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Introducing… Procter’s 2019 Camp Staff

Our Team

The 2019 camp season at Procter is shaping up to be one of joyous community, transformative program, and goofy FUN! Our summer staff is who breathes life into the property and, with the campers, creates the magic of summer camp.  We know parents place enormous trust in our staff and program to create a safe space for their children to grow and thrive.  Read on for bios of the 2019 camp staff!

Andrea Foote is the Director of Camp and Youth Ministry at Procter Center. She loves making friendship bracelets, swimming, and goofy evening activities at camp! Experiencing the stunning Procter sunsets and getting to know the Procter campers, parents, chaplains, nurses and staff are highlights from her summers at Procter. She can’t wait for campers to be back at Procter, especially for lake swim and Sing Song! Andrea is married to The Rev. Maggie Foote, who will serve as a Chaplain to Family Camp 2-Sagrada Familia. The Footes live in Cincinnati with their two dogs Jasper and Kip.

Leadership Team!

This group supports the counselors, develops and guides the program.  Alex Keeley returns in 2019, and will serve as the Assistant Camp Director this summer.  Alex’s role includes managing staff training and supervising counselors, coordinating with chaplains and all parts of the formation program.  Nia’s role is Program Coordinator, where she’s responsible for recreation, activities, leading the band, and our Outdoor Adventure program.

Alex Keeley, 26-years-old, from Newnan, GA, is pumped to return for a second summer at Procter as the Assistant Camp Director! She graduated from Columbus State University and went on the World Race, an eleven month long missions trip to eleven different countries, before moving to Cincinnati to join the Episcopal Service Corps. Her favorite place is Procter is the picnic table across the pond from the chapel; she likes to tie-dye t-shirts, paint during Arts and Crafts, and sing campfire songs. Alex says she’s excited to build community and relationships with the campers and staff members, be away from the city, and spend time in the sunshine.

Nia McKenney, 24-years-old, from Cincinnati, and will be our program Coordinator! She graduated from Bowling Green State University and received a degree in Music and Spanish. Nia is a member of The Episcopal Service Corps (Brendan’s Crossing) where she has been serving as the Assisting Music Minister at Church of the Redeemer. She was a longtime Procter camper, and was a counselor for two summers! Nia loves music, arts and crafts, pool swim, and playing whiffles and cream. Fun Fact: Nia’s right thumb has no middle joint, which makes playing guitar a bit more difficult! She says, “I’m beyond excited to be part of Procter staff again. I’m really looking forward to introducing some new music to the program, serving kids and young adults again, and sweating a whole bunch all the time.”

The Counselors!

Procter Counselors live with a group of campers, work together to develop and implement our Christian Formation program, as well as afternoon activities and all-camp fun.  These leaders are dedicated to camp and making your family or child’s experience one that is inclusive, empowering, and the most fun you’ll have all summer.

Kate Howton, 19-years-old, from Fort Thomas, KY is returning for a second summer as a counselor! She is attending Eastern Kentucky University where she is considering a Social Work and Spanish double major. Kate says, “My favorite camp activity was always and will always be LAKE SWIMMM!!!” She loves making friendship bracelets, playing Red Alert, and singing Light the Fire, Star of the Morning, Mighty to Save, and Hand in Hand. Kate says, “To all those campers who promised me they would come back this summer if I did – here I am! You better be coming this year too!”

Bri Smith, 20-years-old, from Columbus, OH is returning for a third summer as a counselor! She is attending the University of Toledo where she is studying Pharmacy. Bri has been a camper at Procter since she was in 6th grade and her favorite activities are tie-dye, arts and crafts, whiffles and cream, and campfire. She loves the new lake equipment, especially the whoosh, and the energy all the campers bring to Procter! Bri says, “I can’t wait for another amazing summer! Hope to see ALL of y’all there!”

Pat Brack, 19-years-old, from Wyoming, OH is returning for a second summer as a counselor! Pat is attending Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL where they are studying Politics and Environmental Studies. Pat grew up at Procter and has always loved pool games. Fun fact – Pat is one of our lifeguards and helps keep all campers safe in and around the water! Their favorite part of the camp day is singing Wasteland and Light the Fire around the campfire as the sun sets. Last summer Pat loved planning and leading formation with the campers at each session. Pat says, “I’m so excited for another great year at Procter! Summer can’t get here fast enough!” We agree!

