My name is Ellie
I love peanut butter and jelly (sandwiches)
I was born a very long time ago
In a little town called Sacramento
It’s the Capitol, did you know?
As I grew up I discovered my love of play
Rollerblading, board games and monkey bars filled my days
I would go on adventures with my imagination as my guide
Quick! The bad guys are coming! Run and hide!
My journey at camp began in 2004
And every year, I keep coming back for more
Before I knew it I was nineteen
And old enough to be a staff member, what a dream!
Well, now that you are up to speed
My bio it is time for you to read!
Hello again! Allow me to properly introduce myself. Most people call me Ellie although I will respond to Eleanor, Len, El, Elbel, Smellie, and Smeleanor( I have my sister to thank for the last two). Want to have a guess at my middle name? Hint: it is classically a boys name, a term of measurement, and it starts with the letter G.
I was born on August 6th 1996 in a far away city called Sacramento, CA. I have a younger sister named Becca, and a cat named Kitty. I love them both very much. As a child I could often be found solving puzzles, climbing trees, playing in the mud, dressing up in costumes just because, and begging my parents to buy me a puppy. Come to think of it, I can still be found doing all those things! (Except for the puppy… After years of puppy rejection it seems I have morphed into a cat lover.)
I am currently going into my Junior year at Oregon State University (beavers not ducks) where I am studying accounting and finance with a minor in statistics (I like numbers). In my free time I enjoy exploring Oregon via hiking boots, kenken puzzles, taking photos, aerial silks, playing board games, volunteering at a local daycare center and animal shelter (no, they are not at the same place…although that would be pretty sweet if they were). I am currently (as of April 2016) on my latest adventure which involves volunteering on a teaching project in Tanzania for 5 weeks! I know I will have lots of crazy stories to share when I meet you!
My journey at Camp Augusta began in 2004 when I arrived at camp for the first time as a mini camper. I vividly remember arriving at camp that first day. I was wearing a bright yellow visor that I had won at a school carnival the day before. As my mom and I were packing my bag for camp, I read something on the packing list that said to label everything you bring with you. Without haste, I grabbed a sharpie and wrote “ELLIE” in giant letters across the rim of my visor. Now I knew I wouldn’t lose it. Phew. Upon arriving at camp, every single counselor who walked past me greeted me by my name. My 8 year old self (who of course forgot that they were wearing a visor that declared their name) was baffled by how everyone could possibly know my name. I decided that there were only two logical explanations. #1. That every single staff member had read the letter I wrote to my counselor and were all eagerly awaiting my arrival. Or #2. Magic. I decided it was obviously #2… It was in that moment that I realized all the wish wonder and surprise that camp holds and I haven’t been able to stay away since. After several years as a mini camper and attending family camp I finally became a full camper. After 5 years as a camper, I decided I was excited to help create the magic that I had been lucky enough to experience for so many years. And with that, I began my journey to become a staff member. After completing the CIRCLE program, and spending two summers as a junior counselor, I am SO excited to spend the summer spreading wish wonder and surprise, while playing under the pine trees and in the woodchips as a Manzi mama!
I look forward to meeting all of you and smothering oatmeal in your face!
Here are some captions for the photos below. Can you match the picture with the caption?
- My mini camp cabin during my first camp Augusta experience (hint: I’m the one with the pigtail braids).
- On safari in Africa!
- Sliding headfirst into a mud pit during a memorable cabin activity
- Celebrating an OSU football win
- Rock climbing at my favorite state park in Oregon
- My first cabin as a full camper
- Saying goodbye to the bus
- Pre-cabin activity silliness
- Celebrating my favorite holiday!( hint: it happens in July)
- Exploring the beaches of Oregon