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.

Francesca “Cheska” White

Associate Director

Cheska started going to summer camp at 6 attending a half-day camp run by her local Parks and Recreation Department.  After a few summers, she graduated to a full day camp and then added on Girl Scouts camp at age 8.

At 10, Cheska first came to Dark Waters moderately terrified at the prospect of going to overnight camp.  Immediately she was hooked. Over the next ten years she was a camper, Counselor-in-Training (TIC), Counselor, special events director and program director at CDW.  The only break she’s had from Dark Waters was a year spent volunteering for Americorps in a second and third grade classroom in California. Returning to Dark Waters felt like coming home, and she hasn’t left since! 

She’s currently undecided about the spot at camp where she’ll get married sometime in the future.  

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.