Camp Woodstock’s staff is made up of 6 full time resident staff as well as over 140 program staff who work seasonally year round. Over 95% of our seasonal staff were campers at Camp Woodstock and know what it’s like to make you and your camper feel at home here.
Woodstock Staff Creed
There is no one more responsible than I. I realize that I am a member of a time-honored tradition, which is known as a “Woodstocker.” I am proud of the Woodstock tradition, and will at all times conduct myself to bring credit upon Camp Woodstock, the YMCA, and the CHoRR values. I recognize my position here is a privilege which I will not abuse.
Respect is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind: to facilitate a safe environment, and maintain the welfare of my campers. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent to that role. All campers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my campers, and I will always place their needs above my own. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and consequences.
Camp staff will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence, as well as that of my campers. I will respect those with whom I work, regardless of their position. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of instruction. I will not compromise my integrity nor my CHoRR values. I will not forget, nor will I allow my peers to forget, that we are counselors – leaders!
Our Year-Round Staff Team
Anthony has over seventeen years of experience working at YMCAs in New Jersey, Tennessee and Arkansas. In 2005, he settled at Camp Woodstock with his wife, Melany, and daughters, Madeline, Grace and Sophie. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Penn State University in Parks and Recreation Management. Anthony has also worked for Outward Bound where he developed a love for exploration and physical challenges. When he is not in the office he can be found spending time with his family, playing wiffleball with campers or out behind the office at his pull up bar. His favorite book is “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.
Summer Camp Director
Lesley was born and raised in Glastonbury, CT and she first experienced Camp Woodstock as a young girl participating in the Y Indian Princess Program. She began her camping career in college as a counselor at YMCA Camp Chase. After graduating from Salisbury University in Maryland with her degree in Elementary Education she put her teaching skills to use in the recreation/camping field. Lesley is responsible for the day-to-day operation of summer camp. When she’s not working at camp, Lesley can be found playing Frisbee, drinking coffee, hiking and exploring the Quiet Corner!
Youth Leadership Director
Lauren grew up in New England and has been at Camp Woodstock since 2013. With a degree in Recreational Management from Arizona State University, Lauren has a special interest in leadership and group dynamics which she uses on a daily basis with our LITs and CITs in the summer. During the non-summer months, Lauren is responsible for our year-round conference and retreat center. When not at camp, Lauren is an avid hiker and enjoys researching her family’s history
Helen resides in Dudley, Massachusetts and has a background in office administration and technology. In her spare time she volunteers for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Helen has been the Volunteer Competition Director for the state softball and basketball tournaments for over 10 years and was previously a coach for teams from Seven Hill Foundation in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Kevin is a native of Connecticut and lives in Woodstock with his wife Tracy and their five children, McKenzie, Colby, Baylee, Tucker and Denali. He has been in the construction industry for 32 years and is the former Superintendent at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. Kevin is involved in local youth sports, Griffin Youth Hockey and Pomfret Rec Youth Lacrosse. He enjoys spending time with his family, hockey, lacrosse, fly fishing, camping, racing motorcycles and listening to music.
Lynne is a 15 year resident of Woodstock and has been with Camp Woodstock since 2003. Her background is in restaurant management with special skills in childhood nutrition and managing illness through diet. She has 3 sons and 2 grandsons and enjoys spending time with them. She is also a devoted member of her local church and animal rights groups.
Our Summer Staff Crew
Our summer staff hails from all over the country and world. The majority of our staff were Woodstock campers themselves and have worked their way up through the ranks of LIT, CIT, Junior Counselor and Senior Counselor. Many of our staff come from Connecticut and the surrounding states, but we also have staff who travel here from further afield and even abroad. We have staff from countries such as Spain, England, Scotland, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, and Jamaica.
While our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds, studies and experiences, one thing that they all have in common is that they have been highly trained here at Woodstock to give your child the best summer of their life!