This Year’s Counselors

Every summer Camp Mishawaka hires a staff of remarkable young men and women to serve as counselors, activity and trip leaders. Many are former campers, many are new to Camp Mishawaka, but all are committed to making every camper’s experience fun, memorable and affirming.

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Ana is from Madrid, Spain. She will be back for her second year of staff this summer. She is a student at University of Valladolid, Segovia campus. She is studying to be a Physical Education teacher. She practices many sports: soccer, tennis, ski, snowboard… She is working as a soccer coach and ski instructor. She is happy to be back on staff this summer at Mishawaka!

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Annie will be back for her 2nd year on staff this summer and was a camper for years. She is a student at Indiana University and is an expert at the Canoe, Volleyball and Archery.

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Angela is a first grade teacher in southern MN. Her two dogs, Amber and Lucy, are her greatest adventure buddies… and her husband Mark (boys camp counselor)! They are trying to hike every state park in the state of Minnesota. She is excited to be back at camp for her 3rd year!

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Brooke is so excited to return to camp for her first year on staff after 9 summers as a camper and a few too many (5?) summers away since. She graduates in May 2021 from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Exercise Science. This summer, Brooke will be helping with runner’s club and riflery.

Each summer they come from across the United States (and the globe), to create a culture of caring, respect and kindness. In recent years our staff has averaged 7 years counseling experience at Mishawaka.

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Jimena is from Queretaro, Mexico and is studying Business Management. This will be her first year as a counselor after a few years of being a camper and she’s very excited to get back and meet new people. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family and also exercising. She will be helping with anything she can during the summer and help campers experience the best summer.

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Hanna teaches junior high science in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves to hike and bike in the mountains and to snuggle with her dog, Biscuit. She is so excited to return to camp and hang out with campers on the lake and in the fresh air!

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Cooper is a junior at Florida State University majoring in finance. He went to camp for five years and was a CIT in 2016. He is a fourth generation camper, his great-grandpa used to own Camp Mishawaka a long, long time ago! He was also a counselor at another camp in 2017 where he taught sailing. Cooper is very excited to get back on a sail boat and is very thrilled to see old friends and make new ones!

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Duane is a multi-medium artist with over 25 years in puppet and mask theatre. He loves being outside and bird watching and hiking, especially with his son Max. He really likes making things and will try any medium available.

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Emma will be one of the camp nurses this summer. She is a senior nursing student at MSU, Mankato, and during the school year she tutors Human Anatomy and Elementary Statistics. Emma is from a very small town in Minnesota called Waverly. She loves art so you will likely see her under the arts and crafts tent when she is not at the health center. She likes to spend her free time crocheting, painting, coloring, listening to music, and anything else artsy. This will be her first time at camp, so she is very excited to be here.

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Ian is excited for his first year on staff at Mishawaka. After three years of being a camper, he’s ready to come back to teach all he learned from his favorite activities, such as fishing, kayaking, and riflery. He is studying Computer Info Systems and singing in the choirs at the University of Houston. He can’t wait to meet all of y’all and make this a fun and relaxing summer.

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Benjamin is so excited to be returning to Mishawaka this summer for his third year on staff. Ben completed his Sales Degree in Alexandria Minnesota and continues to adventure around Minnesota. After visiting an all boys camp in Maine last summer with co-counselor, Ryan, and working in Duluth, he will be happy to see those who will arrive at Camp Mishawaka.

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This is Cat’s first year as a counselor at Camp Mishawaka and she is excited to spend the summer in nature and on the waterfront. Her favorite camp activities are arts and crafts, hiking, and kayaking. She studies Psychology and Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, and she loves going on roadtrips and travelling to new places. She is so excited to meet everyone and be a part of a really fun summer!

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Hazel is attending the University of Arizona and on the synchronized swimming team. Sometimes she and her teammates are so synchronized that they all speak at the same time! She can’t wait to sync up with her campers this summer.

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Henry was a camper for seven years and is excited for his second year on staff. Henry works with youth at his local YMCA, reffing and coaching basketball, soccer, and baseball. He enjoys playing tennis and downhill skiing. This summer Henry will be on the basketball court and playing his guitar with the campers.

