Appel Farm has gained two new life-long friends this month, so for our first Fun Friday blog of the season, we would like to introduce you to Rachel Chadwin, Assistant Camp Director and Saucy Sam, adorable camp creature. Read on to find out more about their adventure.
Rachel Chadwin, Assistant Camp Director:
Both Saucy Sam and I joined the Appel Farm family a little more permanently this month! Saucy Sam will be traveling from home to home, saying hi and spending some quality time with our campers and counselors, whereas I, more likely, will be in the Appel Farm office each day with Jennie and Cori planning for the terrific summer that lies ahead.
A little background on me: I am an enthusiastic camping professional, which really just means I love camp and have chosen my career in the camping and recreational education world. I have been involved with residential camps since I was seven years old. I spent my first 13 years as a camper, counselor, and Athletic Director at Camp Timber Tops in the Pocono Mountains. I spent my next 10 years as a Division Leader, Head Counselor and Asst. Director at Pine Forest Camp, also in the Pocono’s. I was lucky enough to join the Appel Farm family for the summer of 2013 as the Head of South and CIT Coordinator. I’m more than thrilled to start year-round with Appel Farm this fall as the new Assistant Camp Director. In the summer time, I will still call South my home as the Head of South. I am married to Jamie Chadwin who is a P.E. teacher at Elkins Park School and a high school boys’ basketball coach at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy. We have three daughters who are now all Appel Farmers! Paige and Reese are six and are Southies, and Shay will be turning two this summer!
I grew up just outside Philadelphia and graduated college from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where I got my degree in Psychology and Physical Education.
I’m so happy to call Appel Farm my new home, it is a wonderfully special place where friendships, confidence, and true talent is born, nurtured, and illuminated. Throughout the year, I hope to see many of you at camp reunions and visits to your hometown for an ice cream or pizza party!
Hi there, I’m Saucy Sam! I lived in the apple tree outside North this summer, and loved listening to all of you campers and counselors laughing and having fun! Since you left, I have been feeling lonely and campsick, and just want to see your faces again! I know you are spread out all over the world, and am excited to go to all of your favorite places!
I am on my way to visit lots of Appel Farm friends, and if I arrive at your house, you can help turn my campsickness into happiness! Take me to one of your favorite places, an event nearby, or introduce me to your friends and family. Snap a photo of us while were there, and submit it to Appel Farm Arts Camp. Then, send me on my next adventure!