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!
I’m back! Life is a JOuRNey and I am back a place and community that was a love affair for 23 years (1991-2013).
The YMCA has been in my blood since my college days as an employee at the Aberdeen (SD) Family YMCA and I got started in camping as a counselor at Y Camp Wisagoma. I enjoyed the last five years as the Executive Director of the Fergus Falls (MN) Family YMCA and am now back at CJ to support the ongoing mission of service to kids and families.
My wife, Terry, and I love the area for all it has to offer in silent sports. We have two children and 4 grandchildren that will all be campers this summer.
I am very excited to reunite with old friends and looking forward to meeting new campers and families.
Nina has rejoined the Camp Jorn team as the Camp Director and could not be more excited! Nina has a Masters of Education from UW-Whitewater and lots of experience working around the country in recreation. When she isn’t working, Nina enjoys spending time with her family, whitewater kayaking, waterskiing, and enjoying Northland Pines hockey & soccer
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.
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.
Jenn joined the Camp Jorn staff in March 2018 as our office assistant. In September she became our full time office manager. She lives in Mercer with her husband, their children, and their two dogs. When not working Jenn likes to spend time exploring the local area with her family, hiking, riding their bikes on the MW trail system, and tries to spend as much time on the water as possible.
My name is Amanda (Mandy) Scheels, and I’m originally from Mercer, WI but have lived in Manitowish Waters for a few years now. I love being from and living “Up North” – and our community here in MW. In my spare time I love going hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends, my boyfriend Allen and our German Shorthair Pointer, Piper. I also enjoy producing a podcast about my little up north life. I’m very excited to be a part of Camp Jorn!
Stacey has been a substitute and part time employee at Camp Jorn since 2007. She became a full time staff member in September of 2017.
She grew up at an all season resort in Mercer and attended Mercer School. She attended UW-Stevens Point and obtained her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She has been working in the education field locally since 1998 and was a full time teacher at North Lakeland Elementary School.
Stacey has worked with the local council of Girls on the Run Northwoods as a coach and Executive Director. She prefers working with young children and staying connected to this population. The experience at Camp Jorn has renewed her enjoyment in the teaching field. She is raising her two teenage daughters and when not at work, she enjoys being outdoors whenever possible, gardening, snowshoeing and spending time with her children.
My name is Valerie Mayer and I’m an assistant teacher here. I am originally from the Chicago area and I moved here in 2005 to go to college. I graduated from Northland College in Ashland with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology.
My name is Sarah Driscoll. I’m so excited to be starting my adventure as a teacher at Camp Jorn Child Care! I have been coming to Boulder Junction every summer since I was born and am so happy to finally call the Northwoods “home.”
I grew up in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee. I attended Concordia University Wisconsin and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. I have been teaching for sixteen years (3rd grade, 1st grade, and 4K), and sincerely enjoy working with children. Their innocence, compassion, eagerness to learn is to be commended.
My husband Daniel and I recently moved to Boulder Junction with our son, Nolan, after many years of coming here during the summers. We are so thankful we can raise our son in such a beautiful, serene, and natural environment. We thoroughly enjoy being outside in the summers, taking walks, grilling, and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy reading, writing, running, and staying active. We moved at a good time, because now we can learn all the fun things to do in the snow!
I like to think I am easily approachable and pride myself on getting to know parents and staff quickly. Please feel free to say hello anytime!
Assitant Childcare Teacher
Hi my name is Sara DuFrane and I am an Assistant Child Care Teacher here at Camp Jorn YMCA. My role as a mother has provided me with great understanding, knowledge, and experience and I look forward to sharing that with your children as well as learning from them. As a parent myself I understand the importance of quality child care. We all want our children to be well cared for, happy, and provide them with the best learning opportunities. I feel like Camp Jorn makes this easier for working parents by providing a warm and nurturing environment and look forward to helping assist your child(ren) in their learning journey here.
I grew up in Marenisco, MI, but now call Mercer home with my partner Don and our three daughters, Natalie, Hadleigh , and Everly. When not working, we try and spend as much time together as a family as possible. We like to explore new places, try new food, kayak, and have even went sky diving.
James joined our staff in October as our full time Property Manager. He has been a resident of the Northwoods for most of his life. Prior, to Camp Jorn he worked at Chippewa Ranch Camp in Eagle River, WI, where he was the Assistant Director of Operations for 13 years. When not working James loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys hunting, canoeing, and playing with his wife, two children, and puppy at the beach.
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.