Great question! ICOM is short for Interview Committee. We are the lucky folks who get to interview you once you turn in your application to work at Stanford Sierra Camp! We're also the ones who you'll see in White Plaza passing out flyers, in Old Union hosting info sessions and in dorms and community centers talking about Camp in the Fall. In short, we are responsible for recruiting, interviewing and hiring the amazing individuals who will make up the Staph of summer 2017! We have Coordinators for Diversity and Inclusion who will make sure that we hire a staph that is as representative of the Stanford student body as possible, an Individual Instructor Coordinator who will focus on finding talented and passionate sports instructors, art instructors, music directors, etc., a Kids Group Coordinator who will work with kids counselors to create super fun and educational programming for the kids who come to Camp, and At-Large ICOM members who make sure we reach as many students as possible with our recruiting efforts!
Camp Experience: Ski Dock
After Nate (’16) finished playing football and his undergraduate career at Stanford, he decided to see what Sierra Camp was all about. Needless to say his expectations were blown out of the water! He worked last summer on the Ski Dock teaching Stanford Alumni and their families how to ski and coming up with new, exciting, and often ridiculous water skiing tricks to do for the guests during Ski Show™. He is a big fan of speaking in third person and he is loving his new job as the 2017 Staff Director. He CAN NOT WAIT to spend next summer on Fallen Leaf Lake with an incredible group of humans! He also can not wait to meet YOU! Yes You! You wonderful potential applicant! I’m sure you two will have so many things to talk about. He loves meeting new people! So shoot him an email at email@example.com if you have any questions about camp or, if you see him around campus, say hello! (He’s usually the one blasting that 'We Like To Party’ song from the old Six Flag commercials).
Camp Experience: Ski Dock
Amanda ('14) worked on Ski Dock in 2012 and has been the Assistant Camp Director for a year now! She decided to return home to SSC after graduating and traveling to give new Staph and guests the life-changing, universe-altering, downright unforgettable experience that she was lucky enough to have in 2012. Since she lives at Fallen Leaf Lake year-round, you can usually find her running around Camp with her radio, trying out new flavors of tea in the dining room or finding any excuse to take a boat out on the water. She is excited to visit campus a lot this year to meet all of you, convince you all to apply to Camp and then help you have the most amazing summer experience imaginable. When she isn't working, Amanda loves to travel, try new restaurants and spend time with family and friends! Don't hesitate to contact her with any questions or concerns you may have- she'll never turn down an opportunity to talk about Camp.
Camp Experience: Munchkins
Mark ('18) absolutely fell in love with camp this past summer working as a munchkins counselor, and he enjoyed every single second of it. At camp you would most likely find Mark with one munchkin on his shoulders, two on his arms, and two more wrapped around his legs –safe to say that he loves working with kids. On Stanford's campus you can find Mark studying Communication and Political Science. And when he's not in a classroom or hanging out with friends, you'll probably find him groovin' in a dance studio. Working at camp has been the best decision that Mark has made since being at Stanford, and he is so unbelievably excited to return for summer 2017!
Camp Experience: Munchkins
After a packed summer of running around the Munchkin Patch with and cuddling three year olds, channeling her alter ego, Dancing Donna, during Disco Bingo, and mastering the art of s'more-making at campfire, Lauren is ready to return to the place where she feels the happiest, most confident, and most able to love and be loved. This past summer, she spent an extensive amount of time contemplating ethnicity, what it means for something to be diverse, and how to make something diverse. She feels a sense of urgency and excitement to help create a staph that is more representative of the Stanford student body as one of the coordinators for diversity and inclusion on this year's ICOM. She is eager to discuss and answer any questions or concerns about the challenges and empowerment of being a minority at camp, from working with little ones to serving guests in the dining room.
