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Camp Staff 2019

Introducing... Procter's 2019 Camp Staff

Our Team

The 2019 camp season at Procter is shaping up to be one of joyous community, transformative program, and goofy FUN! Our summer staff is who breathes life into the property and, with the campers, creates the magic of summer camp.  We know parents place enormous trust in our staff and program to create a safe space for their children to grow and thrive.  Read on for bios of the 2019 camp staff!

 

Andrea Foote is the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry at Procter Center. She loves making friendship bracelets, swimming, and goofy evening activities at camp! Experiencing the stunning Procter sunsets and getting to know the Procter campers, parents, chaplains, nurses and staff are highlights from her summers at Procter. She can’t wait for campers to be back at Procter, especially for lake swim and Sing Song! Andrea is married to The Rev. Maggie Foote, who will serve as a Chaplain to Family Camp 2-Sagrada Familia. The Footes live in Cincinnati with their two dogs Jasper and Kip.

Leadership Team!

This group supports the counselors, develops and guides the program.  Alex Keeley returns in 2019, and will serve as the Assistant Camp Director this summer.  Alex's role includes managing staff training and supervising counselors, coordinating with chaplains and all parts of the formation program.  Nia's role is Program Coordinator, where she's responsible for recreation, activities, leading the band, and our Outdoor Adventure program. 

Alex Keeley, 26-years-old, from Newnan, GA, is pumped to return for a second summer at Procter as the Assistant Camp Director! She graduated from Columbus State University and went on the World Race, an eleven month long missions trip to eleven different countries, before moving to Cincinnati to join the Episcopal Service Corps. Her favorite place is Procter is the picnic table across the pond from the chapel; she likes to tie-dye t-shirts, paint during Arts and Crafts, and sing campfire songs. Alex says she’s excited to build community and relationships with the campers and staff members, be away from the city, and spend time in the sunshine.

Nia McKenney, 24-years-old, from Cincinnati, and will be our program Coordinator! She graduated from Bowling Green State University and received a degree in Music and Spanish. Nia is a member of The Episcopal Service Corps (Brendan’s Crossing) where she has been serving as the Assisting Music Minister at Church of the Redeemer. She was a longtime Procter camper, and was a counselor for two summers! Nia loves music, arts and crafts, pool swim, and playing whiffles and cream. Fun Fact: Nia’s right thumb has no middle joint, which makes playing guitar a bit more difficult! She says, “I’m beyond excited to be part of Procter staff again. I’m really looking forward to introducing some new music to the program, serving kids and young adults again, and sweating a whole bunch all the time.”

The Counselors!

Procter Counselors live with a group of campers, work together to develop and implement our Christian Formation program, as well as afternoon activities and all-camp fun.  These leaders are dedicated to camp and making your family or child's experience one that is inclusive, empowering, and the most fun you'll have all summer. 

Kate Howton, 19-years-old, from Fort Thomas, KY is returning for a second summer as a counselor! She is attending Eastern Kentucky University where she is considering a Social Work and Spanish double major. Kate says, “My favorite camp activity was always and will always be LAKE SWIMMM!!!” She loves making friendship bracelets, playing Red Alert, and singing Light the Fire, Star of the Morning, Mighty to Save, and Hand in Hand. Kate says, “To all those campers who promised me they would come back this summer if I did - here I am! You better be coming this year too!”

Bri Smith, 20-years-old, from Columbus, OH is returning for a third summer as a counselor! She is attending the University of Toledo where she is studying Pharmacy. Bri has been a camper at Procter since she was in 6th grade and her favorite activities are tie-dye, arts and crafts, whiffles and cream, and campfire. She loves the new lake equipment, especially the whoosh, and the energy all the campers bring to Procter! Bri says, “I can’t wait for another amazing summer! Hope to see ALL of y’all there!”

