Justin Whittaker began his camp career as a volunteer junior counselor over 10 years ago. Since then, he’s been hired on as summer counselor staff and eventually became Program Director where he trained staff, created a summer curriculum and maintained health and safety in all activities. In 2016, Justin accepted the role as Director and continues to share his creativity, enthusiasm, and positivity. Justin graduated from Baker University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in communication. His focus is on building communication skills, problem-solving, conflict management and teamwork in groups that attend camp. He loves dogs, hates mushrooms and is indifferent toward the Dewey Decimal System. Be sure to stop by the office and say “Hello.”
Our Counselors and Instructors…
Abby Phillips was born and raised in the heart of the heartland. She currently lives outside of Dover, Ks in the Flint Hills! In her downtime, she can be caught reading, drawing, painting, or watching Netflix! She studies social work at Bethel College, Kansas, with one more year to go! This is her first year as a staff member WMC and she is so exited!
Matt Goeckel is from Council Grove and this is his second year working at White Memorial Camp. Matt is heading into his senior year at Council Grove High School. Matt enjoys all things outdoors, but his favorite spot at camp is down at the lake where campers can swim and kayak. Matt’s other hobbies include running, stargazing, and cheering on the K-State Wildcats. Some of Matt’s favorite memories of camp come from the talent shows from each week’s camp.
Morgan Scott is from McPherson Kansas. She has been spending her summers at camp white since 2013. her dream finally came true this year and she’s excited to see what she can offer the camp as a counselor! Her hobbies include: playing tennis, hiking, and swimming to beat the summer heat! Her plans for the future start in August when she officially becomes a Bethany Swede and begins her journey in becoming a teacher. She’s a fun and outgoing person, and hopes this summer is filled with unforgettable memories made with campers.
Sean Gorman is from Dover, Kansas. He currently works at Chipotle and the Westridge 8. This will be my third year as a counselor, and I am looking forward to a fantastic year. I frequently help to teach archery. You will also frequently find me helping out at both low and high ropes. I love to play board games and field games. My hobbies include reading, video games, archery and throwing knives.
Elizabeth Baldwin— n0, she’s not related to Alec Baldwin (but she’ll still sign an autograph for you). She’s from Junction City, Kansas and has been camp counseling for six years. She’s a pre nursing student with an associates degree, so she assures you she has the knowledge necessary to make camp a safe place to be and she has a prescription for fun. Her hobbies revolve around social media… you know what she memes! (HA!) and she hopes to see you all at camp!
Scott Siebert was born and raised in Salina Kansas attended KSU until the culinary field called, He became a sous chef at Manhattan Country Club and moved to Lincoln Nebraska. He eventually became Executive Chef at Hillcrest Country Club before moving to Council Grove to help run the Hays House kitchen. He’s been an Executive Chef at two clubs in Topeka before coming to KSU to cook for the performance table at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. He came to work at camp for one reason – He’s addicted to s’mores. Listen closely at camp because when Scott gets the blues, he’s been known to play the harmonica!
Being a staff member at Camp White is far more than a summer job… it’s an unforgettable experience in beautiful surroundings. Senior Leadership Staff must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate. Leadership staff have passed full background checks, and be First Aid, CPR, and AED certified. Counselors participate in training where they learn about risk management, safety, and how to facilitate fun. Many of our leadership team members are college students or are planning on studying education, recreation, or coaching.
Volunteers are encouraged to join the staff. Many camp weeks we have volunteer pastors to lead our Vespers services and provide bible education. Other volunteers are moms, grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers, retired folks and high school and college students looking for philanthropy hours for school or scholarships. Volunteers pass the same background checks our staff members do. Many times they bring special skills in the way of arts and crafts, music, fishing, outdoor expertise, cooking, cleaning, mowing, painting and other specialties. Can’t commit to an entire week? You’d rather repair something? You’d love to teach fishing? There are plenty of ways to get involved! If you are interested in volunteering, please give us a call or send us an email on the Contact Page.