The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room
bouncing from typewriter to piano
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
I found myself in the "L" section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word, Lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one more suddenly into the past.
A past where I sat at a workbench
at a camp by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid thin plastic strips into a lanyard.
A gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard.
Or wear one, if that’s what you did with them.
But that did not keep me from crossing strand over strand
again and again until I had made a boxy, red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted teaspoons of medicine to my lips,
set cold facecloths on my forehead
then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim and I in turn presented her with a lanyard.
"Here are thousands of meals" she said,
"and here is clothing and a good education."
"And here is your lanyard," I replied,
"which I made with a little help from a counselor."
"Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth and two clear eyes to read the world." she whispered.
"And here," I said, "is the lanyard I made at camp."
"And here," I wish to say to her now,
"is a smaller gift. Not the archaic truth,
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took the two-toned lanyard from my hands,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless worthless thing I wove out of boredom
would be enough to make us even."
-- Billy Collins
Friends of Camp Little Notch Blog
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The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
The nonprofit Friends of Camp Little Notch (Friends of CLN) seeks a full-time, salaried executive director to lead Friends of CLN during an exciting period of growth. The successful candidate will respect and value Friends of CLN’s long history and deep roots.
Friends of CLN, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, operates a 443-acre wilderness education and retreat center in Fort Ann, New York that hosts a variety of groups in many different programs throughout the year. Friends of CLN was established in 2009 when the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York sold the camp they had founded in 1939. Open Spaces Institute purchased the land and is currently in an agreement with Friends of CLN to let us purchase the site.
Friends of CLN maintains an office at 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, and an 443-acre outdoor facility at 744 Sly Pond Rd., Fort Ann, New York. The facility includes an 80-acre private lake, a mountaintop (Putnam Mountain), miles of mountain streams, an historic iron smelting furnace, and complete camp facilities.
The Friends of CLN mission: Provide opportunities for all people to practice living in harmony with nature, each other, and themselves.
Friends of CLN achieves its mission through several core programs.
- Our girls summer camp program, which includes wilderness trips. Excepting a short hiatus when the camp was sold by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Camp Little Notch has been in operation as a girls’ summer camp for 75 years. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the camp and the 5th anniversary of Friends of CLN!
- The camp property is available for rental when summer camp is not in session as a corporate retreat, for family parties, workshops, wedding ceremonies, or for hiking and camping. We have a relationship with Skidmore College to host a portion of their first year class orientation.
- Winter activities include Winter Retreats and Property Committee hike-through day trips.
- We host membership camping weeks, community camping weeks and this year are having two Women’s Weekends (Spring and Fall), two Stewardship Weekends to help open and close the camp for the season, as well as a series of Open House Sundays in April and May.
- Friends of CLN also publishes an e-newsletter, The Blue Heron, , and maintains a very active website and Facebook presence.
In the near term, Friends of CLN will continue our successful efforts to build financial and organizational health. In 2014, Friends of CLN is initiating a Peer to Peer fundraising campaign for funds to complete our land purchase as well as set a very high goal for camperships to provide financial assistance to girls who might not be able to afford summer camp. We continue to upgrade the buildings and property for increased accessibility for less able-bodied individuals.
In the long term, we will capitalize on our winning combination of our incredibly beautiful land, our authentic and well-maintained rustic and historic buildings and grounds and a diverse, enthusiastic membership to significantly grow our membership, extend our reach, and ensure organizational vitality into the future.
The new executive director (ED) will lead Friends of CLN during an exciting period of growth. The ED will balance the needs of long-term members with engaging and retaining the next generation of members; grow revenue by increasing membership, camperships, partnerships with businesses and organizations, donations, and other income streams; maintain mutually beneficial relationships with staff, contractors, members, volunteers, donors, like-minded organizations, and others; upgrade infrastructure to meet the needs of growing membership and programs; and manage expanding budgets. The ED will take the lead on fundraising $1,000,000 in the next 3 years for Camp Little Notch land purchase.
The ED will report directly to the Friends of CLN Board of Directors, which provides program guidance and financial oversight. The new executive director will increase revenues and enhance programs while maintaining a balanced budget. Please contact Tess Lecuyer if you require a more detailed job description.
The successful candidate must have:
- Experience successfully managing a multi-faceted nonprofit, business, or comparable programs (three years minimum).
- A track record of success in establishing and achieving well-defined goals—i.e., fundraising, membership, publication circulation and advertising sales, or other concrete metrics (minimum of three examples).
- A knowledge of and passionate interest in outdoor recreation and/or environmental education (provide example).
- Demonstrated collaboration skills such that they can garner support and resources from others over whom they have no direct authority (minimum of three examples).
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically as well as attend to day-to-day details (provide example).
- Financial acumen, and experience with QuickBooks and other financial tools.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Residency on Friends of CLN property is not included in the position. Ideally the ED should reside within 1 hour of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Applicants should submit an email cover letter addressing the responsibilities and requirements above as well as a résumé to Tess Lecuyer, chair of the Executive Director Search Committee, Tess@FriendsofCLN.org.
Please include salary history and expectations as well as contact information. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Friends of CLN Executive Director Search Committee will screen applications, request references and letters of recommendation from selected candidates, and contact finalists to schedule a Skype or conference call interview. Final candidates will be interviewed in person.
The Friends of CLN Board of Directors hopes to make an appointment by the summer of 2014. The new ED would ideally overlap our current interim ED for a period of several weeks in order to insure a seamless transition.
It is the policy of Friends of CLN to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation/identity or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
Want to help Friends of CLN? But you are busy?
Here are 3 easy ways you can help (and we would be so grateful!)
1. Reach out to all of your old camp friends and let them know CLN was sold and that we are now a non-profit trying to buy it from Open Spaces Institute. There are still many people who think we are still a Girl Scout camp. Ask them to like our Facebook page!
2. Talk about it! CLN is 75 years old in 2014! Thousands of women have been there and loved it. The store cashier, neighbors, club members - may have been a camper or counselor! Take one day and talk it up to every human you interact with. Warning: this may lead to new friendships!
3. Take notice of what companies & organizations in your area donate or might donate to non-profits. If you think they would donate to CLN, contact us with the info (at info@FriendsofCLN.org). If we do not raise enough money, we could lose the camp.
Thank you fitting a bit of CLN love into your busy life!
Because it is all about returning there once again....
Tess "Tarot" Lecuyer
FOCLN Board Member
"Beauty and seduction are Nature's tools for survival, because we protect what we fall in love with."
Submitted by Nan Reid
It can fit in a stocking, or in a big, bright box.
It goes under one tree...or a hundred!
It fits everybody - and looks darn good!
It contains 'one breath of a butterfly and one ray from the sun, and lots and lots of laughter from little children's fun,' and so much more.
For $25 or more, a shiny beautiful annual membership to Friends of Camp Little Notch.
For $500, you can give a lifetime membership. The actual worth? About a million smiles.
You can, you really can return here once again.