Our camp staff comes to work each day to make camp greater than the day before. They get campers outdoors and guide them through a healthy summer of fun and much more-new experiences, new skills and new self-confidence, all in a carefully created safe place-and all this helps parents gain peace of mind.
Rebecca Skerry, our Ponkiwanee Camp Director, is also a full time Program Manager for Camp Fire. She is very excited to return for her third season with Ponkiwanee, and is looking forward to a wonderful summer with all the campers and staff at Camp Ponkiwanee. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and is currently taking classes to earn her Masters Degree in Education. She has spent many summers working at camps and loves working with children in and out of the classroom.
Rebecca and her staff undergo a rigorous background check (including a CORI and SORI check), along with a 40 hour staff training each year. Staff are selected based on their skills working with children, science knowledge, personality, experience and dedication to safety and learning while at Camp Ponkiwanee. Our small camp operates a high staff ratio, each small group of campers (7-11 youth) is led by a senior counselor (typically older college students) and as is assisted by a junior counselor (16-18 years of age.) Our staff are paired with campers based on their abilities to work with a specific age group and are assigned that group for the summer. Our counselors are supported by our camp site director and director.