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Our Staff

Our team members are the heart of our operation. Camp is made possible through the hard work and dedication of some of the worlds most caring people.

Being a staff member is far more than a summer job… it’s an unforgettable experience. We are proud of our passionate and hard working team who go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional experience for all of our guests. We ensure our staff are professional and properly vetted by screening ALL staff and volunteer candidates prior to hiring and continue to screen regularly for our long-term staff. 

Leadership staff (counselors, Program Leads, Session Directors etc) must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. WMC will provide First Aid, CPR, & AED certifications, as well as, staff training on risk management, safety, and how to facilitate fun. We maintain low staff-to-camper ratios for safety and efficiency. Many of our leadership team members are pursuing careers in education, environmentalism, recreation, or coaching. 

Volunteers are a necessity and more than welcome to join our WMC staff. Learn more here. Frequently, we have volunteer pastors to lead our Vespers services and provide bible education. Whether you’re looking for somewhere special to spend your time or you would like to fulfill philanthropy hours for school or scholarships, WMC has a spot for you. Volunteers often bring special skills to Camp in the way of arts & crafts, music, fishing, outdoor education, cooking, cleaning, mowing, painting, and many other specialty areas. Can’t commit to an entire week? You’d rather repair something? You’d love to help from home? There are plenty of ways to get involved!  If you are interested in volunteering, please connect with us on the Contact Page.

Operations Crew. While some of our staff are seasonal, and may only work for a summer, some of our staff have been here for over 10 years and make camp possible.  Our kitchen staff is made up of professional cooks and those interested in learning more about food services. When hiring camp counselors, we look for passionate, hard working students with an interest in areas such as education, recreational sciences, outdoor living skills, ministries, social work, mental or physical therapy, psychology, sports – and really any passion because all are welcome at camp!

Get to know our current staff!

20150620_121152Justin “Rubber Ducky” Whittaker- Director.  “Rubber Ducky” began his WMC career  over 15 years ago. Since then, he has been volunteer, summer counselor, program director and since 2016, Camp Director.  Nearly an Education Major with a Minor in Spanish, instead Justin graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Communication. He is an American Red Cross Instructor, High/Low Ropes Course Facilitator with background in communication, conflict management, sales, and entertainment. He trains staff, creates summer curriculums, and maintains health & safety standards. His focus is on building strong social problem-solving and teamwork skills. Somehow along the way he earned the nickname “Rubber Ducky” and can be seen following his trusty camp Eevee, the red border collie, to and from the camp office. Stop by and say “hello!”

Morgan “Phoenix” Scott- Program Director. Phoenix is from McPherson, Kansas. The year 2013 marked the beginning of her Camp life. She started out as a camper at WMC. For four summers, she made some of the greatest memories of her life. She met life long friends, discovered an addiction to campfire songs, and fell in love with all that WMC has to offer.  Making sure campers have fun, keeping traditions alive, and ensuring that the s’mores always turn out golden brown are just some of the reasons why she loves her  job! 

Scott ” Scotty” Siebert- Food Service Manager / Head Cook. Scotty was born and raised in Salina, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University until the culinary field began calling. He became a sous chef at Manhattan Country Club. His passions for food then moved him to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he became Executive Chef at Hillcrest Country Club. The next leg of his journey landed him in Council Grove, where he helped run the Hays House kitchen. His culinary journeys have also allowed him the opportunity to cook for the K-State Athletics 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!

Jordan “The Big Kahuna” Munns- Counselor. Big Kahunas is from Topeka, Kansas. He attended church camps at White Memorial Camp for nine years before becoming a counselor in 2019. He also acts as one of the camp’s lifeguards. He enjoys running to stay active and playing cards with friends. He loves working as a counselor because growing up, he loved summer camp and he made some of his closest friends here. Big Kahuna enjoys getting to provide campers with the fun environment that kept him coming back for so long. He’s currently finishing his senior year in high school, although you could say he transferred to home schooling in 2020. As an Eagle Scout he helps teach outdoor skills to our campers. In the fall he will be attending Colorado School of Mines to study environmental engineering. He hopes to continue providing a fun and safe environment for our guests and campers this summer. Fun fact, he actually got the nickname “Big Kahuna” while he and his friends were prairie surfing at camp. Keep an eye out for the speedy, card shark known at camp as The Big Kahuna!

