Hello friend, my name is Amy and this will be my first year with Camp Augusta! I have previously spent a few summers working at camps in Michigan teaching ceramics, singing crazy camp songs, and nannying! My nickname is Winnie which is from my well loved Winnie the Pooh blanket! I am 23 years old, and will be celebrating my 24th at camp! I will be a counselor in OAK and I am excited to get to know you, and can’t wait for what the summer will bring…but, before all that, here’s my spiel so you can get to know me as well!
I am from South Bend, Indiana (I’d be surprised if you were a Notre Dame fan, but neither am I, so that’s okay) and have lived most of my life here prancing through the immense amount of corn! Okay, It was more of a fearful running than a prance, but I’m okay with that. Anyways, I graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Social Studies concentration. I LOVE meaningful conversations about resilience and empathy-you’re formally invited to have deep talks with me. I have a passion for working with all ages and find immense joy in doing so! Outside of camp, I am a substitute teacher for two districts working in elementary schools and I am loving every minute of it. As of recently, I have been subbing as an Educational Assistant helping specific exceptional students to meet their individual goals!!!! I LOVE singing and playing guitar and have spent 15 years continuing my passion for music which includes show choir, live performances, duets with friends, and camp fire jams! I also love being in the trees and enjoying nature-the peace it brings is magical. I’ve spent a lot of time in Northern Michigan with the pine trees and was so moved I dedicated my tattoo to the trees and so did 9 of my closest friends! I also love spending time up in the trees, in my backyard is a 30 foot tree house that I helped build with my parents when I was growing up.
A cool thing I’ve done recently:
After I completed student teaching in the winter, I planned a trip to South Africa and actually missed my graduation to do so! From December to January for five weeks, I lived in Johannesburg and traveled through many provinces, the most beautiful is impossible for me to choose. I spent some time in the Eastern Cape on the Indian Ocean which was way colder than I thought it would be since it was their “summer”. I’m also glad I missed the Midwest “snowmageadon” and haven’t complained the rest of the winter since I’ve been back 😉 The richest experience I gained while in South Africa was on my trip to Pilanesburg National Park, where an Elephant charged our car! I saw lions a few yards away, giraffes, hippos, and even baby elephants playing in the water. I never thought elephants spraying each other with their trunks would give me the same reaction as a small fluffy kitten, but it did. I learned a lot about our world and myself while I was in South Africa, and I can’t wait to go back one day!
I am really looking forward to enjoying nature, living technology free, inspiring others, others inspiring me, long walks, dancing, wearing silly costumes, growing, art, and learning. What are some things you are looking forward to? I know this summer is going to be magical and unforgettable, lets make it a phenomenal one!
What’s Winnie’s favorite bird?