I was born in Portland, raised on Mt Hood, spent my Junior year of high school in Japan, and now live on Hood Canal. I am a home-schooling mom, avid quilter, gamer, and college student.
This is my 5th year at camp. I am also a parent of a camper, though I love camp so much that even when she no longer comes to camp, I will! When I started I had a phone, computer, and 2 minutes worth of training, and I have since turned the office into a well-oiled machine. I love working with the counselors, and I hope they know that my door is always open to them for whatever reason. I joke that I am the first line of defense when the phones start ringing, but really I try to make sure that all concerns are addressed by the people who can work towards resolution. It’s a juggling act, but I learn more every year, and am so excited to see all the staff and campers new and old.
I am the emissary (shlicha) for the local Israeli Scouts (tzofim) and for the Jewish Day School (JDS) of Metropolitan Seattle.
I was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Shoham (a small city close to Tel Aviv). Prior to coming to the US, I served in the IDF as a network system counselor in the Artillery Force for two years; my leadership experience in informal education comes from experience working with Israeli and American Jewish youth. After military service, I was a Jewish Agency summer camp shlicha at the JCC day camp in Brideport, CT. In Shoham, Chen coordinated the city-wide activities for the Tzofim (Scouts), serving over 1200 youth.
I am excited about bringing my love of Israel to Camp Solomon Schechter and to expose the Israeli and Jewish communities to Israel in new ways.
After a couple of years away from camp, I’m so excited for Summer 2016! I’ve previously worked at CSS as a Senior Counselor and Lifeguard (2011) as well as Waterfront Supervisor and Cornerstone fellow (2012). I graduated from Washington State University in 2014, and have been working at a law firm in San Francisco since then. This fall I’ll be starting law school at UC Hastings and I could not think of a better way to spend this summer than at camp. I love organization and puzzles, and can’t wait to put my skills to good use to make sure every camper and counselor has an amazing summer. While I’ll be hard at work making sure everyone gets their favorite chugim and that evening programs go off without a hitch, I hope to spend most of my summer bonding with campers and getting everyone involved in all of camp's awesome activities. My favorite day at camp is always the first day of each session when the campers arrive: I love seeing so many smiling faces ready for their best summer yet.
I am a Registered Nurse, and have worked as a contract nurse where I go into healthcare facilities and help maintain the continuity of care for 26 years. This will be my second year at Camp Solomon Schechter, but I have been a camp nurse and school nurse for 5 years.
My goal this year and every year is to help maintain every campers and staff members safety so their camping experience will always be fun and where memories along with friendships will last a lifetime.
I am usually called "Nurse Kate" or "Ms. Kate," and I am a nurse in a small school system in Washington during the school year. This is my second year at CSS. I was a camp nurse for 26 years at another camp, in the Trinity Alps of Northern California, as well as having been an RN for 40 years.
I am REALLY looking forward to a chance to go tubing this year - I missed out on it last summer. Most of all, I am looking forward to renewing my friendships with all of the wonderful returning campers, staff members, and getting to know the new ones!
With any luck, I may even remember a few more Hebrew words ;-)!
I grew up in Spokane attending Temple Beth Shalom, participating in USY, and spending her summers at CSS -- I'm an alum! I have a Masters in Education from Gonzaga University (the one with the killer basketball team) and undergrad in psychology with an emphasis on adolescence. My professional interests include keeping youth programming relevant, inspiring, and spiritual, as well as innovative curriculum development. Previously I was co-education director at Temple Beth Shalom, as well as the youth advisor for Kadima and USY.
Currently I work for Spokane Public Schools and have two high school sophomores at home; I'm still waiting for them to earn their drivers licenses! My personal interests include anything food related: contemporary food matters, agricultural and environmental issues, natural health, and study of the ancient earth-based roots of Judaism.
I enjoy working with staff and campers to navigate through the summer and ensure an amazing camp experience, and am looking forward to another great summer connecting to nature, Judaism, and our camp community with our youth!
I am very excited to join the Schechter team this summer as the Oded Director. Oded summer was a favorite summer for me at CSS, and I am thrilled to be a part of the program again! I hope to share some of what I have learned since I was an Oded participant, and I am excited to hike, swim, stretch, do some yoga, read, listen, make challah, hang out on the dock, and share thoughts and feelings about the world around us, together with all of you. I'm also looking forward to seeing familiar faces at camp this summer, and of course seeing new faces and making new friends!
It's my job to make sure everyone is getting all their needs met AKA be the #1 support for all the fabulous counselors and campers. I'm also at camp to make sure everyone is keeping up with their inner silliness.
During the rest of the year I go to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon (but next semester I'll be studying abroad in Bolivia!). I have been going to camp since I was a wee 3rd grader (back then it was called Echad!); I think this will be my 13th summer.
I'm most looking forward to spending time getting to know each girls cabin and having some fun post-evening programs. The times bonding with my cabin have always been the highlight of my camp experience. This year there will definitely be games, friendship bracelets, and spooey (of course!). I'm also looking forward to spike ball . . . I think a tournament may be necessary. Can't wait for a superb summer!
I am a senior at the University of Washington, working towards a major in Community Psychology with a minor in Public Policy. I went to Camp Solomon Schechter as a child, and also the JCC camps on Mercer Island and in Seattle. This influenced to want to work for both organizations as well, I was in the Oded Program in 2010 and was a junior counselor at CSS in 2011. Since then I have worked as a senior counselor at the JCC camps, and most recently as the Director of their Katan Program in Seattle. I am looking forward to helping all of my campers have an awesome summer: going on camping trips with all the boys cabins, getting a chance to tell jokes and sing songs around the fire with all the cabins, and even as trying my skills out on the ropes course for the first time!
We have extremely high standards for our summer staff, because we know they are an integral part of the campers’ experience at Camp Solomon Schechter. Each summer we build a team of about 50 responsible men and women, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our campers. While being a staff member at a summer camp can be hard work - with long hours and very little privacy - the rewards are huge: living in nature, mentoring children, and creating lifelong friends. And after a summer working at CSS, staff will have gained invaluable skills as counselors; they find they can run programs, teach, manage, problem-solve, have developed leadership skills, and can work collaboratively with diverse groups.
Some of our staff, called Cornerstone Fellows, receives additional training and stipends to bring exciting new Jewish programming to camp. The Cornerstone Fellowship is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, made possible by the generosity of the AVI CHAI Foundation.
Many of our wonderful regional rabbis, cantors, and educators make annual appearances at camp over the summer, adding their insight and experience to the program and are invaluable additions to our staff.