At Little Notch, we help our campers find their strengths and unique voice, and support them wherever they are in their journey to adulthood. CLN connects girls of diverse backgrounds, with each other, positive mentors, and the land. We provide our campers with opportunities to cultivate their resourcefulness, wellness, teamwork skills, and creativity.
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, beading, singing, ropes course, journaling, meditation, 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
Dabblers (Ages 7-14): July 14-19, July 21-26, July 28-August 2 - For new or returning campers, Dabblers is the perfect session for girls who want to learn about and experience all the traditional Little Notch activities like swimming, boating, arts and crafts, singing, and making s’mores around the campfire. Come learn new songs, tie-dye a t-shirt, and make new friends!
Water Bugs (Ages 9-12): July 14-19 - Do you love to play in the water and splash around all day long? Then Water Bugs is for you! Campers will spend lots of time swimming, boating, and creek walking, along with other traditional camp activities. The private 80-acre lake at Camp Little Notch is the perfect place for girls to learn new skills both in and on the water.
Wild About Water (Ages 13-17): July 21-26 - Older campers who are comfortable in and on the water will spend the session swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and white water rafting! Did we just say white water rafting? That’s right, this year we are headedingto the Hudson River to enjoy a full day rafting trip with a local whitewater outfitter. This week at camp will include your favorite Little Notch activities with as many water activities as you could hope for!
Adventure Challenge (Ages 9-12): July 21-26 - Are you ready to challenge yourself on our ropes course? Adventure Challenge campers will work as a team on 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. You will be invited to set your own goals and challenges in a safe and supported environment with the guidance of our trained ropes staff and the encouragement of your fellow campers.
Ropes Adventure (Ages 13-17): July 28-August 2 - Adventure is for older campers who are excited about moving through the elements of the ropes course together. We will work together as a team as we play games, learn to trust each other, and plan out the best way to progress through more challenging elements. Ropes Adventure campers will have the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, motivation, group dynamics, and leadership abilities in a safe and supportive environment
Camp Crafters (Ages 9-12): July 28-August 2 - Have you ever made a one-match fire? In Camp Crafters, you will learn lots of useful and fun outdoor skills like how to build different types of fires and shelters, make a yummy dinner cooked over the fire, lash a table, and so much more! This program combines learning camp craft skills with nature crafts while still having time for swimming and boating too.
Trip Tasters: Canoeing (Ages 13-17): July 14-19 - Canoeing is the perfect program for girls who love to canoe and want to try something new, but also want to spend as much time in camp as possible. We will spend the first portion of the week practicing our canoeing skills and then set off to one of the beautiful bodies of water in the Adirondack Mountains for an overnight canoe trip. The skills learned during this session will prepare campers to return to camp next year for a multi-day canoe trip.
Wanderers (Ages 13-17): July 21-August 2 - Grab your pack and hiking boots - we are going on a 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip in the Adirondack Mountains! During this two week session, we will work as a group to choose a route up into the mountains to see some beautiful sights. We will learn how to plan, pack and carry everything we will need for our adventure, as well as have time for our favorite camp activities.
CIT I (Ages 16-17): July 14-August 2 - Counselor in Training (CIT I), is for our oldest campers. This program is designed to provide leadership opportunities that prepare you to become a future counselor, as well as a leader in your community at home. We will start by growing together as a group and participating in favorite camp activities while learning about camper-planning, communication, and team building skills. After that, we will start learning about leading different age groups by helping with programming for younger groups of campers. By the end of the summer, CITs will be working alongside counselors in their daily activities with campers. Girls interested in CIT I must have prior camp experience and complete an application for the program.
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.
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.