Summer Staff Bios

Counselors

Sully

Mim "Sully" Beck

(Counselor)

While this is only Sully’s 3rd year as a counselor, she has actually been coming to BBC for almost 10 years. She started as a camper, became an intern, and then started working on staff last summer.
She loves the movie “Tangled”, the band “The Head and the Heart” and Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked icecream.Her favorite activity at BBC is the Pig Trough, and she’s super excited to meet all the staff and campers this summer!

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Erin "Corgi" Beidler

(Counselor)

This is Corgi’s 2nd year at Bethany Birches! She is a Sophomore at Eastern Mennonite University where she studies History, Political Science, and Pre-Law. She loves the band ABBA, Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream, and Hiking. Her favorite camp activities or MI and Whizzball.
She says she’s most excited to “Hang out with a great group of campers and counselors” this summer.

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Liesl "Kiki" Graber

(Counselor)

This will be Kiki’s 2nd summer at Bethany Birches. Liesl loves watching The Emperor’s New Groove, and eating Chocolate Fudge ice cream. She’s most excited for Messy Mondays this summer, as well as the community here at camp. Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31-  “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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Annie "Bruce" Soho

(Counselor)

This is Bruce’s 14th summer at camp and her third summer as a staff member. Originally from Windsor VT she is now attending college in Washington D.C. She loves the movies Zootopia and Moana. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food. She loves the Polar Bear Swim, and is looking forward to “building relationships with campers, staff members, and volunteers.”

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Anna "Meatball" Martin

(Counselor)

This is Meatball’s 2nd summer at camp. She is from Pennsylvania and is studying to become an elementary school teacher. She loves the movies “Pocahontas” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Her go to music to listen to is any musical soundtrack. She loves anything chocolate, especially chocolate ice cream. Her favorite activity at BBC is the mud pit, and she is super excited to reconnect with previous campers and staff, and get to know many new people as well!

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Andrew "Shamu" Peltier

(Counselor)

This will be Shamu’s second summer as a counselor. He will be going into his 3rd year at Eastern Mennonite University, and is studying psychology. His favorite things to do include traveling, hiking, and playing almost any sport. He’s a big fan of Classic Rock music. Shamu’s favorite camp activities include Whizzball and Theater Thursdays. “I’m really looking forward to seeing all the staff and campers again and having a fun and enjoyable summer.”

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Denver "Springs" Beck

(Counselor)

This is Spring’s 8th summer coming to camp, and 2nd summer on staff. He likes the band Hippo Campus and coffee ice cream. He likes fireside at camp, and is excited to get to know the campers and staff
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Julia Held

(Counselor)

While this isn’t Julia’s first ever camp experience, it will be her first summer working at BBC. Originally from Houston Texas she loves dancing and singing along to show tunes, eating Blue Bell’s Christmas Cookie ice cream (a Texas treat), and is SUPER excited for the Mud Pit this summer. She says she’s excited “to be silly with campers. College is too serious, camp is where the fun is at.”
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Mara "Archie" Beck

(Counselor)

Archie has been attending BBC for several summers as a camper, CIT, volunteer, and now this is her first summer as a counselor. Originally from Vermont, her and her family have been living in Ohio for the past 10 years… until now, her family just moved back to VT! She loves “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, Chocolate ice cream, and the BBC Pig Trough! She’s most excited “to meet the counselors and campers.”
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Alana "Nugget" Bergey

(Counselor)

This is Nugget’s first year as counselor at BBC, but she has been volunteering and helping here for four years and loves the camp! She is from Telford, Pennsylvania and she loves playing piano, running, and anything outdoors. She is most excited for the Mud Pit, and can’t wait for a fun summer of hanging out with the campers and staff!

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Donnie

Corrinne "Donnie" Palmer

(Video Producer)

Donnie is coming from Massachusetts for her third year as Videographer at camp. She loves the Ninja Turtles, the band “Imagine Dragons” and painting with watercolors. Her favorite event at camp is Wet ‘n’ Wild Wednesday and she’s excited to meet all the new and returning campers!

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Caitlyn "Judith" Laubach

(Office Administrator)

If you call camp at all this summer Judith will probably be the person you’ll get to talk to. This is her 2nd time working as the BBC Office Administrator and when she’s not in the office answer phone calls and emails you may find her down at the pond swimming with campers! She loves camp and is excited to “connect with the other staff and be a support for them when they need it.”

Program Team

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Flora "Gigi" Dewar

Assistant Program Director

This is Gigi’s fifth summer working at Bethany Birches, but she has been a camper since she was six! This summer she will be returning as the Assistant Program Director, but in the past Gigi has been an intern, counselor and Program Extraordinaire. She loves the band Kings Kaleidoscope. Her favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Americone Dream. Gigi’s favorite camp activity is playing dodge ball and she is really excited to be back at camp for another summer!

Shepherds

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Dot Samsi

Shepherd for Launch Half and Full

This will be my 2nd summer at Bethany Birches, but my kids (Uma & Ari) will be coming for their 3rd summer. During the school year I’m a high school French teacher in Massachusetts, but I’m originally from Ohio where I spent every summer at camp. I love languages and getting to know people of all ages and backgrounds. I like to run and walk and hike with friends and our dog Rue. Camp is one of my favorite places and I can’t wait for the summer. I’m looking forward to getting to know new people, sharing stories, singing together, and having a fabulous time in God’s creation!