Sunday, January 31, 2016


Well, I finally packed up most of my stuff- it is amazing how much stuff you accumulate living in one place for 15 years. I got a u-haul and my pick up (Flo) with the trailer, and started to load up. Fortunately there were a lot of people who helped me out.

I want to thank all the staff at LGC for helping me get the stuff packed. Tyler did a great job of tetris with the boxes. Peter, Ben, Julia and Julie helped load stuff, and Judi helped with packing up more of the little stuff. (if i missed your name here, I'm sorry- it was an crazy day)

Once we were packed up two of my childhood friends, Barb and Shawn, showed up to drive everything up North. Ben drove the car up, Shawn drove the truck, Barb followed with her car, and I drove the van. (We had radios and were re-enacting "Convoy" from the 70's with CB lingo- "10-4 good buddy")

Rich and Matt met us at the camp, and in quick time we unloaded while Shawn got the fire going in the wood stove. After a great meal at the Oxbow Inn, everyone headed out except Ben and I, who stayed on camp. I gave Ben a tour of camp.
Ben and the Moose
In the morning we headed back to New Jersey.

I didn't realize how much this move affected me emotionally. Every step so far has been surreal, and this just made everything more concrete. I'm sad to leave the camp, but am also excited to take the next step.

I want to personally thank Judi for being an emotional support, Ben and Julie for their continued encouragement, and everyone else who helped in the move.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Next Step

Well, I took the next major step. I turned in my letter of resignation to Lindley G Cook 4-H Camp. I didn't realize how hard that would be. I have been here for 15 years, and have watched the program blossom.

I know it's been hard on Rachel Lyons (the 4-H Department Chair) and Ben Clawson (LGC Program Director) over the past month. I told them at the last department meeting in December that it might be a possibility that this would all happen. But now it's official, and it all seems a bit surreal.

My last day will be Friday, February 5th. I will be officially moving on Monday, February 8th.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Signing

Welcome to the camp blog. As I am new to writing a blog, it may take me a little time to warm up to it.

For many months I have been quietly working on a project. Ever since I was an Assistant Director at Hidden Valley 4-H Camp, i have wanted to eventually own my own camp. Everything I have done since then (for the past 22 years) has been with that goal in mind.

Finally, after much negotiations and false starts, I have finally set my dream into motion. I have officially signed the papers for Camp Sacandaga!

I have a three year "lease to own" agreement for my old camp in Upstate NY. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but i am excited to finally start on this adventure!

(oh, you may be asking... "What's up with the beard?" When everything started to seem like it was going to happen, I decided to try a "no-shave November" - with the goal that I wouldn't shave until signed the papers.)