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Alumni Spotlight – Diane Belcher & Shelby Harris

Posted on Feb 25, 2018 in Alumni

Diane and Shelby at the 95th Celebration! Diane Belcher and Shelby Harris are proud Woodstocker Alums who met at Camp Woodstock in 1989 and are happy to remain great friends in Boston to this day!  Diane started at Woodstock in 1980 as a Nipmunk.  After 2 weeks, she called her parents to see if she could stay for 2 more weeks and she went on to be a regular 3rd and 4th session camper. Diane became an LIT and then came back as a 2nd year LIT (What we currently call the CIT program) she then extended another four weeks to join the kitchen staff.  The following years included being a cabin counselor, unit one leader, arts and craft director and LIT director. Shelby first joined the Woodstock family as a Pequot in 1987 and went on to be an LIT. Those years were followed by roles as a legendary Pequot counselor and canoeing instructor.  In 1993, Shelby and Diane were LIT directors and shared a “shack” in the Pines. Her favorite memories include:  waiting for the Sysco truck during the kitchen staff days, pranks on the cabin field, hours on the waterfront and many verses of “Shut de Door” in chapel. Currently, Diane has made her home in the Boston area.  She works for Harvard Business Publishing and lives in Newton with her dog, Zoey.  Diane enjoys golf and has enjoyed traveling a lot the last few years:  Hong Kong, Singapore, Dominican Republic, Cancun, Malaysia, London, Chicago, California and Australia to name a few. She still visits Camp and to visit family, because her niece and nephew are both current Woodstockers! Shelby lives in Boston and has made a career of working in colleges and universities.  She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students at UMass Boston and was able to introduce her students to the magic of Camp Woodstock at their fall retreat.  She received her PhD in higher education administration and loves to sail, scuba dive, and travel.  Most recently, she helped crew a 38′ sailboat from Bermuda to Antigua and looks forward to many more stamps in her passport and adventures ahead! Diane and Shelby are lucky enough to get together a few times each year often with other Woodstockers (Heather Thompson, Alison Fine and Kathy Snyder).  Diane adds, “Laughs abound each and every time we get together and we quickly forget that all the years have gone by.” The attached picture was taken during a recent visit to camp and is a great representation of their love for Woodstock and the fun they have when...

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Alumni Spotlight – John Healy & Bill Parkman

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in Alumni

Camp Woodstock alumni John Healy (70’s – 80’s) and Bill Parkman (60’s – 90’s) both started at Woodstock as campers and worked their way up to support staff. Bill also became the full-time caretaker of camp in the early 80’s. We were happy to welcome both John and Bill back to camp at the 95th Celebration in June. John is currently enjoying his role as the Director of Exercises and Assessments for U.S. European Command. As a Brigadier General in the Air Force, John and his wife Catherine are living in Stuttgart, Germany. After his tour is complete in 2020, John will be rejoining JetBlue as a pilot and his position on the Camp Woodstock Board of Advisors. As a volunteer, John was instrumental in establishing the partnership between UCONN and Camp Woodstock in developing and collecting data for our summer camp through Parent Surveys. This relationship with UCONN continues today as we had over three hundred parents fill out the survey in 2017. This data helps Camp make improvements and changes based on data collected from our surveys. John is still an active volunteer at Woodstock participating in monthly meetings via Skype. Bill is currently living in Swanzey, NH. He is teaching our next generation of community leaders at Monadnock Regional High School. As the 2017 Senior Class Advisor, Bill with his booming voice and gift for storytelling gave a rousing speech at the graduation ceremony. He remains connected to Camp Woodstock on renovation projects and attends the Memorial Day Family Camp. Bill was an active Committee Member in planning the Woodstock 95th Celebration and took all of us who attended the celebration on a wondrous Lion Hunt at campfire! Bill continues to volunteer for the YMCA and is the current Board Chair at YMCA Camp Takodah in New Hampshire. Parkman recently retired as a Chief Petty Officer after 26 years of service in the Navy. Uncle Sam had him travel all over the world, but now that he is retired he plans on traveling on his own dime visiting Europe this summer. Camp Woodstock welcomes alumni participation in our many events through the year. Attend our wine tasting event in May, volunteer to help send a kid to camp at anyone one of our phone-athons or note-athons in January and February, help welcome new campers to the Woodstock family in the summer or just visit camp when you have those nostalgic feelings. Contact the camp office for more details or schedule a personal tour with Executive Director, Anthony Gronski...

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