We’re a family-run business committed to making a difference in the lives of our campers.
Susie van der Vorst is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, one of fewer than 200 professionals worldwide to achieve this distinction. An educator for over 25 years, Susie trained with esteemed teacher Diana H. King at the Kildonan School and Camp Dunnabeck. Susie is a nationally recognized teacher trainer who presents frequently at dyslexia conferences. She’s passionate about helping children become self-confident, independent readers and learners.
David DeZoort is probably the person you’ll speak to when you call camp. As Business Manager, David handles everything from camper enrollment to financial management, to ordering supplies and running the camp store. You can even find him working on the boat and vacuuming the pool! In short, there’s not a whole lot David doesn’t do at camp. A native of Georgia, David has a degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He lives in Bakersville with his wife Amanda and loves spending time in the great outdoors.
As Program Director, Marguerite van der Vorst handles counselor hiring and management, teaches art, and helps with lifeguard training during the summer. Marguerite served as a counselor at camp for four summers, so she’s done a little bit of everything through the years. A graduate of UNC Wilmington with a degree in Economics, Marguerite will begin studying to become a dentist at Eastern Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine in fall 2019. In her free time, Marguerite loves to spend time on the water and as you can see from the photo above, she’s a pro at water skiing!
As you look at our web site, you’re looking at the stunning photography of our Assistant Director Anina van der Vorst. Anina is our camp photographer, but for several summers she also worked as one of our sous chefs. As assistant director, Anina helps with counselor hiring and management. The middle child of the van der Vorst family, she’s a recent graduate of NC State University with a B.A. in Graphic Design. Anina loves to travel and pursue her interest in photography.
Olson van der Vorst can be found around camp driving the backhoe, fixing anything that needs repair, helping out in the wood shop, and generally being handy. As Facilities Director, he makes sure that Camp Spring Creek’s property and buildings are in working order and ready for our campers and trainees. The youngest of the van der Vorst children, Olson also served at camp as sous chef for several summers. He is currently studying Industrial Design with a concentration in Furniture Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Our counselors come from all over the world, adding wonderful diversity to our community. Some of our counselors are dyslexic and they serve as positive role models for our campers. We train all of our staff in understanding dyslexia and the specific needs of our campers. All of our staff is 21 years or older and has received Red Cross lifeguard and CPR training. International counselors can apply through Camp America. For US-based counselors, please download the application through the button below and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each summer, we assemble a dedicated, passionate group of educators who work tirelessly to help every camper. They share their expertise, creativity, and dedicated commitment to help each child reach their potential. All of our tutors are experienced Orton-Gillingham practitioners and all are accredited or pursing accreditation with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
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