The Camp Cory Board of Management is a group of dedicated individuals committed to improving the camp experience.
Camp Cory had, and continues to have a major impact in Alex’s life. He can’t imagine not being involved with it in order to ensure that others have the same life-shaping experiences. His years as a camper and staff member were some of the best of his life. Alex definitely has Cory to thank for sticking with sailing as a kid – the camaraderie and sense of community he experienced in Maijgren instilled in him a love for sailing. His experiences at Cory also shaped much of the work he continues to do with youth (Camp Cory Part 2 as Alex calls it). Alex continues to stay in touch with many of the friends he made at Cory and the bond they share is unique.
George became a board member to support the Y in their efforts to bring kids to camp that otherwise could not afford to go. He wants every kid who wants to go to Cory to get to go to Cory! George is extremely passionate that 100% of his contributions that to Cory, go to this end. George became involved with Cory as a “nerdy nine year old” in 1965. At first he couldn’t swim or sail (he says he was a danger to all around him in a canoe!). Three years later, he left Cory able to master these challenges and much more. George firmly believes that Camp Cory is an experience that every child should get to enjoy!
Abby is inspired to help make the Cory experience as rich and accessible as possible for young people today and in the future. She treasures the experience that she had as a camper at Cory — and believes it contributed toward shaping her character and confidence.
Bo first became a Maijgren camper in 1996, was a Counselor in Training in 2000, and was hired on as a counselor after the CIT program ended. He was a counselor from 2000-2003, Waterfront Coordinator and CIT/LIT counselor in 2004, and in 2005 was Maijgren Village head, with Dave Ghidiu as Sailing Master and now-Board Member Alex Baum as Assistant Sailing Master. In the winter of 2005, he worked part-time as Camp Historian, reading “culminaries” (camp yearbook), cataloging every camper and staff member listed, finding old photos, answering alumni inquiries, and preserving Camp Cory documents.. In 2006-2007 Bo was the Leadership Director; in 2008, the Program Director alongside now-Board Member Aaron Weaver; and in 2009 and 2010, the Senior Program Director alongside Aaron and now-Camp Director Pat Foster, respectively. Since then, he has continued to volunteer as Camp Historian, pre- and post-season help, and eventually as a Board Member beginning in 2015.
Bo continues his role as Camp Historian today, and published “A History of Camp Cory” (2011) and “Attention All Staff!” (2015).
Lisa became involved with the Cory board once she moved back to NY. She and her husband Aaron (who went to Cory as a young boy) decided to join the Triangle Society and spent some time talking with Michele Rowcliffe about Cory’s needs. At that moment it became clear that they both could give more than money. Aaron joined the Alumni Committee and Lisa joined the Board’s Development Committee because of their professional expertise. While Lisa never went to Camp, her son Jack now attends as an Overnight Camper, and she does think about how much she could have benefited from the programming and leadership that Cory provides to campers. That is why she works to help raise money, so Camp Cory can support every child and family who would like Cory to be part of their story.
Chris always said that he would stay on as Sailing Master his entire life if he thought he could support a family on that wage, but he believes that serving on the board is the next best thing. As a former camper and staff member, Chris has very fond memories of the effect of the camp experience. Camp Cory was where he first slept in a cabin away from his family, played tether-ball/capture-the-flag/ultimate Frisbee, performed on a stage, won a sailboat race, swam across a lake, sang at the top of his lungs in public, and taught a class (just to name a few). Mostly, It is the place where he built his self-confidence and independence. Chris wants all children to have this experience.
Karen was introduced to Camp Cory by her husband Ted, who was a Cory camper for many years, then a staff member, and then a Board member. Ted’s father and sister had also attended Cory, so it was a family affair! Ted’s family was so passionate and articulate about the many ways in which camp had positively impacted their lives that Karen knew they should send their own kids as well. Her children, Zhanya and Ian, have been coming to Cory since they were old enough to start Day Camp. Zhanya was a CIT and hired as an Assistant Senior Counselor this summer. Cory has been an integral part of Karen’s extended family’s summer routine for at least 10 years, as their children and their cousins from Scotland and Albany have made a tradition of attending camp together each year. She feels like she watches them all grow in confidence with each photo posted throughout each summer!
Having recently moved here from San Diego, Susan wanted to celebrate Labor Day with her family. As a member of the Southeast YMCA branch, she saw brochures for Camp Cory and thought it would be fun to try. That was 18 years ago! They loved it from the first weekend and have made it a regular part of summer ever since. The Cory staff was a family away from home. When her boys were old enough they both spent a week, sometimes two, during the summer to learn sailing, see old friends, and make new ones. She loves the camp, the staff, and of course, the lake. To her, there is nothing better than watching the setting sun reflecting off the smooth water after a great day of fun. Joining the board enables her to give back to the community and enable more kids and families to have the camp experience she has had.
