As we celebrate our 125th summer, I reflect on our amazing achievements through the years and think about doing everything we can to make our camp a more extraordinary place. So it is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I share our new venture with you — Incarnation Camp’s Alumni Association. This issue of Alum., our official alumni publication, launches the Association. I invite you to learn more about the Association and to join us in making the camp an amazing experience for all campers, and for enriching the lives of alumni, like you.
How did we get to this point? After a number of inactive years, the alumni reemerged strong to celebrate the tenure of long time director, Andrew Katsanis. It was at this event that it became evident that the ties that were formed so many years ago were indeed ties that bind. Incarnation was alive in all of us.
In recent years, alumni attendance at camp-sponsored events has grown. The support of this group has helped significantly with both program and capital improvements at the camp. Now, second, third and even fourth generation campers are swimming in Bushy Hill Lake, eating at Gibney, and building fires at PV.
The Alumni Association is dedicated both to helping a new generation of kids enjoy the Incarnation camping experience and to establishing and maintaining a network of communication among Incarnation friends, alumni and staff.
As the oldest coed camp in the United States, we have a rich history to preserve. The Alumni Association will be critical in building our collective memory of the camp, by collecting, archiving and sharing historical information related to the camp. By building this trove of resources, we will be able to preserve the camp experience for future campers, stimulate our recruitment efforts, and help alumni rekindle the magic of Incarnation Camp.
There are a multitude of ways that you can play a role in helping to spread the word about the uniqueness of our camp and the values, friendship and creativity it fosters. Your involvement and commitment to the Alumni Association will not only be gratifying, but a great deal of fun. So we hope you will join us, share your stories, and sign up for the email newsletter to stay on top of all the exciting developments.
Nancy Nygard Pilon
1978:8:12*First year at camp:Number of years spent as a camper:Number of years spent on staff
Nancy attended camp beginning in 1978. She worked as junior staff and as a counselor in Highlands during college. Nancy returned in 2003 as the director of the summer camp. In 2010, she accepted the Executive Director position at Incarnation Center. She lives at camp with her husband Denis and children Cameron and Rowan.