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 SweyolakanMr. Chris is entering his 5th year on staff at Camp Sweyolakan, spending the last three in leadership roles; last year Mr. Chris was the Assistant Camp Director-Programming. With 2 ½ years in restaurant management Mr. Chris brings to Camp with him a strong background in conflict resolution, employee management, resource organization, and the grace to make decisions under pressure. He will graduate this year with degrees in Secondary Education and History and plans to teach in the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area. Mr. Chris’ perspective on programming, formal education in teaching and love for Camp Sweyolakan (this will be his 15th year at camp) will help to propel Camp Sweyolakan into long-term success.
“Throughout my time as camp director, I want to ensure that camp remains a place where we can foster learning, growth, and positive relationships, for both campers and staff, in a fun and safe environment. I want to continue to build it as a place of community and tradition that promotes creativity and individuality...I want our campers to leave each session with skills they can continue to build upon throughout their years at camp, a positive self-image that allows them to be who they truly want to be, and the confidence to look at the world with a growth mindset, knowing that they will make a huge impact in it.” ~Mr. Chris
Camp Director - Camp Dart-LoWhile Miss Jodi is new to Camp Dart-Lo she is no stranger to camping and volunteer management. She has worked at local food banks for over 10 years helping to coordinate volunteers and help those in need. During the school year, Miss Jodi works in the Camp Fire Office as a Program Coordinator supporting our Club programs. Her down-to-Earth approach has proved to be effective with our leaders and they are raving about her support and relationship-building skills. She has been a co-leader for the South Perry Club for 4 years, planning and delivering lesson plans and service projects. As a PTA Member she headed up her school’s Inaugural FundRun raising over $7,000 in its first year! As a girl who grew up camping, hunting and fishing, she is no stranger to the outdoors and can't wait to share her knowledge with our campers.
“I am excited for this new journey and to help propel the camp into year-round programming. I can’t wait to see all our campers grow, learn new things, and make some awesome memories and friendships; to watch a camper smile as they find their spark is something I am truly looking forward to.” ~Miss Jodi
Assistant Camp Director - Camp SweyolakanMr. Bryan began his journey with Camp Sweyolakan in the 1990’s thanks to his then girlfriend/now wife Miss Jennie and he’s been impacting campers and staff ever since; as a Certified Lifeguard, Mr. Bryan has pushed our campers to improve their skills in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. In his other life, Mr. Bryan is a 6th grade Science Teacher at Northwood Elementary and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Mr. Bryan served as the Interim Principal for the 2014-15 school year at Mead High School. This unique and rich background makes Mr. Bryan a strong member of the leadership team supporting our Camp Director, Staff, and Campers.
Waterfront 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 a well-rounded member 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 certainly be a strong resource to staff.
Food Service Director - Camp SweyolakanMiss Sunshine is entering her 16th year at Camp Sweyolakan as the Food Service Director and we are excited that she will have the opportunity to oversee our food service program at Camp Dart-Lo this year, as well. Miss Sunshine has a deep well of experience that she brings to Camp Sweyolakan – before her most recent appointment as the Food Service Director for Nine Mile Falls School District, Rene spent 18 years as the Cafeteria Manager at Westview Elementary and was even the chef for the Pilot Scratch Cooking Program at the Community School.
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