Name: Stacie Bellairs

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

How do you stay busy from September-May?
I am currently a sophomore at the wonderful Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. I am a Biology major with Chemistry and Psychology minors. When I’m not in class, I love playing Frisbee with my friends, hiking and eating ice cream.

How long have you been involved with Warren?
As a camper, I did short border, long border and CIT for a total of three years. As a counselor, I’ve had many cubby and intermediate cabins and I’ve led a long and short border. This summer will be my fourth summer as a staff member!

What activities are you involved in?
My favorite thing to do is lead canoe trips in the Boundary Waters, but when I’m at camp I love our pottery activity. Swimming and athletics are also high up on my list.

What age group do you work with?
I love working with older kids, especially on our canoe trips. The bond that counselors are able to make with older campers is something that has fascinated me since I was a 15-year-old camper.

What is one piece of advice you would give a first year camper?
Be the first to volunteer to do something silly for a meal dismissal! Don’t be afraid to be goofy—that’s what camp is about and no one there is going to put you down for it.

Why do you enjoy working at Warren?
Working at Warren has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I see my job as an opportunity to give back what my favorite camp counselors gave me—which is more than I can put to words. There is no other job that has given me the chance to make the greatest impact my community. And I just love playing with kids outside all day!

Favorite camp song?
The Moose song for sure!

Favorite all camp game?
Medic, of course!!!

Favorite Camp Counselor moment:
The long border that I led this past summer definitely made some of my greatest memories of being a counselor. From singing Beyoncé songs in our canoes all day to watching my campers push themselves to amazing lengths on portages, it was an incredible experience.