Friday, March 11, 2011

Staff packing List

Essential Camp Needs........

Physical examination (signed in the last 12 months by a medical practitioner)

Proof of hepatitis B inoculation

Prescriptions and outside medical needs

Copy of your medical insurance

Smart outfit for banquet and days off

Toiletries (Towels and washcloths)

White shorts and shirt for Chapel Service

Plenty of socks and underwear

Rain coat and rain pants (IMPORTANT – camp activities still happen in the rain)

Bathing suit(s) Nylon is best

Shorts and t-shirts

Wool or wool blend sweater or fleece

Sandals, Water shoes, Tevas, or chacos

Sunscreen and sunglasses

Mosquito spray (bring what you are use to)

Comfortable sneakers

* Sun hat or bandana

* Flashlight

* Water bottle

TAN or light brown SHORTS OR PANTS – this is part of our staff uniform on check in and check out days. A staff shirt will be provided for these days.

If you are a counselor you will be participating in an out of camp wilderness adventure trip so the following items are essential…..

Long johns (Polypropylene/thermal underwear, fleece or leggings will work)

Pack towel or small towel

Backpack (5000 cubic inches with internal frame and an adjustable hip strap)

Pack cover (to protect pack from rain and a heavy duty trash bag will also work well)

Compression sleeping bag (needs to be compressed so it fits into a hiking pack and rated 30 degrees or less)

Sleeping mat / thermarest (camp has several you can borrow)

Hiking boots (Must be sturdy, broken in, comfortable and with ankle support)

Wool/wool blend socks

* Mess kit (bowl with high sides that can be used as a cup as well)

* Wool hat

American staff - Pillow, sheets and blankets for cabin beds (Provided for all international staff.)

- Photocopy of your social security card for payroll

Optional Items

A good book or journal

Musical Instrument


Photographs of family and friends

A flag of your home country to hang up in your cabin

Interesting souvenirs or articles from your home country or area of the USA to show campers and staff

Laptop (we have wireless capability in the main lodge and Trailside Lodge you can use)

Cell phone – to use on down time and away from campers

* Available in the camp store

There are no laundry facilities on camp property. Clothing for both warm and cold weather conditions is necessary since weather can, and often does, change quickly. Low temperatures can reach 10° C or 50° F with highs up to 32° C or 90° F.


All equestrian staff and counseling staff interested in the equestrian or Wrangler cabins

  • Ridning boots with a heel
  • Jeans or breeches
  • Riding helmet

(Riding helmets are provided for all riding staff)

All employees must wear clothing appropriate to their work assignment. Employees must be aware that their appearance directly affects the organization’s public image. Clothing with alcoholic /smoking/ distasteful messages are not allowed. Personal hygiene habits conducive to a person’s neat appearance are very important, as all employees are responsible for creating an acceptable and appropriate public image.

Many camping items can be purchased in traverse City. There are numerous camping supply stores and you will have several opportunities to make these purchases before you start the summer camping program.

Introducing the Ad staff of 2011

Administrative Staff: Along with myself camp has an administration team that oversees all aspects of the camp program and facilities. The ad staff positions this year include Camp Director, all Division Leaders, and the Program Director(s).

Amanda Macaluso - Camp Director
Originally from Geelong, Australia I ventured to Michigan in 1993 as a counselor. Since then I have filled positions such as counselor, waterfront director, trip director and program director and I was promoted to director in 1998. This will be my 19th year on staff at YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps. During the winter I plan the intricate details of every AHWH camp trip, recruit campers and staff and oversee the year round programming at the Girls Camp site. I live in Elk Rapids (just 20 miles from camp) with my husband, Joe who is an 8th grade teacher and our two daughters - Emma who is 7 and Zoe who is 4. Professionally, I am an active member of the American Camp Association and the YMCA Michigan Camps Network. Personally, I am a member of my daughters local school PTO and am a Daisy Girl Scout Leader.

