After many requests from parents of boys - and the boys themselves - we have set aside a week for boys to come and explore the woods, waterways and wilderness at Little Notch, and to experience the same great adventures our girls have enjoyed for over 75 years!
All of our activities are opportunities for campers to practice living in harmony with nature, each other, and themselves. Guided by their counselors, campers choose from a wide variety of group-planned activities, which allow for skill development and personal challenge in a safe and fun environment. Unless noted, all campers are eligible to participate in these activities, though not all activities are offered every day. Camp activities include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing*, hiking, cookouts, land stewardship, campfires, creek-walking, tie-dyeing, drawing, singing, ropes course challenges, overnight camp-outs...and more.
Note: A swim assessment is required to determine the level at which each camper can safely participate in aquatic activities.
*Campers must pass a deep-water swim test to be eligible for sailing.
Basic Daily Structure:
Campers start their morning at 7:30 a.m, giving them time to dress and any personal care before going to the dining hall to enjoy breakfast. At all meals, the campers, staff and volunteers work together to set the table, serve the food family style, and end the meal by cleaning and putting away the dishes. After breakfast, "kapers" are next. Kapers are community responsibilities throughout the camp. The campers then enjoy many fun-filled, camper-planned activities. The campers enjoy staying busy throughout the morning with programs such as hiking, boating, swimming, games, and arts & crafts. Lunch is at 12:30 p.m., followed by a busy afternoon of more activities and "me-time" (personal time) before dinner at 6:00 p.m. Each day ends with evening program time and campfires before bedtime at 9:00 p.m.
A word about Kapers:
Campers and counselors chip in to do kapers for 20-30 minutes every day. Camper kapers not only involve keeping personal and living space tidy, but also include tasks like helping to keep their unit neat and clean, collecting wood for campfires, setting the table at mealtime, clearing the table and washing dishes, sweeping, cleaning latrines, etc. Working together and taking pride in our camp teaches teamwork, responsibility and respect for themselves and others. These are just a few of the positive outcomes we see from participating in kapers.
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2019 Session Descriptions and Dates
Mashup (Ages 9-13): July 7-12 - Mashup is the perfect combination of activities that allows boys to experience their favorite parts of camp. Campers are involved in traditional Little Notch activities including swimming, hiking, boating, team building activities both on and off our ropes course, arts and crafts, ecology activities, and learning camp craft skills. We aim to provide an unplugged experience where boys will work with each other to plan and participate in the coolest week of summer camp ever!
Team Adventure (11-13): July 7-12 - Team Adventure is a great program for boys who like a team challenge. During this week campers will participate in a progression of ropes course elements that will help develop confidence, build self-esteem, help problem solve with a team, and assist with understanding group dynamics while working toward a common goal. Along with ropes course activities, there will still be time for swimming, campfires, and s’mores!
About Tiered Pricing:
We understand that families have different abilities to pay for summer camp and we strive to make invaluable camp experiences affordable for all. During the online registration process, please choose the payment tier that you can afford. Your choice is confidential and your child will receive the same programs and opportunities regardless of the tier you choose.
Tier 1: This is the true cost for each camper, including but not limited to: staff, meals, maintenance, utilities, insurance, etc.
Tier 2: This partially subsidized rate reflects the basic cost for each camper, including food, staff, supplies, and some maintenance.
Tier 3: This significantly subsidized rate reflects the most basic cost for each camper, including food, staff, and some supplies.
To make the Little Notch experience a reality for everyone who wishes to attend, we are able to provide a limited number of camperships. The campership application form and instructions on how to apply can be downloaded here. For additional information, please contact the campership committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Executive Director Andrea Cirabisi at (518) 817-8892..
To register by mail, download and print the 2019 Camper Registration Form here, and return with your deposit to Friends of Camp Little Notch, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
A full refund (registration fee, including deposit) is available if you cancel your child's registration prior to April 1. Registrations cancelled after April 1 and more than 60 days prior to arrival at camp will be refunded 100% of the registration fee minus the deposit. Registrations cancelled 30-59 days prior to arrival at camp will be refunded 50% of the registration fee minus the deposit. We are not able to give refunds for cancellations with less than 30 days notice prior to arrival at camp.