Alumni News

04.18.2019

It is always wonderful for us here at Schodack HQ (aka the winter office) to read about all the amazing things that Schodack campers, staff and alumni are up to. With our new website launching recently we want to make sure that we take the time to update our Schodack family on some of the impressive accomplishments, events, happenings, and successes you’ve been creating out there in the world. Here are just a few of the great things that some of our alumni have been doing recently.

Allison Worms Helps Raise Over $2 Million for Charity

For the entirety of my college career, I have been involved in The UDance Dance Marathon at The University of Delaware. UDance is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for families with children battling pediatric cancer. All proceeds benefit the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. I have spent the last two years serving on the executive board as the special events chair and current special events director. I manage all logistics and operations in the planning and execution of this culminating event. Being a camper and working at Camp Schodack showed me the importance of a child having a childhood. These children going through cancer treatment don’t get the chance to just be kids. I dance and continue to volunteer my time for UDance in order for all children to have a childhood just like I did and like my campers did.

Allison was at Camp from 2009 – 2019

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Josh Dodes Updates Us On His New Album 

2018 was a crazy year for me. My wife Carly and I moved to Cherry Hill, NJ, where we live on a cul-de-sac–as if living in Cherry Hill were not suburban enough already. I’m happily working for myself full-time as a psychotherapist in private practice in Philadelphia. And on May 17, we were beyond thrilled to welcome our first child, a beautiful baby girl named Monroe Ella Dodes. (She already has more hair than her father, which is hurtful.) Finally, since I wasn’t busy enough with all of the above, I decided this would be a great time to record my first album in 15 years (I’m not that bright). Anyhow, it came out great, and it’s available by going to www.otisdarling.com.

During 2019, I plan to sleep. That’s easy with a baby, right?

Josh was at Camp from 1984 – 90 and 1992

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Jon Farber Tells Us About His Work on the Lion King

Greetings from the Pridelands…backstage of the Minskoff Theatre where THE LION KING is playing its 21st year on Broadway.  I have recently joined the company management team. It’s both thrilling and enchanting to know you are a part of something so iconic and nostalgic that even when I was a camper, groups were using it for Triple Crown events.  Sixteen years at Schodack (8 as a camper/8 as a counselor) provided great preparation for this job. Over 100 people work day-to-day on the show.  What I find exciting about it is that each day is completely different, whether we are planning a party for the cast/crew, watching children make their Broadway debuts as young Simba and Nala, watching every cast member prepare and get ready to perform with freshness and ready to give it their all, making sure I am a visible presence at each show backstage in case anything is needed,  being amongst a multicultural group of people and learning about each others’ life experiences, and of course watching the opening number – CIRCLE OF LIFE, and seeing families’ faces light up as they are about to partake on a theatrical journey, many for the first time. The arts are an important part of everyone’s childhood and should continue to be an important force when one becomes an adult.  My first foray was actually in the Jr. Camp 1992 play, THE MUNCH BUNCH.  Who knew that stepping on the Playhouse stage that night would set a course that would help bring clarity to the working journey called life!?!

Jon was at Camp from 1992 – 2007

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Schodack Babies!

One of the simplest joys for all of us at Schodack is knowing that so many of our alumni grow up, have children of their own and hope that they may well end up as a future Schodack camper, or even a Tribals General!

Recently we have had a whole bunk’s worth of new arrivals in the world…ok, a very small bunk but still!

So we want to wish congratulations to the following alumni who have all recently welcomed children into the world…

Michelle Rosenthal (98 – 02) and partner Erik with baby Zoey

Danny Huss-Smickler (98 – 03) and partner Katie with baby Ella

Ian Roberts (00 – 08) with baby Freddie

Jay Khagram (00 – 07) with baby Freya

David Smith (07) with baby Bea

Dave Maguire (05 – 06) with partner Roxanne and baby Rose

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If you have something great that you or someone you know has done and think it is worthy of sharing with the rest of the Schodack world, no matter how big or small, we want to hear from you.

Drop us an email at camp@schodack.com and let us know what is going on.