Linda “Nike” Archer– Camp Director | Camp Crossed Arrows has been a Girl Scout since grade school and began attending Camp Cahinnio in the early 1990s and continued through her college years. Linda attributes much of her character and life skills to her experience at camp. She has been a camper, counselor, lifeguard, unit leader, and now camp director. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration, Linda spent four years working with Arkansas State Parks as a park ranger. In 2009, Linda returned to the world of Girl Scouts as a program specialist in the Fort Smith region. In 2011, Linda directed both Camp Cahinnio and Camp High Point and made her move to Camp Crossed Arrows in 2012, where she continues to work. Linda loves sharing the camp experience with new and returning campers and can’t imagine a more fulfilling career.
Jillian “Sparrow” Taylor – Assistant Camp Director | Camp Crossed Arrows has been involved in camp since she was a Girl Scout Junior. She first attended Camp Storeywood in the early 2000s, learning horsemanship and riding skills in the Ouachita Council program. Jillian has since worked at Girl Scout camps as a counselor, lifeguard, horseback riding instructor, and riding program director. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication, Jillian worked in marketing before returning to Arkansas in 2015 as the fulltime Horse Program Coordinator for the Diamonds Council. During the summer, Jillian serves as assistant camp director for Crossed Arrows and loves to help instructors lead activities all over camp, including rock climbing, swimming lessons, canoeing, and of course, horseback riding. She believes that camp is a great tool for building a child’s confidence, and is grateful for camp experiences that have given her the skills and drive to share a passion for horses and the outdoors with our girls!
Betony “Freedom” Weakley-Maringer – Camp Director | Camp Cahinnio joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie and excitedly took every opportunity to get outdoors that she could get her small hands on. As she grew, Camp NOARK became her summer home. While stepping through the roles of camper, CIT, junior counselor, unit counselor, unit leader, CIT director, lifeguard, canoe instructor, program staff, and program director she was fortunate to experience the diversity of Girl Scout camps in three different states. Betony studied Outdoor Recreation at the University of Arkansas and Agro-Ecology at Prescott College in Arizona. Her love of outdoor recreation took her to the Yukon Territory and a National Outdoor Leadership School course for outdoor educators. Betony is thrilled to bring her adventures full circle and back home to Arkansas where she will once again be making magic with her fellow Girl Scouts - this time as director at Camp Cahinnio!
Christine “Ski” Kijowski – Assistant Camp Director | Camp Cahinnio – After spending her whole childhood wanting to go to summer camp, Christine finally made it to Camp Cahinnio for the first time as a college student/staff member in 1985 and has loved it ever since! She has also enjoyed spending time working at Camp High Point and Camp NOARK. She has served as a counselor, archery instructor, unit leader, certified water safety instructor, canoe instructor, assistant camp director, and camp director. When camp is not in session, she is a National Board Certified Teacher in Chicago. Because she understands how important the camping experience is for kids, she started the “Chicago Campers Fund” to provide the opportunity for a few girls each summer to have the childhood experience of camp she always wanted. Summer camp has played an integral part in her life and she cherishes all the people who have become a part of her camping family.
Kimberly "Sci-Fi" Young - Assistant Camp Director | Camp Cahinnio - Kim has been involved with Girl Scouts since she was in the fourth grade. She first attended Camp Cahinnio during her first year as a Girl Scout and learned outdoorsmanship, orienteering, horsemanship, and just about anything outdoor-related. Since her time as a camper, Kimberly has happily filled the roles of a CIT, unit counselor, unit leader, lifeguard, waterfront director, canoe instructor, CIT director and business manager at Camp Cahinnio and Camp High Point. Kimberly is currently studying business administration at Carl Albert State College in Oklahoma and has hopes of earning a degree in environmental health and safety as well. Kimberly has always been an avid supporter of camp and believes it provides a valuable experience for all involved.