Directors and Staff
Julie Purdum grew up in Minnesota and attended residential camps as a child. Julie has degrees from Lawrence University and the College of St. Catherine, where she received her nursing degree. During the summer, Julie serves as the Health Care Director.
They have two children, Shelby and Harrison who are enjoying their own camp experiences.
The idea that I can give back, and provide Mishawaka campers with an experience similar to the one I had as a camper keeps me going.
Mary Jane brings a variety of talents and skills to her role as the Girls Director, but none more important than her ability to provide young women with a safe, nurturing environment in which to learn and grow.
When any girl is accomplishing things- and feeling accomplished- her general well-being and happiness is always improved.
Camp Mishawaka is a second home for me and I have always enjoyed returning whenever I could. I’m looking forward to being the Boys Camp Director and helping to provide boys the same unique experiences I had as a camper – skills I still find valuable years later.
Camp Mishawaka found me as much as I found it. I love that everyone at camp can be themselves without being judged or labeled – staff and campers alike. A summer at camp provides a real escape from the pressures of the outside world, but also teaches valuable lessons and skills that will be used forever.
Staff members take part in a week long staff training prior to the arrival of the campers. Counselors are trained in first-aid and CPR and many have advanced certification in water safety, sailing, climbing, tripping, horseback riding and canoeing. In recent years, our staff has averaged five years experience at Mishawaka. Camp Mishawaka maintains a 4:1 camper to staff ratio.