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Leadership


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Leadership


Camp Waubanong Leadership

Camp Waubanong hires only the most qualified staff who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, a love of children, and a true camp spirit. Our staff understand the importance of creating a fun, nurturing, challenging, and safe environment in which children can learn about themselves and the world around them. Many staff are former campers themselves! To find out what it takes to join the Camp Waubanong Family check out our employment section at the bottom of the page, fill out an application, and get it to us.

Executive Director 

Sean Ashcraft is the Executive Director of Camp Waubanong and is the primary year round contact person.  For the last decade Sean has designed programs, policies and procedures, and was responsible for marketing, purchasing, and the hiring and supervision of staff for multiple international businesses. Sean has extensive experience in the development and leadership of outdoor programs, and is particularly interested in youth development through outdoor opportunities and challenges.  Sean is an Coastal Kayaking Instructor, Climbing Guide, Nordic & Alpine Skiing Instructor, WFR, Outdoor Emergency Care (NSP), Avalanche Forecaster, Flat & Whitewater Canoe Instructor, Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor, Challenge Course Facilitator, Pilot, NYPUM Dirt Bike Instructor, Gear Guru, Backcountry Travel Guide, and General Wilderness and High Altitude Adventure leader. Sean facilitates marketing initiatives, registration paperwork, oversees American Camping Association accreditation procedures, handles facility maintenance and improvements, and works in conjunction with the Camp Director to ensure a great time at camp for every camper!

Business Director

Originally from Queens, NY Donny now lives in Vermont. His love and passion for the natural world can be seen in his work both as a professional ski instructor and through his expertise with wilderness skills. Donny is a certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and spends his winter teaching at Okemo Mountain. He specializes in adaptive lessons, working with both adults and children who have a variety of intellectual, emotional and sensory needs, including Asperger’s, Anxiety Disorder, and cognitive delays. Donny spends his summers with Waubanong to create a multi-age learning environment that engages and inspires children and teens to learn real life skills, confidence in their own being, and developing relationships with the natural world and each other. Furthermore, Donny received certification through the Wilderness Skills Intensive Course with Primitive Pursuits. This program focused on Naturalist Studies, such as animal tracking, field awareness, forest forensics and hazard identification, plant foods and medicine and more. Additionally he trained extensively in wilderness survival skills.

Nurse

Anna grew up in New Hampshire and is camp Waubanong's nurse. She has always had an immense love and appreciation for the wilderness- growing up camping, fishing and hiking in the woods of New England. She is a Registered Nurse, licensed and practicing both in New Hampshire and Vermont. She has worked extensively with children at the Brattleboro Retreat, as a school nurse and in hospital settings. Certified in BLS- CPR/AED as well as MOAB and CPI. As a mother; involving and giving her son and other children the opportunities to engage with nature, gardening and finding connection with our earth are all important and valuable parts of her life. 

Homestead Coordinator

Emilie Poulin is the camp homestead coordinator. As a young child she always wanted to work with animals, and her first job was at the veterinary office in the small town she grew up in. She has been homesteading since 2010, and has been living off the grid in a yurt for two years.  After 10 years in Worcester, Massachusetts, the nature of city life pushed her to Vermont where she rented a cabin with her son. Her adventure into homesteading began with a large garden and eighteen chickens.Slowly, she began to work with different animals including goats, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, pigs, cows and horses. Working with all of these animals has been fulfilling and rewarding. Emilie is skilled in animal healthcare and well being, nutrition and maintenance, as well as humane slaughter and processing. Emilie is mostly in her element when barefoot, covered in mud and playing with her animals.

Instructors

Dusa Heller grew up on Long Island, and found her way to Vermont and Camp Waubanong at age 11. She's been going to Camp Waubanong ever since - first as a camper, then as a counselor-in-training, and now as a counselor! She absolutely loves Waubanong and is so happy to be back this year! When it's not summer, she lives in Montreal, majoring in English Literature at Concordia University. She loves cats, playing guitar, and being outdoors.  

 

 

Jasmyn grew up amongst the rolling Vermont hills and sandy dunes of cape cod.  As a young homeschooled child she spend lots of time outside, playing in the mud and climbing trees with her siblings.  At the young age of six she began attending wilderness program, where a lifelong love of nature, and nature skills began.  Throughout high school she continued spending as much time as possible outside continuing to learn, and once graduated began teaching at the programs she once attended.  When not in the woods Jasmyn plays around in the circus, gardens, and spends time with animals.

 

 

Ben is a Junior at Blinn College in Texas where he is studying mechanical engineering.  He enjoys archery, swimming, gardening, reading, jogging, strategic games such as chess, and plays the guitar. Ben has attended Waubanong as a camper and is really excited to spend another summer with us, but this time as our lifeguard and an instructor!

 

Ashley grew up on long island, and has been studying psychology and women and gender studies for the last 3 years at SUNY Fredonia. At the age of 16, Ashley was told about camp Waubanong, and then attended at first as a counselor-in-training, and then as a counselor. Ashleyabsolutely loves arts and crafts, guitar,  and is extremely excited to be back at camp Waubanong!