Kerrie McIntyre - Assistant Director and Nejee Division Leader
This will be my 11th summer as a staff member at AHWH!! I am from Alloa, Scotland but currently live in Manchester, England. I have worked in a number of roles during my time at camp, including Counselor, Trip Shack, Program Director, and Happy Hollow Division Leader. However, for the last three years I have been the Assistant Director and Nejee Division Leader. AHWH has played a huge role in shaping me as a person and I return every year to live in the Piney Wood Hills for three months and revel in the lessons that it teaches every girl that passes through. In my "real life" I graduated from The University of Newcastle last year with a BA in Sociology and I intend to commence a Masters in Social Work this coming September. I have an avid passion for music, no matter what genre and I continue to try and teach myself how to play the guitar. I enjoy all sports and have recently taken up snowboarding, although it is much worse than my guitar playing. I am extremely excited for Spring and Summer 2011 and am counting down the days until I get there! I can't wait to meet you all, especially the many fellow Scots which we have been slightly lacking in for the past few years!!

Courtney Baxter - Happy Hollow Division Leader
This will be my 12th summer at Arbutus, my second on ad-staff, and my 6th on staff. Camp has transformed me as a person and played an extremely large role in shaping the person I am today and so I keep coming back each year to try and start campers on a similar path of discovering and defining who they are. In a few months, I will graduate from Denison University with a degree in Women's Studies and International Studies and a future not really planned beyond this summer at camp. But the uncertainty drives me! I'm from Ohio and have lived there all my life, including at university, except for a 4 month stint studying abroad in Cameroon, West Africa last spring. My passions include social entrepreneurship and social change, being outside, writing, traveling, music playing and getting to know people through conversation. I'm really excited to meet you all and work with you in a few short months!

Amelia Rode - Thicket Division Leader
This summer will be my 14th at camp, having started as a camper in 1998. I have been a counselor and a division leader and will be continuing my role as division leader this summer. During the rest of the year, I live in Virginia where I attend the University of Virginia. In May, I will be graduating with a degree in Neuroscience. Outside of studying, I spend most of my time leading trips and teaching local school groups about wilderness safety with our outdoors club. I consider Arbutus my second home and I am really excited to start another summer at camp!

Ginny Krone - Hollow Division Leader

This will be my 11th year at camp and I’m beyond excited to be returning for another action packed summer! I have been on staff for 5 years, and was a part of the Ad-Staff team at the end of last summer. As a camper growing up on the shores on Arbutus, I learned so much about myself and grew confidence to take this newfound knowledge back into everyday life. My experiences as a camper are what drive me to return year after year as I hope to create the environment that will help campers achieve the same. Outside of camp, I am currently a senior studying biology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington although I consider home Cincinnati, Ohio. Post university this coming year, I plan to be a part of marine conservation projects in both Mexico and Belize. I love SCUBA diving, manatees, camping, and traveling. Mostly though, I am excited to get to know all of you and have tons of fun in the summer of 2011.

Sarah Marino - LC Director and Alaska staff second session
I'm a 22 year old senior nursing student at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where I'll be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Born in Long Island, NY, my family and I have lived in Orwigsburg, a small community 2 hours northwest of Philadelphia located in the PA coal region, since I was 3. I have spent 7 summers at Arbutus, 5 of them on staff. I did Isle Royale and Killarney as both a camper and a counselor. I love to try new things, travel, and spend time with people. I've summited Mt. Washington in January, skydived in Michigan, and traveled through Europe twice. I enjoy kayaking, biking, reading, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles play. After camp this summer, I will be doing a 5 month internship at Disney World and then hope to be assigned to an Americorp team for a 10 month tour of service.

Stacey Wimbledon-Emig Equestrian Director/ Equestrian/Wrangler Division leader
This will be my 5th summer at camp. My first summer was in 2005 and I started out as a barn chick. I then returned as the Equestrian Director and did that for 2 more summers, I returned for 2b last year to help the barn girls out and this year I will be returning as the Equestrian Director and taking on a new role as a division leader for those hard core horsey campers! I live in Essex, England and I am a Photographer I do children's portrait photography and weddings. When I'm not at work I enjoy going to the gym and long distance running and on the 17th of April I will be running the London Marathon. Camp is a wonderful place to be and I cannot wait to get back there.

