Author Archives: Brooke Cheley

The Seasons of a Camp Director

It’s March 1st. I can’t believe it is March 1st.   Almost daily, I think, where is the time going?  I never feel like I can fit it all in.   I always want it to slow down just a touch or … Continue reading

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Ann McCollum’s trek in Nepal

After six years as a camper and four years as a backpacking counselor at Cheley, in 1988 I signed up for a course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to broaden my experience, to get beyond the Rocky Mountains … Continue reading

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Halloween Candy and the Empowerment of Choice

The fall is flying, and it has now been two weeks since Halloween.  I have to say, I am proud of my girls and how they have handled the bag-full of candy that hangs on a small hook in our … Continue reading

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The Dreamers, the Doers and those in between

In 1883, an engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a bridge connecting New York to Long Island. But bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to … Continue reading

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It is not about the curtains

We always get a chuckle when it’s time to explain to the pre-camp crew what their assignment is for the day.  “What? You want me to rake and redistribute these pine needles and move around these large rocks into a … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day and Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) month

Happy Earth Day! As I continue on this journey of motherhood I am baffled at how fast time is flying.  I just hope that I am doing a decent job, and covering all my bases.  Everyday is a moment to … Continue reading

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Don Cheley on the Phoenix Society Board

Don Cheley is pleased to report that he has been selected to serve on the Phoenix Society Board of directors.  The Phoenix Society is the largest non-profit dedicated to  providing support to burn survivors and their families.  They hold the … Continue reading

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A Gentle Evaluation for Nannies

You may be your nanny’s first boss, or you may be her last boss.  She might be 18 or 85.  Whatever her age or yours, it is not always easy to give feedback to someone.  Bosses are supposed to make … Continue reading

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The Important “Letter on the Table” for Nannies

As camp directors, we spend our winter months honing our skills on how to manage people in the close quarters of camp.  We go to trainings and seminars with the best educators in this field.  Through the camp experience, we … Continue reading

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Suggested interview questions when hiring a Nanny

I was born into a wonderful legacy called camp, and I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a camp director. For over the past decade, I have worked during the winter months to put together … Continue reading

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