Whit Ryan

My name is Whit and I am the Director of Staff Recruitment and Leadership Development and have spent 18 summers at Wyonegonic. I grew up in Middlebury, CT and have been involved in summer camp for over 40 years. As a camper, counselor and trip leader at Alford Lake Camp, I realized that I had a passion for working with girls in the outdoors. After directing Waukeela Camp for Girls in Eaton, NH for several years, I landed at Wyonegonic as the Senior Camp Unit Director. Wyonegonic was not unfamiliar to me as my mother attended Wyo as a camper and served as a counselor. My aunt was also a camper and a counselor and my uncle attended Camp Winona. I live with my husband Fran and two children Charlie and Maggie at Rumsey Hall School in Washington, CT. I designed and teach a Community Living Skills course to sixth grade girls as well as offer workshops in our community for adolescent girls. I work year-round for Wyonegonic. My off season camp responsibilities include hiring the staff, overseeing the Leadership Training program and staff communications. I work closely training and mentoring the staff during the summer, while providing dedicated leadership training for the CIT and Assistant Counselor groups. I am passionate about working with girls in the outdoors. The camp experience gives campers the opportunity to be part of their own community, try news skills and make life long friends. Developing confidence and resiliency is essential in helping girls manage their way through the tricky maze of adolescence. It is rewarding to hire and train our staff who are instrumental in the success of the camper experience. When asked what is my favorite thing about Wyonegonic? I have no one answer but I am proud and honored to be part of such a special camp camp community. I received my BA in history and a M. Ed. in middle school education from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. I am an American Camping Association Accreditation Standards Visitor and serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission in my local community.