Summer Staff

Bridget

Arts and Crafts Director


# of Years On Staff: 5
Home Town: Las Vegas, NV
College/University: DePaul University
Area of Study: Hospitality Leadership
Classes You Teach At Camp: Bridget’s Morning Dance Party!
If I was part of a circus I would be: The circus choreographer
What parents should know about you: My heart belongs to Camp Newaygo. There is not a week out of the entire year that I’m not thinking of different activities or cool things we could do for camp. When I’m not at camp, I’m waiting and planning for camp to start.

Sylvie

Unit Director


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan
College/University: Skyline High School
Area of Study: Still unsure! Perhaps anthropology
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything at the waterfront, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and Adventure!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Flying trapeze, without a doubt. Or maybe I’d be the host
What parents should know about you:  I think the best thing anyone can do for themselves is to live in the moment, appreciate what (and who) is around them, and take advantage of sunshine whenever they can. I think Camp Newaygo is the perfect place to do these things.

Jill

Unit Director


# of Years On Staff: 2
Home Town:Park Ridge, IL
College/University: University of Kentucky
Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Classes You Teach At Camp: Outdoor Cooking, Paddle boarding, Photography, & Harry Potter!!!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Tightrope walking because I have very good focus and balance, but also this song from The Greatest Showman is absolutely amazing 🙂
What parents should know about you: My goal is to ensure that every girl feels happy, supported, challenged, and in the end, a stronger version of themselves and I will do all I can to make that happen. Camp Newaygo is my favorite place in earth and I want girls to fall in love with it as I did!

Spencer

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first
Home Town: Bell, FL
College/University: Southeastern University
Area of Study: Organizational leadership/ Psychology
Classes You Teach At Camp: Song singing and kayaking
If I was part of a circus I would be: Elephant trainer!
What parents should know about you: This will be my 5th summer working at a camp. My future profession will be working with children.

Alex

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan
College/University: Graduating from Forest Hills Northern High, studying at Knox College next fall
Area of Study: International Relations/Spanish
Classes You Teach At Camp: I’m ecstatic to teach drama and ukulele classes!!!
If I was part of a circus I would be: I would be the ringleader who hypes up all of the cool acts that are part of the circus since I’m pretty good at getting people excited for things.
What parents should know about you: I love camp more than almost anything else in the world, and I want your daughter to love it as much as I do. I’ll do everything that I possibly can to make her experience the best one ever.

Erin

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first year!
Home Town: Davison, MI
College/University: Ferris State University
Area of Study: Music Industry Management
Classes You Teach At Camp: I am excited to teach campfire songs, dances & watersports
If I was part of a circus I would be: Ring leader
What parents should know about you: I am passionate about the future of today’s youth. They are being raised in a world that allows them to grow as educated, empowered & diverse individuals. I can’t think of a more humbling or inspiring job than working at Camp Newaygo this summer & guiding, but also following in the footsteps of, these amazing kids.

Mia

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Highland Park, Il
College/University: Deerfield High School
Area of Study: Environmental Policy
Classes You Teach At Camp: I’m excited to teach sailing, wilderness women, and art!
If I was part of a circus I would be: I would be the tight rope walker because it is daring and exciting.
What parents should know about you: You should know that I am very dedicated and excited to work with your child. After being a camper for 10 years I know how magical Camp Newaygo is and how much it helped me grow as a person. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to create lifelong friendships. I hope your child comes away with a great experience and I can’t wait to meet them!

 

Maria

Day Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Swanley, Kent, England
College/University: KCC Apprenticeship at White Oak Nursery
Area of Study: Childcare
Classes You Teach At Camp: Bits of Everything!
If I was part of a circus I would be: A clown because I want to have a go on one of those little tiny tricycles.
What parents should know about you: Ever since leaving camp last year, I have worked with children in various different countries but nothing compared to being at Camp. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else this summer.

Nicole

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first!
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan
College/University: University of Michigan
Area of Study: Undecided
Classes You Teach At Camp: Swimming, kayaking, fishing, basketball, campfire building, hiking
If I was part of a circus I would be: Trapeze artist
What parents should know about you: I am excited for a fun and rewarding summer with your kids!

 

Charley

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Birmingham England
College/University: Guildford school of Acting
Area of Study: Acting and Singing
Classes You Teach At Camp: More crazy fencing and stage combat!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Probably a dancing monkey with crazy light saber skills!
What parents should know about you: I love camp so so much , and I’ll make it my mission to make your children love camp even more then me!

Ella

Resident Camp Counselor/Intern


# of Years On Staff: 2
Home Town: Guildford,England
College/University: George Abbot Sixth form
Area of Study: Sociology, Photography, Spanish
Classes You Teach At Camp: Photography , paddle boarding , kayaking and well just about everything!
If I was part of a circus I would be: a trapeze artist
What parents should know about you: I love camp Newaygo .When I’m not at camp I think about being at camp.

Kayla

Tripping Director


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Hudsonville, MI
College/University: University of Michigan
Area of Study: Geomatics
Classes You Teach At Camp: Wilderness Women, and maybe an Orienteering class???
If I was part of a circus I would be: Singing the alphabet backwards
What parents should know about you: Safety is #1, Fun is #1.5

Liza

Unit Director


# of Years On Staff: 3
Home Town: Chicago, IL
College/University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Area of Study: Computer Science
Classes You Teach At Camp: Gymnastics and archery!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Tightrope walking, and trapeze, and silks.
What parents should know about you: I am super excited for the summer and to have another great year at camp.