Christina “Sparky” Wulf – Counselor. Meet Sparky! She’s from Coffeyville, Kansas. 2019 was her first year as a camp counselor and first time attending a camp.  As a camp counselor she helps campers get situated and feel at home in their cabin, leads activities, collaborates with parents, cleans, builds lifelong relationships with staff and campers, and has lots of fun!! She loves working at White Memorial Camp for many reasons. She enjoys working with “Rubber Ducky” and the  rest of the strangely-nicknamed counselors, learning more knowledge through certification courses, spending time with campers, learning new skills, experiencing new activities or events, being outside all day, swimming, helping with archery, playing music, dancing, going on adventures and – what’s not to love?? When she’s not at summer camp, Sparky teaches 2nd grade during the school year.  In her free time she loves to exercise, run 5k’s, be outside, play the ukulele, guitar, and piano and go on adventures with my friends and family.  She hopes that campers have fun. Sparky encourages campers to step outside their comfort zone to try new things, be up for adventures, learn new things, sing some crazy songs while having a s’more, and enjoy the White Memorial Camp experience!!! “Too-da-loo Buckaroo, I hope to see you soon!!!” – Sparky.

Javier “Basher” Ceja – Counselor / Session Director / Coach“Hello, future campers!” Meet Javier Ceja, but he goes by “Ceja” but at camp, its “Basher.” Enough names? His greatest passions in life are his wife, family, and the love for distance running… or any outdoor activity. He’s been the co-director of Prairie Run Cross Country Camp at White Camp Memorial (WMC). or PRXC for short, since 2017. (We are super excited for our 4th year.) PRXC is an opportunity for kids can learn about running in middle-school/high school, and college and everything that is associated with running. It’s a super awesome time to mix in health, the benefits of running, and the opportunities running can provide. Basher is the dude that helps you escape to “the world of the outdoors” – scary, maybe? NO WAY! It’s full of fun and self-growth. He currently resides in Olathe, KS with his wife, (love of his life) and 2 dogs named Axel and Boston Boost. While working at WMC Basher enjoys seeing the self-growth campers demonstrate from the first day through their last day. Aside from working at Camp, he spends his time as a running coach, working at a running store, and hanging out with family. “I hope to offer kids different ways of being healthy by exploring the outdoors and challenging their inner-self.” – Ceja. Fun fact, Basher LOVES the Ninja Turtles and Dinosaurs! Who doesn’t? 

Pam Lansing – Housekeeping Supervisor. If you’ve been to camp, then you’ve probably met, Pam! If you’ve yet to meet, be sure to say “howdy!” to her while she’s out and about preparing the facilities for you. Pam has been employed at White memorial Camp for over ten yeas. She not only heads our cleaning and hospitality, she also assists with Maintenance Crew, Kitchen Crew and wherever support is needed. She really enjoys working here because there is plenty of variety. She enjoys meeting the guests and has known many awesome people through Camp.  As for our staff, she considers camp staff her family! She was raised in Council Grove and lives close to the camp. One fun story Pam tells is about the day she was mowing the trails and this big red deer jumped out in front of her. While it was scary, the deer was beautiful! She loves all of the nature out at camp – except snakes!

Gary & Nancy Rowley- Maintenance  / Grounds Crew. Before retiring three years ago, Nancy was a CNA for seventeen years. Before that, she helped Gary with the farming operation. Gary farmed most of his life on his family’s farm. Before he retired, he worked for Wabaunsee Road & Bridge Dept. Gary and Nancy have been married for 46 years. They have four children (two girls & two boys) and 6 grandchildren with another on its way.  They’ve worked at camp since 2018. They enjoy being involved at camp because they spend time immersed in the lake & scenery and it is simply a really nice place to work. 

 

Want to join our team? Find out more here.
Questions about our staff, training, or policies? Feel free to contact us!