This is Mitch's 39th year as Director at Camp Downer. Add to that his 9 years as a counselor at camps in Maine and Connecticut, and this will be his 48th year in camping. Until his retirement he worked for 36 years as a teacher, school counselor, and principal. His time away from camp is divided between Vermont, Montana, and Florida. When he's home in VT he builds furniture in his basement shop, directs musicals, and spends as much time as possible fishing. The loves of his life are his three grand daughters; Virginia, Audrey, and Brooklyn (all future Downer campers).
Emily Myers is joining the Downer team as the Director in Training. This is a dream come true for this Downer alumni. She was an active part of the Camp Downer family from ages 8 to 21 as a camper, CIT I & II, Staff Aide, Counselor and Program Head. After camp, Emily severed 9 years in U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic control & Airfield Operations Officer, later a proud military spouse. Together, she and her husband have raised their two children (Jack - 10 & Zoe - 7) in Alaska, Chile and Spain. While they currently reside in Alaska; they will move back to VT after her husband retires from the Air Force. They will make Emily?s hometown of Norwich, VT, their permanent home.
I have been involved with camping for over 36 years starting in Maine and Conn in the late 60s. I have three daughters and three granddaughters who are great fun. I spend my non camp time in Montana, Florida and Maine with my husband Mitch. I am a retired math teacher from Missisquoi Valley Union High School. I enjoy quilting, gardening, reading and card making.
Jon Thow is uber ecstatic to be bandaging scraped knees during his second summer as Assistant Nurse and third on staff. He also enjoys bonding over freezy-pops with campers who have sore throats and encouraging everyone to check for ticks! Keeping his favorite place healthy makes Jon smile; smiling is great.
I have a hypothesis that every summer I return to the Downer Forest I get another butterfly of excitement in my stomach. That means I have twenty-three fluttering around in there as I come back for my fifteenth summer on staff and my fourth as Program Director. I can't wait to spend time with everyone in every corner of the forest, making camp feel as much like home to you as it does to me. I am so excited to join you on the Mohawk Walk, at the archery range, in the arts and crafts cabin, in the pool, or wherever your camp adventures take you! During the year I am the Administrative Assistant at Vermont Commons School, where I also get to do amazing things like bike around Lake Champlain and go on five-day canoe trips in the Adirondacks with students. I also spend an inordinate amount of time daydreaming about the dog I will hopefully own in the not-too-distant future, and conducting field work and research to find out what it takes to become a professional whistler.
This will be Alanna's 17th summer at camp, her 9th on staff, and her second as camp's Art Program Head. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Art Education, Alanna is ready to bring all of her artsy ideas, knowledge, and experience to the Downer State Forest! From getting jiggy with it in dance class, to helping campers find their inner journalist in journalism, to discovering the next Pablo Picasso in Arts and Crafts, Alanna is beyond excited to share her enthusiasm and passion for art with the Campers of Camp Downer!
After 8 years as a camper, and 5 years as a counselor, Amy knows the secret ingredient that makes Camp Downer such a fun and special place and incorporates it into all of the aquatics and nature programs. Amy loves being in and around the water and has her most fun when she is swimming. She has just spent 4 months researching the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest in eastern Ecuador, and her passion for nature has never been stronger. Amy is also passionate about brownies, sunny days, dogs, ~chill~ music, raspberry jam, hiking, the universe and more! Amy is a student at Boston University where she is studying environmental science to pursue a career in environmental education.
I am ecstatic to be returning to Camp in my new role as Registrar. I first attended camp as a camper in 1996 and in one way or another have figured out how to return each summer. Some of the valuable life lessons Camp Downer have bestowed upon me are: 1. always make sure you have a large costume closet 2. Downer Dirt is a badge of honor 3. The friendships formed in these woods are unlike any other. No matter how many summers I return, the magic of Camp never diminishes.
This will be my 11th summer returning to Camp Downer. I was a councilor for three summers, took a summer off, and I am so excited about returning to my brand new position as administrative assistant! Currently I am a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI where I major in Textile Design and minor in Nature Culture and Sustainability studies. I absolutely love the degree I am pursuing would have never been able to find what I am most passionate about without the incredible and inspiring friends I have from Camp Downer! My other favorite things include my kitty cat Socks, teaching yoga, learning the names of flowers, and ginormous campfires. I am most excited about all the new and old camper and councilor faces I will see this summer, I think it?s going to be the best one yet!
Hi friends! My name is Gabbi and this will be my seventh summer in the magical Downer State Forest, and my first on staff! At camp, you can find me on the basketball court playing an intense game of knockout or in the rec hall singing camp songs! When I'm not at camp, I attend Northfield High School where I am a member of Student Council, Language Club, and National Honor Society! You can usually catch me in the gym playing basketball, and if I'm not there, I'm either volunteering with Special Olympics, running, or spending time with family. I love all animals, especially dogs! I can't wait to spend yet another summer at camp filled with happiness, laughter, and friends!
