As I write this it’s 12th Night, the 12th and last Day of Christmas in the old Christmas tradition. So how about one final Christmas present for your holiday season?
You’ve waited of this all week if you’ve been following our breadcrumb clues on social media but here it is….we’re thrilled to welcome Casey Tucker to our Administrative Team as our new Program Director!
While Casey may be new to Alleghany, he’s not new to summer camps, and definitely no stranger to the all-girls summer camp setting. He spent the last six years working as the Trips Director at Birch Trail Camp for Girls in Wisconsin, a widely well-respected camp whose director I’ve met amidst the excitement of annual American Camp Association conferences. I’ve always been so impressed with their operation! Knowing Casey is coming from Birch Trail only adds to our excitement (sorry Birch Trail, we just had to have him!) 🙂
Casey’s from the Atlanta, Georgia area but will relocate to Virginia very soon to be closer to both Alleghany and our winter office. We hope to set up some Meet and Greets so that campers, parents, and counselors can meet him once he’s settled here so stay tuned for that.
How we got here
Of course it was bittersweet to see Taylor Fellows move on to new pastures but the seasons still turn and we needed to fill this role with enough lead time for #Summer2017.
Given what we needed to do, it was a good time to really think about this position at ‘Ghany, take time to reimagine our administrative team, and put the job out there in some newly defined/articulated terms, to just give it a fresh update.
We received many compelling applications and had several interview rounds, talking to great people, but I have to say that again and again Casey just really shined! It wasn’t just his excellent references, which were great, and how well respected and revered he is by the people he’s worked for, (they love him!) — but it was him himself!
I’m just going to say it: I want to gush about how excited we are and lucky that he chose Alleghany! We’re confident after the interview rounds and his articulation of his own aims that he’s going to be the perfect fit for our professional working team at the admin level, for the summer staff and their guidance and development, for parents and what they look for in camp programming, and for all our dear campers!
Casey at bat!
In looking for the right person, it was so important to us that the ideal candidate be steeped in the summer camp world AND have the summer camp industry in his or her long term goals. While working up the ladder in different roles, Casey eventually wants to start or run his own camp.
This dedication to the summer camp industry is perfect for our team because it means he’s deeply enmeshed in the philosophical underpinnings of the summer camp world, its value to kids and families today, and how our industry moves and is shaped in the bigger picture.
Seeing this drive in him revealed that he’s a goal-oriented person focused on personal growth and professional development, and how much he wants to dig into all aspects of the administrative side of summer camp.
With his past camp experience, a reputation for being one of the hardest-working guys in the camp business, and his future camp goals, Casey will fit right in!
A great guy
Admirable personal qualities are another key element in choosing the right person for the job, and Casey has them in spades. He’s very focused on the wealth of nature — he loves being outside, is a long-range, off-trail hiking and canoeing aficionado! Casey even knows how to live off the land (Wild World, get ready for some awesome new ideas) and does so with a focus on nature-sympathetic values such as “leave no trace.”
He makes all this accessible to others because he’s also outgoing and straightforward, two qualities that I really wanted the person in this position to possess. Everyone I’ve spoken to remarks on his natural and easy charisma, and how this translates to inspiring those he works with, along with campers and friends. We know our ‘Ghany Girls and everyone associated with camp will welcome this with open arms!
Okay, I’ve probably embarrassed poor Casey but of course with a new summer season upon us and much work to do he’ll have to forgive us for being so excited that we make him blush! Fortunately for him he doesn’t just have to leave it to me to tell his story. As soon as he can amidst planning a move and conference calls with us he’ll be penning his own blog entry to say hi to you all and share a bit more about himself in his own words.
Until then, please give Casey our signature ‘Ghany welcome and get ready for a great summer (and summers) ahead!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls