Director of Camping and Program ServicesMiss Poppy has worked for Camp Fire Inland Northwest for more than 2 years as the Director of Camping and Program Services overseeing the council’s two camps. Miss Poppy also served as the Camp Director at Camp Sweyolakan for 2 seasons where she focused on program quality, staff development, camp culture, and improved operations. Prior to her time with Camp Fire she operated international youth travel programs in Europe and delivered youth leadership conferences for teens in Washington, D.C. and at leading U.S. University campuses. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with both camps’ directors this summer and will have a strong mentoring presence at each camp.
“I love to see our staff develop each summer into the amazing people that deliver quality programming to our campers… campers who will someday become staff members. It’s a never-ending cycle of growth and it’s my Spark!” ~ Miss Poppy
Camp Director - Camp SweyolakanMiss Jennie has 20+ years of experience working at Camp Sweyolakan. A CIT alumna, Miss Jennie first joined camp staff in 1993; most of that time has been spent on the Waterfront in various positions. Miss Jennie’s knowledge of ACA Standards, Waterfront Management, and Sweyolakan History make her the ideal director of the Leadership Team. In her other life, Miss Jennie teaches grades K-2 at Deer Park Elementary School; she also holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Miss Jennie’s breadth of experience, positive energy, encouraging demeanor, and deep understanding of youth development will create a camp culture of fun, learning and acceptance for all campers and staff.
Assistant Camp Director - Camp SweyolakanMiss SiFeNa is so enthused to be joining the leadership team this summer and is looking forward to her first summer as the Assistant Camp Director. Her dedication to Camp Fire and Camp Sweyolakan is clear to see as her commemorative camp tattoo. Miss SiFeNa’s first time visiting Camp Sweyolakan was when she was only three weeks old. Since then she has been a camper, volunteer, CIT graduate, counselor and unit director. Miss SiFeNa has worked with every age group and is excited to share her experience, mentor her staff, and foster a positive environment for campers. While Miss SiFeNa is not new to camp, she is excited about the new experiences and challenges which come with being the Assistant Camp Director.
“I honestly don’t know who I would be without the influence of Camp Sweyolakan. I am so thankful and so excited to join the leadership team! Camp Sweyolakan has taught me so much about myself! I am looking forward to creating the same environment for our campers and staff that allowed me to grow into who I am today!” ~ Miss SiFeNa
Waterfront Director - Camp SweyolakanMiss Abigail is more than ecstatic to be Camp Sweyolakan’s Waterfront Director this Summer! As a camper herself, she's been at camp every single Summer since she was 5 years old and will celebrate her 16th summer at Sweyolakan this summer. As a CIT Graduate and 3 year staff veteran, Miss Abigail understands the value of providing a safe environment for kids to learn and grow. This is her first year as a member of the leadership team and she is geared up to create a strong waterfront team that communicates well and supports each other in order to provide a fun and safe environment for kids to swim, boat, learn, and grow this summer. "Camp Sweyolakan has changed my life and has a key role in shaping who I am today. I am currently an undergraduate student at Gonzaga University studying mathematics and art and I hope to make a difference at camp and a difference in the lives of campers. WoHeLo." ~ Miss Abigail
Food Service Director - Camp SweyolakanThis is Miss Sheila's first year at camp but not in food service. She has over 17 years of school food service experience. Miss Sheila started as a dishwasher at the middle school her son attended and worked in all aspects of the kitchen, after 4 years she became a school kitchen manager for Post Falls School District and worked in that position for over 3 years. She now works as the Director of Nutrition Services for a school district in Newport, Washington. She loves the food service program and has a passion for creating nutritional meals kids want to eat.
Camp Director - Camp Dart-LoMiss Emma is new to Camp Fire Inland Northwest, just having started in October 2018. She designs and facilitates outdoor education programs for Camp Fire in the off-season, bringing youth from the local community centers to Camp Dart-Lo year-round. Miss Emma comes to us from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a background in managing YMCA day camps and resident camps, and facilitating programming for various outdoor education and science nonprofits. She is so excited to meet everyone who is a part of Dart-Lo and to hear their camp stories!
"I've been involved with camp in some way or another for the last twenty summers. I wouldn't know what to do with my summer if I didn't have camp. It's such a truly magical place where kids and even staff grow in character, confidence and spirit." ~ Miss Emma
Assistant Camp Director - Camp Dart-LoMiss Candy started her adventure with Camp Fire Inland Northwest last spring as the Assistant Camp Director of Camp Dart-Lo. Although the 2018 summer session was her first official year at camp, Miss Candy has been part of a long running community partnership and has been bringing kids to camp for nearly two decades. She has been working with youth ages 3-11 for the past 19 years as a before and after school activities coordinator, a summer youth program teacher and leader, a teen program coordinator and a volunteer coordinator. Having just completed her degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, she spends her life away from camp as a preschool teacher at the Central Valley Early Learning Center working with high risk kids in their ECEAP program. Camp is full of so many surprises and unique learning experiences, and she is very excited to see what the 2019 season has in store!
"Being able to get kids outside and engaged in the world is an amazing thing to witness and a tricky thing to do. Camp Dart-Lo is one of those rare places where kids can explore and learn about nature while making friends and memories that will stick with them forever. It's a beautiful thing to be a part of." ~ Miss Candy
Pool Director - Camp Dart-LoMr. Speedo has been involved with Camp Dart-Lo in one way or another every summer since he was 8 years old. Starting out as a camper, he fell in love with Dart-Lo in a way that many other camp staff can relate to. In order to stay at camp after finishing his time as a camper, Mr. Speedo found himself in various positions such as Counselor Assistant, Swim Counselor and Lifeguard at the camp pool. Mr. Speedo has nearly four years of experience working as a lifeguard and swim lessons instructor at Spokane County Parks & Recreation pools, Helena Valley YMCA and, of course, the Camp Dart-Lo pool.
“Camp Dart-Lo has made such a huge impact on my life that I make a point to keep coming back every summer. My main goal at camp is to create an environment where the current campers can have a great experience like I did when I was a camper.” ~ Mr. Speedo
Each year our camps build a team of more than 75 counselors, activity specialists, operations specialists, and supervisors to create the best possible summer for our campers.