Sunday, December 06, 2009

Saving Camp Little Notch

If you never heard the Beatles' "In My Life" go have a listen. Things change. "Some forever, not for better." People change too. This is why I always say we should be observant and thankful for the times and the people who surround us RIGHT NOW, because in what will seem like moments, today will be a faded memory. Is it foolish to be sentimental?

Saturday's Schenectady Gazette features a story by reporter Edward Munger Jr. about an effort developing to save Camp Little Notch. For those out of the Upstate NY area, Camp Little Notch is/was a summer getaway for young girls that opened in 1939. It's in the mountains of Washington County, due east of Lake George. A delicious memory for thousands of girls, young women and older women who enjoyed vacations there.

The Girls Scouts put the property up for sale. From an anrticle that appeared Friday in the Glens Falls Post-Star:
The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York closed the camp last year to make repairs, and in November, the board voted to sell the property.

The decision to close the historic camp, which is home to an ore furnace from the early 1800s, has upset camp alumnae across the country. In an effort to save the camp, Caity Creitz formed Friends of Camp Little Notch, a nonprofit organization, last February when word got out that the Girl Scout executives were thinking of selling the property.

"I wanted to organize and make people aware of what's going on and show that people really care about this property and that we want girl programming to continue there," she said.

Creitz, 25, originally from Cambridge, spent her summers from 1995 to 1999 as a camper at Camp Little Notch. In 2000, she became a counselor in training, and from 2006 to 2008, she worked on the camp's staff as its counselor training director.

"My time at Camp Little Notch transformed who I am more than anything else in my life. I met my best friends and my mentors there," said Creitz, who now lives in St. Paul, Minn., and is studying sign language and interpretation at St. Paul College.

Although Friends of Camp Little Notch, which has more than 100 members, presented its position in writing to the board, including alumnae testimonies, the board decided on Nov. 14 to put the property up for sale.
I can understand why people would want to save it. Some of the ladies I personally know who were girl scouts as kids are sad too, but they are sadder because they don't like the way the world is turning and they don't think the Girl Scouts is the same organization they were part of not more than 10 or 15 years ago.

The GSA says only 4 per cent of Girl Scouts avail themselves of resident camps like Little Notch. Perhaps the days of such camps have come and gone, like so many other pillars of our society and of our childhood. As time moves on, the Friends of Little Notch will try to keep the campfires (and warm memories of sunny summer days) burning...

Camp Little Notch Map - Multimap
Camp Little Notch Street Map and Satellite Photo - Google Maps
Camp Little Notch Aerial Photo and Topo Map - Terraserver
Camp Little Notch Map - MSN
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Dave - just a fyi - have you checked out Friends of CLN lately? We made $125,000 last year, $100,000 this year in donations and pledges, and best of all - the camp opens for girls sessions this summer!!!

    Some pure good news in our troubled world.

    Love it if you could give us a shout out!

    Tess Lecuyer


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