The Director & Staff
Originally from Central New York, Mike first became involved with camping at the age of 12 on the shores of Lake Vanderkamp. I loved going to summer camp as a kid. It was a place where I could be myself, try new things, make lots of friends, and just have fun. -Mike Mike started working at summer camps at the age of 19. He comes to Bishopswood with over 15 years of summer camp experience.
He has served in a variety of roles including counselor, unit leader, CIT trainer, waterfront director, and year round program director. He has also worked behind the scenes on camp maintenance projects, setting up camp for the season, answering the phones and creating delicious meals for campers and their families. You name it, Mike has probably done it. While not at camp, Mike spent almost ten years teaching math, special education, and piloted a dropout prevention program.
Staff members at Bishopswood are mostly college age. Many have been campers and Counselors-In-Training at Bishopswood. All are carefully selected on the basis of their dedication to working with children and commitment to the values of Bishopswood.
About 35 in total, the staff includes Cabin Counselors/Activity Leaders, a nurse, cook and kitchen assistants, maintenance people, and program specialists. Staff members come from all over the country and bring a rich variety of experiences, gifts, and skills. Together the staff forms the hub of the Bishopswood community.
Bishopswood is not one of those places that you grow into. Instead, it grows into you. A small camp like Bishopswood allows everybody to get to know each other, and I have made incredible bonds with other adults and campers in the relatively short time that we spend together. – Staff.