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Harry was a camper for 7 years. This will be his first year on staff. He is currently a sophomore at Miami University studying Kinesiology. He is excited to return to camp and see all of his old friends and meeting new ones.

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This will be Kat’s first year as Artist in Residence and she is super excited to be able to spend a month at Camp Mishawaka with her husband Duane and her son Max. Kat loves making anything out of whatever is at hand, and especially loves anything that has to do with animals. She also loves swimming, kayaking, watching the stars at night, and is trying to learn to play ukelele!

Many have specialized skills or certifications, including Red Cross life-guarding, US Sailing instructor rating, Wilderness First aid, and others. In addition to instructing activities and leading cabin-life, our staff serve as mentors and role models to their campers.

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Camp has been a part of Liz’s family for many years. She started as a counselor in the 90s. After many years, she made it back and her three kids have been (or currently are) campers. She can’t wait to take out pontoon book clubbers, have campfires, hear singing in and out of the dining hall and making the perfect friendship bracelet. Every day is a new adventure. So ready!

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Marly graduated from Carleton College in 2019 with a degree in Russian studies. Since graduating, she has worked as a swim coach, lifeguard, barista, and vet clinic receptionist. She is very excited to work at camp this summer and share her love of the Northwoods with everyone around her.

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Mackenzie will be a first year counselor this summer. She attended Camp Mishawaka as a camper for 7 years and can’t wait to come back! She is from Wilton, Connecticut and is finishing up her sophomore year at Texas Christian University studying Psychology and Criminal Justice.

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Megan was a camper for five years and is excited to return as a counselor for the first time. She is from Lake Bluff, Illinois but is currently a sophomore at Miami University where she studies communications and sports media. She’s ready for the summer to begin to see new and old faces!

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Jonathan (goes by JJ) will be a first year counselor after being a camper for 6 years. He just finished his freshmen year at Creighton University and is studying marketing. This year, he is excited to sail, play 4 square and ping pong, fish, play ultimate frisbee, and kayak. He can’t wait to meet the campers and have a blast this summer.

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Kate moved around a lot when she was growing up, her mom is originally from Hudson Wisconsin and her dad is from Shepparton Australia. She most recently was living in Bangkok Thailand, which is where she went to high school, and she is currently a freshman at Scripps College in Claremont California. She loves the outdoors and sports like soccer as well as running! She is also super passionate about the arts and hopes to be involved with the drama program at Camp. This will be her 1st year at camp, while her mom and mom’s siblings were all counselors when they were young adults. She can’t wait to experience and be a part of the community they all love so much.

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Allie is excited to be back for her 3rd summer on staff and spend a ton of time in Parkside! She just graduated from Emporia State with an Elementary Education degree. She decided to stay in school and get her masters while continuing her track career. At camp, she enjoys lots of things from runners club to archery!

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This will by Mark’s 1st year on staff. He is a freshman at the University of South Carolina following a gap year doing 6 months of volunteer work in Guatemala and Peru. He is studying international business and is involved in student government and Greek life. He was a camper for 8 years and is most looking forward to teaching basketball, baseball, and other sports. He can’t wait to be back at camp!

Camp Mishawaka maintains a 4:1 camper to staff ratio and this allows staff to know all campers and all campers to get to know all the staff. Their energy, commitment and talent is what makes Camp Mishawaka a place where campers can truly find their best selves.

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Mark is from a small hillside town in England, however he now calls Rochester MN his home. He and his wife, Angela, are expecting a baby to be born in September this year and they are both really excited about this. He is really excited to be coming to camp for his 10th summer and looking forward to jumping in the lake.

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Ryan will be back for his second year on Boys staff after 8 years as a camper! While Mishawaka was closed last summer he found another role as a lifeguard and swim instructor in Maine. He is studying acting at the University of Southern California and has already planned to settle in Los Angeles while pursuing singing, acting, and musical theatre. While the quarantine has made virtual acting classes a struggle Ryan has picked up many extra hobbies such as Wallclimbing and playing the ukelele. He can’t wait to return back to Mishawaka and help with the drama and sailing programs as well as lifeguarding the campers whenever he can!

