Established in 2017, the North Country Camps Foundation, Inc. is inspired by the nearly 100-year history of the North Country Camps and has been created to support and conduct the successful continuation of camps Lincoln and Whippoorwill into the future.
Our nonprofit organization offers families the opportunity to choose summer experiences for their children centered on wilderness living, learning, leadership development and diverse community living.
Nestled in the Adirondack region of New York State, the North Country Camps were established by Colba “Chief” Gucker in 1920 and have invited children and their families into the camp community ever since.
The Foundation will continue and expand on the Gucker family’s legacy with the support of generations of campers, parents and our extended community.
North Country Camps History & Purpose
The North Country Camps - Lincoln for boys, Whippoorwill for girls – were owned and operated by the Gucker family for close to 100 years. As the camps have evolved to operate as a nonprofit organization, we value and respect the traditions of the Gucker family, and the generations upon generations of camp families who have entrusted their children to the care of North Country Camps.
Unique among children's summer camps in the United States, the North Country Camps offer children real wilderness adventure blended with the development of many athletic, creative and social skills, strong community spirit that emphasizes working together and doing your share, the freedom and accompanying responsibility of learning to make your own choices; and the sheer joy of simple, down to earth, outdoor living and playful fun.
Camp Lincoln was established in 1920, and Camp Whippoorwill in 1931, by Colba F. "Chief" Gucker. His son, Peter L. Gucker and his daughter, Janet G. Farrington, directed Lincoln and Whippoorwill for decades beginning in the late 1950's. Pete's daughter, Nancy Gucker Birdsall, directed Whippoorwill from 1984 and then served as Executive Director of North Country Camps through 2017. Lincoln and Whippoorwill are "brother/sister" camps, organized independently from one another, with separate dining, sleeping, and program facilities. Yet the camps operate on the same schedule and join together for a variety of activities.
The purpose of the North Country Camps is to offer campers and their counselors an extended opportunity to live together simply in safe, healthy, cheerful, and yet challenging outdoor surroundings. We believe in introducing children to a camp community where they have a say in what takes place, where life is dynamic and purposeful, yet unhurried, where they can develop skills at their own pace, where they can find their own style and self-worth without excessive competitive tension, where adventure is real, yet carefully supervised, where learning is the result of participation. We are eager to sharpen children's awareness of the wilderness environment and to work with them in finding sensible ways to preserve it.
For information about the day-to-day summer-to-summer leadership of the camps, go to www.northcountrycamps.com