When I’m not at camp, as the Director of Creative Arts, I am a principal at Hudson Elementary School in Central Illinois. This is my 36th year in education and through the years I have had the pleasure of teaching every grade from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. After spending 17 summers at Lake Owego leading the Juniors and Intermediates, I got married and took time away from the Poconos. During my 19 summers away, I was the director for a day camp run by State Farm Insurance. Their home offices are in my town of Bloomington Illinois so there were plenty of campers in attendance each day. I brought many of my Lake Owego traditions to the day camp including, evening activities, Owegoween, theme lunches, “Feather in the Cap” Award, and of course, “Little Red Wagon”. I missed Owego every day, every summer and longed to return to my summer home of so many wonderful memories. After attending Owego’s 50th summer reunion, Shelly reminded me that I always had a place at Owego. And so I returned. And this time with my son, Christopher.
My love for acting allowed me to enjoy some fun roles in Community Theatre while not at camp. Roles I especially have enjoyed include Captain Hook, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Dream Coat, and “Edna” the mom in Hairspray. I am so excited to be able to bring musical theatre back to Owego. We have a lot of talent in the campers, counselors, and yes even Key Staff! This summer look for a revival of a past camp hit “Bye Bye Greasy Owego” and a brand new original Owego take on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.
It has been an honor to have been part of Lake Owego all of these years. I have been around long enough to remember when Kyle Silver was a camper and Bill South was a beginning counselor. I also have a few stories about the legends of Shelly Silver,Tom Jacoby and Papa Bear Bill Robinson (who I was roommates with in the top of the Infirmary). But now it is time to begin new memories for a new generation of Owego boys in blue. No one who has not been a part of our camp can truly understand how special it is. We are truly a family and no matter how many years away, the magic of Owego lingers forever. Why do I return? For the same reasons I came my first year in 1976; to make new friends…experience new things…create new memories and to help others grow while growing myself! (No, you never are completely finished growing up, you know). Hold onto to every moment this summer..they will become memories all too soon!
See you at the stage and campfire,
Scottie Myers, Creative Arts Director