Kiyi, I’m Barbie, the Junior Camp Unit Director at Wyonegonic. This summer will be my 18th summer at camp, and my 10th as Junior UD. During the off-season, I live in Weston, MA with my husband and two daughters. I am an elected member of the School Council for the Weston, MA Public Schools, and I am an ACA New England Board Member. I started at Wyo as a camper in the 80’s, have since “grown up” at camp as a CIT, AC, cabin counselor, trip leader, and now as a UD. Now I share my love of camp with my two daughters who consider Wyo to be their second home as well. My older daughter will be a CIT this summer, and my younger daughter will be spending her final year as a senior camper. I love having the privilege to return to camp each summer to witness the growth of my prior campers as they rise through the units. It is also so meaningful to see prior ACs and young staff take on more responsibilities, and become leaders within the camp community. Camp allows young girls to find their voice, be true to themselves, and to embrace what makes them unique. It’s a rare opportunity these days when girls can put away electronics, not worry about peer pressure, and just enjoy spending time with friends. In fact, my favorite times at camp are the unscheduled moments where campers can talk, sing, laugh, make up a game, or just explore the natural beauty of Wyonegonic. I’m counting the days until I can welcome the campers to Junior!