The story of North Country School and Camp Treetops all began with a vision. A vision of children growing stronger, developing their characters, hearts, and minds, in community, together with nature and one another.
Today, everything we do stems directly from our guiding values and beliefs about the world, about ourselves and each other, and about how best to guide and nurture children in the middle years of their development.
When we stay focused on the why, figuring out the what and the how becomes abundantly clear. We are here because we believe in children. Like our founders, we believe that they are caring and competent, that they are able to do hard things, and that when they do, they learn and grow stronger.
Our latest strategic planning initiative began where our last plan left off. It finds us in a position of strength, optimism, and boundless energy for what comes next. Always rooted in the values and ideals that have guided us from day one, we are firm in our beliefs but flexible in our ability to meet kids where they are, to address the challenges specific to this moment, and to make a positive impact on the world.
Our Commitments and Initiatives
In our plan, we make the following three bold commitments to ourselves, our community, and the world. To ensure we uphold these promises, each of these focus areas has actionable initiatives that will keep us moving forward.
We are committed to continuing to deliver exceptional programs guided by our unique educational philosophy.
Reach out to new audiences, in new ways, via new channels
Entice visitors to come see what’s happening on our campus, learn more about what we do and how we do it
Our destination – where will this plan take us?
Within and beyond our campus, we make the world better by sharing our community’s values, expertise, and unique educational philosophy.
Our journey – what does the path look like?
From the heart of this nature-rich place, our community creates profound, transformational, and enduring experiences. People leave our Adirondack campus and go out into the world prepared and eager to make deep and meaningful contributions to their communities.
Our compass – what is our True North?
In all that we do, we are guided by these beliefs and core values that empower individuals to live, work, and grow together:
We believe in the inherent value and contributions of every person, and in fostering connections to build and nurture a strong, inclusive community.
Walk a Mile
We believe that understanding and honoring every person’s unique worldview, experiences, and challenges is at the root of empathy and compassion.
Dig Deep, Keep Growing
We believe that by setting ambitious goals, working hard, and persevering, we build strength and character and set a course for lives of growth, purpose, and fulfillment.
We believe in the power of creativity and wonder. We believe that curiosity about ourselves, other people, and the world around us leads to growth, innovation, and sometimes unconventional ideas.
Our Planet, Our Job
We believe in individual and collective responsibility for our planet, and in leading by example as a community that works to respect, protect, and restore the natural world.
With gratitude and appreciation, we are proud to share that the Board of Trustees adopted our strategic plan at their spring 2023 meeting. Over the last 18 months, our community came together to help us envision Camp and School’s future to continue and build upon our meaningful programs.
In October 2021, the Board of Trustees affirmed the launch of a visioning and strategic planning process for North Country School and Camp Treetops. We assembled a steering committee comprised of trustees, alumni, and staff and dove into the work of creating the plan. This included intentional one-on-one interviews, community-wide surveys, meaningful focus groups, and informational community sessions. We are indebted to the many people who have contributed to this effort. Our mighty community is the heart of this special place and we are so grateful for all of you who voiced your thoughts, shared your ideas, and envisioned the future with us. As we move forward to put the plan into action, we welcome your continued questions, feedback, and conversation via .