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Zach has worked for YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln since 2007. As the child of a YMCA employee, he grew up in the Y participating in every Y program available. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He is married with five children.
"In camping, I have found my calling. I love being able to give kids a safe environment where they can let their imaginations run free. We live in a culture where we sometimes get caught measuring our parental success through the achievements of our children. As a parent of five, I have already felt the pull of that culture. Through camping, children and families have the opportunity to slow down and relax."
"Creativity is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein
Nicholas Martinez - "Papa Smurf"
Assistant Camp Director
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Nicholas began his career at Camp Abe Lincoln as a counselor in 2005. He remained a counselor in 2006 and in 2007 he was the camp coordinator as an internship position. He took over as Program Director in the summer of 2008. Nicholas received his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Health, Wellness and Recreation.
Nicholas is origninally from Tennessee. He enjoys working at Camp because he is able to see the change in campers and staff from year to year. "There is no other place where you can see a child make a discovery and be able to share that experience with close friends."
Alexandra Clark - "Prancer"
Administrative Director of Youth Sports and Camp
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Alexandra began her career at Camp Abe Lincoln as a counselor in 2008. In 2009, she took over the marketing position. In 2010, she began working as our Retreats Coordinator and Business Manager. Since 2012, she has been the Administrative Director here, and for the Scott County Family Y Youth Sports. She received her Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Economics from Knox College in 2009.
Alexandra is originally from Bloomington, Illinois. She decided to work at camp because she loves to see people come together in their time at camp. "I like the opportunity camp offers both kids and adults to grow personally and I love to be a part of that."
Building and Grounds Director
John has worked for the Scott County Family Y for over 16 years. He has spent most of his time at the Downtown Davenport YMCA and has been at Camp Abe Lincoln since 2007.
In John's many years of working for the YMCA, he has done just about everything; Kids Club, Safari, Latch Key, Front Desk, Membership, Custodial and Maintenance. In all these different positions, he has found that the Y truly builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities."Working for the Y keeps me young. It effects your attitude and life. I told my daughter once that you don't make a whole lot of money at the Y. She said, "But you don't do it for the money..it's about the kids and families." It kind of makes it all worth while. I look forward to seeing all the kids and families again next summer."
YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln Staff 2013
Counselors, Directors, and Leadership Staff
Having the highest quality staff is a top priority for a successful summer experience. Our counselors, all high school graduates, join our camp family from local areas and from around the world. This summer, we have counselors from England, Wales, Colombia, and Switzerland.
Every Camp Abe Lincoln staff member completes background checks and participates in an intense training program that includes training and certification in CPR, AED, and first aid, as well as training in building positive relationships, and caring for the emotional and physical well-being of campers. Your child's safety is our primary goal.
First Row: Quad, Chia, River, Zoolu, Sunshine, Polar Bear, Danja, Flapjack, Story, Optimus, Baloo, Flicka.
Second Row: Maverick, Cy, Shiloh, Epic, Titch, P-Nut Buta, Spaz, Panda, Hops, Celsius, Clutch, Minnie, Prancer, Papa Smurf.
Third Row: Whiplash, Nacho, Cake, Pedals, Chords, Rah-Rah, Snow.
Fourth Row: Pookie, Slick, Paddles, Master Oz, Sweet T, Captain Flake.
Fifth Row: Tails, Zebra, Ace, Willow.
Interested in working at camp? Check out our Employment Page here.