We are excited to report that two remarkable people who happen to be married to each other are returning to camp next summer for Main Camp, and we get the benefit of both their presences! Lecky Haller and Chapman Davis are exceptional athletes and, more importantly, exceptional human beings who bring a deep understanding of Mondamin’s mission and can share that with all the campers and staff they will be serving. They are lifelong teachers, which also means lifelong learners, and they share their love of outdoor activities as entry points for joyful play, personal growth, and adventure.
Bulleted lists can’t adequately describe them, but consider these brief bios and vita lists to get a better understanding of their overabundant qualifications, and you’ll begin to see why we are so happy they are coming:
Chapman brings to camp a deep understanding of the physical and mental demands on young people in sports at the secondary and collegiate level, and combines that with the emotional intelligence that comes from serving in learning communities. She will be Administrative Director at Five Week Camp, handling the logistical demands that come from scheduling vans and trips from the camp nerve center of the Taj office. This central location is ideal for her seeing and knowing the emotional experiences of campers and counselors, to whom she brings her counseling and questioning insights. Camp will run better with her here. Here’s a brief listing of SOME of her accomplishments.
Don’t bother with the cliched but understandable comment when you meet Lecky: “Gosh, Lecky, I hope I’m as fit as you are when I’m your age.”
You’re not as fit as he is now. With his mane of hair, unforgettable mustache, wild blue eyes, and a physique like big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, Lecky could be a little, well, intimidating… Except those wild eyes gleam with shared enthusiasm for what he’s doing at the moment: leading a Chattooga River trip, a bushwhacking point to point hike, or a traditional wood and canvas canoe trip up the Green River. He seeks adventures and you just want to follow. Campers love him and counselors want to be like him. He is a consummate “Waterman,” the ultimate compliment for great all rounders in Hawaii, where he has been part of an outrigger canoe team in the famous Molokai Channel open ocean race.
For all his athletic accomplishments, Lecky is also a thoughtful coach and teacher, and loves to connect campers with the traditions and the creators of them who have gone before. He’s a perfect person to be back at five week camp in 2024, helping shape the culture of the place into its second century. Check out this partial listing of what he has done:
He’s here, and he’ll be here to challenge, play with, and counsel the campers and counselors he will serve in 2024. Don’t miss the opportunity to come learn with him!