Dear Canadensis Families and Friends,
Welcome to my blog! I hope you are as excited as I am about our new website and enjoy all of the fun features it has to offer. How do I share with you what camp means to me? That’s easy. Canadensis is my life! As a 9-year-old Upper Inter in Bunk 9, little did I know then that camp would still remain my home so many years later. Now, camp is the most special place for me and I can’t think of any better job as I get to “talk camp” each and every day. After my camper “career” officially ended in 1997 as a CIT and Color War Captain, I jumped at the chance to be a counselor. And, for the next five summers, I would be put in charge of camp’s youngest campers and develop my skills as a leader and role model. Then, in what I thought was going to be my last summer at camp, I worked with all the campers and staff as the Director of Evening Activities.
During my counselor days, I attended the Binghamton University School of Management, graduating with a B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems, and even started a career as an IT auditor with Ernst & Young. And while I enjoyed the challenges in business, I could never really part with my love for camp. I actually saved up all my vacation days that year at E&Y just so I could spend four weeks at camp and assist in the Operations office. At the end of that summer, I was offered my dream job…a full time position as the Director of Operations. And, as they say, the rest is history. During the spring and summer, I live at camp and oversee our group rental business and all operational areas of camp, including the kitchen, laundry, maintenance and transportation departments. I also handle all of the camp’s finances and accounting. But, I always leave time to have fun at camp with the campers and counselors, hosting many of camp’s evening events and participating in as many daily activities as possible.
During the off-season, I live in Philadelphia and continue my operational and financial responsibilities as well as hiring many of the staff. However, the highlight of each year is the summer season. To quote a camp alma mater, “We live ten months just for two, our true home of Gold and Blue.” That’s me alright. Having spent so many summers at camp, I know that many feel the same passion as I do about our special place atop the Pocono Mountains. If you haven’t been to Canadensis, I hope to see you up here soon.
Your friend, Eric