Maggie Martin - 1st session Alaska and 2nd session Program Director
I've wanted to be Program Director since I was about 12 so I am ridiculously excited for this summer!! This is my 10th summer at camp-- favorite camp trip is hands-down Isle Royale. I am a little obsessed with Broadway musicals, alliteration, camp songs, and dance. I go to Michigan State and study Theatre and Dance.

Maggie Valle - 1st session Program Director and 2nd session Alaska
This is my 13th summer at Arbutus, my fifth summer as a counselor and my first summer on Ad Staff! I will be Program Director first session and going to Alaska second session-- I am very excited for another action-packed summer! In the off-season, I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lansing, where I go to school at Michigan State University. I am in my senior year studying Arts and Humanities and Studio Art and am also working towards getting my teaching certificate. I have really enjoyed participating in the "Saturday Morning Art" program with local children and teens this year, making art and learning about important art movements. Camp has been a huge part of my life and I love seeing it become that same place for others. I cant wait to meet everyone and spend another arbeautiful summer with all of you!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


To view the Code of conduct click here.

To open and print Health Form click here. This form is for American staff and all ICCP international staff. All Camp America international staff should complete and submit the form provided by Camp America.

For all other forms click here to be directed to the camp web site.

Please email if you have any questions about forms -

2011 Staff Welcome Packet

Welcome to the 2011 staff.

Important Dates:

Lifeguard training course: Friday June 3rd at 5pm and concludes June 5th.

Staff Training dates: Wednesday June 8th at 6:00 PM through Friday June 17th

Session dates: First session: Saturday, June 18th – Friday, July 15th

Second session: Sunday, July 17th – Aug. 13th at 4:00 pm

Your address while at camp:

1380 E. Arbutus Lake Road

Traverse City, MI 49686

Office Phone: 231 946-8589

Director: Amanda Macaluso


Cell phone: 231 883-5076

Mission Statement

The mission of YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha is to create a community that affords each individual camper and staff member the opportunity to develop her leadership and communication skills, while growing mentally, physically and spiritually through teamwork, self challenge and positive motivation.

Getting Oriented

The 2011 summer season starts Wednesday, June 8th at 6pm – unless you need to complete the lifeguard certification. Please plan to arrive at the T. Grace Macdonald Lodge earlier that day or the day before so you are all moved into your cabin and ready for staff training. Pre-camp training is very important, and everyone needs to be here for it. After an initial welcome and greeting Wednesday night we will get started! Camp ends on Saturday, August 13th at approximately 4pm, and you will be free to leave after we finish and you have checked out. Please note the finish date and time and make arrangements to leave after then - not any earlier.

For International StaffLifeguard training starts Friday, June 4th at dinner for orientation and will continue at the pool on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday we will start the CPR certification. Your pay begins the 4th June or the day you start. (This is a busy time of the year so if you arrive at camp prior to the 4th and would like to start work we will definitely have a job for you!) Staff working the spring season will receive via email a contract for the contracted time prior to June 4th.

For American staff - HWH Camps provides, at no change, the complete Red Cross Lifeguard certification course and therefore will not be days you will be paid. This course starts Friday, June 4th at dinner for orientation and will continue at the pool on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday we will start the CPR certification and that day will be a paid day. If you do not need to participate in the lifeguarding course and do not plan to arrive until June 8th the CPR certification will be offered again during the ten days of staff training.

Also this year we need staff with Wilderness First Responder certification to go on some of our bigger trips. (Explorers and Isle Royale particularly) If you have this certification you will receive an additional $200. You should include a copy of this certification for your file.

