Camp Howard counselors enjoy a laugh during training last month. “The most important part of the Camp Howard experience is the relationship between the counselor and the camper,” executive director Sister Krista von Borstel said during staff training June 25. (Courtesy CYO/Camp Howard)
Camp Howard counselors enjoy a laugh during training last month. “The most important part of the Camp Howard experience is the relationship between the counselor and the camper,” executive director Sister Krista von Borstel said during staff training June 25. (Courtesy CYO/Camp Howard)
CORBETT — “The most important part of the Camp Howard experience is the relationship between the counselor and the camper,” executive director Sister Krista von Borstel said during staff training June 25.

The organization invests in two weeks of training and preparation for the leadership staff with a packed week for the counselors as well.

“It takes a strong, cohesive group of summer staff to provide innovative and fun programs that ensure a truly memorable time while at camp,” said Jolie Abraham-Phanton, director of communication for CYO/Camp Howard.

“We hire staff who embody patience, are good with kids, self-motivated, creative, even-tempered, model Christian values and love the outdoors,” said Nora Gravengaard, summer camp program director.

Maria Wanner, a recent college graduate and new arts and crafts director, is excited to share her love of art, creativity and faith with kids at camp. Many staff members are former campers who loved their Camp Howard experience and want to pass on the experience. Two of the new counselors, Patrick Barrett and Isaac Dennerline, built a friendship during their eight years attending Camp Howard. Kelsey Stamkye is a new counselor who loved making friends, being outdoors and trying new activities while a camper.

“Every young person should have the opportunity to work at Camp Howard,” said Sister Krista. “Our staff members learn leadership traits and so many valuable skills that benefit them throughout their lives.” Sister Krista explains that not only do staff get to participate in “unique and enjoyable” activities, but they also learn a lot about themselves as people, experience personal growth and acquire skills relevant for future employment.

Camp Howard is certified by the American Camping Association.