I started thinking that it had been a long time since we had done a blog post on Program Director Taylor Fellows. We did do a story on her when she was first hired, but hadn’t checked in since then for a blog update.
So with camp right around the corner, and Taylor a key member of our administrative team who participates in planning and executing our programs, working closely with our counseling staff, and participating in ongoing professional development opportunities, I thought now was a perfect time to shine the spotlight on her in this short interview.
Me: What does the Program Director at Camp Alleghany do in the winter months and what during term camp?
Taylor: During the winter months I spent the majority of my time interviewing and hiring staff for the following summer. I’m also busy making plans for the Departments and other program areas as well planning and organizing staff training.
At camp in the summer I oversee all the Departments, Junior Counselors, Upstarts, Midways and Startups as well as evening activities and the two carnivals.
A lot of my day is spent out and about around camp, observing and jumping in on activities. I make sure that all program areas and staff have everything they need. This part of my job is the best!
Me: What areas of professional development about camps or camp culture interest you the most?
Taylor: I really enjoy being able to work so closely with the staff and helping to develop them as leaders at camp.
Along with that, using our training programs and sessions to help the staff develop leadership and life skills that they can carry with them in future jobs and in the rest of their lives.
Me: How many years were you a camper and what was your favorite part of camp as a camper?
I also treasure all of the great friends I made with both campers and counselors.
Me: When you don’t have your camp hat on, what are your hobbies and interests and pastimes?
Taylor: When I don’t have my camp hat on I really love riding horses and spending time at the barn, although I don’t get to ride as much as I would like to these days.
I also live on a working farm and love that I can spend time on the farm with my family and the cows.
Me: Since you have your baby daughter at camp with you, when she’s not with her nanny, what do you like to share with her about camp?
Taylor: I love that she has this place to grow up. She has the freedom to run around and be a kid as well as being able to learn valuable camp lessons at such a young age.
I love that I can take her to evening activities so that she can be a part of the camp community.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Taylor and getting to know her a little bit better. With only 9 days until camp, you don’t have long to get to meet her if you can find her — she’s always out and about getting something done at camp!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls