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Camp Little Notch
Fort Ann, New York

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744 Sly Pond Road
Fort Ann, New York 12827

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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): All Girl Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Little Notch (CLN) is an inspiring summer camp for girls. A magical forest located at the base of the Adirondacks in upstate New York, Camp Little Notch is situated on 443 acres of pristine wilderness, including an 80-acre private lake providing the perfect setting for outdoor adventure, personal growth, new friendships, and community building. Camp Little Notch is a place where all girls can belong!

Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Swimming, Canoeing, Sailing, Team Building, Ropes Course, Yoga, Creek Walks, Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Outdoor Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Music, Overnight Camp-outs, & So Much More

TOP NEW YORK FAMILY CAMP: Camp Little Notch is a Top Family Summer Camp located in Fort Ann New York offering many fun and enriching Family and other camp programs. Camp Little Notch also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: Camp Little Notch is located in Fort Ann, NY, an hour and a half drive north of Albany, NY. The 443-acre property boasts an 80-acre private and pristine lake, a mountaintop (Putnam Mountain), miles of mountain streams, an historic iron smelting furnace, and complete camp facilities. For pictures and more information, please visit Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP FACILITIES: The 443-acre property boasts beautiful wilderness, an 80-acre private and pristine lake, a mountaintop (Putnam Mountain), miles of mountain streams, an historic iron smelting furnace, and complete camp facilities. Main camp includes rustic buildings housing our camp office, staff house, infirmary, and dining hall. The camp units have unit houses, platform tents, and outhouses with outdoor Bradley sinks, including one unit with rustic cabins. For pictures and more information, please visit Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Campers are grouped by similar age and discover their strengths and unique voices as we support them through the transition to adulthood. Little Notch connects girls of diverse backgrounds with each other, positive mentors, and the land. We provide opportunities to develop responsibility, resourcefulness, wellness, creativity, and teamwork skills. Activities include swimming, canoeing, sailing, team building, ropes course, yoga, creek walks, wildlife observation, hiking, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, music, overnight camp-outs, and so much more!

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.

We strive to bring together a diverse staff. They are selected for their strong leadership, problem solving skills, love of working with children, ability to model our mission, and a passion for the outdoors. All applicants are thoroughly screened and participate in comprehensive pre-camp training and orientation. The ratio of counselors to campers is one counselor to every six campers ages 7 and 8, and one counselor to every eight campers age 9 and above. All Camp Little Notch staff are certified in first aid. Waterfront and boating staff are certified lifeguards and ropes course staff are certified in belay. A registered nurse, or other licensed medical professional, oversees the health and safety of campers and staff on site.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: We offer a 4-week CIT program. Please visit Our Camp Website Link: for more information and registration.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We have a limited number of camperships available. Please email campdirector[AT] or call (518) 793-9700 to inquire about camperships. You can also visit Our Camp Website Link: for more information about our fees.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): We offer a variety of community events for all youth and adults. Please visit Our Camp Website Link: for the current listings and registration links. You can also make a request on our website to receive a camp brochure in the mail.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Campers start their morning at 7:30 am 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 pm, followed by a busy afternoon of more activities and "me-time" (personal time) before dinner at 6:00 pm. The girls then go to "Singing Logs" to enjoy learning new songs while building fond memories with friends and counselors. Each day ends with evening program time and campfires before bedtime at 9:00 pm.

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