Camper, Staff, and Volunteer Awards 2018

Every summer we honor selected outstanding campers and staff. These awards are voted on by the summer staff and celebrated in the Log Book. Featured below are the award recipients from Summer 2018:

Rookie of The Year – Ariel Charles
A first-year staff member

Appreciation – Scott Lakin
A staff member or volunteer

Dedication – Liza Kalinina
The highest honor given to a staff member or volunteer

Independence Day Grommets – Mikayla Matteson &
One outstanding Camper & Counselor given the grommets from our flag retirement ceremony

July Torches – Maisey Anderson & Ilana Epshetsky
Two campers (one from units & one from cabins) that light the final campfire of Session 4

August Lights – Emma Perez, Mary Clare Olive, Natalie Nagel
Three campers (one from cabins, one from young units, and one from older units) that light the wishing boats for the ceremony

Dedicator – Athena Parkin
A Last-Year-Camper (LYC) who writes the staff award pages in the log book. The highest award you can earn as a camper

Volunteer Awards

Program – Mary Wilner
A volunteer who assists with Camp programs. Mary volunteers regularly at almost every Overnight Camp check-in, and is a member of our Advisory Board

Admin- Nurse Sue
Sue Oleneack returned for her second full summer as our Camp Nurse. Nurse Sue dispenses meds, patches up scrapes and bumps, and is also a healing heart in our camp community. 

Community- John Oom
John is a year-round volunteer, helping with events like Daddy/Daughter Dance. This summer he was a volunteer driver for our wilderness tripping program, helping campers arrive at North Manitou Island.

Congratulations to these fantastic recipients for their achievement. The beautiful tradition of these awards is one of the pieces that makes Camp Newaygo such a special place.