I am serving on the Board because my time as a camper and counselor at Camp St. Croix was the most formative experience in my young adult life and I feel honored to have an opportunity to help provide the same great experiences for future generations.
YMCA camping has been a huge part of my life. Starting at age 5, Camp du Nord became an important destination for my family. As I grew older I progressed through Camp St. Croix and then on to Widjiwagan. I was on staff as a young adult at Camp Menogyn, and am now a camper at du Nord with my own 4 children. The spirit and magic of Y camps has the power to do what few things can; create community, strengthen individuals and families, and strengthen important values. It changes lives. I honored to volunteer for Y camps in any capacity and love being of service to an organization that has so deeply impacted my life.
Camp St. Croix has become a special place for me and my family. I never had the fortune of attending a camp during my childhood but it is an experience I want my two boys to have. I have seen the positive impact that the Camp St. Croix programming has had on those who attended, who would not want that for their children? I feel honored to be a part of the volunteer board charged with helping to make sure Camp is able to continue offering top notch programming at it's resource rich campus!
When our eldest son started day camp at the age of 4, we were hooked. 6 years later and another son in the mix, the thrill of camp is still strong in our home. The opportunity for me to to give back to such an amazing resource is a privilege.
I have lived in the St Croix Valley for 17 years. Currently I live in Hudson with my wife and 2 boys. I work in Hudson at Royal Credit Union. I have always had a passion for the outdoors. I love to hunt, fish, camp, hike, boat, etc. To have a camp of this size and beauty so close to a metropolitan area is amazing. There are many kids that would never have the opportunity to discover their love for the outdoors if Camp St Croix wasn't here.
My wife and I have been involved with Camp St. Croix for many years. Both of our now grown children were campers and staff. Their camp experience had an enormous positive impact on their lives. We are trying to give back to Camp for all it has meant to our family.
Sheila Lutiger, Thirty year resident of Hudson WI My professional experience as an adaptive physical education teacher, included developing camping and outdoor education programs for children with special needs. My oldest daughter starting attending camp at age 9. For the next twenty years my daughters spent their summers at camp as campers, LDPs, and staff members.
Sheri Marnell believes that you control your own happiness! By serving on the board at Camp St Croix she is able to see how much happiness that the camp brings to all that touch it. She believes in giving back and connecting with the community in which you serve and is proud to be part of the CSC community, helping kids build confidence as they become our future leaders. She spent 16 years at Target HQ in Product Development, Negotiations, Sourcing, Strategy, Localization, Engineering and Store Design. She also spent time Designing Wetsuits, water ski jackets and hunting gear for Stearn's Manufacturing.
I've lived in Hudson since 1989. My brother and two sisters were on staff at Day Croix before me. My dad served on the board for several years and was the Board Chair. My kids attend camp for 2-3 sessions every summer. I feel a deep connection to CSC and believe it's an incredible resource for the St. Croix Valley and beyond. Additionally, I'm always impressed by the staff and how they are great role models for the kids.
I am an alumna of Camp St. Croix, having been a camper for many years, as well as a counselor. Camp St. Croix was very formative for me and launched me in my career of working in agencies and programs that promote positive youth development and community health. My professional background includes fundraising, event management, communications/marketing, curriculum development, program development, staff development, and policy creation and implementation. I serve on the board of Camp St. Croix because, quite simply, I want to lend my time and skills to a place that I believe in 110%. I'd love to make sure that CSC is available for generations to come and for any youth who could benefit from the experience. I live in St. Paul with my husband, Jay, three kids - Beatrice, Gus, and Franny, dog Azalea, and Lightning and Thunder, our two parakeets.
After growing up on the prairies of North Dakota, Jillian headed towards a career in law. She wrote alternative sentencing recommendations & parole release plans in Washington, Maryland & Virginia. She prepared pre-sentence investigations in Seattle & monitored juvenile offenders in Liverpool England. She also worked two years as Assistant Director of the ND Indian Affairs Commission. After stumbling upon a life-changing opportunity, Jillian began working in film, television & video production around the world. She met her husband Craig, with whom she co-founded Picture Factory in San Francisco. Eventually they settled back in the Midwest to raise their son Parker. Jillian continues to manage business affairs for Picture Factory & produces commercials, films, TV shows & corporate videos . While Picture Factory projects span the globe, Jillian remains based in the St. Croix Valley …. because she can. Camp St. Croix was a big draw in her family’s decision to settle where they did & after so many positive experiences there, Jillian is proud to serve on the board where her principles are in full alignment with Camp St Croix’s mission.
