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Leadership


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Leadership


2016 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

Donny Kanovsky is a man of many trades. Originally from Queens, NY he 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 the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) 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.

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 sophomore 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!

 

Ryan has grown up in various towns throughout Western Massachusetts. By the time he was 7 he had spent his first summer at Camp Waubanong and has been going to camp ever since, working his way from camper, to Counselor-in-Training, to Junior Counselor, and finally up to Counselor. He feels like Waubanong is a second home to him, and is excited to return this year. In the fall he will be a sophomore at Wentworth institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts, studying Architecture. When he is not working on his Architecture projects; Ryan enjoys spending time outside, drumming, and sitting around a fire.