The Chief’s Memorial Campership Fund was founded to honor the memory of Colba F. Gucker, known as “Chief,” who began Camp Lincoln for boys in 1920 and Camp Whippoorwill for girls in 1931.  Born in 1893, he grew up in Rochester, NY and served in World War I in the ambulance corps.  His long career as a teacher of physical education began at the Lincoln School, the experimental school of Teachers College of Columbia University.  His progressive philosophy continues to this day at the camps he started.
Shortly after his death in April 1973, a group of long-time camp staff members decided to raise money to make the Lincoln and Whippoorwill experience available to children who would otherwise be unable to afford a private summer camp experience.

Never in the wildest dreams of the founders of the Chief’s Fund was there the expectation that decades later hundreds of children would have spent summers at Lincoln or Whippoorwill having received financial assistance from the Fund.  Currently, as many as thirty children per summer are beneficiaries of this support.  The Fund draws all of its resources from the contributions of current and former staff, campers and their families.  Virtually all of the funds raised go directly toward camperships.

Betsy Johl Byrne
Amy Carlstrom
Rich Deitchman
Jim Frauenthal
Jonathan Greer
Bruce Hennessey
Matt Hickey
Meg Johnson
Duchess Carroll Kay
Lisa Cohen Lowy
Bob Martin
Ruth B. Needleman
Jeremy Schneider
Ruth Silman
Ted Sonneborn
Robin Weber Fischel
Yi-Lo Yu

Gabrielle Genauer