Meet the Colgan-Snyders
Thanks for taking to find about Camp Hawkeye and getting to know us a little. We love working with kids, are energetic and passionate youth development professionals, and want to make you part of our family. Not only is camp a fun place for kids to learn and grow but we have made it our lives. We know the power of the camp experience for kids and hope that you do too. Let's share in the growth process together.
Originally from Arden, Delaware, Garrett was raised in Newton, Massachusetts. He grew up camping in Vermont and New Hampshire with his parents and brother. At camp as a boy Garrett came to love the overnight experience and appreciate the community and relationships born from that environment. His continued commitment to the outdoors has brought him countless new experiences and friendships from which he draws to communicate, teach, and connect with children.
Garrett is the founder of Camp Hawkeye and is extremely active in the greater camping and youth development community. He is a member of the New Hampshire Camp Directors' Association Board of Directors and a faculty member for the New Camp Director's Workshop at the ACANE annual conference.
Jess grew up in Wantage, NJ, an hour north of NYC. Her love for the outdoors was always there but her experiences in organized camping started later at Hawkeye. Jess joined the Hawkeye staff in advance of summer 2006 and hasn't left. A graduate of Suffolk University she has committed her life to camping and the Hawkeye community.
Jess took over as assistant director in 2010. She is an Accreditation Standards Visitor for American Camp Association and a Board Member of the Hawkeye Campership Fund. However Jess' other passion is November Project, a free fitness movement started in November of 2012 in Boston.
During the winter months we live over the river and through the woods from camp with our two sons August (5) and Huxley (2). However we spend each off-season traveling. Visiting campers, spending time with Hawkeye staff, and finding new adventures. The last four falls has seen us close camp and drive west. We spent more than two weeks camping and driving cross-country out to Santa Fe, NM. A month in the Land of Enchantment and we were back on the road through the southern US visiting some wonderful places in Texas, Tennessee, and South Carolina before visiting wonderful camp people in Miami, FL, and Bedford, VA.
This autumn it was the east coast and Appalachia as we visited some original camp personalities all the way down in Miami Florida! The drive was long as always but stops with friends and Hawkeye alumni along the way made it easier.
We'd love to see you at camp this summer and visit you next fall.
Jess, Garrett, August and Huxley