Name: Grace Getchell

Hometown: Stillwater, MN

How do you stay busy from September-May?
I am a freshman at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. My current major is Education with a minor in Photography. In my free time I try to go on hikes and adventures and eat yummy food. If you can't find me on campus, I'm most likely in the dark room working as a teacher’s assistant in the photography department.  

How long have you been involved with Warren?
I went to camp for 10 years as a camper and have spent 3 years as a counselor. Short border and two long borders were some of my favorite experiences as a camper! Winter, fall, and family camps are also in the mix. Fun Fact: my parents even got married at camp! 

What activities are you involved in?
I love being in the Boundary Waters on trail but at camp I like Athletics, MBS (Mind, Body, Soul), Swimming, Arts & Crafts and Boating. 

What age group do you work with?
I love all ages but when I'm not on trail, I usually work with the nuggets of camp (the cubbies). I love their goofy sense of humor and imagination that they bring to camp. They truly carry the magical presence.

What is one piece of advice you would give a first year camper?
Try something that you wouldn't have the opportunity to do back at home (go sailing, get to the top of giants ladder, tip a canoe, or even take time for yourself and read a book in hammock city). One more thing is to be yourself. Camp is a place where there is no judgment and you can make strong friendships and experiences by letting your true self shine.

Why do you enjoy working at Warren?
For both campers and counselors, I believe there is a balance between emotional comfort and difficult challenges. The support system that camp offers blossoms the uniqueness in every camper/counselor and makes them grow into a better human being. I also like the fact that you can be in the outdoors. It gives everyone a nice break from electronics and experience a true community. 

Favorite camp song? Bessy the Heffer 

Favorite all camp game?
All camp medic for sure. It's a great way to get everyone involved and in one place.

Favorite camp counselor moment?
There are so many to choose from but one that stands out to me particularly is the short border I led last summer. Over the short five days I saw the group of girls grow and bond more and more every day. On the last night of the trip, my co-counselor and I decided to surprise the girls with glow sticks and bracelets to celebrate their accomplishments. Hearing the girls talk so positively towards themselves and one another was very uplifting.  

Anything else we should know about?
Another one of my favorite memories was going on snipe hunts with my Cub 1 cabin. Observing the creativity of the "animal" that looks like a platypus, fox, and bird makes me laugh every time I look back on it.