A Note from the Camp Director
My name is Colleen Barnhart and I grew up in Collinsville, Connecticut. I attended Canton High School and then moved on to the University of Connecticut with the goal of becoming a secondary history teacher. I was accepted into the Neag School of Education and received my Bachelors of Science in Education and Bachelors of Arts in History in 2015, and went on to get my Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 2016. I had practicum placements in rural and urban Connecticut schools, as well as a suburban academy in Nottingham, England. I moved to Richmond immediately following graduation and taught high school history in rural Virginia for two years. I now teach at Canton Middle School and Canton High School in Connecticut.
Growing up, I always loved the outdoors.
My parents took my older brother and I camping and canoeing on the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers a lot when we were kids, and I always loved running around barefoot in the summer. I went to all kinds of summer camps – a performing arts camp, canoeing camp, Girl Scout Camp, church-related camp, and a town parks and recreation camp. Finally, in 2006, my parents sent me to a good old-fashioned summer camp, Camp Claire, and the rest is history. I started out as a camper and then did the CIT 1 and CIT 2 programs, which are now the LIT and CIT programs, respectively. Over the years I became somewhat of a Camp Claire renaissance woman; I’ve held the positions of Junior and Senior Counselor, Assistant Pool Director, LIT/CIT Director, Pool Director, Aquatic Supervisor, Directing Intern, and then Assistant Director during camp’s 100th season. In 2017, I made the difficult decision to leave Camp Claire, and I accepted the position of Camp Director at a different summer camp nearby. We had a really successful summer, but when the opportunity to return home to Camp Claire was available, I knew I had to come back home! I am absolutely thrilled to start my second season directing Camp Claire!