Greetings Camper Families!!!
I am proud to be back as your Camp Director in 2017. Wow, another season has come and gone. We are putting the finishing touches on the 2017 Summer Sessions and preparing to launch the season on the website.
My favorite things about camp are watching campers during Thought and Campfire, sharing stories or songs or skits. I love hearing the sounds of children chattering, singing and laughing all around me at any given time of day. My most favorite thing is watching timid young souls at registration blossom into best buddies and struggle to say goodbye to their new friends on Saturday mornings. I also love watching new staff start out a little timid each season and grow into seasoned leaders by summer’s end. The transformations are sometimes amazing.
My history with VBYC started as a high school student at Leadership in 1980. I was a counselor, program staff member, Head Counselor, Morning Cook, Assistant Director and Director in my first 12 years out here. Since then, I have been mostly in Restaurant Management where my love for learning was encouraged every day. I also have served on the VBYC Board of Directors for most of the 20 years I was away. I live in Kalamazoo with my kids, my husband Brian, and three cats…and a bunny! My son, Zak, a sophomore at MSU, and daughter Kenzie, a junior, at Loy Norrix, have been campers here since they were little.
I continue to love what I do. I still learn something new every day. I love doing that with your campers and my staff. I love the quiet beauty of VBYC in the spring and the fall and the anticipation of a new season to come. I’ve really enjoyed watching Camp change over the years and look better every year. I am a happy camper!!