As a Philadelphian turned New Yorker, Liam is quite excited to get out of the big city and spend the summer in the beautiful forests of Vermont. This is his first summer taking over as Hillside Village Leader! This summer marks Liam?s 9th year at camp and his third full summer on staff, after working for part of the summer in the kitchen in 2015. Liam attends Fordham University in New York City. Among Liam?s favorite activities are storytelling, arching, cabin-dwelling, game-playing, and fun-having - so Downer is really Liam?s ideal environment. He is thrilled and excited to be spending the summer doing the greatest job on earth and would like all parents to know that he has never run with scissors.
James is returning to camp for his first summer since 2010! In his 6-year hiatus he has maintained his connection to camp with numerous visits and guest counselor appearances. While away from the Downer Forest, James graduated from UVM with a degree in Elementary Education and did some gallivanting around the globe. Some of the more exciting tidbits from James' travels include visiting the Shire and hiking through Mordor while in New Zealand, Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Virgin Islands and hiking in the Rocky Mountains! While at camp James likes to spend his time in any and all sports programs, shooting archery, and enjoying a little downtime in the arts and crafts cabin.
Max is still in shock that he is lucky enough to be spending his summer at the best place on earth. He loves taking walks through the magical Downer State forest at camp, as well as shooting some hoops on the courts and slaying dragons at the archery range. Max will be a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School in the fall where he participates in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. He is an avid fly fisherman and co-founder of the famous VT Fishing. This year Max hopes to learn the ways of the white river and catch the biggest trout in Vermont. He can't wait for this summers journey as a Camp Downer counselor.
Hello, I'm Chloe! This will be my second year on staff and I'm super excited! My favorite camp activities include hiking and canoeing. When I'm not soaking up the sun in the Downer woods I am at my home in Brooklyn, NY finishing up my final year of high school at the High School of Art & Design. My hobbies include photography, guitar, and developing new ways to expand my creative brain. I can't wait to get to Downer and embark on an amazing summer!
Dawson's history at Camp Downer has a rough start. On his very first day, he fell out of a Rec Hall window in full view of the entire camp. In the following years he would proceed to fall into the pond multiple times and hear his fair share of scary stories, even telling some of his own. Dawson has attended Camp Downer since 2009 and is excited to continue his time there!
Hi, My name is Chris DeWolfe! I graduated from St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, MA, and my rookie second as a Camp Downer counselor. I enjoy playing and listening to music, laughing with people, and being out in the woods. At school, I am a member of the Model United Nations, and the Audio Production Club. I look forward to having a great time at camp this summer!
Hey y'all its Nina! This is my eleventh summer at camp and my second on staff and I'm so excited to spend my summer in the Downer forest. When I'm not at camp I spend my time at Amherst Regional High School, playing volleyball and lacrosse, while also being on student government. While at camp you can find me either on the rec field or the basketball court playing a mean game of dodgeball. I can't wait to see all of y'all at camp this summer for the best weeks of the year!
This will be Nathan?s 13th summer in the Downer State Forest and his fourth on staff. Nathan spends his life outside of his summers at camp in the beautiful state of Maine. He is an undergraduate student in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine Orono. At UMO, Nathan studies aquaculture and the various aspects of marine fisheries science management. In his free time, he plays for his University?s collegiate rugby team and plays disc golf on his campus? course. As summer gets closer and closer, Nathan gets more and more excited for eight weeks filled with disc golfing, fish catching, nature jaunting, arrow launching, rock petting, turtle finding, and that good old Downer cabin living. He cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces this summer, in the place that outshines the sun!
Hey friends! This is my nineth summer at camp and second as a counselor. When I'm not living among the trees at camp I'm attending Saint Johns High School in Massachusetts. There, I am in the audio club and on the lacrosse team, and we are proud to be among the top 20 teams in the state. Some call me a visor enthusiast, and you will see me sporting my vast visor collection this summer. My other hobbies include playing guitar and staying thoroughly hydrated throughout the sweltering summer months. Can't wait to have a great summer at camp!
Julia has been counting down the days until she returns to the Downer State Forest. This will be her second year on staff and her seventh summer overall. Julia is from Ithaca, New York but adores Vermont so much that she spends her time outside of camp studying psychology at Middlebury College where she will be a junior. She also interns in the college’s Admissions Office, leads outdoor education trips, and has completed 4 half marathons. Julia enjoys sunshine, flowers, the Boston Red Sox, bears, and laughing at every joke. She believes that ice cream sandwiches are the superior types of sandwich and that Camp Downer is the most magical place in the world. Her favorite activities at camp include story telling, arts and crafts, and spending time at the pool. She can’t wait for a summer full of improving her wicked archery skills, intense softball games, and singing loudly during meals with all of you!