Camp Experience: Midorees
Tommy (’17) had an energizing and thrilling first summer at camp, and is SO STOKED to be going back next year. This past summer, Tommy was a Midorees counselor, wrangling and out-sassing the 11 and 12 year olds at camp. When Tommy wasn’t trying to keep up with the tweens of SSC, you could probably find him watering the plants, dropping his phone in the lake, or running the surrounding trails. Although Tommy grew up coming to Tahoe frequently, his summer at Fallen Leaf Lake allowed him to explore, appreciate, and love Tahoe and the surrounding area more than ever before. Back at Stanford, Tommy is a senior Product Design major and Portuguese minor. He loves the outdoors, his yellow lab, and microwavable food. Don’t hesitate to email Tommy if you have any general questions about Camp, or those specifically related to working with kids groups, his favorite parts of Desolation Wilderness, or weighing other summer options. And if you see him around campus, stop him and ask him about camp and Hot Pockets – he would be very excited to talk about either one!
Camp Experience: Office Assistant
Three years ago, if you told Anne (’18) that she would spend her summers at college working at a camp, she would call you crazy. Now she can’t imagine her Stanford experience without it. Anne, hailing from Washington D.C., had a fantastic time at Camp last summer working in The Office, teaching rowing, sneaking gummy bears from the Chicken at odd hours of the day, and waking up every morning to the view across Fallen Leaf Lake. Anne’s voice could be heard coming in over the radio checking up on flipped sailboats or answering guest’s outlandish questions. She could also be found playing beach volleyball with guests in between shifts and hanging out on the ski dock. She loved being able to work on a team of 60 amazing Stanford students and having the chance to build a loving and supportive community. She had no question in her mind that she wanted to do it all again but this time as Individual Instructor Coordinator! While she waits nine months for camp to start again, Anne is snorkeling….I mean studying abroad Fall quarter in Australia and once she returns to campus she will be working on her degree in Human Biology and eating sushi at Tressider. If you see her, make sure to ask her the Wifi password! She would love to tell you!
Camp Experience: Chicken and Menehunes
Austin (’18) can’t wait to make it back to Camp next summer! Applying to Camp was by far the most important decision he’s made at Stanford and he’s so excited to get to share the Camp love with all of you! Even though he was hired to work in the Chicken (kitchen), he broke his foot throwing a tantrum (no not that kind of tantrum), so he ended up working with the Menehunes for half the summer and fell in love with those crazy 7 and 8 year olds. He’s really hoping to see as many people apply as possible and help recruit a summer staph that’s representative of Stanford’s amazing diversity. On campus you can find him RAing in Crothers and trying to get upperclassmen pumped about their dorm community. Or join him as he decides between majoring in CS and Econ for the fifteenth time. Come talk to him about Camp any time! He’d love to tell you about all the amazing jobs there are at Camp and why you should definitely apply to have the most transformative summer of your life!
Camp Experience: Lakemaster
After a summer away from camp, Martine (’17) is stoked to finally return to the stunning mountains and glassy waters of Fallen Leaf Lake. While her time away gave her a lot of perspective and new life experiences, her heart feels warm when she thinks about the energy and passion of the community at SSC, and all that it will become this year! During the school year, she often finds herself camping nearby, designing sustainable programming and practices for the Row House where she is staffing, scrambling to finish all the SymSys classes she needs to graduate, and wishing she were back at camp. Martine is excited to help create a staph that is warm, supportive, and in particular, representative of Stanford’s vibrant student body. Please please pleeeease shoot her an email if you have concerns about camp versus a more traditional summer internship, are wondering how you might fit into the camp community, or just want to hear more about what working at camp is really like (she promises to be honest)!
Camp Experience: Munchkins, Midorees
Taylor (’17) has a wonderful problem- she can’t stop thinking about camp! She is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the beautiful, out-of-this world place that is Fallen Leaf Lake for her third summer at SSC. After spending two incredible summers with two amazing kids groups, Munchkins and Midorees, she is so excited take on the role of Kids Group Coordinator (KGC)! Taylor is passionate about making the Kids Group experience at camp even more magical and meaningful for both guests and Staph. Back at Stanford, when she’s not talking about Camp, Taylor studies Human Biology with concentration in Global Child Health. She is also the Overall Director of Dance Marathon, Community Manager of La Casa Italiana, and an avid giggler. The love Taylor has for camp is unlimited and she would be stoked to talk to you about it! Please email her if you have any questions about Camp, kids, social justice of all kinds, or just life in general!