Dyresha Harris, Director of Catoctin Quaker Camp, first joined the BYM camping community as a staff child in 1988. She was a camper for 8 years, and worked as Counselor and Assistant Director for 11 years. In 2010 she started the Working Group on Diversity at Catoctin. Outside of the camping program Dyresha has worked with young people of all different backgrounds and ages for over 10 years. Originally hailing from the heart of Washington DC, she now works in a community center in her West Philadelphia neighborhood. She has been studying and practicing diversity education for seven years and facilitates professional development trainings throughout Philadelphia. Dyresha earned her BA with a double major in Sociology & Political Science and a Master’s in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Dyresha enjoys travel, crafts, dance, creative writing and spending time with her partner, camp alum, Eo Trueblood.
On January 3rd, 2021, Jesse Miller informed BYM that he would not be serving as Opequon Director this summer. We are actively engaged in the process of reviewing, interviewing, and hiring the next Opequon Director. We hope to have an announcement for the Opequon and BYM Camp community in early March. Please reach out to Brian Massey (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
Hope Swank, Director of Shiloh Quaker Camp, was born and raised outside of Washington D.C. and grew up attending Shiloh and Teen Adventure as a camper. She later worked at Shiloh as a Counselor, and then Teen Adventure as a Trip Leader and Trip Manager. Hope studied Spanish Literature and Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She moved to California in 2006 for an internship in teaching for San Mateo County Outdoor Education. Since then she has worked for a number of local outdoor education and nature awareness programs including Vide Verde Nature Education, Pigeon Point Environmental Education Program, and Riekes Center Nature Awareness. She has taught about redwood ecology, goat milking and cheesemaking, and the life and times of the Northern Elephant Seal. Hope is happy to be spending her summers in Virginia, and thrilled to be returning to Shiloh as a Director! She is happiest when outside.
Teen Adventure Co-Directors
Jesse Austell, Co-Director of Teen Adventure, began working for the camping program in 2003. He has worked as a Counselor, Trip Leader, Trip Manager and starting in 2010 as TA Director. When not at camp, Jesse is a research and financial consultant for nonprofit organizations. He has an MA in Applied Sociology and Nonprofit Management and a BA in Nonprofit Finance. Jesse enjoys biking and urban agriculture and recently completed a cross-country bike trip from Florida to San Francisco. In the past Jesse has also helped lead an outdoor adventure and experiential learning program for inner city youth in DC.
Rosie Eck, Co-Director of Teen Adventure Quaker Camp, was a camper at Catoctin and Teen Adventure, starting in 1999. After TA, she worked as a counselor and staff person at Catoctin for five summers and as a trip leader at TA for two, spending one summer away in Chile (but returning in time to cook at Catoctin!) She majored in Studio Art and Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College and especially enjoyed painting animals and elementary foreign language pedagogy. In 2013, she moved to Baltimore where her time primarily revolves around facilitating healthy environments through play – as a Playworks Americorps coach at Mount Royal Elementary Middle, leading art workshops and spending lots of time outside with friends. She is proud to be the reason why a few hundred Baltimore schoolchildren know some of our favorite camp cheers and games.
BYM Camp Program Manager
Brian Massey, the Camp Program Manager, started attending Shiloh as a 9-year old in 1994, and then proceeded to spend 19 of the next 20 summers as either a camper or a staff member with the BYM Camps. His favorite parts of camp included: canoe trips on the Rappahannock, James, and New Rivers; hiking up Pocosin Hollow and Old Rag; building relationships in Rockbridge Country through service projects for TA, fire circle on the first night of camp, general silliness while on Pots & Pans chore at Shiloh, and driving the bus down winding country roads while campers sang songs behind him.
Before coming back to BYM, he spent a decade as an educator and urban farmer working in the schools, and with the youth and families, of Washington, DC. Committed to justice, equity, and the transformative nature of youth empowerment, Brian was a classroom teacher in the DC schools, did early childhood special education outreach for DCPS, and ran school garden, edible landscaping, and food security programs all over DC. He was the Founding Family & Community Engagement Coordinator with Bard High School Early College DC, and was the Founding Enterprise Coordinator with The Sojourner Truth Montessori Public Charter School. When he’s not working, Brian spends as much time as possible with his wife, Ellie, and their two young sons, Rye and Cypress, biking together on the trails next to the Anacostia River, and caring for the veggie beds, fruit trees, and backyard chickens at their home in Mount Rainier, MD.