Meet the Staff - Crystal

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Meet the Staff 2014!

Camp Talooli has one of the greatest summer staffs around. With nearly 80% of our staff returning each year, our staff members are incredibly skilled, innovative, and enthusiastic about sharing their love of summer camp with Talooli campers. This is a way for us to share just how special each of our counselors, program staff, and leaders are.



Crystal Donahue

Position at Camp this summer:

Nature Director

How many years have you been coming to Camp Talooli?

14 years! Before becoming the Nature Director, Crystal attended Talooli as a camper and CIT and worked several summers as a day/overnight counselor.

What is the funniest thing a camper has ever said to you?

When I was a resident camp counselor I had a couple of young campers that started calling me mom. When I explained to them that mom is a special word and that it was just for their own mom, they started calling me dad. I guess that talk kind of backfired.

Who was your favorite counselor when you were a camper?

Ashley! She was my resident counselor and then my CIT counselor. She was easy to talk to, she encouraged us to be creative and we had a lot of fun. She even used to sing us to sleep!

What is your favorite theme week?

Probably pirate week. It's just so much fun to see how the campers and staff get so into it. Plus, who doesn't love a treasure hunt?!

What career are you currently pursuing?

I recently earned a license to teach at the elementary school level. In additional to working as a substitute teacher, I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Curriculum from SUNY Oswego.

If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name be?

I don't know, probably something like Nature Girl.

What are you most looking forward to about this summer?

Seeing all the growth experiences that campers and staff have throughout the summer.

What is the your favorite part about being on staff at Camp Talooli?

Talooli is my summer home! Even on my worse day at Talooli, I get to see children have learning experiences that just don't happen anywhere else and I often get to be a part of those experiences myself.

What are the most important skills you have learned working at summer camp?

Lots of patience, communication and leadership skills. And, even as an adult it is important to push my boundaries, get out of my comfort zone, and be silly sometimes.

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