The Episcopal Diocese of Easton is pleased to announce Julia Connelly Zahn as the next Director of Camp Wright. Julia has been serving in the role of Interim Director for the camp since November, 2016 and previously served as Associate Director from 2005 to 2014.
Julia is a native of the Diocese of Easton, having been baptized and confirmed at St. Alban’s in Salisbury. She enjoyed many years of camping at Camp Wright as a child with her brothers and had her faith journey deeply impacted as a part of Camp Wright’s ministry. Julia holds a Bachelors Degree in English and Secondary Education from Towson University. She and her husband, Matt have a son, August, who is very excited for the wonder and excitement ahead as a Camp Wright kid.
“We are quite obviously delighted that Julia has committed to take on this permanent role”, said Tom Mendenhall, Chair of the Camp Wright Committee. “Her passion and enthusiasm for the work of the Camp is demonstrated by her years of service in multiple capacities. She brings an attitude of joy and purpose and embraces the Mission of the Camp in all its facets.”
“I am thrilled to be continuing now as the Director of Camp Wright”, noted Zahn. “The transformative experiences afforded to children and young adults at Camp Wright are sacred and powerful– providing a space for that to happen is an enormous responsibility that I take very seriously. I’m thankful to the Camp Wright Committee, the leadership of the Diocese of Easton and the Camp Wright staff for supporting me in this new opportunity.”
Camp Wright’s mission is the spiritual and physical development of youth through living, recreating, singing and praying in an environment that promotes leadership and individual growth. Camp Wright offers nine sessions of Day Camp, five sessions of traditional Resident Camp and a variety of specialty Resident Camp programs. Since 1930, the camp program has remained largely unchanged with modern campers being encouraged to unplug, to connect with nature, with one another and with God. Songs, games, crafts, swimming, boating, and sports are a part of each camp session. When camp is not in session Camp Wright is available year-round to families, parishes and groups to rent for retreats, trainings, weddings, parties, and other events.
For more information about Camp Wright, to get involved as a volunteer or to join the alumni organization, Circle of Friends, please visit their website, www.campwright.com or contact Julia directly. All are welcome to the Celebration of New Ministry, scheduled for Saturday, May 12th at 4:30pm following the Camp Wright Open House (1pm-4pm). Or plan on visiting Camp Wright for the Gathering Hope Harvest Festival October 27th.