October 21st, 2014 by admin
Introducing Geneva and Joe…
Meet Geneva, our Events and Outdoor Education Director:
Geneva is a Kansas girl who began her career in camping in 2001 as a Summer Camp Counselor right here at Camp Wood YMCA. She worked almost every summer camp position possible with us before completing her degree in Communications from Sterling College in 2008. After her last summer here Geneva moved on to take the position of Team-building director for Frost Valley YMCA in New York, where she earned her Challenge Course Management certification. She later became the Retreat and Conference Center Director for Vacamas Programs for Youth. She loves theatre and music but most importantly she is ecstatic to be back at her home camp and looks forward to many years of sunsets in the Flint Hills. She brings her dogs Rory and Romo with her, who love the running around and playing in the wide open spaces.
One of Geneva’s favorite quotes: “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly!” Dr. Steve Maraboli
Meet Joe, our Summer Camp Director:
Originally from Fenton, Missouri, near St. Louis, Joe came to Camp Wood YMCA in the fall of 2014. Joe spent six years in Auburn, New York as Camp Director at YMCA Camp Y-Owasco. He grew up camping with the Boy Scouts, eventually earning his Eagle Scout. Joe’s YMCA camping career began at YMCA Camp Lakewood in the southeast Missouri Ozarks. At Lakewood, Joe started as a Cabin Counselor, and eventually ran leadership programs and taught Outdoor Education. Joe attended Lindenwood University for Speech & Theatre Education. Once upon a time, Joe was a speech and drama teacher for grades 7-12 before he realized that he’d much rather be at camp than in the classroom. Joe is thrilled to return to his Midwestern roots and join the Camp Wood YMCA family, where he can continue his passion of teaching kids life skills at camp. He enjoys running, hiking, Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, theatre, writing, and reading.
One of Joe’s favorite quotes: “To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.” Anatole France
We are enjoying the company, insight, experience, humor and creativity of Joe and Geneva. Watch for us to be in your city. Updates of our travels and “meet the camp staff” opportunities will be posted on Facebook in the near future.
Other things to know about Joe and Geneva and other camp staff coming soon…