Washington County summer camp coordinator loves job

July 07, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- One day after the start of summer camp, Marsha Moats was busy.

The coordinator for Washington County's summer camp program bounced from office to office, answering phones and preparing for visits to camps in Williamsport and Halfway.

"It's pretty hectic right now," Moats said. "But once you get it rolling, the program pretty much runs itself."

Last week marked the start of summer day camps put on by the Washington County Recreation Department.

As program coordinator, Moats, 25, is responsible for the preparation of all the camps.

She also coordinates county-run swim and dance lessons and a basketball program in Hancock.

Preparation for the camps starts in January with the hiring of camp staff and working with the Washington County Health Department to make sure all relevant health codes are met.

Then, Moats budgets for supplies and worker salaries and purchases needed materials.

Finally, she coordinates the training of camp staff and communicates with parents.


Once camp starts, Moats is out every day at one or more of the county's eight camp sites, driving as far as Smithsburg and Hancock to ensure the camps are running smoothly and to see if anything is needed.

Moats began working with the Washington County Recreation Department when she graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 2001.

That summer, before enrolling at Hagerstown Community College, Moats worked as a camp counselor.

She returned every summer during her two years at HCC and two following years at Frostburg State University.

After graduating with a double major in graphic design and photography, Moats took a job with Larry Allen and Company photographers in Hagerstown.

But when the county announced two years ago that it was creating a second program coordinator job, Moats applied.

She said the decision to abandon her college training was easy.

"I love the programs," Moats said. "And my dad always told me, 'If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life.'"

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