Meet the people who make Camp Jorn one of a kind.
Camp Jorn YMCA is operated by a group of committed and experienced full-time staff that are responsible for the many business facets of delivering mission driven programs. They are pretty fun people too!
Carrie will be joining the Camp Jorn YMCA team in Jan. of 2017. She’s spent at least some of every summer working at camp for the past 30 plus years. Carrie started out her camping career as a volunteer at YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya and has never looked back. After graduating from Northland College with a Biology degree, Carrie got her first camp director job at a small Girl Scout camp in Northern MN. Carrie spent 20 years with Girl Scouts, after which time she moved on to Camp Helen Brachman, serving central city low income youth and families from Milwaukee before moving to Camp Jorn. When not working, Carrie enjoys her three dogs, anything outdoors including canoeing, biking, fishing and hunting and spending her husband and three boys!
Sara joined the Camp Jorn team full time in September 2015. She started working with the YMCA at 16 years old and has never been able to leave it, living the mantra “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sara started working with day camps while in college at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Never going to camp as a kid, Sara dreamed of being part of an overnight camp experience, and so at 23 she made it happen and quit her full time job to be a summer camp counselor. Luckily she hasn’t had to leave the camping world since that summer. The reasons Sara loves camp and what it does for kids can be summed up in a few lines of this poem, “if our daily lives were more like summer camp…we’d bond more quickly and more deeply, meals wouldn’t be eaten alone, we’d notice the stars in the sky, and we’d be ourselves.”
Karen joined the Camp Jorn team in April of 2017. She’s spent the last 10 years working with youth in the outdoors. After experiencing the impact that a unique setting has on individual development while working for an outdoor education center, Karen pursued her Bachelor’s from George Williams College (a former YMCA training camp) in Parks and Recreation Administration. Since then she has traveled around the country working in the outdoors teaching adventure and experiential education, leading wilderness trips, and instructing for Outward Bound. She is currently finishing her Master’s and is excited to bring her passion for using the outdoors as a tool for positive youth development to Camp Jorn. When not working, Karen enjoys paddling, backpacking, a good cup of coffee and spending as much time outside with her dogs as possible.
Child Care Director
Dawn joined the Camp Jorn team as the Director of the Child Care program in the spring of 2003. She brought to camp her love of working with young children along with 30 plus years of experience in the early childhood field. She has worked as a Head Start teacher, owner/operator of a licensed family day camp home, and an early childhood educator in a local child care center. Dawn can often be found in the classroom as she works both as a teacher and the director of the program for our youngest campers. When she is not at work she enjoys hanging out with her husband, reading, gardening, taking long walks and working on house remodeling.
Emir has worked at Camp Jorn since January of 2005 and lives in Manitowish Waters with her husband, John and their very energetic pup Cooper.
Emir believes the best thing about her job as Registrar is talking to parents and sharing the impact of Camp. The next best thing is seeing it all in action during the summer. There’s nothing like it!
Paul has been the facilities manager at Camp Jorn since 2010. He has extensive experience in just about every field from law enforcement and business, to restaurants and flying airplanes. In his free time he is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy and their German Shepherd Max.
Maintenance & Grounds
Kim has been with Camp since 2009. She completes the daily tasks necessary to maintain sound financial practices as well as assisting in human resource activities. She is highly organized, accurate and detail oriented. Kim lives in Presque Isle with her husband, Terry. She enjoys downhill skiing, horseback riding and spending time with Terry and their adult son, Cale.
Summer staff are recruited and hired based on their ability and desire to work with our campers to ensure a safe, fun, adventurous experience. Junior Counselors and Counselors live with kids to form a supportive family group. Instructors have specific training and certification to ensure a camper’s success at many camp programs. Program Directors oversee the quality and standards that make the camp environment safer than your own backyard.