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is primarily a resource and sounding board for staff. She starts each day at camp by sitting in on Touch Base, the daily morning meeting of the camp directors and village supervisors.
“Touch Base is a fantastic model, and it ensures that no camper‘s needs are ever overlooked. The supervisors go cabin by cabin addressing any concerns or conflicts, and this is where I get my marching orders for the day.” Following the meeting, Cindy may go join a cabin for an activity or sit with a group at lunch. After observing, she’ll meet with the staff to strategize their approach and make sure the cabin staff are all on the same page. She’ll listen to what’s worked and hasn’t worked, and help them develop tactics. “I’m someone they can bounce ideas off of and talk to, particularly when they feel like they’ve used up their ideas for a particularly challenging issue.”
Cindy can’t wait for her second summer at Wise, and says she’s excited to be coming back to be a part of a place where, “everyone is so positive and full of energy.”
Advice for new camp parents? “Parents need to figure out how to work through their own (totally natural!) fears and anxieties about letting go. Once they can do that,” she says, “they’ll be able to help their child immensely.” Until then, kids can sense their discomfort, and it usually makes them feel it too. She also encourages parents to be confident in their choice of Camp Wise, and to make sure they’ve clearly conveyed that confidence to their new camper. “And,” Cindy emphasizes, “Remember, it’s SO GOOD for them to go, and you’re doing such a great thing as a parent by sending them!”
behind the scenes:
our maintenance crew
How does an Ohalim tent survive a Cleveland blizzard? Who built the new infirmary porch? When the gaga ball accidentally flies through a cabin window screen, how does it get fixed so quickly? It’s all thanks to our terrific maintenance staff!
At camp, we have a dedicated team who work all year long to keep everything working properly and looking beautiful. The seasons dictate their work, and they say that one of their favorite parts of the job is getting to do different things each day. When camp isn’t in session and they’re not busy getting camp ready or cleaning up from an off-season retreat, they’re often working on special projects. Over the last few years, some of their projects have included refinishing the floors of the Ohalim and Noar moadons, building gaga pits, building a new landing platform for the zip line, making cubbies, and rebuilding the porch of the infirmary for a smoother and faster med pass. Before any snow hits the ground, they also have to shut down most of camp, and then reopen it in the spring. This involves shutting off the water to cabins, making sure all of our equipment is stored properly, and closing the pool. With 325 acres of land, a lake, and over 40 buildings, they’re always busy!
This year, we’re excited to welcome Steve Cobb, our new Facilities Manager. Steve is joining us after several summers as the caretaker of a Girl Scout camp in Michigan.
This past fall, we said goodbye to two of our beloved maintenance staff. Our Facilities Manager James Clay moved to West Virginia with his family (and his labs Chew and Velvet) after five summers with camp, and Don Fuerst retired just after his 80th birthday! After 28 years at Camp Wise (19 as head caretaker!), there was no one who knew camp better. Don set an example with his incredible work ethic and tireless energy, and we are very grateful to have had someone as dedicated and committed to camp with us for so long.
Luckily, still at camp is his partner-in- crime, Curly Eubanks, who is going on his 34th summer at Wise! Often in the summer you can spot Curly driving around on the lawn mower or back hoe. Our year-round crew is rounded out by Gabe Brough, our second-in- command and jack-of-all-trades, and Sue Wilson, who does most of the housekeeping and cleaning. In the summer, our maintenance staff grows as we welcome seasonal staff to our team each year.
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spring 2011 | camp wise news