Ape is the Director of Adventure and Water/ Camp Mosey Wood at GSEP. It is a very fitting role, because Ape loves to climb! She has been belaying and running high challenge courses for fifteen years. She even introduces the new challenge tower at Mosey Wood as “Ape’s Playground.” Ape also enjoys the water; she has been on several weeklong canoeing, spent time in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, and, of course, loves Mosey Wood Pond.
The summer of 2017 will be Ape’s 25th year at a Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania summer camp. She grew up going to Camp Tweedale in Oxford, PA. She spent nine summers at Tweedale as a camper and twelve on staff. She had positions that ranged from unit counselor to sports director to assistant and program director. After Camp Tweedale closed its doors in 2013, Ape made the tough decision about where to go next. She chose Camp Mosey Wood, where she became the assistant director in 2014 and has been the camp director for two years. Ape loves the Girl Scout movement and is a lifetime member.
Ape graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Physical Education and holds a teaching certificate. Ape has used her passion for teaching throughout her Girl Scout career, continuing to teach camp staff. Currently, Ape is pursuing a Master’s in Camp Administration and Leadership from Touro University of Nevada.
Camp Mosey Wood is a 425-acre beauty sitting in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Adventure and water abound through this property. A thirteen-acre lake hosts plenty of room for boating including row boating, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing. Mosey Wood Lake also hosts a plethora of fun activities including the AquaTower, that we affectionately call the Blob, a Wibit obstacle course, and an AquaClimb climbing wall. After splashing around, there is still plenty of adventure to be had, from bouldering to climbing walls to a low challenge course to a high challenge course. Adventure in the air culminates with dueling zip lines after pushing through a seventeen-element challenge tower! There is more adventure to be had between water and sky. Traditional camp activities like archery, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, environmental educations and more are done each week. The adventure never ends at Camp Mosey Wood!
The staff at Camp Mosey Wood comes from all walks of life. From our high school aged aides to our fifty-plus year-old staff members, all are at camp for the girls. Many are still in school, some are teachers, and others take off part of their full-time jobs to come to camp each summer. We have a mix of domestic and international staff, former Girl Scout staff, and those who are new to Girl Scouts. Staff goes through a week and a half long training to prepare for campers.
Our Favorite Tradition
Wishing Candles is one of the strongest camp traditions at Camp Mosey Wood. Campers decorate a wood cookie and place a candle on it to create their wishing candle. On the last evening (Thursday) of each week, campers and staff wait at the entrance to their unit for the tiki torch procession. As the procession reaches the waterfront, campers and staff sit on the beach. Poems are read, stories are told, and songs are sung as each camper places a wishing candle on to the lake. The campers make a wish and hope to see the wood cookie the candle was placed upon on the beach in the morning, as that is a sign their wish may come true!
“My daughter has loved each year she has gone to camp. She hated to leave.” -Parent of 2016 Camper
“Mosey Wood is a wonderful camp experience. Check in & out is easy, and my daughter has such a great time every year that she talks non-stop the whole way home and can’t wait to go back” -Parent of 2016 Camper
“The best thing you can do for your daughter. It is affordable, safe, nurturing, and fun! My girls have learned independence, confidence, and a love and respect for nature and themselves.” -Parent of 2016 Camper
Check out camp at an upcoming open house on Sunday, June 18, 1-4PM, to learn about camp and meet staff.
Read through our camp guide to hear about all the camp sessions available at Mosey Wood this summer!