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Mike will be a first time Camp Mishawaka counselor this year. He is working towards a Masters in Teaching at Saint Mary’s of Minnesota and has a B.A in History from U.C. Santa Cruz. In his free time Mike likes to fish, hunt, cook and kayak. He looks forward to a great Summer at Camp Mishawaka!

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Molly Jo will be a Junior Counselor this summer. She is a senior in high school at Evanston Township High School. She attended camp as a camper for four years and is excited to come back as a junior counselor!

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Maya is new to Camp Mishawaka this year and will be teaching rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming and water skiing. She absolutely loves all outdoor activities and just graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She will be working for an outdoor gear company in the fall in Denver, CO and is super excited to have fun with the campers in nature this summer!

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Will has been a longtime camper at Mishawaka and will be a JC this summer. He is an avid fisherman and plays lacrosse at Pomfret where he will graduate in May. He will be a freshman at Denison in the Fall.

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Brooke will be a junior counselor at camp this summer and it will be her first time at Camp Mishawaka ever! She will be attending the University of Chicago as a freshman this fall and plans to major in biochemistry. She loves playing soccer, reading, and traveling in her free time and can’t wait to attend camp with her brothers for the first time. She is excited to meet all the campers and staff and make this summer one to remember!

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Katie will be a first year counselor at Mishawaka this year. She is a cheerleader at the University of Montana and is studying social injustice with a minor in non profits. She is very excited to get outdoors, teach some gymnastics, and connect with new and old friends!

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Sampson is a traveler, artist, athlete and fourth generation Mishawakan. He was a camper for six years starting in 2012 and was a CIT in 2017. During his years as a camper he enjoyed participating in the runner’s club, sailing and taking BWCA trips. He looks forward to introducing campers to these activities and others as a counsellor! He is currently a student at Concordia University in Montreal and is doing a Major in Studio Arts with a Minor in Business Studies. He grew up in Calgary, Canada, and enjoys travelling by bike, meeting new people and eating good food. He is excited for his first year on staff at Camp Mishawaka and seeing lots of new and familiar faces!

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Sarah is from Minneapolis, MN. She was a camper for 6 years and can’t want to come back for her second year on staff! She’s at Loyola Chicago this year, studying communications. She is very excited see everyone again and to meet new people!

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Sean is from Independence, MO and he first came to Camp Mishawaka in 1992, and has served in a variety of roles here including Boys Camp Director for 3 years. He is a veteran teacher and coach and lives with his wife Vanessa and their daughter Allie. Sean is a graduate of Missouri Southern University and holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. Sean also coaches volleyball, track, and basketball.

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Shea McGrath will be back this summer for her eighth summer on staff and Head of Parkside. She is from Tucson AZ, and is currently living in Minneapolis attending the University of MN Twin Cities campus as a first year graduate student getting Masters of Public Health in Maternal Child Health. Shea is excited to hang out with the Parksiders and drive the waterski boat!

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Trent will be at Mishawaka this summer for his first year on staff after being a camper for 7 years. He is very excited for sailing and various team games like soccer, gator ball, and dodge ball. He is studying computer science and running track at Ripon College, and he is excited to help make this summer as fun as possible!

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Flor is from Mexico. She´s studying Business Logístic. She loves volleyball and running as well as singing, playing the ukulele, and guitar. This will be her first time at Camp as a Counselor. Adventure is out there!

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Grace will be a junior counselor this summer and is super excited about coming back to camp! She is currently a senior at Lake Forest High School in Illinois and will be attending Chapman University in Los Angeles in the fall. She was a camper for 8 years. And she can’t wait to do many activities as a junior counselor such as drama, arts and crafts, sailing, kayaking… and the list goes on.

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Maddie will be a junior counselor this summer and will be a freshman at Marian University this fall playing women’s ice hockey and studying biology and physical therapy. She loves traveling and has been to many different places around the world and can’t wait to meet new campers from all over! She went to camp for two years and loved making new friends and trying new exciting things!