Director of Camping and Program ServicesMiss Poppy has worked for Camp Fire Inland Northwest for more than 4 years as the Director of Camping and Program Services overseeing the council’s two camps, the Dart-Lo Outdoor Learning Center and Club Programs. Miss Poppy also served as the Camp Director at Camp Sweyolakan for 2 seasons where she focused on program quality, staff development, camp culture, and improved operations. Prior to her time with Camp Fire she operated international youth travel programs in Europe and delivered youth leadership conferences for teens in Washington, D.C. and at leading U.S. University campuses. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with both camps’ directors this summer and will have a strong mentoring presence at each camp.
“I love to see our staff develop each summer into the amazing people that deliver quality programming to our campers… campers who will someday become staff members. It’s a never-ending cycle of growth and it’s my Spark!” ~ Miss Poppy
Co-Camp Director - Camp SweyolakanMiss Jennie returns this year as Co-Camp Director. A CIT alumna, Miss Jennie first joined camp staff in 1993 and has 20+ years of experience working at Camp Sweyolakan. While most of her time has been spent on the Waterfront in various positions, Miss Jennie’s knowledge of ACA Standards, Waterfront Management, and Sweyolakan History make her an ideal director.. In her other life, Miss Jennie teaches grades K-2 at Deer Park Elementary School; she also holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. On top of all that, four kids of their own keep Miss Jennie and husband, Mr. Bryan, very busy. Miss Jennie’s breadth of experience, positive energy, encouraging demeanor, and deep understanding of youth development creates a camp culture of fun, learning, and acceptance for all campers and staff.
Co-Camp Director - Camp Sweyolakan
This will be Miss La-De’s sixth year at Camp Sweyolakan and her third year on staff. Miss La-De first returned to Camp Sweyolakan as a skilled Ropes Course Director; she soon took on additional responsibilities as a Unit Director. As the Assistant Camp Director-Operations in 2019, she supported the Dining Hall, the Health Cottage and the Camp Store as well as our transportation operations.
She loves spending her time at Camp high up on Ropes Ridge, and swimming down on the Waterfront. When camp is not in session she is coaching middle school track & cross country or in the mountains skiing and teaching kiddos her SPARK...skiing! She has a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership with a minor in Challenge Course Facilitation from Eastern Washington University. This summer she is excited for her new role as Camp Director, as well as being able to share her love and passion of being outdoors with our campers.
P.S. If you ever need to tie a knot she is the gal to go to.
Camp Director - Camp Dart-Lo & Program Coordinator, Dart-Lo Outdoor Learning CenterMiss Emma has been with Camp Fire Inland Northwest for over a year. She designs and facilitates outdoor education programs for Camp Fire in the off-season, bringing youth from the local community centers to the Dart-Lo Outdoor Learning Center year-round. Miss Emma comes to us from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a background in managing YMCA day camps and resident camps, and facilitating programming for various outdoor education and science nonprofits. She is so excited to meet everyone who is a part of Dart-Lo and to hear their camp stories!
"I've been involved with camp in some way or another for the last twenty summers. I wouldn't know what to do with my summer if I didn't have camp. It's such a truly magical place where kids and even staff grow in character, confidence and spirit." ~ Miss Emma
Each year our camps build a team of more than 75 counselors, activity specialists, operations specialists, and supervisors to create the best possible summer for our campers.