Year-Round Staff

Most people think of camp happening only during the summer. In reality, without the hard work of our Year-Round Staff 10 months out of the year, the two months during the summer wouldn’t happen. As soon as one summer ends, we start putting together all of the pieces to make next summer happen!

Tim Eager

Executive Director

Tim started his life in summer camps at the age of 14 pushing the inaugural lawnmower.  That was it; his love of the community found in the summer camp world was born.  He spent many summers working various positions in the camp, from cook to Counselor to administration.

Throughout his time at Nichols College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration he ran a conference center for an Outdoor Education company, in the late 1990’s.

In 2001 he began six wonderful seasons as an Innkeeper of a rustic lodge in the mountains of Massachusetts, which fostered a love for hiking and fishing.

Tim joined the CDW community in 2009. Tim is truly the protector of camp; he oversees that CDW is the best that it can be. He married his wife, Catie in the Camp Dining Hall in October of 2016.

Alex Crompton       

Camp Director

Summer Staff

Alex’s camp journey began in 2008, flying over from the UK to work as a Camp Counselor, totally unsure of what to expect. It didn’t take him long to fall in love with the place, and he returned whenever life would allow, working five summers as a Counselor, CIT Director and Assistant Director.

Alex wedding

After college and grad school, at the University of Exeter and King’s College London, Alex spent time working in London schools and with politicians in the UK Parliament. After relocating permanently to the USA in 2017, Alex realized a longtime dream and began work as Camp Director of Camp Dark Waters.

Dark Waters is the most important place in the world to Alex. Working together in the summer of 2011, Alex met Sarah, who he would go on to marry. In 2018, after living together both in the UK and USA, Alex and Sarah got married at Dark Waters, in front of the Peace Tree.

Ryn McWhirter

Assistant Director

Summer Staff

Ryn’s obsession with summer camp began at age seven, when they attended their first outdoor sleep-away in the California Bay Area. There, they became fascinated with backpacking, rock climbing, and playing clarinet in the camp orchestra. In 2015, they started working as a counselor at their childhood summer camps, and learned how to help create camp magic.

After graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in Music and Pedagogy, Ryn moved to Philadelphia and spent 2 years teaching in the Special Education department at a K-8 public charter school. They worked closely with both LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse kids, and reaffirmed their dedication to inclusive education.

Ryn heard about Dark Waters from their cousin in 2017, and decided to try it out. Over their summers as a Counselor, Camper Advocate, and CIT Director, they fell in love with the community, inclusion, and general silliness that is CDW. Ryn is passionate about bringing kids with very different experiences and needs together, empowering them to know themselves and each other, and making camp a place where that happens.

July               Autumn


Alex & Sarah adopted July in March 2017. She’s got a habit of romping in the swamp, and has lots of extra skin. She is very curious and says hello with her nose in the air and a little wiggle of her behind.


Tim & Catie rescued Autumn in January of 2019. She has a lot of fun at camp running around and chasing squirrels when she’s not following her Dad at his heels. She holds the title for the best doggie tetherball player camp has ever seen.