An Interview with Danielle Gintert, our new Communications Coordinator by Lucy Norvell

Where are you from?

I am originally from a suburb of Columbus, OH named Pickerington (Go Buckeyes!). I attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Art History, Fine Arts, and Western History.

What was your first camp experience?

My first camp experience was at a YWCA Day Camp when I was 9 years old. It was great meeting a bunch of new kids when I was in the process of moving to a new town. I remember participating in activities that included water bottle rockets, pie throwing for clown week, and lots of arts and crafts. I loved every bit of it. Later on in Jr. High, I had my first overnight camping experience at Ohio Wesleyan Junior League or OWjL Camp. I took classes on cooking, tai chi, mock trial, astronomy, farming, and more. The friends I made at OWjL Camp 15 years ago are still cherished friends that I speak to this very day.

Can you tell me a bit more about your experiences in camping?

As an adult I was introduced to the camping world through my fiancé who is an Outdoor Recreation Major, and I took a summer job working in a camp office. I enjoyed the environment so much that I pursued a full-time Program Instructor position. Eventually I found a way to combine my passion for the arts with my love of camping, and took on the role as Marketing and Communications Coordinator for New York YMCA Camp, a position which I held for over three years.

What do you enjoy when you’re not doing amazing things for ACA New England?

When I am not at ACA New England, I love visiting all of the historical places around the Greater Boston Area (and there are quite a few), traveling to the coast since I’m a Midwesterner who’s been landlocked most of their life, attempting to create Pinterest crafts, trying to find the best pizza in town and binge watching the occasional Netflix/HBO/Hulu/Amazon series.