Countdown to summer camp!
Friends, this is really happening—after three years of passionate belief, dedication and hard work, we are getting ready to welcome campers to Camp Little Notch in exactly 155 days! Something that has seemed like a far-off dream is becoming very real. To be sure, the number of things on my to-do list gets more real every day!
With that in mind, we thought you might like a glimpse of a couple of very concrete things that are happening right now in the very real world of opening a summer camp. Just yesterday we took delivery of 2500 of our gorgeous camp brochures. If you’re on the mailing list, you can expect one to show up in your mailbox very soon. If you know someone who might like one, let us know – you can use the handy brochure request form on the Friends of Camp Little Notch website. When I think back on all of the meetings, workshops, conference calls and Google docs that led up to this moment, I gotta say—it’s pretty wonderful. I hope that when you get your copy, you’ll be able to see a little bit of yourself, and a whole lot of the Little Notch you love, in its pages. I’m so excited to be able to tuck a handful of these beauties into my bag so that any time the subject comes up I can say, “Here – take a look at this incredible thing we’re doing! And tell every girl you know and everyone you know who knows a girl that we’re doing this!”
Another very real thing that’s happening right now is that our very own Kitty Cole, webmaster par excellence, is hard at work on our new Camp Little Notch website. A separate site from the Friends of CLN main site, the new site will be all about our girls’ summer program. It’s a work in progress—in fact right now it’s only one page—but there will soon be loads of helpful information for prospective campers, parents and staff! You can check it out at www.camplittlenotch.org, and watch it grow along with us.
And speaking of staff, and things that are becoming very real, the first things that will appear on the new website, (after the very fun and inviting home page and our nifty flip-book brochure) will be a whole section devoted to staff and what to do if you think you’d like to work at camp this summer. To all of you who’ve been asking about the staff application process, this is for you—and we’re ready for you!
As you know, we are doing all of this in the midst of our Phase 2, “For the Love of Little Notch” fundraising drive. As I look at the long list of staff to hire, supplies to purchase, menus to plan, boats and tents and fairy wings to acquire, I think I can safely speak for all of us when I say that none of this—not one Hershey-covered marshmallow or tippy test or friendship bracelet (let alone the life-changing experiences that campers gain from going to camp) would be possible without the love and commitment from every single CLN supporter. Thank you for once again helping to make that possible.
It’s not every day that you get to be a part of building something this wonderful, this special, and this worthy, and I really do wake up every day saying "Really? I get to go back to camp? Really?? Yippee!!!" Being a part of the rebirth of CLN is definitely a "pinch me so I know I'm not dreaming" sort of adventure. Getting to spend another summer there, and being a part of the magic-making—that is truly the all-organic icing on the gluten-free cake!