Prior to joining our Founding Team in 2010, Jaime Pickles spent 25 summers at Kenwood-Evergreen, an overnight camp in New Hampshire–first as a camper, and then in later roles as both a counselor and staffer. What kept Jaime coming back all those years? It’s the same thing that drives her today: the chance to be a part of a community where you can be “Your best self.”
Here at Everwood, Jaime has been charged with building our community–one that’s very intentional about the opportunities it provides to campers. Because even though Everwood is a place that is fun and silly (Jaime’s made sure of that), it’s just as supportive, and full of occasions for problem solving, collaboration, and social interactions.
The social component of camp is a particular interest of Jaime’s–she has her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Before arriving at Everwood, she worked as a Speech Language Pathologist, teaching children how to overcome social and pragmatic language issues, as well as communication disorders. Jaime’s years in the classroom convinced her that it’s social skill development that truly dictates a child’s success and happiness. This is why she’s always looking for new ways to integrate friendship, teambuilding, and communication skills into the Everwood experience.
Jaime also helps orchestrate our counselor training–a six weekend long orientation in the spring time. For anyone else, the demands of preparing our counselors for life at camp would be a job in itself, but Jaime doesn’t see it that way. For her, it’s a privilege to be able to teach our counselors what it means to live the mission here at Everwood: how to be there for others, celebrate the little moments, manage the tough ones with grace, and yes, how to be their best self.
When our Camp Mom’s not with us, she’s playing her favorite role of all: mother to her twins (and campers), Ryan and Sophie!
Contact Jaime: firstname.lastname@example.org
Like many boys, Dane’s first love was sports. Growing up in Leeds, England, he was often the one who gathered his pals (ahem: “mates”) together to play games, something he always found rewarding. This knack for organizing activities–and the fun and friendships that came out of them–is why Dane chose to pursue a Phys. Ed. Degree at university. To further his education, Dane decided to come across the pond and be a camp counselor during his first summer break from school.
Dane would return each summer for the next four years and then became a permanent resident here in the US.; camp had become his second love. While he’d always enjoyed being around kids–their curious nature, enthusiasm, and thirst for knowledge–he’d never seen all that energy put to work like it could be at camp. As a counselor, he was able to direct his love for sports towards delivering social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits to campers. Add to that the lifelong friendships Dane made during his summers at camp (as well as meeting the love of his life, Jaime) and he knew he wanted to create his life around summer camp.
When the chance to build his own camp came along, Dane couldn’t have been more thrilled. Everwood’s been a creative outlet for his unique set of talents: the ability to see the fun in everything, and devise all kinds of games, including some of our campers’ summertime favorites (like the renowned pool noodle relay, and a real life rendition of Angry Birds). This is just one of the reasons our campers LOVE him (and we do, too)! Dane’s happy to be able to use his imagination to engage campers, and enjoys working alongside Jaime and their incredible staff to improve the Everwood experience. Dane also heads the hiring of Everwood’s counselors, handles all of camp’s transportation logistics, and still finds time to shoot hoops, hit the soccer pitch, and teach our campers many of his favorite sports and games!
Contact Dane: email@example.com