A local camp has named its new executive director.
Camp Blodgett, a nonprofit summer camp, has hired Lucy Dyer Joswick for the role.
Dyer Joswick previously served for eight years as chief program officer for Family Futures and for nearly 10 years as director of programs for Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore.
“I’ve spent my entire career focused on creating a better tomorrow for children, all children, and have always been drawn to the magic of Camp Blodgett,” Dyer Joswick said. “It is a rarity to find a youth service organization and summer camp that is not attached to a specific religion or national nonprofit, one that truly welcomes and celebrates all children. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to lead this longstanding nonprofit.”
Dyer Joswick graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, as well as family services and child development. She graduated in 2011 from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in human ecology and family studies, as well as youth development.
Over the past five years, the organization has experienced gaps or short tenures in this position.
“We were looking for someone who has great loyalty to the region, to the youth and camp community and who could shake things up and bring new life here — Lucy was a clear choice for us,” said Rick Meyering, the camp’s director of operations.
The community is invited to visit the camp’s new office space and meet the new executive director at an open house from 4-7 p.m., Nov. 9, at 528 Bridge St. NW, Suite 6, Grand Rapids.
Camp Blodgett is an independent, secular youth summer camp focused on promoting social responsibility, encouraging academic success and supporting the development of healthy self-esteem.