SCWA is excited to welcome Steve Maynard as the director for Camp Woodie, SCWA’s summer camp program. According to David Wielicki, SCWA’s Chief Executive Officer, “Steve is a proven leader with decades of successful camping and management experience, and Camp Woodie is experiencing tremendous growth. SCWA looks forward to working with Steve to take the Camp Woodie program to the next level of excellence for campers and parents.”
Steve Maynard began his camping career in 1974 at YMCA Camp Mataucha in Watertown, Connecticut, where he attended for eight years as a camper and five years as a counselor, CIT (Counselor in Training) Director and Assistant Director. After spending two years at the University of Florida, Steve finished his degree in Park & Recreation Management at the University of Connecticut, culminating with an internship at YMCA Camp Jewell, where he oversaw the CIT program, worked with school and corporate leadership groups, and assisted with new construction.
In 1991, Steve accepted the position of Group and Conference Director at YMCA Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. At Tecumseh, he oversaw the operations of Tecumseh’s large retreat and conference program, increasing bookings and revenue through innovative programming and scheduling. After spending five memorable years with Tecumseh, Steve moved to Stratton Mountain, Vermont as the Ski Resort’s Guest Services Manager. There, he oversaw the day to day guest experience for the resort’s 6,000+ skiers and snowboarders, including ticket & season pass sales, and creating family activities like the Tyrolean Triathlon. While in Vermont, Steve also served as an EMT on the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad, on the South Londonderry Volunteer Fire Department, and as a lector and Sunday School instructor for his church.
Steve’s most recent adventure took him to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri as the Executive Director for YMCA Camp Wakonda. Over the course of six years, Steve and his family were able to transform the camp. With the help of the Board of Managers, association and national support, private volunteers and donors, and divine assistance, Wakonda experienced a 120% increase in enrollment, and a 240% increase in revenue. Under Steve’s leadership, camper retention rose from 33% to 68%, with staff retention following the same trend. Multiple construction projects including cabin renovations, water system upgrades, bathroom construction, roads, landscaping and the vision and completion of a five-acre lake were all achieved during his tenure.
An avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, Steve is excited to join the SCWA team and looks forward to continuing and growing the Camp Woodie legacy.