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2014 Camp Staff with week one youth!

Camp Staff 2014

2014 Camp Staff with week two youth!

Meet Your 2019 Camp Staff!

Mike Kinnie is very excited to be in his seventh season as camp director! He is also the coordinator at the Case Middle School and Watertown High 4-H Afterschool Program. At 4-H Camp Wabasso, he was a camper, a Counselor-In-Training, a Counselor's Aid, a Senior Counselor, Coordinator of Camping & Woodcraft, Program Director/Assistant Director, and now Camp Director. His eclectic experience also includes founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Lake Ontario Playhouse and the Mayor of Sackets Harbor, NY. He also taught middle schoolers at the StageDoor Theatre, the Evergreen Country Day School, and the Boulder Mackintosh School and Creative Writing, all in Colorado. Mike has a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College and is completing his first novel about an eleven-year-old time-traveling boy.

I'm Jim the Maintenance Man!! I don't really call anywhere my home because I grew up around the world as a Navy brat. I developed my handy skills with two AA degrees from Morrisville Ag and Tech and a Bachelors Degree in History. Camp has consumed 14 years of my life; my first year as maintenance, then six years as the Camp Director, and now another seven years in maintenance. My hobbies include loving music, woodworking, guitar, and impersonating my favorite of the Seven Dwarfs... Grumpy. 

Hi, my name is Hayden Peterson. I graduated from Jefferson Community College, and will be headed into my senior year enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh. I enjoy outdoors activities such as soccer, ultimate frisbee, and hiking. I’m looking forward to this summer as the Archery Program Coordinator!

Andrew Myane - or "OG" as Andrew is known at camp, will be the waterfront coordinator this year at Camp Wabasso. He is an experienced American Red Cross lifeguard, loves the lake and has been going to 4-H Camp Wabasso since he was a Cloverbud. He was a CIT, CA, and Counselor and now will be teaching swimming lessons and paddle boarding, as well as acting as the Bear Clan leader. 

Alyssa is excited for her first year at Camp Wabasso as a Senior Counselor. She came as a camper for two years and hopes to give the kids the same amazing experience at camp that she had. Alyssa is CPR/First Aid Certified and has been working with 4-H for the entirety of her teen years. She is excited for the opportunity to keep the 4-H mission alive. 

Clark is thrilled to be on staff this year as a lifeguard. Clark plans on making camp more safe and fun as a whole. This is Clark's 10th year here at Camp Wabasso. He started as a camper and now this will be Clark's first year on staff. Clark has taken all 3 years of the CIT program and is certified in CPR/First Aid and as a waterfront lifeguard.

Dylan is very thrilled to finally be a counselor after going to camp for the past 9-10 years. Dylan plans to make the kids have a very fun, yet very safe experience here at 4-H Camp Wabasso. This will be Dylan's first year on staff. Dylan has taken all 3 years of the CIT program and 1 year of the CA program. Dylan is certified in CPR/First Aid and is assisting in archery and soon will be an archery coordinator.

John, aka "Weasley" has been going to 4-H Camp Wabasso for 12 years now, (starting as a "Cloverbud"), but this is his first year on staff. He will be helping teach camping, wilderness survival, and ropes. He loves nature and couldn't be anymore connected to it. He's really excited for the summer!

Erin, aka "B.O.B." (Bucket of Browns) is in her 8th year at 4-H Camp Wabasso, but this is her first year on staff. She will be patrolling the waterfront as a lifeguard and getting a tan (while using sunscreen of course). She also is entrusted with the duty of composting. 

Hi, I'm Megan. I am the overnight safety officer for Camp Wabasso. I am responsible for the safety of counselors and campers during their stay. This is my third year in this position and I am looking forward to another summer.

My name is Lynne Rigabar and I am returning for my fourth year as camp RN/Health Coordinator. I am also the School Nurse at Case Middle School, and I teach BLS/Heart Saver/and First Aid through SMC. As a younger person, I came to 4-H Camp Wabasso with my 4-H troop. My hobbies are playing the trombone in the Arrhythmias Big Band, singing, sewing, and using the many skills that 4-H taught me in my early years. I enjoy spending my summers with my many friends at Camp Wabasso and my grandchildren, Keith, Kaelynd, and Hannah.

My name is Claire Gaudet and I'm very excited to be working at 4-H Camp Wabasso for the 2019 season. This will be my 11th year at camp, but my 1st year being on staff. I will be getting certified for both ropes and lifeguarding, so you can find me just about anywhere. It's my goal to make camp just as fun for every child this summer as it was for me in the past.

Hello there, my name is Patrick Baker, formally known as “Frosty”, and I am returning to camp as the Camping and Rec Coordinator. This is my 6th summer at camp. I have gone through the CIT and CA program, and spent the last 3 years on staff. I am a certified waterfront lifeguard and wilderness first responder. I am excited to return and get this summer going!

Hello! My name is Megan Liede, but everyone at camp calls me Snort! This year I will be spending by fifth summer on staff as 4-H Camp Wabasso's Assistant Director. When camp is not in session, I work for Cornell Cooperative Extension in the 4-H Afterschool Program. I graduated with my Bachelor's in Social Work last August, and will be starting a program for a Master's in Experiential Learning and Development this fall! I have gone to camp since I was old enough to, working my way through the CIT and Counselor Assistant Programs. Since joining the staff, I have been a senior counselor, lifeguard, and the Outdoor Program Coordinator. 4-H Camp Wabasso is, without a doubt in my mind, my favorite place to be and I am so excited to see what this summer has to offer! 


Michael Kinnie
4-H Camp Wabasso Program Director / Case Middle & Watertown High Afterschool Program Coordinator

Last updated June 17, 2019