Pat Brack, 19-years-old, from Wyoming, OH is returning for a second summer as a counselor! Pat is attending Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL where they are studying Politics and Environmental Studies. Pat grew up at Procter and has always loved pool games. Fun fact – Pat is one of our lifeguards and helps keep all campers safe in and around the water! Their favorite part of the camp day is singing Wasteland and Light the Fire around the campfire as the sun sets. Last summer Pat loved planning and leading formation with the campers at each session. Pat says, “I’m so excited for another great year at Procter! Summer can’t get here fast enough!” We agree!

Gwyneth Staats, 18-years-old, from Lebanon, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! G is planning to attend West Virginia University in the fall where she’ll major in Nutrition with plans to become a Physician’s Assistant. She grew up attending youth camp and her favorite activity will forever be lake swim! This summer she’s excited about endless sunsets by the camp fire, growing her relationship with God, and singing Shine Jesus Shine, Pharaoh Pharaoh, and All in All. If you attend a camp session this summer G will show you how she can move her pinky tow without moving any of her other toes!

Julia Gwin, 18-years-old, from Whitehouse, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! Julia is attending The Ohio State University where she is studying Environmental Engineering. She was a camper at Procter for 5 years where her favorite activity was lake swim. Julia loves making friendship bracelets, tie-dyeing t-shirts, playing Knab the Knoodle, singing Sanctuary, and ending the day at the campfire! She is most excited to continue to grow her faith and meet so many new people. Julia’s broken 6 bones (!!) and she has 2 Labrador retrievers that are siblings.

Mikayla Alkire, 18-years-old, from Williamstown, WV is joining our staff as a first year counselor! She is attending Marshall University in Huntington, WV where she is majoring in Nursing with a plan to pursue as career as a Nurse Practitioner. Mikayla attended Procter Family Camp last summer and loved lake swim and knockout basketball so much she applied to be on staff! She’s into friendship bracelets, being outside by the chape, fishing, and swimming. She says, “I’m super excited to be at such a beautiful place with wonderful people who have a love for God!” Fun Fact: Mikayla learned how to ride a bike this year!

Darien McCoy, 21-years-old, from London, OH is returning for a second summer as a counselor! After camp last summer Darien joined Brendan’s Crossing, an Episcopal Service Corps program. This year he has been serving at Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, an organization providing homeless families emergency shelter and hospitality with the help of many different religious communities and congregations throughout the city. Darien loves arts and crafts and can usually be found in the barn making bracelets, melty beads, God’s eyes, and painting! He loves to play Red Alert and sing Star of the Morning, Seek Ye First, and All in All. Darien taught himself how to play piano and organ by ear and he owns over 50 copies of the Bible in different translations!

Cameron Bracely, 19-years-old, from Columbus, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He is attending Miami University where he is studying Public Administration. He was a camper at Procter for 6 years and his favorite activities are playing Red Alert or participating in praise and worship. Cameron’s favorite songs are Psalm 121 and Kyrie Eleison and he loves the Procter tradition of ending the day singing around a campfire. Cameron says, “I’m excited to meet everyone and experience how meaningful and rewarding camp is with them!”

Griffin Carlson, 20-years-old, from Loveland, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He’s attending Champlain College in Burlington, VT where he’s studying Videogame Design and stays busy running a local Dungeons and Dragons kids club. Griffin didn’t attend Procter as a kid but he did attend Christ Church Cathedral and was involved with their youth group, who he went to Mountain TOP with. He’s most excited about building and living in intentional community this summer. At camp Griffin loves games that include group storytelling, creative thinking, or imaginative play – all things we love at Procter! Griffin’s your guy if you want to talk about philosophy, theatre, or games and he once introduced himself as Lord Griffin to his preschool class!

Jay Smith, 18-years-old, from Columbus, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He is currently undecided on which college he will attend in the fall, but is planning to double-major in Political Science and History. He currently works at a Mediterranean restaurant called Brassica. Jay grew up going to grade level sessions and Creative Arts Camp so he’s been around Procter for a while! During camp Jay likes to make friendship bracelets, play Red Alert, and sing Light the Fire. Fun Fact: He can name all 45 US Presidents in order and state facts about each one. Jay says, “Now that I’m a counselor, I'm excited to be able to be a leader and role model for kids the way my camp counselors were for me.”

