While next summer may seem a long way off, we’re getting ready for a great season with the appointment of Jake Evans (above left) and Todd Weidner as 2018 summer camp directors.
Evans will return for his second season as Camp Director at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation after a successful first summer in this role in 2017. Evans, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2006, is an English teacher in the Cumberland Valley School District in the off-season. He earned a Humanities Degree in History & Religious Studies from Messiah College in 2009, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Evans also completed his Masters Degree in Education from Cabrini College in 2013.
Prior to becoming the Camp Director at Hidden Valley in 2017, Evans served as a summer camp director for Media Youth Center (Media, PA) in 2010 and 2011, where he developed programs for summer day camps for youth ages pre-K through 8th grade, in addition to hiring and overseeing the camp staff.
Weidner, the New Birth of Freedom Council’s Director of Camping since the council was formed in April 2010, will serve as Camp Director at Camp Tuckahoe next summer. Weidner has extensive previous experience as the camp director at both Hidden Valley and Tuckahoe.
An Eagle Scout, Weidner has been a professional Scouter since 1986, serving in the Forest Lakes Council (Scranton, PA), Northeastern Pennsylvania Council (Avoca, PA), Keystone Area Council, and York-Adams Area Council. Weidner is a 1984 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (Mont Alto campus), earning an Associate’s Degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences. He then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Shippensburg University in 1985.
“I’m excited for our council and our camps to have Jake and Todd serve as our summer camp directors in 2018,” said Ron Gardner, Scout Executive & CEO. “Both Jake and Todd are looking forward to building outstanding summer camp staff teams and dynamic programs and I’m very confident that both will do a great job. They’re both committed to making every Scout’s summer camp experience something each Scout will remember positively for the rest of their lives.”
Hidden Valley Scout Reservation will offer five weeks of Boy Scout summer camp in 2018, in addition to hosting a Tiger Cub camp session. Camp Tuckahoe will offer four weeks of Boy Scout summer camp, along with four Webelos Resident Camp (5 days, 4 nights) sessions and three Cub Resident Camp (3 days, 2 nights) sessions.