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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.







2016 Head Staff Announcement – Activity Counselor Supervisors (ACS’s)

We are very excited to announce this next group of Head Staff Members for next summer…the ACS’s!! This great duo has a tremendous amount of both camp and professional experience that will make them wonderful supervisors of our Activity Areas this summer! Welcome Izzy and Chris!!!



Returning for her fourth summer at Schodack, Izzy has experienced camp from many angles – as a bunk counselor, as a member of our ropes team and now in her second summer on Head Staff as ACS. Izzy has tremendous knowledge of all the activity areas throughout camp and brings wonderful versatility to our Leadership Team. Izzy is a Physical Education teacher in the UK during the year and can’t wait to return to Schodack in June!









For the past two summers, Chris has been a wildly popular member of our tennis staff and he is thrilled to make the step up to Head Staff in 2016. An overall sports enthusiast, Chris has played tennis at a regional level back home in Scotland and loves to coach as well. For a fun fact about Chris – he once went on a grueling week-long trek through mountains and volcanoes in Iceland…he says it’s one of his favorite adventures! Chris could not be more psyched to join Head Staff 2016!!!!


Head Staff Spotlight: Sports at Schodack!

Throughout the year we all love to look at photos from camp, speak to friends and generally reflect on great camp memories. Equally we find ourselves wishing that summer could come around quickly, taking us back to the place that makes us happiest. Around this time every year, it starts to dawn on me that camp is drawing closer and closer, along with the overwhelming feeling of excitement.14451_10151859965256584_10743441_n

Now entering my sixth year at camp, I’ll be embarking on a new challenge as Schodack’s  “Team Sports Coordinator.” It’s a job I’m very focused on completing with due diligence and enthusiasm. I am delighted to be in a supervisory role, and aim to bring my experience as a personal trainer and collegiate soccer player to great use this summer. My position gives me the opportunity for a new level of mentoring for campers and staff; a platform which I find extremely rewarding.

On top of focusing on my activity areas, another main goal of mine is to have a positive impact on camp, for both staff and campers. I aim to achieve this by being full of positive energy and exuberance and by giving help and advice whenever needed.

There are so many aspects of the summer I look forward to. First, Tribals, one of the most exciting parts of camp. Talking from a very personal level, there is nothing more special than the spirit of the green and white teams competing and coming together to embody the true camp experience. I am also thrilled at the chance to meet new people from around the world, participate in all the activity periods with the kids and the staff, organize the sublime ‘Ultra Leagues’ and the inter-camp games. And of course there is the craziness of the dining hall, the songs and cheers, Triple Crown, the USA vs. International Soccer Game and much more.

Speaking of inter-camp games….I have already been hard at work getting us signed-up for some awesome tournaments and sports at other camps. We’ve got 15 planned so far in various sports and for all age groups with more to come!

For me, this year marks a significant milestone in my camp history. It is not just the activities that I look forward to, I am equally excited for things like the sunshine (I’m British), the smell of the grass, talking to friends both new and old, seeing the sun set from atop the corral hill and star gazing on the clearest of nights.  As they say, it is the simple things in life.

I’m really excited to be back and I can’t wait to see you all there! Bring on Summer 2014!