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Monday, November 23, 2009

At the Mic with Tracy Watson

Tracy Watson, also known at Tracky, Track-a-lack, Traskster and Mama Tracky has been a Manito-wisher for the past 14 years. She grew up in Deerfield, IL and now is the Camp Director/Outdoor Program Manager at Camp Silverbrook, part of the Girl Scout Wisconsin Southeast and lives in Waukesha, WI. Some of her favorite memories at Manito-wish include the sunrises and sunsets from the trips house bridge where she spent a summer as the Trips House Assistant. She has also served in the capacity of a Tripping Assistant, Sectional, Elmer Ott Intern, Outpost Assistant Director and Leadership Facilitator.

Trail Tip of the Day:
If you’re not nervous about what you’re doing, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. (My dad used to teach me about stepping out of my comfort zone.)

The Interview:

How did you choose your current profession?
Ever since I was a camper I wanted to be a camp director. I left a sales job and the position at the Girl Scouts opened. It all fell into place!

What did you learn at Camp that you apply to your current life?
EVERYTHING. We are truly blessed to have Manito-wish in our lives. My summers at camp have given me the ability to role with the craziness, the importance of surrounding yourself with both like-minded and different types of people, how to relate to all different age groups, how to trust myself, how to trust my team, what it means to be a role model to both camper and staff and how to live a life that you can be proud of.

What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is the ability to trust yourself, trust your team and then stand behind your decisions and your team. Its about learning and teaching at the same time. Leadership means putting yourself out there for the greater good of the group- even it that’s not the most comfortable place to be. Leadership is always changing- everyday I discover a new quality about the leader that I am and I love that it’s a never-ending cycle of self and group discovery.

What is your favorite piece of gear?
My Western Mountaineering down sleeping bag. Its unbelievable quality and made in the United States. I also love my Deuter backpack- it fits everything I need and still looks like brand new even though I have had it for almost 4 years.

Tracy has shared so much with Camp throughout the years – thank you!

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