Baker Poling, 18-years-old, from Granville, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He is attending Ohio State University where he is studying Engineering Physics with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering. His current job is working IT at Granville High School. Baker was a camper at Procter for 3 years and his favorite activity was lake swim! He loves to sing Pharaoh Pharaoh but still enjoys a slower song around the campfire. When we asked Baker what excites him most about being on camp staff this year, he said, “Being able to come back to the place that had such a great effect on who I am today!”

Procter Blog – Camp 2019!

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Hi, Andrea here, your friendly Camp Director! Welcome to our first blog post.
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I know for me, during the dreary grey days of Ohio winter it may seem like warm Procter afternoons are far off, but at camp Alex and I are hiring summer staff, developing our camp theme, and brainstorming T shirt designs.  Camp 2019 is less than 3 months away (wow)!
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Lets take a look back at last year at camp…We started three new programs in 2018: Leaders-in-Training, Camp RISE grief camp, and a session for all ages (3-9th grade plus LITs). Check out photos from this session here. These were vibrant, super fun weeks of camp, that received great feedback from parents, staff and campers. Check out our social media channels for photos from 2018 (#proctersummercamp)
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For Youth Camps this summer we will offer a week of Senior High, and two sessions for campers entering 3-9th grades. By consolidating sessions these camps will give parents an option for siblings to attend together, and multiple date options (as opposed to one grade level week).
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Campers will be split up into age appropriate cabins and activities. We’ll likely have multiple chaplains, so formation will be age specific. Last summer older campers especially enjoyed having their own campout and night at camp (there might have been an epic spontaneous camp songs greatest hits singa-a-long for the older campers) while younger cabins went for a campout in the woods . Since there will be fewer overall weeks of Youth Camp we encourage families to register as soon as possible. (Get that Early Bird Discount locked in before April 15!)
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The Procter community loves Family Camp! Family Camp is the name for our intergenerational programs, but there is a space for everyone at Family Camp: traditional nuclear families, grandparents and grandchildren, godchildren, cousins and nieces and nephews, friend groups, couples, single folks and chosen family. Come join the community!
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In 2019 we will offer four Family Camps. The Family Camp 1 is 3 days/2 nights, a bit cheaper, and runs Friday-Sunday. This will be the third year we offer Family Camp 2: Sagrada Familia, a bilingual Spanish/English camp. We partner with the Diocese of Southern Ohio Latino Ministry Commission for this session. Sagrada Familia grew from 12 campers in 2017 to over 60 in 2018. Its a beautiful weekend of intergenerational fun and cross cultural relationship building. If this sounds of interest to your family we encourage you to register! Check out photos from last year here.  Family Camp 3 and 4 are both 4 days/3 night programs that include some weekdays.
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As always, our programs will welcome campers from all backgrounds to enter into a faithful community of unconditional love, support and FUN! The full summer schedule is listed below, and you can view or download a PDF of our camp flier here. Campership, financial aid for camp, is available for all sessions.
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I love this community and can’t wait to see you and your children at camp this summer! As always, email me anytime with questions or concerns: afoote@nullproctercenter.org
Peace and camp love,
Andrea
Director of Camp and Youth Ministry
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Procter Summer Camp 2019

Camp Open House (invite your friends, and please publicize at your parish!)
May 4
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June 3-12
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June 7-9
*After completing orientation, LITs may be invited to volunteer at Youth Camp 1 or 2
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Family Camp 1
June 14-16
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June 17-22
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June 24-29
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July 5-7
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Family Camp 3
July 11-14
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Camp RISE Grief Camp
July 15-20
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July 22-27
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Family Camp 4
July 31-August 4

Register for Camp!