Gwyneth Staats, 18-years-old, from Lebanon, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! G is planning to attend West Virginia University in the fall where she’ll major in Nutrition with plans to become a Physician’s Assistant. She grew up attending youth camp and her favorite activity will forever be lake swim! This summer she’s excited about endless sunsets by the camp fire, growing her relationship with God, and singing Shine Jesus Shine, Pharaoh Pharaoh, and All in All. If you attend a camp session this summer G will show you how she can move her pinky tow without moving any of her other toes!

Julia Gwin, 18-years-old, from Whitehouse, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! Julia is attending The Ohio State University where she is studying Environmental Engineering. She was a camper at Procter for 5 years where her favorite activity was lake swim. Julia loves making friendship bracelets, tie-dyeing t-shirts, playing Knab the Knoodle, singing Sanctuary, and ending the day at the campfire! She is most excited to continue to grow her faith and meet so many new people. Julia’s broken 6 bones (!!) and she has 2 Labrador retrievers that are siblings.

Mikayla Alkire, 18-years-old, from Williamstown, WV is joining our staff as a first year counselor! She is attending Marshall University in Huntington, WV where she is majoring in Nursing with a plan to pursue as career as a Nurse Practitioner. Mikayla attended Procter Family Camp last summer and loved lake swim and knockout basketball so much she applied to be on staff! She’s into friendship bracelets, being outside by the chape, fishing, and swimming. She says, “I’m super excited to be at such a beautiful place with wonderful people who have a love for God!” Fun Fact: Mikayla learned how to ride a bike this year!

Darien McCoy, 21-years-old, from London, OH is returning for a second summer as a counselor! After camp last summer Darien joined Brendan’s Crossing, an Episcopal Service Corps program. This year he has been serving at Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, an organization providing homeless families emergency shelter and hospitality with the help of many different religious communities and congregations throughout the city. Darien loves arts and crafts and can usually be found in the barn making bracelets, melty beads, God’s eyes, and painting! He loves to play Red Alert and sing Star of the Morning, Seek Ye First, and All in All. Darien taught himself how to play piano and organ by ear and he owns over 50 copies of the Bible in different translations!

Cameron Bracely, 19-years-old, from Columbus, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He is attending Miami University where he is studying Public Administration. He was a camper at Procter for 6 years and his favorite activities are playing Red Alert or participating in praise and worship. Cameron’s favorite songs are Psalm 121 and Kyrie Eleison and he loves the Procter tradition of ending the day singing around a campfire. Cameron says, “I’m excited to meet everyone and experience how meaningful and rewarding camp is with them!”

Griffin Carlson, 20-years-old, from Loveland, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He’s attending Champlain College in Burlington, VT where he’s studying Videogame Design and stays busy running a local Dungeons and Dragons kids club. Griffin didn’t attend Procter as a kid but he did attend Christ Church Cathedral and was involved with their youth group, who he went to Mountain TOP with. He’s most excited about building and living in intentional community this summer. At camp Griffin loves games that include group storytelling, creative thinking, or imaginative play – all things we love at Procter! Griffin’s your guy if you want to talk about philosophy, theatre, or games and he once introduced himself as Lord Griffin to his preschool class!

Jay Smith, 18-years-old, from Columbus, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He is currently undecided on which college he will attend in the fall, but is planning to double-major in Political Science and History. He currently works at a Mediterranean restaurant called Brassica. Jay grew up going to grade level sessions and Creative Arts Camp so he’s been around Procter for a while! During camp Jay likes to make friendship bracelets, play Red Alert, and sing Light the Fire. Fun Fact: He can name all 45 US Presidents in order and state facts about each one. Jay says, “Now that I’m a counselor, I’m excited to be able to be a leader and role model for kids the way my camp counselors were for me.”

Baker Poling, 18-years-old, from Granville, OH is joining our staff as a first year counselor! He is attending Ohio State University where he is studying Engineering Physics with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering. His current job is working IT at Granville High School. Baker was a camper at Procter for 3 years and his favorite activity was lake swim! He loves to sing Pharaoh Pharaoh but still enjoys a slower song around the campfire. When we asked Baker what excites him most about being on camp staff this year, he said, “Being able to come back to the place that had such a great effect on who I am today!”