Preliminary Policies and Expectations

Because of our high standards and responsibility to both campers and their parents, we have specific policies regarding the maintenance of our excellent reputation for a fine camp program and superior role models. Staff members will be expected to exercise mature behavior, discretion, appropriate personal relationship behavior, and sensitivity that are consistent with our work as leaders and models for young people. Wording on clothing worn at camp must be appropriate to all ages, consistent with the values and principles of our programs and be non-offensive. Illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and profanity are strictly prohibited. Good health habits, neatness, appropriate dress and good grooming are as important at camp as any other place of employment. There will be no prejudice towards race, religion or sexual orientation. Staff will not give any appearance of any inappropriate relationship with fellow staff members at either camp. Minimal jewelry should be worn while on duty and ear piercing is limited to three per ear lobe. Campers or their families will see no other body piercing. All employees are expected to make a reasonable attempt at hiding lip, tongue, nose or eyebrow rings/studs while on duty.Please make arrangements to do so BEFORE arriving at camp on June 3rd or 8th. Camp employees are also expected to make a reasonable attempt at hiding any tattoos. Frequent bathing, cleanliness and hygiene are required. Staff must be able to speak English and understand spoken English. Enclosed is our Hayo-Went-Ha Camps “Code of Conduct.” We will be addressing the code and staff/camper communications in more detail in staff training.

Staff Organization

Administrative Staff: Along with myself camp has an administration team that oversees all aspects of the camp. The ad staff positions this year include Camp Director, all Division Leaders, and the Program Director(s).

Lifeguard training course

HWH Camps provides, at no change, the complete Red Cross Lifeguard certification course starting Friday June 3rd at 5pm and concludes June 5th. You will need to call or email me if you are planning to attend this course. You are welcome to stay at camp and we will transport you to the pool for these trainings. Hayo-Went-Ha Camp counselors are expected to perform lifeguard duties both at camp and on our wilderness adventure trips. Documentation must be in your staff file proving certification prior to June 1st 2011. (Support staff do not need this certification but Horse Ridng staff should.) Counseling staff members not passing American Red Cross Lifesaving or lacking possession of an equivalency will be assessed a $50 penalty or its equivalent as outlined by the Camp Director.

There are two swimming skills that our lifeguards must pass on the first day of the lifeguard course. If needed, we encourage you to swim prior to coming to camp to increase endurance. These two skills are:

There are two swimming skills that our lifeguards must pass on the first day of the lifeguard course. If needed, we encourage you to swim prior to coming to camp to increase endurance. These two skills are:

1. Swim 500 yards (457 meters) continuously as follows:

200 yards (183 meters) freestyle

200 yards (183 meters) breaststroke

100 yards (91 meters) either freestyle or breaststroke.

2. Swim 25 yards (23 meters) using your fastest stroke, then dive down to a depth of 8 feet (2.4 meters) and retrieve a 10 pound (4.5kg) weight from the bottom of the pool bring it to the surface, then return 25 yards (23 meters) to the starting point while carrying the weight with both hands.


We will have frequent updates on the camp web site so share the address with your friends and family. Facebook – Now you are on staff you can join the facebook group and meet other staff – the facebook group name is AHWH staff 2011. Be sure to also become a fan of the official YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha facebook group.

In this technological age, the concern for camper safety must extend outside of the security of camp itself. Internet websites such as:,,, or even (or any similar such space currently existing or that will be developed in the year(s) to come) offer campers and staff the ability to create personal web pages and blogs but also expose our campers’ personal information to the world.

While at camp, staff is asked to keep their personal lives and time off activities away from the camper’s eyes and ears. When you leave camp at the end of the summer, we ask that you keep camper contact to a minimum (see acceptable contact methods in your staff contract), and we expect you to follow this request. Communicating with campers on websites like (see list above) is particularly disturbing as our campers may become party to inappropriate communications which can cause them and their family embarrassment and potential harm. Therefore, we must insist that you not post or comment on any camper pages, blogs or pictures. (other than appropriate communication and encouragement to return) We also ask that you consider what you are writing in general when it comes to your experiences at camp. Please remember that anything you write on sites like (see list above) can be read by our parents and campers. If your writing pertains to camp then what you say reflects upon us and impacts on our reputation. We must also address posting pictures from employment at HWH on websites like, or any from the list above. If you have posted any pictures from camp that contains campers, they must be REMOVED IMMEDIATELY. You do not have permission to use a photo of any campers. This can only be given through a signed release by the parent that camp obtains each summer for use on our official website. The only pictures of campers allowed to be posted publicly are those on our official website. Additionally, our official website pictures contain no personal information such as names, etc.

