Weldon Rutledge// Director of Camp Leelanau
In 1987 I stood in front of the Camp Leelanau for Boys sign with big plans in my head. I knew then that I would attend Camp for 20+ summers, run the trips and CT programs for the greater portion of the first decade of the new century, eschew stable work in order to always have my summers free well after college, and eventually be named the Director of Leelanau. All of this I remember thinking as I tore around the Northport site desperately seeking the restroom, because I feared if I wet myself on the first day of camp I would be too ashamed to follow through on my plans. Thank God for my counselor Bill Helms for showing me the bathhouse and setting me on my career path.
Maybe it didn’t go quite like that. But the camp nurse can tell you that from a very young age Green and Sand have been coursing through my veins.
As the summers progress, the priorities of Camp Leelanau remain the same: raise young men to love brotherhood, unselfishness, and integrity. Leelanau has been developing leadership skills, growing competence and creativity, and encouraging progress for over ninety years and I am honored to continue that blessed calling.
Pippi Rutledge// Director of Camp Kohahna
The year 2005 brought together a beautiful fall and my first time ever in Northern Michigan. I arrived here to work my first season at The Leelanau Outdoor Center, and needless to say I was immediately hooked. All I could think about was, “How can I figure out a way to live up here all year long?” Well, after working many seasons as a LOC staff member, eight years as a counselor at Kohahna, and five years as the LOC program coordinator, I’m still here and couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to continue serving camp as the Kohahna Director.
Despite being a “latecomer” to camp, I took to Kohahna immediately and recognized the value in what Kohahna brings to campers and counselors. I’ve grown a lot in the last eight summers and I’m so very grateful (and excited) to continue in my own personal growth, but to continue to give that opportunity to others as I support Camp’s grand mission to teach Christian Science youth.
Jessyca MacMullin// Office Manager
In the fall of 2015 I joined the staff of the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC). I worked only a few days each week and went on countless hikes to Pyramid Point. It didn’t take long to acknowledge the gorgeous landscape and the true beauty expressed by the people at camp. I quickly decided to work the winter and spring LOC seasons. Best. Decision. Ever.
As a Principia College graduate, and having worked in offices, grocery stores, and rock shops from Michigan to California I know the importance of timely information management. As the Office Manager at Camp I will do everything I can to make sure everyone has a wonderful experience and their needs are met. I look forward to getting to know everyone who is already part of the camp family and any others who will be joining us. Northern Michigan is a beautiful location and is the perfect place for campers, counselors, and staff to thrive.
I am ecstatic to be here during summer camp. I have heard wonderful stories from past campers and counselors of Camps Leelanau & Kohahna. Christian Science has been a wonderful blessing in my life and I look forward to witnessing the blessings it will bring to campers during summer camp.
Caroline Savoye Hufstader// Development & Marketing Director
My first real introduction to Camps Leelanau and Kohahna and the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) came after I graduated from college. A friend convinced me to spend the fall at LOC and assured me it would not only be fun but that I would be inspired by the growth I would see in the kids that come through the program.
Needless to say, I loved my fall LOC experience and was hooked on the LOC program and beautiful northern Michigan. I made wonderful friends and I also met my future husband! After just one season I moved to Boston where I began working in the Development Department at Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, the Christian Science nursing facility in the area. After a couple of years in Boston it was time to return to camp.
I’m so excited to be back on the shores of Lake Michigan and I am honored to be serving in the position of Development and Marketing Director. Camp is such a special place and it is incredible to see how it continues to influence and shape lives in such positive ways. I love being a witness to the progress, joy, love and expressions of the Christ that shine through challenging activities and everyday tasks here at camp. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated staff and am excited to be a part of the Leelanau & Kohahna and LOC family.
Steve Hufstader// Director of The Leelanau Outdoor Center
The month after I graduated from Northwood University, I was invited to work, short term, at the Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC). Even though my degree was in Business, with a focus on advertising and marketing, the opportunity to work at LOC was greatly appreciated, and ignited a fire and passion to educate and work with students outdoors. I was “sold” after 2 days when I realized that LOC not only provided an exceptional outdoor learning environment, it also emphasized self-worth, leadership development through cooperative learning, character education, and fun.
My short term invitation to work for LOC for just a few weeks lasted 3 years, and ended when I decided to accept a position more fitting to my degree. However, I discovered that I dearly missed working with all of the students who came through the LOC program. So when the timing was right, I made the transition back to LOC where I could make a positive impression, and impact students’ lives.
As the LOC Director, I am overjoyed to be a part of an amazing program! I have seen LOC bring greatness out of students of all ages as well as teachers, administrators, corporate groups, and families. My goal is to share this experiential learning with all.
Alix Haynes// Alumni Coordinator
When I first arrived at Camp Kohahna many years ago, I knew immediately it was a very special place. Besides being the most beautiful of locations, there was something else … being 12 years old at the time I wasn’t quite sure what it was but I learned that summer, as well as the next summer (and the next …), just how special and life-molding Camp would become. I thank my parents every day for their wisdom and recognition that Camp would awaken and encourage my spiritual and personal growth.
After my camper years, I knew I wanted to serve and support the Camps in every way that I could. Initially, it was by attending Camp Reunions, introducing my husband, Lew, and son, Jeff, to the Camps (which blossomed into many years of Family Camp), by actively participating at Harvest Weekend, assisting with the Camp Family & Alumni Dinner, working in the Camp office, helping plan the ’08 and ’13 Kohahna reunions, by serving as a Family Camp counselor, and always in prayer.
The camp experience flows through our family … Lew served as Laundry Dad for 8 years and Jeff earned his 10-year Leelanau blanket as a camper, counselor and dish-dog. In addition, two of my brothers as well as my sister were Leelanau and Kohahna campers … John Haynes was a camper and counselor (Green Team and Crib) in the 60’s, Colby Haynes was a camper (Green Team) in the 60’s, and Julie Haynes Shackley was a camper and counselor (Navy and Flavy) from the mid-60’s to the early 70’s.
I’m excited and thrilled to open up another door to serve as Camps Leelanau & Kohahna’s Alumni Coordinator.
Steve Bluhm// Grounds & Maintenance
After graduating from Michigan State University with a BA in Business/Marketing, I attended a “camp show” on the MSU campus. Five minutes into the program, I was convinced my right place was at camp. I was hired as a counselor for the cabin of Shawnee and my activity was sailing. After that wonderful summer, I married my best friend and companion Sue Pierce. I spent the next fifteen or so years in various sales and marketing positions. During that time, I was also able to return to camp and assist on many CT projects.
Summer 2004, I received a call asking if I could help out at camp in the maintenance department. I was hesitant at first; my plate was full, working various jobs for a number of clients. It took me an entire hour to finally call back!
Spending time at camp is magical, including having our two lovely daughters enjoy the Kohahna experience. Camp is a big part of our family and we fully embrace the opportunity. To this day, many of my absolute best friends are Leelanau/Kohahna alums.
Many changes have taken place since coming back to Pyramid Point in ’89, including adding new cabins, renovating and adding housing for directors. My right hand man and co-worker Frank Watson has been a blessing. There are very few things that we can’t do. As I like to say: “if we can’t, I know who can”.
Camp has changed my life. Daily I see the spiritual growth of the campers, the counselors and everyone involved. Camp is the best place in the world for children to grow in Christian Science and gain an understanding of themselves as God’s children.