Camp Name: Fiji
Hometown: Washington, New Jersey
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Education (with Early Childhood Education teacher license), Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Marlboro College Graduate School, Brattleboro, VT
Stefanie Argus, camp alias “Fiji,” joined Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada in January 2014 after driving 2,922 miles from Vermont to Reno, Nevada. Stefanie is a longtime Girl Scout, outdoor educator, and camp professional excited to bring her expertise to Camp Wasiu II.
Stefanie has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and has been involved with the organization on the local, national, and global levels. Stefanie worked at Our Chalet, our WAGGGS World Center in the Swiss Alps, and also represented GSUSA at a global symposium at Sangam, our World Center in India.
Stefanie firmly believes in the power of the Girl Scout Camp Pathway to provide girls & young women with truly transformative leadership experiences in the outdoors. Stefanie became a regular camper in 4th grade and spent many summers at a Girl Scout camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, learning to backpack, sail, kayak, rock climb, light one-match fires, and so much more. Prior to coming to Nevada, Stefanie worked at Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT) as the Student Life Coordinator for the Recreation and Outdoor Program. In 2013, Stefanie also served as the Resident Camp Director of Camp Chenoa, a resident camp in New Hampshire with Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains. 2014 will actually be her (lucky) thirteenth summer at Girl Scout camp!
Some of Stefanie’s additional leadership experiences in the outdoor industry include conservation work in Texas, Idaho, and Ecuador; hiking trips on the Appalachian Trail and in the White Mountains; and backpacking excursions in Chile, Peru, Wales, and Thailand.
When she isn’t at camp, Stefanie loves spending time with Samoa, her Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She also enjoys Zumba instructing and speed-solving the Rubik’s Cube.
Stefanie is looking forward to welcoming you to a summer filled to the brim with “camp magic,” singing, extreme fun, and new experiences.
Assistant Camp Director
Camp Name: SLAM!
Hometown: Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education Mathematics, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Jamie, known as “SLAM!” during the summer, spends the school year as a math teacher at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Bethlehem, PA). Jamie teaches algebra, finance, and yearbook classes and is passionate about both technology and experiential education.
Jamie began working at Girl Scout summer camp over ten years ago and has a background in high adventure tripping programs. Jamie has led hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, and primitive camping trips in the Northeast for groups of campers.
2014 will be Jamie’s third summer as Assistant Camp Director. She previously served in this camp administrator role at Camp Laughing Waters (Girl Scouts of Eastern PA) and Camp Chenoa (Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains). Jamie is dedicated to providing camp staff and all programming areas with strong support.
Two of Jamie’s favorite camp activities are creative programming and cookout dinners. Outside of camp life, Jamie’s hobbies include geocaching, making gourmet sandwiches, and playing with her two cats. Jamie and Stefanie will be hiking Mount Kilimanjaro together in January 2015.
Valerie will be spending her 14th summer of Girl Scout camp this year at Wasiu II. Having held many different staff roles with both Girl Scouts of Eastern PA and Girl Scouts of the Green & White Mountains, she is excited to bring new ideas to our camp and to learn from our traditions.
She will be bringing with her a global Girl Scouting perspective after spending the fall 2013 as the American representative for the WAGGGS Fifth World Center Pilot Program in Mombasa, Kenya.
When she’s not participating in Girl Scouting, Valerie loves to travel. Hiking, kayaking, and climbing in the National Parks has been a huge part of her life since childhood. She also enjoys experiencing the many facets of other countries’ cultures. Having backpacked around Europe, toured several countries as a musician, and lived in Tanzania, Valerie has been greatly influenced by the people of the world.