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.