Welcome to our 2021 camp staff - We cannot wait to see you soon! 

Mackenzie Hughes, Cabin Counselor
Mackenzie Hughes, Cabin Counselor

Mackenzie is from Connecticut, and she has been coming to camp for 8 years. She is so excited to come back to camp as a counselor the summer before her freshman year at Dickinson College! She loves to draw, write, and spend time outside with her friends. At camp, she is looking forward to making s'mores, swimming at the waterfront, and hiking in the woods! Her cat, Chai, is thrilled that Mackenzie will be leaving the house this summer, she can't wait to take a nap without being disturbed!

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Daniel Knickerbocker, CIT
Daniel Knickerbocker, CIT

Daniel went to Camp Washington from 2017-2019. He enjoys writing and making funny videos along with playing sports and video games. Daniel is most looking forward to new experiences with his campers and his fellow counselors - he can't wait to meet all of you. One day, while sitting at his computer, Daniel got really bored and decided to create the greatest smiley face known to mankind. Lastly, Daniel does play the Bass guitar and will be having a rock concert sometime during this summer.

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EmmaLee “EL” Mischlich, Head Counselor/Camper Support Specialist
EmmaLee “EL” Mischlich, Head Counselor/Camper Support Specialist

This is EL’s second summer at Camp Washington. She has worked at or attended 8 different summer camps and she is originally from New Jersey. But, when she’s not at camp, she is working on a master’s degree in Counseling and enjoys beach trips, hiking and spending time with friends! Her fun fact is that her sister Natalie is coming to work at CW this summer. EL is most excited for the waterfront!

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It will be her second year on staff, but she has been attending camp since she was six. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, crafts and hanging out with her friends. A fun fact about her is that she has two guinea pigs. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at camp again, making friendship bracelets, and hanging out in Wilderness.

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Coco Skrtich, Cabin Counselor
Coco Skrtich, Cabin Counselor

I live in Easton, Connecticut and have my whole life (18.5 years). My family includes 7 people, my parents, 3 sisters, a brother and me. I have 3 dogs, and 9 chickens, which I help to take care of. I recently graduated from Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering at the Fairchild Wheeler campus in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I love outside activities, and I like every sport except for basketball. This will be the first experience I've had at a camp, and I'm excited to begin the adventure.

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Julia Manwaring, Program Staff: Arts & Crafts Coordinator
Julia Manwaring, Program Staff: Arts & Crafts Coordinator

Julia is from Rocky Hill, CT and is a current junior at Hofstra University studying dance and psychology. She has been coming to camp since she was 7 years old and is excited to be coming back for her 4th year on staff. She loves to do many types of dance including irish step, and she has picked up a hobby of hand lettering. She is very much looking forward to catching up with staff and campers, hanging out at the waterfront and making lots of friendship bracelets!

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Jessie Hoyt, Cabin Counselor
Jessie Hoyt, Cabin Counselor

Jessie lives and grew up in Monroe CT. She has never been to this camp before but is very excited to be able to work there. They enjoy music, especially singing as well as acting. She was part of her school's national art honors society and is a competitive marksman. She is looking forward to learning and growing with the campers, Performing Arts, and just having a fun summer and meeting new people.

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Janette Birtha, Admin Team: Co-Program Director
Janette Birtha, Admin Team: Co-Program Director

Janette is elated to be retuning as a Co Program Director for her 7th summer on staff at CW. After graduating college in May 2020, Janette moved to Boston and has been loving life as a preschool teacher! When she isn’t at preschool, or at camp, you can catch Janette bouldering in all of the climbing gyms around Boston! She is simply most excited to hop away from the city and jump back into singing, swimming, zipping and roasting mallows by the fire for the summer of 2021!

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Carly Steinbrick, Cabin Counselor
Carly Steinbrick, Cabin Counselor

Carly is from Monroe Connecticut. She was a camper at Camp Washington for two summers and loved it so much she wanted to come back as a counselor. She loves reading and writing, hiking, dancing and anything at the waterfront! She can't wait to see everyone, new faces and old friends, be at the waterfront, and just be back at camp!

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David Sherman, CIT
David Sherman, CIT

David is a five-summer veteran camper of Camp Washington, and now he is excited, eager, and proud to be a Counselor-in-Training. David likes the waterfront best, but the performing arts are also close to his heart. He enjoys writing and reading fiction, listening to classic rock and metal, and playing tabletop games such as Dungeons & Dragons. David looks forward to helping other kids have as great a time at Camp Washington as he had!

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Laura Hinsch, Program Staff: Wilderness & Sports Coordinator
Laura Hinsch, Program Staff: Wilderness & Sports Coordinator

Laura is from Middlefield Connecticut and is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut. This will be her 3rd year on staff and 11th summer at Camp Washington! She loves to be active, travel, hike, and spend time with friends and family. She is looking forward to hanging out by the campfire, running around the back lawn, walking the trails, and making lots of bracelets! Laura can’t wait to reconnect with all the campers and staff and spend another summer at the best camp ever!

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Natalie Mischlich, Cabin Counselor
Natalie Mischlich, Cabin Counselor

This is Natalie’s first summer working at Camp Washington! She is from New Jersey. She enjoys making pottery, hiking/fishing, playing with dogs, and spending time with friends and family. Her fun fact is that she made over 150 pottery pieces in the last year! She is looking forward to her first summer at Camp Washington!

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