Trail to Tomorrow

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.

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We are committed to continuing to deliver exceptional programs guided by our unique educational philosophy.

  • Provide children a camp experience that is transformational and enduring
  • Inspire, engage, and equip students with life skills and an enduring love of learning
  • Set the stage for growth
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We are committed to strengthening our community and investing in our team of educators and adults.

  • Compensate our people in a way that is competitive, generous, and sustainable
  • Support our people in ways that promote individual and collective health and wellbeing
  • Develop the systems, practices, and policies that allow our faculty and staff ample opportunity for professional development, growth, and balance
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We are committed to expanding our reach and establishing ourselves as thought leaders in teaching and learning for children in the middle years.

  • 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 Roadmap

Our Process

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.

Thank you for your interest in and contribution to this project as we set a thoughtful and visionary course for the future.

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