At this time of year, we are starting to fill our camp staff for the summer. It's always an exciting time: meeting new friends and considering the possibilities that lie ahead. We're fortunate this year that we will have several returning staff members, but we're also excited to introduce you to some new ones, including counselor Svenja Wilke, who is joining us from Germany. We caught up with her to get to know her a little better.
What do you do for work during the school year?
I am working in a day care center for children at the age of eight weeks to three years. So I’m always around kids and try to make the best out of the day for them.
Have you worked at a camp before?
No, unfortunately I didn’t. But I went to a camp myself while my training to become an educator and that was really exciting.
What are your favorite outdoor activities?
Nature can be so impressive and I like to explore it by hiking. Also I like sleeping outside, there’s a special feeling when you hear all that nature noises at night.
Do you have a game or song that you can teach campers?
Well, there are a few games that I loved when I was a child but I’ll keep them a secret until summer!
What are your hobbies?
I like to go to the gym and swimming, read a good book, or go to the cinema with friends. But I’ve found my passion in yoga and I would love to teach the campers yoga this summer.
Other than that, I try to spend much of my free time traveling, I really love to discover different cities and cultures. This has brought me, for example, to Indonesia, Canada, and Iceland and my second home definitely became Ireland.
From my trips, I got used to my other hobby: I love photography! I could imagine to use this at camp maybe by making a photo story together with the campers! In addition I hope I can try a few new activities this summer.
What’s your favorite dessert?
Well that definitely is ice cream, especially dark chocolate ice cream! Yummi!
What can campers do to win your heart? : )
Just keep a smile on your face and be yourself!
What will campers be surprised to learn about you?
At first I’m a little shy, but it won’t take long and after that they will have a lot of fun with me. I love singing around and acting crazy. So I think that’s a thing that would surprise them after the first impression.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I’m really looking forward to meet a lot of new people and taking part in an important part of the American way of life will be exciting. To spend the whole day outside, enjoy the weather and have a lot of fun with the campers could be the best thing I can imagine for summer. Also I hope I’m going to improve my English skills.
Please join us in welcoming Svenja to the Camp Spring Creek family! We can't wait to meet her in just a few months!