Name: Kate Jensen
Hometown: Edina, MN
How do you stay busy from September-May?
I spent the fall in Madison finishing up my last semester at University of Wisconsin with a Psychology and Criminal Justice degree. Now, I’m working Outdoor Education in California teaching, counseling and enjoying mountain sunsets.
How long have you been involved with Warren?
After going to and working at a couple of other camps, I landed at Warren and am happy to have stayed. This will be my third (full) summer!
What activities are you involved in?
I’ve been the Ropes Director the last two summers and absolutely love it. I am also a regular in Athletics and have done lots of Boating. One of my favorite things to do at camp is work in the store. I get to see and know all of the kids.
What age group do you work with?
I usually reside in the Senior section and love working with that age group. They have so much energy and I love having dance parties (even though they don’t recognize anything from before 2005), long conversations and wacky moments with them.
What is one piece of advice would you give a first year camper?
Embrace the experiences you have here and the people you meet. If you let it, it will be your home away from home and these people will be some of your best friends. Also, don’t be scared to tell the counselors how you’re feeling or what’s happening. We’re all here to help you and do what ever we can to make sure you’re having the best time. We want you to love this place as much as we do.
What do you enjoy about working at Warren?
Warren is a place that allows kids to be themselves no matter what and I love being a part of that. When I was young, camp was a place that I felt the most comfortable and myself and I really try to provide that for the campers. Warren is the perfect place for this.
Favorite camp song?
This is the hardest question, there are so many! Pink Pajamas is a strong front-runner though.
Favorite all camp game?
A solid game of Medic never gets old.
Favorite camp counselor moment?
One night before devotions, my co-counselor filled up squirt guns with washable paint. We gave each kid a shirt and told them that we were all going write on them, so they had to line up outside. My co and I popped out from behind the trees and starting spraying them with the paint. They each got their own squirt gun and we had a huge paint fight out on the field. It was fun to see them have so much fun with it and to remember what it was like to be super silly. The next day we all wore our paint-covered shirts and the girls loved showing them off. But there are still too many to chose from and anytime a kid makes it to the top of the Pamper Pole when they don’t think they can or practically refuses to get on the bus at the end of the session my heart warms.
Anything else we should know about?
Always ask people what the best of their day was, it’s worth it to run to catch a Winsor Point sunset and it’s very important to pass things in a circle on taco day.