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Meet the Camp Director

Our Camp Director has grown up at Girl Scout camps as both campers and staff. Learn a little more about Nike.

 

Linda "NIKE" Archer

Camp Crossed Arrows

Amanda "Pockets" Hall

Camp Cahinnio 
Did you attend camp as a girl? 
Yes, I attended Camp Cahinnio when I was young. I started attending camp in the early 1990’s and continued as a staff member up through the summer of 2004. I returned to work for the Girl Scouts – Diamonds in 2009. 

Did you attend camp as a girl? 
I certainly did!  My career in camping began way back in 1992 in Oklahoma and I have not stopped since.  My most memorable sessions include photography, bicycling, canoeing and my favorite was rappelling.  

What staff positions did you hold at camp?
My first two summers on staff were spent at a unit counselor for girls entering 4th through 6th grade. I returned to my third year as a unit leader of the same unit. I was then promoted to Counselor In Training Director and served in that capacity for 2 summers. In 2008, I taught swim lessons in the mornings. I’ve served as Camp Director of Camp Cahinnio, Camp High Point and Camp Crossed Arrows. This will be my 3rd year at Camp Crossed Arrows. 

What staff positions did you hold at camp? Well let me think…  I started as a lowly Unit Counselor but after 2 years I stepped up to the role of Unit Leader.  Following that I tried my chops as Lifeguard for a year and then after a year off I came back as a Waterfront Director.  Interesting fact I did not own a swim suit or really liked to swim (but I could swim well) when I became a lifeguard
What is your education background?
I spent all of my childhood years at Pleasant View. I graduated in 2001 and went on to college in Russellville at Arkansas Tech University. I graduated ATU in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Parks Administration.
 What is your education background?
As a perky and quirky child I grew up at Norman Public Schools (in Oklahoma).  From there I left what I knew to attend college at Columbia College (in Missouri and not New York) where I worked hard for a Bachelor’s in Business Management.  I am hoping to have earned by November my Masters in Camp Administration and Leadership at Touro University Nevada. 
 
What is your favorite camp song?
I absolutely love belting out “Blue” for everyone at camp to repeat. “Barges” also holds a special place in my heart as a ceremonial camp song. 
What is your favorite camp song?
This is almost too much but I think I can narrow it down to a few.  My two favorite long songs include “Rainbow Made of Children” and “Magic”.  As for short and sweet it is a tie between “Early in the Morning” and the “Bean” song.  However my favorite one to be creative with is “Lion Huntin’”.  These are all from when I grew up but one you may recognize from Cahinnio is “Rattlin’ Bog”.

What is your favorite game at camp?
I enjoy playing a game I learned this past summer called Quack. I think it’s great to watch people compete in a quack off. 

What is your favorite game at camp?
Need I say more than “O Captain, My Captain”
What’s your favorite camp activity?
Canoeing is always so peaceful. We have a beautiful creek at Camp Crossed Arrows and when I’m in a canoe, I just love to look at the scenery. 
 What’s your favorite camp activity?
Being at one with nature as you walk among the trees, also known as Hiking.  My favorite is night hiking where you let your eyes adjust to the dark and opens you up to a whole new world.

Do you have a favorite camp memory?
This is hard! I have so many! But one that always sticks out in my mind is when I learned how to make a banana boat – the WRONG way. I peeled the banana because I wasn’t listening to instructions. For those of you who don’t know how to make a banana boat, the peel stays on. It’s one of the first things I tell girls now when making the campfire treat! 
Do you have a favorite camp memory?
With so many firsts since being at Camp Cahinnio my mind drifts to “porcupines”, swim lessons, and barges.  However the one that sticks out the most would be when I was trying to dive (with a bounce) and my perfect looking one turned into a belly flop that was heard by all at the pool as if it was right in front of them.  Even though it was painful (and left a red mark that spanned my whole stomach) I was very proud of the lifeguards who all jumped to their feet ready to help.

Why do you love camp?
Camp is a different environment than home or school for almost any girl. She can come to camp and try new activities and find out so much about herself in such a short time. Many girls come to camp with fears of trying new things and having those very things mastered by the end of the session! I love seeing the confidence and independence that participating in camp can bring girls. It makes my day when a girl tries a new activity that she was scared or worried about. It’s one of the many reasons I love being a part of camp. 

Why do you love camp?
Here is how I sum up why I love camp: A girl that has never been in nature, does not know how to swim, and screams at the sight of any bugs.  By the end of the week she has made a handful of new friends; is able to not only to float but do the front stroke; she still screams but then giggles and asks to hold the bug; and does not stop talking about all the new things she did at camp.  Camp is a place full of possibilities, where trying is the success.