Katherine Decker – who really no one will ever call Katherine – started at Camp Sewataro as a 7-year-old in 2007.
“Camp has been a part of my life for so long because of the infinite amount of growth opportunities. Everyone at camp, including campers, CITs, counselors, and leadership all encounter new experiences and challenges throughout the summer, whether it’s trying a new food at gardening, developing one’s leadership style, or passing a swim test. Being at camp gives everyone the chance to work with others, try new things, and grow over the eight weeks we’re all together, and have fun while doing it!”
As a counselor she has taken charge of the waterfront after serving as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and although she is highly adept at filling out waterfront-related paperwork, her most important duties are keeping campers safe and teaching them water safety skills with the help of the entire waterfront staff.
“I think of the waterfront as an environment of exploration! Campers swim in the pool, the pond, use different fun toys, play water games during free swim, and develop their swimming skills during lessons. No matter the skill level, campers have the chance to try new things in a safe environment.”
And when the world changed in 2020, so too did the Camp Sewataro swim program – and although everything was successful, Decker is excited to return to the new normal this summer.
“We will be returning to the traditional swim lesson structure of the waterfront! Every camper will have free swim in the morning and swim lessons in the afternoon. Campers are grouped by ability and will be taught by a tip-top waterfront instructor team!
In her spare time Decker teaches spin classes, makes friendship bracelets and cross-country skis. That is, when she’s not busy singing Camp Sewataro songs in the Alps or surviving the first-ever camp overnight.
Education: Wellesley HS | BA Psychology & BA German, Denison University
Away from Camp: English teacher, Austria
Trivia: earned a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Austria