Every week we spotlight one of many passionate and dedicated staff members at Camp Tawonga. This week we aim our spotlight toward our hard-working maintenance team member William Klein. Will has been coming to Camp Tawonga since 2009, starting out as a camper and eventually becoming a CIT and then a staff member. He initially heard about Camp through his friends and after experiencing the welcoming and loving community we have here, Will decided this was the place he would spend his summers for as long as possible. Will is part of the maintenance team working behind the scenes as they keep Tawonga clean and functional for all the rest of us. You can often see Will crossing Camp in one of maintenance carts, teaching kids the fundamentals of Karate in one of his martial arts activity blocks, or reciting stories to campers before bedtime. Below is a short interview we did with Will. Enjoy!
What made you want to join our Maintenance Team?
“As a camper I thought everyone on Maintenance was so cool because they got to drive around Camp in Golf Carts!”
What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
“I love being able to see the improvements we have made around Camp and attain that feeling of accomplishment when it adds to the Tawonga experience!”
What is your favorite memory from your years working here?
“Being able to work closely with a Miwok representative to build a traditional structure on our property!”
Tell us about being able to teach campers martial arts.
“Being on Maintenance gives me the ability to choose to work with campers in my free time! I love being able to teach campers karate and get them interested in martial arts!”
When you are not at Camp, what do you do in the off season?
“I attend George Washington University in Washington D.C. studying religion.”
How do you bring Tawonga home?
“I try to bring Tawonga home by remembering who I am at Camp and trying to be like that in the “real world”!”
We have so many special and dedicated people working together to provide the best Camp experience for our campers. The Maintenance team is an essential part of our staff and do much of their work behind the scenes. We are so lucky to have them as part of our team!
Please enjoy photos from today’s activities below!