Walter Peter Breeman, (NCS ’10) was deeply loved and cherished for his natural warmth and openness and an easygoing charm that offered humor, acceptance, wisdom, and joy to everyone he met. His handsome presence, sense of style, and beautiful smile lit up every room he entered. His tragic death in September 2014 left behind a heartbroken family that includes his parents, Pam (NCS Parent 07-10, CTT Parent 10-13) and Barry Breeman (NCS Parent 07-10, CTT Parent 10-13, Trustee 08-present) and sister Marion (CTT 10-13).

At NCS, Walter was known as someone who would roll up his sleeves and lend a hand, whether in the kitchen, at the barn, or cleaning up the art room. Developing authentic and deep relationships — with teachers, peers, mentees, and houseparents alike — was one of his signature strengths. Walter brought a sense of humor and passion to each day, and to all he was involved with.

In the spirit of his exuberance and love of the performance arts, Walter’s family is leading an effort to secure funds which will enable North Country School and Camp Treetops to design, build, and endow The Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center will be a home to the music, dance, and theatre programs at Camp and School.

Our vision is to build a facility that is a net-positive building–one that creates more energy than it uses–and aesthetically blends into our Adirondack campus. We believe this space will help unlock the creative energies of our children, a space that will match the incredible talent and enthusiasm that our students, campers, faculty and staff bring to the arts.

A video explaining this important institutional initiative in more detail is below.

To make a gift to the Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center, please click the button below. Your generosity will benefit children for generations to come. Thank you.



Naming Opportunities:
The Don Rand Theatre: $1,000,000
Net Zero Construction: $500,000
The Heart Room Lobby: $250,000
Larry Robjent Scene Shop and Design Lab: $250,000 ($50,000 needed)
John Doan Music Classroom: $150,000 ($90,000 needed)
Tech Booth: $100,000
Art Gallery: $100,000
Piano Room: $100,000
Music Practice Rooms: $75,000 (two available)

For more information about naming opportunities, please contact
Christie Borden, Director of Advancement at or 518-837-5402.