Our Staff are Dedicated to Making a Difference
Our summer camp staff includes approximately 25 college-age people, with several international staff adding cultural enrichment. Our camper to staff ratio is 6:1. Our staff receives an intense 1½ weeks of training from national, state, and local experts in child education and safety. CT state license and ACA Accreditation guarantee that our staff are certified to instruct in their program areas and are highly qualified to work with children.
Cabin and activity staff are hand selected from around the world to provide a safe and caring environment for campers. Counselors are at least 18 years old, a high school graduate and most have completed at least one year of college. All camp staff receive ten days of intense training prior to camper arrival. Staff live in the cabins with campers. Each member of our staff brings their own unique strengths and attributes, but they all have one thing in common: the passion to work with youth and make a difference.
Director: Danielle Giroux
Danielle is returning to NLC as the Camp Director for 2018 for the first year. This will be her 8th summer working at the camp, and her 15th summer altogether. She started as a Clover Camper and moved up the ranks and is excited to start her first year as director this summer. She has two degrees in Business and Art and is currently working on her Masters in Art History in Paris, France. Danielle continues her camp professional development through yearly ACA workshops and conferences. She loves NLC 4H Camp and is dedicated to bringing magic into the lives of all campers.
Junior Staff Director: Meagan Dorsey
Meagan has been spending her summers at NLC 4-H Camp since she was nine years old and this will be her 13th summer altogether. She has developed her leadership skills through the Teen Leader program, the Junior Staff program, and being a Counselor. This will be Meagan’s 7th summer working at the camp and she will be returning in her new role as Junior Staff Director, Ropes Course Director, and Assistant Director. She is excited to continue helping teens grow and develop important leadership skills such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork through a variety of activities! With a passion for traveling and the outdoors, Meagan has spent the past year traveling and working in Canada. Working at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver, she has met friends from all over the world and plans to continue traveling on working holiday visas in the future!
Program Director: Kayla Flaherty
Kayla is returning to NLC after a being an Orientation Leader for her alma mater, Bridgewater State University. Kayla will be serving the role as Program Director for the 2018 summer. Kayla started camp in 2008 as a camper and worked as a both a Junior Staff and Counselor up until 2012. She has two degrees in Elementary Education and English. Kayla recently returned from teaching abroad on the Central-American island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Kayla will be working alongside other educated and professionally prepared Leadership Team members. She is overjoyed to be returning to NLC 4H Camp to help campers create positive self-images.
Day Camp Director: Haley Pope
Haley has been going to NLC since she was 12, and being on the Leadership Team has always been a goal she’s worked for. She’s been a part of both the Teen Leader and Junior Staff programs, and this will be her 4th year on staff. She will be the Day Camp Director and the Head Counselor and she’s so excited to take on the role. Haley loves photography and she’s so happy to be able to capture the camp magic and share it with everyone this summer. Haley has learned so many amazing skills in her 8 years at NLC 4H, and she can’t wait to help campers and staff be their happiest selves at our beautiful camp.
Teen Leader Director: Julianne Alicé
Julianne is a long standing member of our 4-H family. She started out as a camper in 2007, and in 2013, she became a member of our Junior Staff program. For the past 3 summers, Julianne has been a counselor at the camp, and this past year was our Waterfront Director. She is thrilled for the opportunity to come back as our Teen Leader Director for the 2018 Camp season. Her main goal is to help teenagers grow into confident individuals by developing leadership and interpersonal skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. During the off-season, Julianne’s main focus is on completing her associates degree at Quinebaug Valley Community College, where she is a founding member of the A Cappella group “Run Off the Riff”, as well as a member of the school’s Art Club. She is very passionate about traveling, and has plans to visit Italy and London this fall.