Sana

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1!
Home Town: Boufarik, Algeria
College/University: SAAD DAHLEB DE BLIDA
Area of Study: Architecture
Classes You Teach At Camp: Bellydancing, French
If I was part of a circus I would be: I speak seven languages
What parents should know about you: I’m excited to share my culture and meet campers from all over the United States!

Ashley

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This will be my first summer!
Home Town: Youngsville, PA
College/University: Point Park University
Area of Study: Public Relations and Advertising
Classes You Teach At Camp: Photography, arts and crafts, and animal care!
If I was part of a circus I would be: I would do something with animals. Like perform with the elephants!
What parents should know about you: I think the most important memories are made through new experiences and I thoroughly enjoy helping people make those memories!

Lilka

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Toluca, México
College/University: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
Area of Study: Medical Bioengineering
Classes You Teach At Camp: Gymnastics, Spanish and Mexican Culture, Mystery, Outdoor Cooking
If I was part of a circus I would be: petting super cute puppies….
What parents should know about you: I’m super passionate and committed when working with kids, I love watching how the grow and blossom in just a few weeks. Camp is the place where dreams come true, and I would love to help your daughter to dream bigger and be their best self.

Gloria

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first!
Home Town: Evansville, In
College/University: Purdue University
Area of Study: Agricultural Economics
Classes You Teach At Camp: Canoeing
If I was part of a circus I would be: Relatable comedian
What parents should know about you: I am hard-working, caring, and friendly!

Maria

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first!
Home Town: Moorpark, CA
College/University: Moorpark City College
Area of Study: Pre-Law and International Relations
Classes You Teach At Camp: Music, Acting Workshops, and Theatre
If I was part of a circus I would be: I feel like I could learn the tightrope with my ballet training.
What parents should know about you: I am an 18 year old junior in college who has volunteered with the YMCA to mentor high school and middle school students. My number one priority at Camp is to make sure that all of the campers have fun and are safe. If there is anything I can do to their make their summer the best it can be, feel free to let me know.

Jessie

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first!
Home Town: Grand Rapids, MI
College/University: Northern Michigan University
Area of Study: Nursing
Classes You Teach At Camp: everything from paddle boarding to arts and crafts
If I was part of a circus I would be: a human cannonball so i could fly!
What parents should know about you: I have grown up going to camp and it has shaped me into the person I am today. I am beyond excited to help create positive experiences for girls and see them grow into themselves like I did. I have loved kids since I started babysitting when i was 13 and can’t wait to spend the summer with them.

Nate

Assistant Day Camp Director


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Worthington, OH
College/University: Ohio University
Area of Study: Outdoor Recreation and Education
Classes You Teach At Camp: Kayaking and Canoeing
If I was part of a circus I would be: Human Cannonball
What parents should know about you: My passion is nature and the only thing more important to me is instilling the same passion in the next generation!

Ariel

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first!
Home Town: Marysville, Michigan
College/University: Oakland University
Area of Study: Health Sciences
Classes You Teach At Camp: Kayaking, arts and crafts and just about anything!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Human Cannonball
What parents should know about you: I’m super excited about camp! I can’t wait to make sure your kids have a safe, but fun time!

Maya

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: 1
Home Town: Highgate, Vermont
College/University: Ithaca College
Area of Study: Writing
Classes You Teach At Camp: Pottery & Campfire Storytelling
If I was part of a circus I would be: I would bathe and feed the elephants behind the scenes.
What parents should know about you: Camp Newaygo has helped show me what a strong, confident, capable woman I can be and I will do everything I can to make sure your daughter leaves feeling the same way!

Natasha

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first
Home Town: Hastings, England
College/University: Weald of Kent sixth form
Area of Study: Art, Media and History
Classes You Teach At Camp: Art, Media and History
If I was part of a circus I would be:  An Acrobat
What parents should know about you: Since I was a scout and guide myself I’ve always loved the camp environment and can’t wait to create a summer to remember.

Mariam

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first!
Home Town: Cairo, Egypt
College/University: The British University in Egypt
Area of Study: Business Administration
Classes You Teach At Camp: Any physical activities such as yoga and dancing!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Acrobatics!
What parents should know about you:I am an Egyptian student that loves to share my culture wherever i go, and i have been camping abroad and travelling for as long as I could remember. I have always loved camping as a kid which is why i got inspired to volunteer as a camp counselor this year! I can’t wait to make your kids’ summer the best summer they’ve ever had!

Paige

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: This is my first year!
Home Town: Kalamazoo, MI
College/University: Calvin College
Area of Study: Elementary Education, French, and Music
Classes You Teach At Camp: EVERYTHING!
If I was part of a circus I would be: An animal trainer (because I love animals)!
What parents should know about you: That there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting to know kids and encouraging them to be their best selves!

Caroline

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: First year
Home Town: Olomouc, Czech Republic
College/University: Palacky University Olomouc
Area of Study: English for Interpreters and Translators, Master’s degree
Classes You Teach At Camp: Morning wake-up activities (stretching, jogging, yoga, swimming, simple workouts), arts, archery…
If I was part of a circus I would be:  Magician
What parents should know about you: I am a very responsible and outgoing person and I wish to share my cultural experience so as to create really cool atmosphere in the camp so that the campers and staff have nice memories.

 

Clara

Waterfront Director


# of Years On Staff: 2
Home Town: White Cloud, Mi
College/University: Northern Michigan University
Area of Study: Social Work
Classes You Teach At Camp: Waterfront activities!
If I was part of a circus I would be: Animal trainer!
What parents should know about you:I will do everything I can to make every camper feel welcome !