Hey Youse! That is how they say ?you all? where I?m from, about 400 miles south of Downer in Philadelphia, PA. My name is Joe, and I have taken the long car ride up to Camp for eight summers, and this will be my second as a counselor. While I?m at Camp, you can catch me singing in the Rec Hall, or honing my skills on the disc golf course. In the fall, I will enter my senior year at St. Joe?s Prep, in North Philadelphia, where I spend time as an actor in the Cape and Sword Drama Society, and the Editor-in-Chief of our school newspaper. I?m so excited to finally be back in the Downer State Forest this summer! Can?t wait to see you there!
Hey guys, Amy here! This is my third summer as a counselor and my seventh in total at camp. When I am not in the Downer forest, I am studying at the University of New Hampshire getting a Bachelor's in Science with a minor in studio art. I really enjoy Zumba, making music (especially with my banjo), hiking, and rock climbing. I am so happy to be here at camp to make memories, have fun, and teach some of my favorite classes such as Downer wild, water aerobics, and ropes adventure. I can't wait to return to my favorite woods and I'm so excited to see you all this summer!
Hello!! My name is Riley, I am ecstatic to be coming back to spend the whole summer at Camp Downer. This will be my eighth year going to camp, this being my first on staff. At home, in Morrisville VT, I love to play Frisbee with my friends, hike, and be in nature. I also do like food more than your average consumer, which is fitting for a Kitchen Aide.
Hi, my name is Zoe! This will be my seventh, splendid summer at sunny camp and my first on staff! I am exceptionally excited to embark on and embrace the expedition at good ol' Camp Downer this summer. Usually you can meet me in the mystical mountains of Waterbury. Most of time I am gracefully gliding and gallivanting the glorious dance floors of Stowe Dance Academy. Other times I am fighting the furious forces of climate change. During the non-summer I am hopping the happenin', harmonious halls of Harwood Union High School. At camp you'll catch me cautiously canoeing the currents of the pond or carefully constructing clever, cozy fairy houses. See you soon this summer!
Hey there! My name is Noah Patry and this summer will be my 10th at camp and first on staff. During the rest of the year I attend Long Trail School in Dorset, VT. I am involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, and the Model United Nations Club. During the limited time I have outside of school I am always up for throwing around a frisbee or finding a brook to fish in. I am very excited to return to camp this summer and can't wait to see all of you there!
Hello! My name is Alex and this is my first year as a counselor and my fifth year at this wonderful camp! Growing up in the outskirts of Underhill, I am no stranger to long walks through beautiful woods and the serenity of nature, both of which are some of my favorite parts of camp. In camp and outside of camp I am probably singing (a lot), drawing and doodling in a notebook, or practicing archery. In the offseason, I attend Mount Mansfield Union High School where I participate in track and my favorite subject is English because I love reading! I am so excited for camp and I can?t wait to meet everyone during what I am sure is going to be a summer to remember!
This is Siiri?s ninth summer at camp, but her first one as a counselor, and she is beyond excited.? She?s rising senior at Montpelier High School, and spends most of her free time throughout the year in the art room, stage managing for her school?s theater club, hanging out with friends, and wishing she was at camp. Her interests include animals with human names, Beyonc?, and eating salsa.
Hey guys, it?s Cooper! I am very honored and excited to be able to go back to camp for my first year on staff! I am going into my senior year at Champlain Valley Union High School, where I am apart of an array of clubs such as Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, and Sons of Pitches (acapella group). I am also on the volleyball team. On Sundays you can find me volunteering at a local retirement home, Wake Robin. My hobbies include spikeball, volleyball, passing the football, shooting hoops, and making memories. I can?t wait to make so many great memories and meet each and everyone of you!
Hello everyone! Sawyer here, and I am delighted to be returning for my 6th year in the beautiful Downer forest for my first year on staff! As someone who has grown up in the rustic woods of Richmond, my favorite days at camp are those that include nature walks, flower picking, and serenades from our beautiful singing classes. Outside of camp you are most likely to find me swimming in a lake, pool, or any body of water I can find! During the less exciting seasons of fall, winter, and spring I attend Mount Mansfield Union High School. I am on the dance team, track team, and the most likely to wear pajamas to school team. My favorite subject has always been Spanish, and I cannot wait to travel to South America to really learn the language and all of the different cultures! Summer has always been my favorite season, and I can't wait to share what I am sure is going to be the best summer yet with all of you!
After being a camper for 9 years, this is Kate?s first year as a counselor for Camp Downer. She is a rising senior at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, Vermont and is dual enrolled with the Burlington technical Center. She spends the bulk of her free time hanging out with friends, playing with her dogs, and listening to music. Her interests include sneaker shopping, nursing and traveling.