A staff code of conduct will be mailed to you with your staff contract for you to view and use as a guideline with camper communication. One is also added to this blog.

Health form

The American Camping Association and the State of Michigan now require that all staff have: “written verification from licensed medical personnel that the individual has had a health examination with in the past 24 months” which means that you must have a health history and exam filled and signed by a “licensed medical personnel.” A medical form can be found on the camp web site for you to print off and complete. If your health form is valid from last year you will need to simply update it with the Health Officer when you arrive at staff training. If you arrive at camp without having had an exam performed, you will be asked to do so during your free time before the campers arrive. All international staff will need to bring a copy of their Health form as outlined with either Camp America or ICCP. Hayo-Went-Ha Camps are requiring all staff to arrive with proof of yourHepatitis B inoculations and MMR inoculation. Please include this information with your Health form. Please note: proof of a TB test is NOT required this year. Be sure to also bring prescriptions and outside medical needs and a copy of your Hospital and medical insurance.

Camp will provide each staff member with routine medical treatment in the Health Center, Workmen’s Compensation Insurance and public Liability Insurance.

Standard vehicle driver requirements

In order to drive a camp vehicle this summer you must be an authorized employee of the YMCA and be 21 years old. You must have a valid driver’s license (US, International, or home country equiv.) and must be approved by Camp Administration based on camp transportation needs. A transportation form and a driving test will be given to you upon arrival if you are eligible to drive this summer.

T-shirt size and travel arrangements

We will be happy to pick you up at the Traverse City airport or Traverse City Greyhound station – both just 15 – 20 minutes from camp. I will need your flight or bus details as soon as you have them confirmed. Please add it to the google document I have created to update all staff arrival information. i will send the google doc link via facebook.

Work Weekend

Please mark your calendars – Our annual work weekend is May 15th and 16th and we would love your help. It is a fun weekend were we have 30 – 50 staff and volunteers assist maintenance staff to clean up, complete projects and open up camp after the winter months. It will be a great weekend to get back at camp and meet some of the new early staff arrivals. Let me know if we are expecting you! The more the merrier!

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be seeing you really soon.

The camp community provides a unique opportunity for teamwork, leadership, and service to our participants. We trust you will join us in our endeavor to make this a successful season for our campers, and for you.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Staff summer 2011

Administration/support/specialty staff

Director - Amanda Macaluso - Elk Rapids, Michigan
Assist. Director/DL - Kerrie McIntyre - Clacks, Scotland
Division Leader - Amelia Rode - Berryville, Virginia
Division Leader - Courtney Baxter - Cincinnati, Ohio
Division Leader - Ginny Krone - Cincinnati, Ohio
1st session Program Director - Maggie Valle - Chelsea, Michigan
2nd session Program Director - Maggie Martin - Grand Rapids, Michigan
LC Director - Sarah Marino - Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
Trip Director - Liz Cleary (1st session) and Kathleen Roche (second session)
Health Officer - Sam Clegg - Nantwich, England
Arts & Crafts Director - Lindsay Hilderbrant - Gaylord, MI
Waterfront Director -Lynsey Evans - England
Sailing Director - Emily Gore - Exeter, England
Ropes Course Director -Amanda Sim - Okehampton, England
Nature Specialist -Hanna Brogren - Birmingham, Michigan
Secretary - Amanda Murray - Rapids City, Michigan (3 days a week) and Sherrie Warmuskerken - Walkerville, Michigan (3 days a week)
Social Media Assist (P/T) and driver - Brandi Polzin - Elk Rapids, MI
Social Media Expert -Danielle Adekova - Walhamstow, England
Nanny - Irina Merzlyakova - Russia
Bus Driver - Joe Macaluso - Elk Rapids, Michigan
Bus Driver - Dave McDonnell - Elk Rapids, Michigan
Bus Driver - Emily Shanblatt - Okemos, MI (1a only)

