posted Apr 11, 2017, 1:05 PM by Rob Dailey
updated Apr 11, 2017, 1:53 PM
This year, we're fortunate to have TWO highly qualified educators filling the role of Camp Director.
Tim Fitzpatrick and David Yabu both have deep connections to Gales Creek Camp. Both have been GCC counselors, and both have gone on to become teachers. Each brings special skills and passions back to Gales Creek Camp, and we're excited about this summer.
Tim, whose camp name is Gopher, will begin the season as Camp Director and David, whose camp name is Boo, will start as Assistant Camp Director. In mid-July, Tim will return to California, and David will take over as Camp Director.
Having two highly qualified educators (who are also GCC veterans) work together this season is part of our long-term plan to ensure our camp is ready for the future. While acting as Assistant Camp Director, David will be able to document our camp training, processes, and traditions so we will be on excellent footing going into 2018. This, combined with the strategic planning the Board of Directors is undertaking right now, will be the foundation for Gales Creek Camp's next five years.
The bonus is, this year our campers will get the full benefit of TWO amazing directors!
Tim "Gopher" Fitzpatrick:
Greetings GCC family! I am so excited to return to camp this summer! As a child, I spent several summers at GCC while my dad, "Boss," was Camp Director. Later on, as a college student I returned for five summers as Camp Counselor, "Gopher." I look back and appreciate all that I learned in my summers spent at Gales Creek. I have been away from camp for several years now, but GCC is in my blood and keeps calling me back. This summer, I am thrilled to be Camp Director for the first half of the summer. Joining me will be my wife, Sarah, and our three children, Finley, Forrest, and Fallon. It makes me smile when I think of the summer they are about to have!
For the past 16 years I have been teaching in the Palm Springs area. I am currently a Physical Education teacher at an elementary school in Bermuda Dunes, CA. On the last day of school, we will be packing up the car for a good old fashioned road trip, destination...GCC!
David "Boo" Yabu:
Hello GCC! After a three year break I couldn't be happier to make my return to the happiest place on earth! What started as a summer job during college turned into a home away from home and of course gave me friends forever. I worked at GCC as counselor for 5 years and Assistant Camp Director for one year as Boo! Since leaving camp I have been teaching middle school in Hillsboro, Oregon. I can't wait to get back to campfires, night swims, and of course the camp dances! Let's get ready for the BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE!!!
Tim and David are working with our past Camp Director Megan "Lobos" Wolfe-McCormick and our Camp Committee to ensure continuity—and to make sure the programs and activities that make Gales Creek Camp unique are present and strong!