Camp Staff 2018

Introducing... Procter's 2018 Camp Staff

Our Team

The 2018 camp season at Procter is shaping up to be one of joyous community, transformative program, and goofy FUN! Our summer staff is who breathes life into the property and, with the campers, creates the magic of summer camp.  We know parents place enormous trust in our staff and program to create a safe space for their children to grow and thrive.  These staff members have been screened and vetted by our application process, and will arrive at Procter two weeks before camp begins for a comprehensive staff training program. Returning staff members are joined by a energetic group of talented camp leaders, its going to be a great summer with this crew...read on for bios of the 2018 camp staff!

 

Andrea Foote is the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry at Procter Center. She loves making friendship bracelets, swimming, and goofy evening activities at camp! Experiencing the stunning Procter sunsets and getting to know the Procter campers, parents, chaplains, nurses and staff were highlights from her first year at Procter. She can’t wait for campers to be back at Procter, especially for lake swim and Sing Song!

Andrea worked in camping and youth ministry in the Diocese of California before moving to Ohio in 2015. She is married to The Rev. Maggie Foote, who also loves camp and serves as a camp Chaplain for Leaders-in-Training and Sagrada Familia camps. The Footes live in Cincinnati with their two dogs Jasper and Kip.

Leadership Team!

This group supports the counselors, develops and guides the program.  Alex Keeley and Josh Chamberlain share the role of Associate Directors. Alex will focus on Formation and camp operations. Josh coordinates recreation, activities and the music program. Logan Kordinak will serve as an Activity Specialist, developing our engagement with nature and (back this summer) overnight camping experience on the Procter property. Amy Saunders is in a hybrid role of counselor and Coordinator of Procter's creative arts program. 

Alex Keeley, from Newnan, GA, is pumped to start her first ever summer at Procter as a member of the Leadership Team! She graduated from Columbus State University and went on the World Race, an eleven month long missions trip to eleven different countries, before moving to Cincinnati to join the Episcopal Service Corp. Her favorite place is Procter is the picnic table across the pond from the chapel; she likes to tie-dye t-shirts, paint during Arts and Crafts, and sing campfire songs. Alex says she’s excited to build community and relationships with the campers and staff members, be away from the city, and spend time in the sunshine.

Josh Chamberlain, from Cincinnati, OH, is a graduate of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he earned a degree in underwater basket weaving and learned how to make balloon animals. Josh is a former Procter camper, spent three years as a counselor, and is now coming back to join the Leadership Team as the Activities Coordinator! He spent the last nine months living in intentional community at Brendan’s Crossing as a member of the Episcopal Service Corp. His favorite camp activities include impersonating Richard Simmons during Dance and battling giant spiders in the boathouse by the pond. When asked his favorite thing about camp, Josh says, “The campers are everything. There’s nothing quite like having a 10-year-old ask you if you’re actually a superhero.”

 

 

If you catch Amy Saunders around camp she might be wearing tall socks, have wrists full of friendship bracelets and be sporting hands dyed rainbow from tie-dye. This will be Amy’s third year on camp staff. An enthusiastic leader of all things Arts and Crafts, this summer Amy will have a special focus on revamping Procter’s Art Center and infusing Creative Arts into everything camp does. She has a love for campfire and Sing Song (her favorite campfire song is “Light the Fire”) and says “Learning guitar last year was so much fun! and getting to play camp songs is a dream come true!...I love to make friendship bracelets and seeing how many I can collect throughout the summer! Last year I had 24 bracelets by the end; this year I want 30!” Amy attends “THE University of Alabama” and shares “I’m about to be a senior (cries) and I’m, applying to medical school… but for this summer I work at CAMP PROCTER!” 

Logan Kordinak, from Kent, OH, is no stranger to camp life. After spending summer 2017 on Procter's camp staff he stayed at camp as a full staff member, working on the farm, hosting groups, and leading respite weekends. This summer Logan has the opportunity to live out his passion for outdoor adventure by serving on the Leadership team as the Activity Specialist! Besides being in nature, he enjoys telling stories in to his cabin or playing board games and Red Alert with campers. Logan says his favorite part about being on staff is watching how quickly campers learn something about themselves and others. Also, you may or may not be surprised to learn that Logan has had two full rounds of rabies vaccines.

The Counselors!

