Our Year Round and Summer Staff with an International Flavor
Mark Scoular, Executive Director
Mark has worked full time for the YMCA since 1988. His career started in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as Program Director for YMCA Camp Cosby. In 1994, he moved to North Carolina where he worked for the Capital Area YMCA at Camp Sea Gull, serving as Senior Program Director. Mark started work with the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Inc. in October 2000, when he assumed the role of Executive Director for YMCA Camp Carson.
In addition to his camp responsibilities, Mark served as a YMCA Field Coordinator for Resident Camping in the South Field and on the Board for the Indiana Section of the American Camp Association (ACA). A native of Scotland, Mark is married to Debra and they have two sons, Iain and Ross, who are both active in camp.
Sarah Hooper, Senior Program Director
Sarah (Peddie) Hooper joined the year round camp team in the spring of 2014. She now serves as our Senior Program Director. Sarah is originally from Mt. Vernon, IN but currently lives in Fairfield, IL with her husband, Zach and daughters, Gretchen and Eleanor. She loves singing camp songs, canteen and the Raggers Program!
Sarah has been coming to camp since the summer of 2002 moving through camper, LIT, CIT, counselor, Teen Director, Special Programs Director, Program Director. She is looking forward to an amazing summer and hopes that you will be joining us this year!
Ryan Meeks, Program Director
A graduate of Ball State University with degrees in Chemistry and Education, Ryan joined our full-time team in January 2018 and currently serves as our Program Director. Previously, Ryan has worked seasonally at Camp Carson helping to facilitate the Teen Leadership programs. He recently returned to the United States after spending a year and a half in the United Arab Emirates working as a high school science teacher. As of January 2018, Ryan has joined the Camp Carson team and has begun assisting in interviewing our summer staff and planning for the summer programs.
“ During previous summers, my work at Camp Carson really ignited a passion for youth development and education, and gave me the confidence to pursue an international education position. Each summer that I come back, I am blown away by the growth I witness in the youth that come through this camp. Seeing how much a camper can grow in their confidence, communication, and leadership skills in just one week never ceases to amaze me. I cannot wait to assist in the research, development, and implementation of programming that continues to make our campers feel accepted, challenged, and empowered.”
Debra Scoular, Engagement & Development Director
Following a career that started in the corporate world with Fidelity Investments and USPC, Debra has worked in a variety of capacities for the YMCA since 1992. Her Y career began as an Educator/Curriculum Coordinator with YMCA Camp Cosby in Birmingham, Alabama.
After moving to Camp Sea Gull in North Carolina in 1994 and starting a family, many of her responsibilities revolved around aspects of support for camper services and program operations. At Camp Carson she has previously served as Office Manager and Development and Marketing Coordinator.
Debra is married to Mark and has raised two sons, Iain and Ross (now in their 20's), in the camp environment. So moms, don't be afraid to ask questions about camp life for kids of all ages.
Barb Williams, Camp Registrar
Barb joined the Camp Carson team in 2012 following a 25 year career working as a school office administrator. Her experience working with children and parents is a perfect match for taking on the Registrar position at camp. Barb is married to Tom and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
Barb is a vital member of our team and takes great care of our families.
Matt Schooler, Facilities Manager
Matt started as our Facilities Manager in September, 2019. He joins us with a wide variety of professions over the past 18 years. Originally from Francisco, Indiana, Matt’s vocational experience includes carpentry, construction, millwright work, vehicle mechanics, golf course maintenance and restaurant management. A favorite hobby is restoring classic cars. He is excited to take on the challenge of maintaining our Camp facility and joining the family atmosphere. Matt is married to Jeni and has three children and one grandchild.
Tyler Williams, Assistant Facilities Manager
Tyler Williams, Assistant Facilities Manager, is a Princeton, IN native and part of our summer grounds crew in previous years. As of September 2019, he is now back as a full time member of our team. Tyler is passionate about keeping the grounds groomed and has a talent for all things mechanical. In his spare time he’s always working on an engine of some sort. Tyler and his wife, Peyton, live in Princeton.
A camp is only as strong as its leadership team. At YMCA Camp Carson, excellence is a standard! Camp Carson counselors are positive role models and mentors who are focused on the needs of campers both in the cabins and the activity areas. We personally interview each candidate, secure a minimum of three personal written references and perform a national background check for all new and returning counselors.
Staff training week concentrates on effective cabin leadership and includes heavy emphasis on teaching skills. Staff are required to complete 40 hours of online training and testing prior to on-site staff training. In addition to traditional camp training, all of our staff are also certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, O2 and typically 20-25 of the staff will also be certified waterfront lifeguards.
All Senior Counselors must have completed a minimum of one year in college, while junior counselors must have completed high school. Two/three counselors are assigned to each cabin with a minimum of one senior counselor in every cabin. We maintain an overall staff to camper ratio of 1:4 in the cabin and 1:3 on the grounds with the inclusion of our program staff. Our high ratio ensures each camper receives positive interaction with their counselors each and every day.
While 75% of our staff are from the USA, we also try to bring an international flavor to camp. Each year we spend extensive time selecting staff from all over the world to enrich the camp experience for everyone involved. Typically we have 8-10 nations on staff. Over the years we've had staff from Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Germany, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, France, Ukraine, Paraguay, Mexico and more. Our campers will have the opportunity to expand their understanding of our global community. Obviously depending on the age of the campers, this may be from things as simple as international games and food to more in depth discussions about geography, cultural awareness and education.
To learn more about the staff working at camp this Summer, watch the Camp Carson Facebook page throughout the Spring for weekly introductions.