I was raised in West Virginia with little camping experience. Shortly after moving to the Twin Cities, we were introduced to family camping at YMCA duNord and have over 25 years of amazing experiences there with our children, and now grandchildren. Our granddaughters are 7 and 5 and are Day Croix campers. Their weeks are filled with excitement, personal growth, and the opportunity to create great new friendships. I especially wish to contribute to Camp St. Croix's effort to bring children from the Cities to learn and to appreciate nature. In addition, St. Croix provides exceptional value to the International Staff experience and I wish to support that process.
I serve on the CSC board to help spread the valuable lessons of Nature/Environment/Exercise & Healthy living. I attended Camp Needlepoint 50+ years ago and have appreciated the Camp's capacity to develop appreciation for nature and the environment since then. The more involved I become in the Camp, the more I appreciate the gifts we provide to the local communities.
Through my work as the Director of the Outdoor Education minor program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, I have forged a strong relationship with Camp St. Croix over the past several years. Mainly through my students, I have seen the profound impact Camp St. Croix can have on today's youth and I am proud to be able to serve camp through my involvement on the Board. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I went to Camp St. Croix starting at age 9 and continued on serving on staff as a counselor, 2 years as Sailing Asst. Director, 2 years as Sailing Director. Being involved with camp fed my interest in sailing a great deal and led me to pursue Charter Keel boat instructor Certifications. I feel honored to serve on Camp St. Croix's board lending my perspective to programming and strategic planning to the greatest place I know!
Camp St. Croix and I met in 2002 during the summer following high school graduation. My formative years were spent on the A-field, in Cabins, on trail on the Croix, the Nam, Lake Superior, and at Woody Chapel. I progressed from counselor to administration, and finally said goodbye to being on staff following the summer of 2013, and said hello to board work shortly thereafter. I now carry the magic and memories with me everywhere I go, of which I am reminded daily by the bracelets I have still wear. I am on the board because I want to play a hand in offering the opportunity I had to others. The community and positively shaping experiences of camp are very real. I want to give back to Camp St. Croix and the YMCA what I have been given.
I grew up in Clear Lake, Wisconsin and had the privilege of attending Camp St. Croix as a camper. At a young age I aspired to be a steward to the environment. The founder of Earth Day, and Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson was from my home town which inspired me at a young age to pursue this passion. In 4th grade I worked with fellow students to create a “prairie project” at our elementary school to increase environmental awareness and a natural habitat for local flora and fauna. I completed my undergraduate education at Hamline University and was the Chair of the Environmental section of Hamline’s MPIRG chapter and one of my majors was environmental studies. In law school I was involved with the Environmental Law Society. After law school I settled into a general litigation practice but was missing my passion for environmental stewardship. When I was approached to join the Board of Directors with Camp St. Croix I was knew it would be a great fit to meld my love for environmental stewardship, education, and Camp St. Croix. I live in Hudson with my husband and 2 year old daughter and cannot wait until she gets to experience the wonder of Camp.
Camp St. Croix has always been a part of my life, as camper and then a summer staff member for many years. The relationships formed and values learned at camp have had a profound and positive impact in my life. It gives me great pleasure to be involved with Camp St. Croix again to ensure that children from all walks of life are able to have the same great experience. My family is also well versed in camp songs and traditions as my husband, Mike, is a former board member and both of our children are overnight campers.
Josh and Kim Cowan
Living adjacent to Camp, we have been fortunate to have had our son enrolled in School Age Care and DayCroix Day Camp. Our familiarity of Camp St. Croix has grown through the years and now to a point where we can serve. It is refreshing to direct our support to a broad based organization- serving “campers” of all ages. We feel fortunate to have the “campus” of Camp St. Croix in our neighborhood!
I moved to Hudson in January 1989. Ten years later I made my first trip to camp to experience Breakfast with Santa with my wife and young daughter. Our son was at Camp St. Croix to see Santa when he was 7 weeks old! The kids have been Wee Backpackers, day campers and had the chance to go to specialty camps as well. They attended River Crest Elementary and had the opportunity to spend time at camp on a regular basis during the school year, both through classroom time and with school age care. They have great memories of their time at camp learning to geocache, play games, sing camp songs, making s'mores around the fire pit, canoeing,swimming,horseback riding. We are so fortunate to have Camp St. Croix here in Hudson!