing residential and student affairs programming in secondary and post secondary education. As her passion has always been camping, and specifically North Country Camps, she is thrilled to return to camp as Director of Whippoorwill.
Jen and Doug are joined by Associate Directors Amy Carlstrom, Ruth Needleman, Nicole Navarro and Ted Sonneborn, as well as other talented, long-time staff members. Corey Birdsall manages the office and Rachel Coit 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.