Monthly Archives: May 2016

Head Staff Announcement – LT Coordinators

Last but not least….our fabulous LT Coordinators! Check out this incredible team!!!!




Dontae Wilson, LT Coordinator

This will be Dontae’s 7th summer at Schodack and we are so thrilled to have him back! He works as a therapeutic home supervisor with children in Las Vegas, Nevada during the year and can’t wait to return for his 5th summer on Head Staff after being a DH for the past 4 summers.

Fun Facts: A man of many nicknames, D-Train is also known as “Mr. Clean”, so he is sure to help keep the Waiter Bunk spic and span this summer. He can always be found playing Tennis during 3rd Camper’s Choice!





Rupesh Shah, LT Coordinator

Having been in upper camp the past two summers as a Senior and Super Senior Group Leader, Ru is incredibly excited to return to camp and be reunited with all of his former campers as their LT Coordinator !!

Since his first summer at camp, Ru has embraced Schodack as his home away from home – so much so that he moved from London to New York after his first summer to Au Pair for one of our wonderful Schodack families!

Fun Facts: Ru has a Bachelors of Science in Forensic Investigations and when he was volunteering in Asia he dined with Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali of Jordan. Ru is also passionate about humanitarian work and inspiring children – since 2013 he has volunteered on several projects around the world from teaching children to helping people rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.





Jamie Weiss, LT Coordinator

2016 will be Jamie’s 13th summer at Schodack. Woah! Throughout her camp career she has been a camper, CIT, and counselor and cannot wait to take on the role of LT Coordinator! During the year, Jamie studies History and Education at UMass Amherst but spends most of her time counting down the days until camp begins.


Fun Fact: Jamie is the second person in her family to be an LT Coordinator (her sister was in 2013) and this is a first in Schodack history!


2016 Head Staff Announcement – The Division Heads

We are BEYOND excited to announce this next group of our Leadership Team! Our Division Heads play a huge role in making sure each Schodack camper has the summer of their lives. We could not be more proud of this talented group and can’t wait to see them in action at camp!




Ciara “Gooi” Ooi, Junior Camp – focusing on our youngest campers

Gooi has been part of the Schodack family for the past 4th summers and is thrilled to be returning for her 3rd year as Division Head – particularly to be taking care of our youngest Junior Campers! Over this past year she could be found traveling the globe and trying all the different foods the world has to offer, but is excited to trade that in for another summer reppin’ the green and white! Fun fact – campers will learn that Gooi can never remember song lyrics, so she usually just makes them up as she goes!




Danielle MacKay, Junior Boys

This is Dani’s 5th summer at Schodack and 4th as a DH! She is thrilled to be back hanging with the Junior Boys this summer! At home in Florida, she is working towards her degree in American Sign Language Interpretation/Translation and volunteers interpreting whenever she can. For fun, she loves outdoorsy adventures – especially things she can bring her black lab along for! She is counting down the days until another perfect summer, bring on Summer 2016!





Hannah “Indiana” Gosser, Junior Girls

This is Hannah’s third year at camp and she is thrilled to be joining our Head Staff Team. She brings wonderful knowledge of camp to the DH role having already been an activity specialist and bunk counselor in prior years. We can all send her our “congrats” as she is graduating college this month with a BA in Science and Humanities. She can’t wait to meet all her Junior Girls at camp soon!








Aaron “Blindy” Blinderman, Middle Boys

This will be Blindy’s 10th summer (that’s right…a decade at camp) summer and 4th on staff. He is currently at Colorado College, majoring in Political Science and History with an Economics minor. Outside of camp, he loves to explore the outdoors and trail run or hike whenever he can. Blindy has recently fallen in love with summiting the mountains in Colorado (5 “14ers” and counting!)





Kelsey Didion, Middle Girls

Kelsey is pumped to be back for her 4th summer at camp and her 2nd as a DH! She is really looking forward to being with the Middle Girls again this summer after being with them last summer. Kelsey is an elementary school teacher back home in Indiana and is currently teaching 5th grade!





Allie Johnson, Senior Girls

Allie is ecstatic to be returning for her 5th summer at Schodack and her 4th as a DH! Throughout the year she is a 4th Grade Language Arts teacher in Houston, TX and has been excitedly awaiting her return to camp. When she’s not teaching, Allie loves soaking up the sunshine at the pool or beach and taking on any adventure that comes her way. She is eager to see what Sumer 2016 has in store!





Josh Baker, Senior Boys

Josh is psyched to be the Upper Boys DH this summer after being a GL and CAIL for this Division the past two summers. Josh finished school with degrees in criminology and sociology and volunteered for two years with the British Police Service before moving to New York this past November to became an Au Pair for one of our camp families. Fun facts: Josh has been playing the guitar since he was 15 and it is his favorite thing to do alongside traveling.







Clothing Exchange 2016!!




As you’re gearing up for summer camp packing, please remember our CLOTHING EXCHANGE. As in the past, the warmth and generosity of Schodack families has fueled the CLOTHING EXCHANGE – returning families offering out-grown Schodack clothing for other families to use. if you have gently-used clothing that your child has outgrown and that you’d like to donate to someone else, send me an email with the style/color/size and I’ll match it up with families looking for camp gear.

Then, simply pack the clothes in a plastic bag marked “clothing exchange” and pack it in your child’s duffle. When we unpack your camper’s duffels, we’ll take the donated clothing and distribute it as needed.

For those of you who are looking for camp clothing, send me an email with what you’re looking for (i.e. green zip-up sweatshirt, size youth small) and I’ll try to find a match. If I find a match I’ll let you know, and we’ll then make sure the clothes, cleaned and with your child’s name written inside, get to your child’s cubbies.

We’ll keep the extras washed and folded and ready for emergencies!

As many of you may remember, we offered a drop off/pick up of gently used Schodack gear at this year’s New York/New Jersey reunion, and it was a big hit! Thanks to all of you who participated!

Happy Packing!!