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It is my pleasure to annouce the hires of both Nick Peteresen and Jake Henning as Tuscarora Counselors for 2017!

Nick Petersen rejoins the CSL staff after spending last summer as the Tiyulim Program Area Leader. Nick has extensive camp experience, working ina  variety of capacities including that of an Outdoor Educator at YMCA Camp Thunderbird. Here is what Nick has to say about his time since CSL 2016 and in anticipation of Tusc 2017. 

"I've spent the last two weeks surfing down here in Australia; waking up early, going down to the beach, chasing after nice green waves, catching some sick ones, and getting dumped by that many more. While the whole trip's been downright gnarly, I gotta say it's had me thinking a lot about camp and also gotten me that much more geared up and excited for CSL 2017. 

The first thing you do when you go down at the beach is check your conditions; see how the waves look, look at the wind and the tides and rips and currents, anything that can either be used to your advantage to help paddle out or even pose a potential danger if you're not careful. After you have a good idea of what's going on, it's time to jump in the water and paddle out for those pretty waves you see out the back. Getting there, however, can be another story altogether. As it so happens, walking straight toward waves that crash right onto your face and toss salt water straight down your lungs isn't always the best time, and there's actually a little technique to hopping on your board, getting some swim strokes going, and getting out past what we call the "impact zone," where all the lovely waves you see come barrelling over seeking to sweep you half way back to shore before you even get the chance to ride one.

The start of camp can feel a lot the same way as this. Regardless of whether you're a new staff or a returner, the first thing you do is take that conditions check. You look for what's familiar and what's new, and for better or worse, you assess a comfort zone for yourself for what you're willing go out and chase after in the coming summer. You start tiptoeing out into the water toward the places that look like a good time, but often times toward places that you already know you can handle. Before too long, you come to that "impact zone." This is the part where Ari Baum gets up and yells in your face about pushing yourself and your campers and how if you aren't willing to put yourself out there then how the hell will they be willing to? You get two options here: stay in front of the crashing waves and putz about where it's comfortable and easy in the little whitewash in front of the shore, or throw yourself straight into the wall of water in front of you and chase after what's bigger and more meaningful.

For those of us that choose the latter, a-whole-nother challenge awaits us on the other side. Once you do finally get out back, the ocean calms down a bit, but now you have to pick a wave to ride. Wait too long, the swell simply slips right out from under you and passes you by. Chase too soon, and the wave breaks right on you and you get the joy of a nosedive straight underwater to play human wash machine for a bit. Inevitably as you learn to surf, you get the privilege of messing up both of these ways plenty of times over, each time toying with that roller coaster of emotions. At camp we, too, get these same feelings. Chilling on the board you see the perfect wave coming and your heart fills up with excitement and anticipation, just like with the arrival of campers or the breaking or mass program, or color war. Then the wave gets to you and you paddle with all your might, maybe you get what you want, maybe you don't, but either way that day goes by. You're out floating on your board again and another wave, another day, is coming right behind it again. Do you chase after this one too? Do you let the moment slip past? Are you in it only for the big waves and the big moments, or are you in it for the love of what you do and the opportunity to go catch every last moment you can?

In either case, I've gotten a bit wordy here this morning, but just wanted to give a shout back out to CSL and issue the challenge of giving even more than we think we've got to make every last moment of CSL 2017 something to remember."


Jake Henning will join us this summer after his Sophomore year at UB.  Jake is a co-founder of the UB Speedball club, has spent time as the Pit Cooking Hobby leader, and has worked in both Cayuga and Athletics since 2014. Here is was Jake had to say about Tusc 2017:

"Ever since I first traveled down Camp Road twelve years ago, I have always been mystified by the village of Tuscarora. After my senior camper summer of 2012, I realized just how impactful it truly was. I experienced so much growth not only as a member of camp but as a person as a whole. I'm so excited to help our campers push past their limits and develop into even more amazing people than they already are. The energy they bring on a daily basis is infectious and I can already feel myself losing my voice in the dining hall. Tusc is the lifeblood of camp, and I know without a doubt that the senior campers of Tuscarora 2017 are in for the summer of their lives. Can't wait."


We will continue to announce staff hires throughout the winter,

See You Soon,

Neil Pickus

Assistant Director

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