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…
Elizabeth Baldwin is from Junction City, Kansas. She is currently working on getting her Associate Degree in Nursing at Cloud County Community College, then continuing her education at Emporia State. This year will be her fifth year at White Memorial Camp and she is excited to see new and old faces of campers this year. Her camp specialties are leading songs at campfires, and leading the low ropes course. She only has two sport teams that she is very fond of and they are the Patriots and the cowboys. Hobbies that she enjoys are writing, reading, and photography.
Macey Secord is from Harveyville Kansas. This year will be her second year at White Memorial Camp! She graduated from Mission Valley High School and plans to attend Washburn in the fall of 2016 to study theater, acting, and film. When she graduates she would love to work in movies. She’d like to act as well as direct, produce, and possibly write. She likes being a counselor at Camp White because it allows her to be fun and creative and helps her build skills that she will use the rest of her life. She can run most any activity at camp, though her specialties are archery and assisting high ropes course. Some of her favorite movies are Back To the Future, Finding Neverland, and basically anything Disney. Her favorite books include The Divergent series, The Hunger Games series, and the Percy Jackson series. Her hobbies include archery and horseback riding. Some interesting facts about her are: she’s currently trying to learn Spanish, her favorite color is blue, she is obsessed with mermaids, and is really good at balancing books on her head. She’s very excited to have another great year at camp and hopes to see you there!
Dane is from Eskridge, Ks and this is his third year work at White Memorial Camp. Dane just wrapped up his freshman year at K-State. Dane’s favorite book series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The teams Dane roots for are the K-State Wildcats, Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. Dane’ s hobbies include: reading, playing chess, spending time outdoors, and destroying opponents in Gaga ball. A few interesting facts about Dane are: he has been to 9 other countries, he plays trumpet in the Pride of Wildcat Land, and his family has six cats and two dogs. Dane’s favorite memory about camp is when the counselors made a Let It Go parody. At camp you can find Dane everywhere: from leading archery, helping with the ropes courses, by the pool or lakes with kayaks and canoes, to building some of the best fires known to mankind.
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.