Friends of Camp Little Notch, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, owns and operates Camp Little Notch in Fort Ann, NY. Our mission is to provide opportunities for all people to practice living in harmony with nature, each other, and themselves. We believe that it is essential to the health of our communities to provide outdoor spaces and programs designed specifically for girls and women. Camp Little Notch’s past successes have been instrumental in helping girls find their strengths and unique voices and supporting young women through the challenging transition to adulthood. Camp Little Notch achieved this success through connecting young women with each other, positive mentors, and the land. Friends of CLN is continuing Little Notch’s successful tradition, building a bright future from its rich past.
Harmony with Nature — Environmental Stewardship
Children are too often plugged into or sitting in front of some kind of electronic medium and similarly many adults spend countless hours on cell phones and the Internet. People who come to Little Notch can challenge the necessity of technological comforts by truly unplugging while they enjoy a breathtaking and protected place.
Operations at Little Notch facilitate an ongoing appreciation and interest in land conservation and promote consciousness about the Earth and our role as stewards. Little Notch campers and staff practice sustainable, low-impact living and bring these practices back to their everyday lives. Our program honors the rich archaeological history of the property through treks to the historic Mount Hope Iron Furnace.
Harmony with Each Other — Community Building and Social Consciousness
Friends of CLN recognizes that our perceived differences create social barriers that can prevent us from truly seeing, learning from, and valuing each other. Camp Little Notch provides a dynamic environment to bring people together through shared physical and creative activities—a practice that has historically been a key to breaking down barriers and creating a society where people recognize each other’s humanity and value themselves and each other. Camp Little Notch provides an environment that celebrates diversity, encourages community building, teaches conflict resolution and communication skills, facilitates sharing of traditions between people, and confronts all forms of discrimination, prejudice, and exclusion in our interactions, operations, and activities.
Harmony with Self — Growth, Wellness, and Exploration
Little Notch is a place where the development of strong bodies, vibrant minds, and indomitable spirits are fostered. Outdoor activity promotes healthy living, reduces stress and depression, and increases strength, skills, and confidence. Camp Little Notch provides a supportive and positive environment with strong and dynamic role models where campers and staff have opportunities to challenge themselves and build confidence in their strengths through a variety of outdoor and adventure activities.