Camp gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy… happy people do happy camp things! Cue the amazing camp power couple, Dana and Jordan Canino. They met at their sleepaway camp in Pennsylvania and as a testament to their love of camp, favorite season, and each other they decided to get married on the first day of summer this past year! Dana and Jordan are currently using their camp spirit, hearts, and athleticism to spread the The Movement, a unique group fitness studio in NYC! The Movement is about helping other’s as you help better yourself; they donate $1 per person per class to the National Brain Tumor Society in honor of Jordan’s late mother, Andrea. The dynamic duo envisioned a community where people feel welcomed and at home and a place where people are not only changing themselves physically and mentally for the better, but also helping to change the world.
So, we share camp love, philanthropy love, and fitness love… looks like it’s yet another match made in camp heaven! Read on to hear about how they are giving back to move forward and how these amazing people are bringing camp into their lives each and every day.
How has camp influenced what you do/your career path?
Camp has had a huge influence on opening The Movement. We knew we wanted to live each day fully and not behind a desk. We were both athletes growing up and loved being active at camp each day. That lead us to group exercise. Camp taught us the importance of relationships and community. We wanted to create a community with The Movement where people could come hang out, laugh, be themselves and feel at home.
What are your top three essentials that you packed in your trunk?
Dana: tie-dye tapestry for over my bed, my stuffed elephant, a fan
Jordan: Air Jordan mesh shorts/Adidas sandals, giant pixie sticks, an extra bed sheet because I wet the bed (sorry to my counselors)
What are three words to describe your camp experience?
Dana: friendship, love, home
Jordan: care free, fun, home
Who was someone at camp that you looked up to?
Jordan: My counselor over multiple summers, Adam Weiner. He’s the guy responsible for changing those bed sheets. He is now the owner of CGL.
Why do you think it is important to go to camp?
It is important to go to camp because it taught us so much of what we value today. Camp taught us the true meaning of friendship, living with a group of people and creating an unexplainable bond. