James S. (Jim) Doremus is an award-winning Y professional and retired CEO of the Concord Family YMCA. Jim is a graduate of New England College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Organizational Development. His decades of experience working with youth-centric programs and facilities improvement, along with nurturing deep ties to the communities in which he serves, will enable our Y to maintain a strong operational focus, increase overall fundraising, and begin to execute on our Master Plan for Camp Takodah’s campus in Richmond, New Hampshire.
Sarah serves as the Camp Director of Camp Takodah. A Fitzwilliam native, she grew up on the shores of Laurel Lake. Summers not spent swimming in Laurel lake were spent at Camp Takodah. When Sarah was 10 years old she spent her first week at Camp Takodah, since then she has held many camp positions from camper to Camp Director. Taking a brief sabbatical from Takodah, Sarah worked as the Assistant Director at Fleur de Lis Camp. She is thrilled to be back spending summers on the shores of Cass Pond.
Sarah has her Bachelors in Child and Family Studies. She is also an active member and volunteer for the American Camp Association, as both an accreditation visitor and New England conference committee member. In 2021 she was awarded the ACA Service and Leadership Award. In her downtime, you can usually find her enjoying the sunshine with friends, family, and her dog.
As a Takodian, Jill, CT16 (LIT14), served for the last eight summers as a Cabin Leader, Division Head, Behavior Specialist, North Camp Director, and Assistant Camp Director. Jill is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Before joining the full-time Takodah Team, she spent the last four years as a Special Education Teacher and Behavior Analyst.
Trevor serves as the Assistant Camp Director of YMCA Camp Takodah. A Keene, NH native, he joined Camp Takodah in 2017 when his friends recruited him to work at camp. He quickly fell in love with Camp Takodah and has worked there the last five summers as a cabin leader, division head, and the North Camp Director. During his summers at Takodah Trevor, he has brought creative programs and created a welcoming and inclusive environment for campers and staff alike. He is elated to be working at Takodah full-time.
Trevor has two bachelor degrees in history and secondary education. Before joining the full-time staff, he worked as a history teacher for high school and middle school students in New Hampshire and Vermont. During his free time, he enjoys reading and traveling.
Shawn spent over 20 years working for the YMCA of Greater Rochester, mostly as the Facility Director of YMCA Camp Cory on Keuka Lake in New York State. Shawn was involved in the renovation or reconstruction of almost every main building at this 100-year-old camp, setting the camp up for success for the next 100 years. He worked closely with the YMCA and camp team on creating and implementing an aggressive strategic plan, including the acquisition of additional acreage, the creation of a standalone Day Camp on the property, as well as design and construction of a completely new Leadership Village. Shawn’s artistic love contributed to many unique touches seen around the property. Shawn moved to MA last winter and has been working on the Groundskeeping team at Groton Academy this past year. When not working Shawn enjoys fishing, cooking, playing euchre, and spending time with family. Shawn is excited to be a part of Camp Takodah and looks forward to making an impact on all campers and guests that pass through its gate.
The staff is all so kind and supportive. I could just be myself with them.
Hannah, Takodah Camper
Takodah has a reputation for its caring, mature, and responsible staff. We recruit warm and friendly college students from around the world based on their character and proven ability to work with youth. Most of our staff are former campers who know firsthand how to help kids feel right at home, make friends and have fun.
Because safety is our highest priority, all of our staff members pass rigorous applications, interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks. They also attend nearly two weeks of training before campers arrive. All program specialists hold certifications in their areas of expertise, such as Lifeguard and Ropes Course Facilitator.
With one staff to every three campers, Takodah has one of the best staff-to-camper ratios in the country.