Andrea has many friends and coworkers that are part of the Camp Cory family. After hearing the wonderful experiences over the years and seeing the impact of the camp on so many, she knew that she wanted her family to be part of this experience. Now, her family looks forward to camp, seeing old friends and making new ones in a safe, open, and caring community that makes everyone feel included and special. Andrea is also touched by the assistance that is provided to children that may not normally have the means to attend camp. To see their faces, hear their stories, and watch their development is so rewarding; this continually inspires her to educate people on the value of the special place called Camp Cory.
From the time she was born, Meghan spent every summer on Keuka Lake with her family. When she was 11, her parents finally told her and her twin sister that Camp Cory existed. After her first session, she was hooked. Meghan spent five years as a camper moving through general camp, Maijgren, and CIT programs. Following her time as a CIT, she spent four summers as a Staff member being a dishwasher, counselor, and High Ropes Chief.
Caitlin started attending Camp with her twin sister during the summer of 2002 after growing up on Keuka Lake with her family. She started in Wells Village for two years and then eventually made her way down to Maijgren Village for two years. In 2006, she participated in the CIT Program and started in the kitchen in the summer after. In 2008, Caitlin was an Assistant Senior Counselor before moving on to be Assistant Waterfront Director during 2009 and 2010.
Beth first got to know Cory through her older brother, David McNamara, who attended Cory as a camper and counselor from 1971-1980. Beth’s East Lake Road journey began the year that his ended, and she worked her way from Wells to Maijgren to summers as an LIT, CIT, JC, and counselor, ending her Cory days in 1989 as the Maijgren Village Head. Since then, she has been teaching high school English for nearly twenty-five years, and her camp life lessons and those beloved Yacht Club Porch sailing classes have easily been among the most formative influences on her work with teenagers.
Until summer of 2016, Jeanne did not have a Camp Story. This past summer she spent many Sunday afternoons at Cory greeting the families of 20 NEW campers as they were dropped off. Throughout the fall and spring, she raised enough funds through grants, painting parties, student candy sales, friends, family donations and generous people she didn’t even know who read about our summer camp project in the D & C.
Moving forward, Pittsford Central Schools has joined our partnership and the Pittsford Urban-Suburban Summer Camp Program was formed. Jeanne is the volunteer coordinator and is planning the 1st Annual Kicks for Campers Tournament Fundraiser for May 20, 2017. The goal is to raise enough awareness around the power and benefits of camp and funds for NEW and returning campers.
Jeanne writes: “In 2015, three of my students from our Urban-Suburban program shared that they could not play outside or even in the back yards due to safety concerns. They were unable to enjoy nature, ride their bikes to a park or play because their neighborhoods are unsafe. That day I decided that they needed to experience the power and wonder of camp. I found 3 full scholarships and helped them fill out the registration to attend Camp Cory. My husband and I met their families, and with their trust and approval we dropped off 3 girls for their first week of camp. One week later we picked them up and listened to all their stories and camp songs the entire ride home. They were sad to leave camp. It took us 2 hours for them to say, “Goodbye” to all their new friends and counselors. They showed us where they did archery, had campfires and the dock where they star gazed. I knew then, I needed to offer this experience to all of our Pittsford Urban-Suburban students attending Barker or Calkins Road middle schools. I partnered with the YMCA Camp Cory and the Urban Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program and applied to the Unite Rochester Challenge with the hopes of winning the $5,000. Although we did not win, we made it to the top 10 and my summer camp project received attention in the Democrat & Chronicle and other newsletters.”
Mary is a part of the beautiful Keuka Lake community and wanted to be involved with a local organization. She instantly loved all of the offerings for young people both as campers and counselors. She loves that Camp Cory provides campers who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend with scholarships and the addition it is to the Keuka community. Her favorite camp memory is seeing parents return to camp to pick up their children and hearing all the amazing stories and memories the campers share with their families.
Allison’s first swim in Keuka Lake occurred before she took her first steps. Her grandparents had a cottage on Keuka Lake and boating, fishing, water skiing and bonfires were a part of her youth. It wasn’t until years later after Allison had moved 3000 miles away that she realized how greatly blessed she had been to spend those summers with her grandparents. When she returned to New York in 2014, her childhood friend Karen Kuppinger talked with her about Camp Cory. Now the proud grandmother of 3 year old Kaleb, she can’t wait for Kaleb to enjoy all the magic of Keuka Lake through a Camp experience at Cory.
Michelle grew up at Cory- she was a camper, LIT, CIT and eventually a Counselor. She begged her mom to go back as soon as she got home each summer and still can’t get enough of camp. Michelle says her greatest friends are Cory alum and she feels an immediate bond with anyone involved with Cory. She believes that every child should have the opportunity to go to camp- the skills learned at camp prepare campers for life. Michelle is a part of the Board because she wants to make sure Camp Cory stays around and continues to grow with the times.