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Camp Directors' Bios

Shannon Cornine, Director of Jockey Hollow Camp
Meet Shannon

Shannon Cornine
Director of Jockey Hollow Camp

Hello, my name is Shannon Cornine, and I am the Director of Jockey Hollow Camp. On behalf of our council, I want to thank you for allowing us to give your camper a fun and adventure-filled summer at our camp!

I am very excited to join the Girl Scout of Northern New Jersey team. Summer Camp has been a part of my professional life since I was in high school when I was a camp counselor at my town’s local Community Center.

In 2010, I began running the Camp Program at that same Community Center. Over the course of the next 10 years, I was able to grow and develop our Camp program in the West Essex area. I was also able to implement a variety of youth and aquatics programming to help serve the needs of our community.

I joined the YMCA in June of 2021 as their School Age Child Care & Resident Camp Director at the Greater Bergen County YMCA. During my time at the Y, I was able to be a part of some really great youth development and youth mental health initiative programs. 

I look forward to meeting you at Jockey Hollow Camp. We have so many new things planned for the summer camp program.

Dara Garcia, Director of Lake Rickabear Camp
Meet Dara

Dara Garcia
Director of Lake Rickabear Camp

Hello! My name is Dara Garcia and I am the Director of Lake Rickabear Camp. On behalf of our council, I want to thank you for allowing us to give your camper a fun and adventure-filled summer at our camp.

I’m so excited to be here and want to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. Camp life has been a big part of my life, starting as a day camper at age five in Southern California and continuing through my school years as a camper in New York. I am also a Girl Scout alum and have enjoyed a few Girl Scout jamborees along the way.

As a graduate of Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master of Science in Social Studies Education, I worked in the education field for more than 10 years teaching elementary through high school in New York and New Jersey, in both public and private schools.

In 2005, I began my professional camp career and have worked as an administrator and director in private day camps, including Spring Lake Day Camp and a tri-state YM-YWHA summer camp. Much of my experience has been centered around camp programs for children as young as age 3 through middle school years.

I look forward to meeting you at Lake Rickabear Camp. We have so many new things planned for the summer camp program. 


A Message from Our Camp Directors

We're so happy that you're considering a Girl Scout camp experience for your girl. Girl Scout camp is where girls embrace the great outdoors and feel comfortable acquiring new skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. And, camp offers girls a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and build courage, confidence, and character. 

COURAGE: As they make choices and direct projects, girls learn to work well with others, become self-reliant, and develop their leadership skills.

CONFIDENCE: For many girls, camp has unlimited potential to unlock or boost a girl’s confidence. Girls have the opportunity to try new things and test their limits.

CHARACTER: Camp is a safe place for girls to learn individual responsibility and work as part of a team. 

SISTERHOOD: Girls will explore nature, build confidence by trying new things, and take healthy risks with the support of a sisterhood of fellow campers and strong female role models.

BADGE EARNING: Girls will have the opportunity to earn Girl Scout badges in horsemanship, camping, leadership, and more. By wearing their badges proudly on their uniform all year long, they can remember their accomplishments and special moments from camp.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: In our technology-free setting, girls embark on a summer that unlocks their potential and allows them to thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And this summer, girls will need that more than ever.  

We look forward to welcoming your camper this summer!

Shannon & Dara 


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