The U-Nah-Li-Ya Family

 

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Year Round Staff 

Max - Executive Director of Camping Services 

Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 4 Years 

Hey there! I have been serving the YMCA Camping Community for over 15 years. Getting my start as a camper at YMCA Camp Jackson in Colorado, I developed a deep appreciation for the wilderness experience and camaraderie that camp provided me. I have a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science and a Master's Degree in business administration. I have always believed that relationships play a key role in a camper's experience and that resilience is built through challenging, safe, engaging programming. I live at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya year-round with my wife and 2 young children, we can all be caught at our various family program weekends. My favorite thing about camp is that it provides kids with the opportunity to engage in outdoor wilderness experiences. 

 

Jordan - Director of Operations 

Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 2 Years

I have been working in YMCA Camping for 6 years. In that time I have gained experience as a camper, counselor, assistant director, and now, Program and Marketing Director. These experiences have been the most impactful and formative of my life. I have a achelor's Degree in Elementary Education that lends itself well to developing programming for camp and working closely with kids and families. As the Director of Program Development and Marketing at U-Nah-Li-Ya I ensure that every camper and guest has the opportunity to grow and gain just as much from camp as I have and continue to. My favorite thing about camp is that it's one of the few places in the world where people of all ages can come and enjoy being accepted for exactly who they are. 

 

Kathy - Office Manager

Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 4 Years

I began my career working in education where I gained a wide variety of experience in organizational management and human resources. My two children grew up attending camp and I was able to watch them grow and flourish with each experience. During my time at U-Nah-Li-Ya I have been able to use my work experience to provide resources that support camp in achieving its mission of "Improving the World through Improving People" and allowing every kid to get the camp experience they deserve. My favorite part of camp is coming in every morning and seeing all of the kids smiling and happy. 

 

Paul  - Property Manager

Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 1 Year

I was born and raised in Wisconsin about 30 miles from Camp Unahliya. As a child I had the opportunity to attend camp several times while in grade school. I thought it was a fantastic place back then, and never dreamed I’d be working here later on in life. I joined the Y’s Men club in 2018 and volunteered time to the camp at the work weekends. Earlier in 2019 I was hired on as the Property Manager. It’s more than a full time job with 32 plus buildings and structures to maintain. But it’s for the kids. And we here in facilities and property maintenance are a happy people, and we are here to help. When I see all the happy smiling kids it reminds me of my youth when I was here years ago.

Josh  - Facility Technician  

Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 1 Year 

Howdy friends! I grew up in the area surrounding Chute Pond and love everything about the outdoors. As the facility technician I am responsible for making sure that camp is always running in tip top shape! You'll often find me carrying tools and wearing a flannel. Sometimes the kids even mistake me for the legendary camp lumberjack, "Ole Peterson." My favorite thing about Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya is hearing the kids and guests laugh and play in the distance. 

Outdoor Education Staff - Seasonal

Summer Staff - Currently hiring for 2021!

Program Staff

Trail Department Director - Hiring

 

Waterfront Director - Hiring

 

Teen Leadership Director - Hiring

 

Cali - Girls Camp Director 

 

Ben - Boys Camp Director

What’s up Unie?!? My name is Ben and this summer I will be the Boys Camp Director. This is my third summer on staff at U-Nah-Li-Ya and I cannot wait to see you all here. Some of my favorite things to do at camp are climb or belay the rock wall, and to find a cozy spot to hangout and work on some lanyards! I could not be more excited for the summer to get here, it is going to be a blast!

Specialty Area Directors

Adventure Sports - Hiring

 

Watercraft - Hiring

 

Caden- Eco Challenge 

Hi friends! I’m Caden, and this summer I will be the director for Eco Challenge, the newest specialty area at Unie. This is my second summer on staff at camp, and I’m super excited to jump back into the unique world that is camp U-Nah-Li-Ya. I know this year will be even better than last summer, and I’m most excited to get kids engaged with the natural world around them. Here’s to a great summer!

Survival Skills - Hiring 

 

Arts, Crafts, Creativity, and Drama - Hiring 

 

Marksmanship - Hiring 

 

Adventure Trips Counselors - Hiring

Casey

Yo yo yo! Who is ready for some trips?!? I know I am! My name is Casey and I will make up ½ of the female trip staff this summer. I have been attending camp here at U-Nah-Li-Ya since I was about 8, participated in a few of Unie’s teen leadership programs (which I totally recommend checking out), worked here as a resident counselor last summer, and, because I loved working here so much, decided to finally chase after my dream of taking some rad campers out on trail. Not only am I super excited for all of my upcoming trips, but I am also looking forward to my time spent at camp singing songs, playing games, and, of course, attending campfires! I get the best of both! Camp could not start soon enough. Get ready for the most amazing summer!

Teen Leadership Counselors - Hiring

Resident Camp Counselors - Hiring

Abby

Hi Unie! My name is Abby and this summer I will be one of the resident counselors at camp. This is my first summer on staff at U-Nah-Li-Ya. I was a camper for about 6 years and I am super excited to be coming back as a counselor! I can’t wait to meet all of our new campers this year! See you soon!

Aubrie

Hey Looney Unie! My name is Aubrie and I’m so excited for my first year on staff! I have been going to camp for as long as I can remember with my family and for Summer Camp for 10 years. From going canoeing, camp games, to campfires we will have so much fun! Camp is my absolute favorite place in the world and I can’t wait for our adventures this summer together out on the loose!

Evelyn

Hey Unie! I’m Evelyn, and I’m so excited for my first summer at camp! I’m going to be a resident
counselor. I got a taste of camp last summer while helping clean up after the storm, and I can’t
wait to have the full camp experience! You’ll probably find me out canoeing on Chute Pond or
hanging out in my hammock. I’m so excited to meet you all and have a wonderful summer!

Lauren

Hi there! My name is Lauren and this is my second year on resident staff! I have loved  my time as a camper, teen leader, tripper, and counselor for the past eight years…  camp has always felt like home! You can probably find me out in a canoe, making lanyard bracelets, or in my hammock. I can’t wait to meet you all and show you how amazing life is out on the loose!

Oscar 

Good morning, evening, night, or afternoon, Unie! My name is Oscar and this summer I’ll be a Resident Counselor. This will be my first summer working at camp, but somewhere between my sixth and eighth time at camp (I’ve lost count). You’re likely to find me in the Arts & Crafts cabin, or sitting near the waterfront with my guitar. I’m excited to get to know everyone, and I’m ready to be back on camp!

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