Meet Our Camp Director: Wendy Lingle
Hi, my name is Wendy Lingle and I am the General Manager and Site Director for ESF at The Episcopal Academy. I grew up in southern New Jersey and have always been involved in working with children. I spent three summers as a counselor at the local summer camp in my school district, worked in retail at an educational toy company, taught preschool and worked as the director of a NAEYC accredited preschool for over 11 years. I began working for ESF in the spring of 2014 as the General Manager of ESF Camps and The Center for Growth and Innovation at The Episcopal Academy. In the fall of 2014, we added the school’s afterschool and enrichment programs which I direct and oversee on a daily basis. I graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Outside of my education and camp careers, I have worked with children in many different capacities. I have been a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and an adult advisor for a church youth group. I have two amazing children who have come to camp for the past four summers and are excited for the upcoming summer of 2018!
What do you love about working at ESF?
Watching children grow, develop new skills and build confidence, as they come to camp, year after year. And seeing our staff demonstrate exemplary character, as they go the extra mile, with enthusiasm for our campers each and every day.
What is your favorite camp tradition?
The Day Camp SleepUnder
What is an ESF fun fact about you?
In spite of my lack of athletic skills, I have been the assistant coach/teacher in both our handball and karate classes at EA.
What is the most unique/interesting job you have had outside of ESF?
I worked at a blueberry packing facility for one day when I was 13 years-old.
What is your favorite quote?
“Education is not filling of a pail but lighting of a fire.”- W.B. Yeats
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Watching every season of “Survivor”
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to time travel.