Youth Development and Innovation Director
Hi, I’m Jessie Emmons. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. My career with the Y began when I 6 years old, as a second generation camper at YMCA Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI. I was a true camp kid and spent every summer at camp. At 17, I joined the staff, spending six full summers at camp and three years working Outdoor Education. I transitioned to the South Bend branch after graduating college and began overseeing afterschool and day camp programming full-time. Within four years I was overseeing all Youth Development programs and had expanded our Day Camp program from one site to four.
My favorite parts about camp is that it is the one place in the world where I truly feel like I can be myself and that I am truly accepted. Camp is a place where being silly and loud is praised. Which is great, because loud and silly is basically my default mode. I am water person, so during the summer I live in my bathing suit. I am always available for a Taylor Swift dance party or sing-a-longs. I am a believer of magic, specifically Disney magic. I celebrate Taco Tuesday…three nights a week. I know far too much about “The Titanic” and I am much more of a Pheobe than a Rachel or a Monica. My favorite way to spend my time off is with my dog, Fitz. You can find us hiking, playing fetch, or napping.
Marina Esteve Wagstaff
Director of Community Programs
Marina Esteve Wagstaff grew up in Spain and the UK. Whilst studying at the University of Exeter, Marina started working in various summer camps and over the years has held multiple roles including; Specialty Coordinator, CiT Director and Assistant Director. After a stint working as a 4th Grade teacher Marina wanted to try something new and relocated to Frost Valley to work as a Program Instructor. Now as the Community Programs Director, Marina is excited to work with the wider community. In her free time Marina enjoys painting, swimming, shopping for vinyl records and spending time with friends.
Day Camp Counselors
Our goal is to ensure successful camping and educational experiences for each child. Staff members travel from across the country and around the world to join Frost Valley’s team — from California to Maine, England to New Zealand. We maintain a proper staff-to-camper ratio dependent on age, and in-depth background and criminal history checks are diligently performed on all applicants. We believe that our counselors are what make Frost Valley’s day camp meaningful, and many are former campers who are very familiar with our camp culture and traditions. Counselors undergo extensive training in our policies and procedures which stress health and safety, first.