Greetings from interim Executive Director!

Hello CM7 family and friends!!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Kristian “Kris” Walker and I have been appointed the interim Executive Director for Camp Mark 7 (CM7) for the 2012-2013 year. I’m from the Washington, DC metro area, where I have been working as an ASL Interpreter for the past 10 years.  However, my last 16 summers have been devoted to CM7.

I’m very excited to be afforded the opportunity to be able to serve and give back to Camp Mark 7.  The Camp has been very special to me since 1998, when I attended the very first KODA camp program.  Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to return every summer, first as a camper, then as a KODA Counselor, CIT Director, and most recently, Assistant Program Director. The camp has given me the chance to not only meet and make some amazing friends, but to also grow professionally as a result of my experience working in such varied roles.

Throughout my years with Camp Mark 7, it has been tremendous to witness how much our well-loved camp has grown and improved.   Numerous improvements throughout the lodge, such as a new speed boat, new vans, a new blacktop, are all thanks to the kind generosity of our many friends and donors. But at the same time, I’ve also seen what has not changed: the 16+ year old pontoon boat and canoes, a 20+ year old van and truck, and 30+ year old chairs and cushions in the lobby. One of my biggest goals with this position is to beautify and update the camp facility while also continuing to provide quality programs for our campers and guests.

I’m sure most parents will notice the $50 tuition increase for the Children and Youth Programs.  I also want to take this opportunity explain to you why this was absolutely necessary.  Each year CM7 is committed to providing top quality, affordable camp programs to approximately 200 kids -- and we have an obligation to ensure that each summer meets our standard of excellence in terms of quality programming, safety and care.  The last time the tuition was raised for these programs was 2 years ago, and since 2010, our insurance rates, food and supply costs, and fuel prices have increased each year. This tuition increase will allow us to keep up with the rising costs and protect the integrity of our programs and the quality care of our valuable important asset – our campers, your children.

Kris boating on Fourth Lake
Kris boating on Fourth Lake

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. I look forward to meeting you this summer if you will be joining us for one of our programs. And if you can’t make a program, think about joining us during opening weekend. Dates will be posted to soon.

Best wishes,

Kris Walker