Kitchen Staff
Head Cook - Frank Rushlow - Traverse City, Michigan
Iwona Szewczuk - Namyslow, Poland (start 5/25)
Ganna Velychko - Mykolaiv, Ukraine (5/15)
Alina Lelyuk - Nikolaev, Ukraine (5/31)
Sherrie Warmuskerken - Walkerville, Michigan (5/9 for 3 days a week)

Riding Staff
Director and EQ DL - Stacey Wimbledon - England
Cat Tomlinson - Leeds, England
Sarah Farmer - Norwich, England
Dawn Chambers - Kilmessan, Ireland
Ciara Hendy - Enfield, Ireland

Maintenance Staff
Director - Peg Waterman, Kalkaska, Michigan
Lucie Reyné - Pignan, France
Natalia Pelevina - Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

Cabin Counselors - American
Allie Dyer - Cincinnati, OH
Alyss Igartua - Hammond, Indiana
Anna Frick - Traverse City, Michigan
Anna Robbins - Winnetka, Illinois
Annelise Hilderbrandt - Mequon, Wiscounsin
Catherine Baxter - Cincinnati, Ohio
Cate Stanton - Chicago, Illinois
Chelsea Blaine - Columbus, Ohio
Clare Algozin - Owosso, Michigan
Farrah Julin -Grosse Ill, Michigan
Haley Ireland - Piedmont, California
Hallie Kohler - Traverse City, Michigan
Hannah Bogard - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hannah Mooney - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina
Jane Hinsenkamp - Traverse City, Michigan
Katie Campbell - Hernando, Florida
Katie Kraft - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Liz Cleary - East Lansing, Michigan
Lucy Portman - Cincinnati, Ohio (session 1b and 2a only)
Lydia Hiller - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Madie Oldfield - Winnetka, Illinois
Megan Carter - Columbus, Ohio
Naomi Kuipers - Corunna, Michigan
Rachel Piker - Cincinnati, Ohio
Rebecca Wissman - Michigan
Sarah Cissell - Okemos, Michigan
Taylor Roth - Okemos, Michigan
Tess Kohler - Traverse City, Michigan (session 1b and 2a only)

Alaska staff
Anna Jarvis - Essex, England
Kathleen Roche - Cincinnati, Ohio
Maggie Martin - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Maggie Valle - Chelsea, Michigan
Martha West - London, England
Sarah Marino - Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

Japan staff - will be announced April 1st (or later depending on current Government travel recommendations)

Cabin Counselors - International
Amy Harrison - Tyne and Wear, Scotland
Bec Pearce - Upway, Australia
Caitlin Petley - Caulfield south, Australia
Chloe Dimond - Williamston, Australia
Danielle Smith - Auckalnd, New Zealand
Ellie Cameron-Krepp - Sneddon, Australia
Eliza Buckley - Geelong, Australia
Iris Hohneck - Hurstville, Australia
Jane Bruty - Alfredton, Australia
Kate Marsh - Auckland, New Zealand (5/8)
Lizzie McJannet - Maybole, Scotland
Lorena Garofalo - Werribee, Australia
Megan Watkiss -Ware, England
Philippa Kuligowski - Kinver, Scotland
Regina Arellano - Aguascalientes, Mexico
Sarah Lally - Bath, England
Toni Leader - Leeds, England
Tracey Dearham - Epping, Australia

Partial Session/weeks
Megan Gurney - England (session 1b and 2)
Chloe Gilbert - Owosso, Michigan (session 2)
Lucy Portman - Cincinnati, Ohio (session 1b & 2a)
Tess Kohler - Traverse City, MI (session 1b & 2a)
Whitney Kulas - Bloomfield Hills, MI (session 1b)

Special Alumni Guests
Jodi Hamilton - Cairns, Australia