Meet Our Staff: Moxie!

Moxie is joining us for her first summer as a GAC counselor!  Moxie is part of the backpacking team, so she will be leading Lions’ and Tigers’ trips and Bears’ Adventure!

She is currently a Junior at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, studying Sociology.  She’s active and loves the outdoors!  Every weekend, Moxie is paddling, rock climbing, or backpacking with the Hollins Outdoor Program.  In November, she competed on the Hollins University whitewater racing team, earning second place in the Women’s Championship at the annual American Canoe Association Collegiate Race Series National Championships on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia!

We are so excited for Moxie to join the GAC family!  We wanted to know more about her, so we asked a couple questions.  Check out what else Moxie has to say!

1. Why did you want to be a camp counselor?

I grew up going to summer camp and I remember admiring my counselors for their energy and positivity. They seemed like the coolest people in the world to me. I promised myself that I’d be like them some day – camp name and all! Being a camp counselor is the best job in the world because you get to work outside, have fun all day, and build friendships with amazing people you might not have met otherwise. Plus, you get to rock your silly camp side!

2. What are your hobbies?

I’m obsessed with the outdoors, especially hiking and paddling. At college, you can usually find me with my friends huddled over guidebooks and maps and planning our next adventure. I’m always looking to try out new meals, new trails, and go just a little bit farther than the last time. In the fall, I train with my team during the semester for the American Canoe Association’s Collegiate Nationals competition where I race whitewater canoes and kayaks. For me, it doesn’t get better than getting some energy out with good friends on the trail or on the river.

3. Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

My guilty pleasure is going to see a really scary movie in the theater.

4. What are you most looking forward to this summer?

There is so much to look forward to this summer but I’m especially excited to meet the great people. Camp is an awesome place to meet friends from all around the world and it’s a great adventure to get to know all the campers and fellow counselors.

5. Who are your top three heroes?

My three heroes are Grandma Gatewood (the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail), Dragon (my camp counselor who taught me how to build fires like a pro), and my mom.

6. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I could eat a cheeseburger with sweet potato fries for the rest of my life and I would love every minute of it.

7. What activity are you instructing at camp? Why?

I’m a backpacking activity counselor which I am stoked about! Backpacking is one of my favorite things to do. It is incredible to carry what you need on your back, hike out to an amazing place, and be present in the moment with the people who are with you on your trip. I think backpacking trips teach courage, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. Also, backpacking is one of the best ways to learn to love and respect the natural world by spending more time in it. I am so thrilled to share my passion for backpacking with campers and to help them have a great adventure that they look back for the rest of the year!

8. What’s your favorite joke?

My favorite joke goes, “Why do seagulls live by the sea? Because if they lived by the bay they’d be bagels!” I like it because it’s pun-y and most importantly, because I can remember it.

9. What is one thing you wish you were better at doing?

I wish I could whistle! I have never been able to whistle and I have tried to learn many times. Perhaps this summer I will finally learn this crucial skill?

Want to meet more 2015 GAC Staff? Head over to the Meet Our Staff page!