Dear Camp Families and Friends,
I’m so happy you have stopped by to see our website. For me, Camp Canadensis has become the most special place in the world since my father, “Uncle” Bill Saltzman, founded it in 1941.
Every year from May to September, I am at camp. If it is summer, it is Canadensis time! A summer has not gone by without me at camp, beginning as a camper, then CIT, becoming a counselor, and then group leader. I have done every job that there is to do at camp, including working in the office, managing the dining hall, making the menus, hiring the staff, bookkeeping, and purchasing.
My love for camp and working with children inspired me to pursue a teaching degree from Temple University. Upon graduation, I became an Elementary school teacher, which allowed me to continue my summers at camp. After a few years of teaching, I decided to make camp my full time career.
As camp’s owner, along with my partners Neil Sukonik and Yale Saltzman, I want each and every summer to be the best it can possibly be! I continue to carry on all of the wonderful traditions and uphold the fine reputation for which Canadensis is known. I realize the importance of maintaining a beautiful facility, which is apparent as you walk around camp. Still, nothing brings me as much happiness as seeing all the campers having the time of their lives with their friends doing such a wide range of activities.
My husband Don Cannon, a Philadelphia radio and TV personality, and I are looking forward to watching our granddaughters grow and spend many happy summers at camp. For me, Canadensis is about people and the feeling you get when you are around them. If you’ve been to Canadensis, you know what I mean. If not, come up and visit! You’ll feel it once you step onto our grounds.
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Hello Camp Canadensis and Visitors!
Thank you so much for visiting our website. I’m thrilled you’re here, navigating through all things Canadensis. So, I guess this is the part of the site where I am supposed to introduce myself and tell you a bit more about me.
To start, I LOVE CAMP! From the time I was seven years old and my parents sent me away to a camp in upstate New York, I was hooked. I went to that camp for 16 summers. There, my passion for camp grew even after my camper years as I held many different roles from Counselor to Athletic Director to Head of Special Events to Program Director. Although I graduated from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, I knew that camping was the career for me and accepted a position full time for the camp I attended. As a full time “camp guy,” I eventually was promoted to the position of Assistant Director at a camp in Pennsylvania where I truly honed my skills and learned a lot. However, in September 2005, I got a call from Aunt Terri asking me to think about joining the Canadensis Family.
I am so happy that I took that call. Canadensis is such an extraordinary place and as director, I want to make sure that all who join us each summer feel the same way. Specifically, it is essential that our leadership team of staff place an importance on a camper’s individual growth within a group living environment. And, I will go to all lengths to ensure that campers feel they are in a warm, safe and nurturing environment. To do this, I look to partner with our campers’ parents to help create surroundings that are comfortable and fun.
I have the best job in the world! In the summertime, I am out with the campers and staff all day, sharing my experience and enthusiasm. You can see me shooting hoops on the basketball courts or tie dying in the Art Shack or up on the Canadensis stage in one of our camp musicals. I always hope that my energy and spirit for camp can be contagious to everyone around. In the winter, I love to see as many camp families as possible and share our memories of the summers we’ve had together. It’s always great to be able to talk camp all year round.
For those who’ve never been to Canadensis, I’d love to arrange a time for us to meet. But, I would really encourage for you to come up and see camp in action over the summer. We’d be happy to show you around.
All the best,
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Dear Canadensis Families and Friends,
Welcome to our virtual home! I hope you are as excited as I am about our new website and enjoy all of the fun features it has to offer.
How do I share with you what camp means to me? That’s easy. Canadensis is my life! As a 9-year-old Upper Inter in Bunk 9, little did I know then that camp would still remain my home so many years later. Now, camp is the most special place for me and I can’t think of any better job as I get to “talk camp” each and every day. After my camper “career” officially ended in 1997 as a CIT and Color War Captain, I jumped at the chance to be a counselor. And, for the next five summers, I would be put in charge of camp’s youngest campers and develop my skills as a leader and role model. Then, in what I thought was going to be my last summer at camp, I worked with all the campers and staff as the Director of Evening Activities.
During my counselor days, I attended the Binghamton University School of Management, graduating with a B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems, and even started a career as an IT auditor with Ernst & Young. And while I enjoyed the challenges in business, I could never really part with my love for camp. I actually saved up all my vacation days that year at E&Y just so I could spend four weeks at camp and assist in the Operations office.
At the end of that summer, I was offered my dream job…a full time position as the Director of Operations. And, as they say, the rest is history. During the spring and summer, I live at camp and oversee our group rental business and all operational areas of camp, including the kitchen, laundry, maintenance and transportation departments. I also handle all of the camp’s finances and accounting. But, I always leave time to have fun at camp with the campers and counselors, hosting many of camp’s evening events and participating in as many daily activities as possible. During the off-season, I live in Philadelphia and continue my operational and financial responsibilities as well as hiring many of the staff. However, the highlight of each year is the summer season. To quote a camp alma mater, “We live ten months just for two, our true home of Gold and Blue.” That’s me alright.
Having spent so many summers at camp, I know that many feel the same passion as I do about our special place atop the Pocono Mountains. If you haven’t been to Canadensis, I hope to see you up here soon.
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Hello Campers and Campers-to-be!
I am so glad you found us online. Camp Canadensis is one of my favorite places to be and I’m excited to share it with as many people as possible! Although I didn’t grow up at Canadensis, I’ve attended sleep away camp programs since I was eight years old and I owe most of my creativity to those experiences. During college, I had the opportunity to spend my summer at Camp Canadensis as a counselor and evening activities director, and I’m thrilled to now have the opportunity to work for camp full time.
My role at camp is mostly in the programming department, making sure that we are filling the 49 days of camp with as much fun and action as you can possibly imagine. It sounds like a lot of days to fill - but with the endless imagination and passion of our staff, there is NEVER enough room on the calendar for it all which is why we have to come back each summer! Some of my personal favorites each summer include Color War, Camp Carnival, and Electives.
Each summer, I try to share hobbies that I’m passionate about with our Canadensis campers, and some of them are not things you’d expect – two of my favorites are Mah Jongg (a tile game) and Crocheting, and they have both caught on with Canadensis campers! Who knows what fun things we’ll try to add to our program offering next summer…
I hope to meet you soon but until then…Think Camp!
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