Meet Ella, a current 4th grader who will be a Lower Inter Girl, and is coming to camp for the first time this summer! The first thing you need to know about Ella is that she loves gymnastics! When she’s not enjoying tons of activities with her bunk this summer, she’ll be “flipping” out in our gymnastics pavilion. Her favorite event is the uneven bars, and she’s not at all afraid when she has to jump from one to the next (see the photo below!).
She’s an adventurous girl – she has been rock climbing and zip lining and is excited to do it again at Canadensis! She loves swimming, and recently had the chance to go swimming with sea lions on a trip to Mexico. Sea lions are sooooo cute, and so is her dog Parker (a dalmatian) but two of her favorite animals are pigs and elephants (maybe because it has her name in it? “Ella”-phant?). She also loves arts and crafts, she has done stained glass before and made a nightlight, so I’m sure she’ll love the glass fusion elective! Ella thought that all the food we serve in the dining hall sounded great, but she was most excited for the guacamole served during tacos, nachos and fajita meals…she said she can eat a whole bowl, and I’m with her on that!
Ella started going to day camp when she was only two years old, and this summer she’ll get to celebrate her 10th birthday at camp with her bunk! She’s super silly and loves having sleepovers so 7-weeks at camp will be like a never ending party with her friends…but when Ella is tired, she’ll go right to sleep! She’s spirited and loves to cheer (especially when her parents and running half marathons!) and I can’t wait to see her again at New Camper Bouncing in April! We are hosting it at Rebounderz in Edison, NJ and Ella’s been there for parties and told me it is awesome!!
A few days after meeting Ella, I went to the United Kingdom with Camp Leaders. I had mini-reunions with our fabulous returning staff members, and I had the opportunity to sit down new applicants that want to work with the amazing Canadensis campers this summer! The photo above is a collage of returning staff photos in the middle column, and some of our newly hired staff in the left and right columns. Here’s a little bit about the returning staff that came to meet me at the fair, and what they’ve been up to…
Issie Olley – G2 & Gymnastics, loves getting messages from her campers, and can’t wait to be back with our youngest kids! She’s also bringing her friend Kasey to our gymnastics program this summer!
Ellen Egan – G17 & Fabric Arts, has been studying textiles and misses her campers SO much! She loves hearing from them and seeing photos!
Sam Kaye – B6 & Swimming, he’s been in touch with so many of his camp friends and is thinking camp all the time!
Sam Cutler – B13 & Golf, you also saw him on the soccer field last summer and he been spreading the word about camp to his friends!
Jonty Freeman – B6 & Lake Staff, came to surprise everyone at the fair! But one of the biggest surprises was his long hair…he said it won’t be cut before he returns to camp!
David O’Rourke – B14 & Hondas, has been working full time at a hotel, but camp is always on his mind! He misses the Freshman Hill and the hondas shack!
Shane Dell – B12 & Ropes, has already spent 3 years coming to Canadensis, and moving up with his division! He’s been working in a hospital and is planning a trip Down Under!
Tom Rowley – B2, he’s been busy at university and spreading the word about camp to his friends. He cannot wait to be back at Canadensis!
Beth Freer – G3 & Gymnastics, will be returning to camp for her third summer and is so excited to be a Group Leader!!