Procter Counselors live with a group of campers, work together to develop and implement our Christian Formation program, as well as afternoon activities and all-camp fun.  These leaders are dedicated to camp and making your family or child's experience one that is inclusive, empowering, and the most fun you'll have all summer. 

Tabby McCall, from Urbana, OH, is returning for a second summer as a Procter counselor! She attends Ohio University and is majoring in Social Work. During the summer she loves to play Red Alert with the campers, make friendship bracelets, and be by the pond. She says her favorite part of last summer was experiencing Procter as a counselor. When you catch Tabby around camp you might be able to see her do a headstand, an art form that she’s mastered!

Brianna Smith is a returning counselor from Columbus, OH and has attended as many Procter summer camp sessions as possible since 6th grade! She’s currently studying Pharmacy at the University of Toledo. She loves to tie-dye t-shirts, play ultimate Frisbee and Red Alert with her campers, and spend time in the chapel. Bri says, “My favorite thing about being a counselor is seeing the kids grow. It’s amazing to see how they are at the beginning of the week and seeing how much they have changed by the end of the week. It’s just amazing to see how much fun they have and being a part of that is such a great experience.”

Kate Howton, from Fort Thomas, KY, is spending her first year as a counselor with us! She’s been coming to Procter summer camps almost every year since she was in 6th grade and Kate says she’s wanted to be on Procter staff ever since. In the fall, she’ll be attending Eastern Kentucky University, but until then she’s excited to make friendship bracelets, sing Hand In Hand around the campfire, and play canoe dodge ball.

Pat Brack, from Wyoming, OH, has been going to as many camp sessions as she could for the past several years and this year she’s joining us as a counselor! She’ll be attending Lake Forest College in Chicago where she’ll study Political Science and minor in Environmental Studies. Pat says her favorite part of camp is campfire; she loves to watch the sun set on the lake while she winds down and reflects on the best parts of the day with the rest of the camp.

After coming to grade level and art camps, Nate Cade, from Troy, OH, is happy to be back at Procter as a counselor for his second year! He’s currently attending Cleveland State University and majoring in Business Management. If you’re excited to make bracelets and sing songs around the campfire, then you’re in good company because so is Nate! When we asked Nate for a funny fact he said, “I went to every home Browns game this season and watched them lose every single one.”

Darien McCoy, from London, OH, will be a first time counselor at Procter and he’s excited to make memories and have new experiences! He’s an active member at his local church and serves as leader and helper during Children’s Church. As a 6th grader he attended Camp Nuhop and his favorite activities were tie-dyeing t-shirts and singing songs around the campfire. Darien taught himself how to play piano and organ by ear and he owns over 50 copies of the Bible in different translations!

A longtime Procter camper, this will be Prosper Niyongabo's first summer on staff.  Prosper love the active games (hockey, "mansuedo ball", station games) and strong community at camp.  As a high school athlete Prosper played football, baseball and was on the wrestling team, this upcoming year he'll attend Wittenberg Univesrity.  Prosper says, "To me nothing beats a peaceful evening after a long day at the Procter campfire, my favorite part of camp is campfire.." A fun fact about Prosper, he was born in Tanzania and speaks 3 languages! 

 

Brandon Gray, from Cincinnati, OH, is a former Procter camper, He is super excited to finally be on staff and a part of what makes camp a fun and caring environment for everyone. He’s currently attending Tufts University in Boston, MA where he studies Electrical Engineering and Music Engineering. At camp, Brandon likes to swim in the pool, play Red Alert, and tie-die t-shirts! When you see Brandon during the week make sure to ask what it’s like to have two birthdays and to demonstrate some breakdancing!

Last chance for camp Early Bird Discount

 

Register for Procter Camp this week to reserve your spot at camp, and save $25 on each camper’s registration.  This discount also applies for Family Camps!

April 15 is the last day to qualify for the discount, register today!

As always, Procter has Campership funds to make camp possible for all. Read more about about Campership, and how to apply.

Contact Robin Kimbler with registration and campership questions, campregistration@nullproctercenter.org