A lifelong Boyertown resident, Julie Moser returns to Eco-Camp for her eighth summer this year. Currently an extended substitute Intervention Specialist at Willow Creek Elementary in the Fleetwood Area School District, she’ll move to a third grade classroom as an extended substitute later this school year. Prior, Miss Julie taught in the Kutztown Area School District for four years, in second and third grade classrooms, and as a building aide. Additionally, she’s served as a day-to-day substitute in the Oley, Pottstown and Pottsgrove school districts. “I enjoy teaching all subjects, but I love teaching reading and science,” she said. “I love to teach because I love helping students learn and be successful.” A camp leader since Eco-Camp’s beginnings in 2010, Miss Julie loves watching the camp grow and change each year. Like so many of our Eco-Campers, her favorite camp activity is Creek Time. “I absolutely love helping campers discover the different aquatic life in our creek,” she said. “I love every theme for different reasons. I don’t think I could pick just one!” Away from camp, Miss Julie is an avid reader who loves to crochet. “I’m currently working on my fifth blanket,” she said. “It takes a while to get one done, but I keep going.” As for Eco-Camp, it’s the kids that keep Miss Julie coming back to Angelica Park each summer. “I love being able to teach campers and help them explore the world around them,” she said.
A Shillington native, Dave Renninger graduated from Governor Mifflin High School, and later Alvernia College, now Alvernia University. For the past 25-years, he’s taught science for grades 6-8 at Reading School District’s Northeast Middle School, where in his first year of teaching, he spearheaded the creation of an environmental club at the school. “Since then, the club has been involved with many environmental-based activities in and around Berks County,” Mr. Dave said. “We have close to 100 students involved with weekly meetings. My joy is to see kids not only in environmental club, but in everyday learning, take hold of their own learning and become positive leaders and role models for younger kids.” This summer marks Mr. Dave’s third with Eco-Camp. His favorite part of camp? “Being outside and working in nature- whether it’s hot, cold, rainy or snowy weather.” “My favorite themed-week is bike week,” he added, “Because we take interesting rides with kids of all ages. Also, a close second favorite is Creek Day.” Outside of the classroom, Mr. Dave enjoys photography, mountain biking, hiking and just being outside in nature. You may not know that he’s also a trained scuba diver. “I keep coming back to Eco-Camp because of the enthusiastic campers of all ages that I work with,” he said. “I really enjoy and get excited watching kids learning and enjoying nature.”