For Amber Denman, Stewart Park Day Camp (SPDC) has been more than just a summer camp; it's also been a place of growth, creativity, and fun. Along with her brothers, she was signed up as a camper back in 2000, and over the years progressed through the ranks, holding many different roles such as Counselor, Arts & Crafts Specialist, and Assistant Director. She is now in her 5th year of serving as Camp Director.
Many of Denman’s favorite memories involve participating in the "Specials" held at the end of each session. She shares, “Being able to provide fun activities and special treats, like ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy for campers and staff, make it such a fun and inclusive environment.”
Amber’s experience with the IYB provided her with opportunities to learn about different cultures, make new friends, and gain a strong work ethic. Working with children and having her first job as a camp counselor has influenced her professional life; she works as a school social worker.
She also credits Todd Peterson for having a profound impact on her experiences at SPDC, both as a camper and in the variety of staff positions she’s held. “[Todd] established an environment where individuals felt welcomed and could experience activities in a place with so many possibilities to be creative and gain many new skills. Ever since I became the Camp Director, and especially since Todd passed away, it is my goal to continue working here each summer to provide a place where all individuals can experience new things, be creative, and gain many new skills and interests.”
Amber hopes the community is aware of the many activities and experiences that the YB offers to youth and families. She emphasizes that it is a place where young people can learn, grow, and make memories, and encourages all to see the positive impact it can have.