Ellen Flight, the director of Songadeewin, has been a member of the Keewaydin family since 1958. She spent nine summers at Songadeewin on Lake Willoughby, first as a camper and then as a staff woman. In 1977 she joined the Keewaydin staff on Lake Dunmore, and in 1989 she became director of Annwi, working with eight-to-ten year olds. She has been the Songadeewin director since it opened on Lake Dunmore in 1999.
An educator by profession, Ellen holds a BA from Skidmore College and a M. Ed. Degree from Lesley University. She taught seventh and eighth grade in Washington, D.C. and Dover, Massachusetts, for fifteen years, and continues her commitment to children’s education and development as director of Songadeewin.
She is actively involved as a volunteer with The American Camp Association both as an accreditation Visitor and Visitor Instructor. In addition she helps train new camp directors as a faculty member of The New Camp Directors’ Workshop which is held annually in New England. She is currently the president of the Vermont Camp Association.
Our staff are carefully chosen for not only their skills, but more importantly because they are great role models. As role models for campers, they inspire self-reliance, initiative, and sense of fair play. The staff in each cabin or tent see that the girls in their care have a happy and well-rounded summer. The ratio of staff to campers is three to one. Staff attend a weeklong orientation before campers arrive. During the week, staff discuss all aspects of camp, focusing especially on the particular needs of girls. In addition, all new staff take part in the weeklong program called Trip School to learn about Keewaydin style tripping and most importantly safety. Staff hold current Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Small Craft Safety certifications. As part of their training we bring outside experts in the fields of psychology, education and camping to work with our staff. Our consulting psychologist, Michael Thompson, also helps us with our staff training.
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