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.
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
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.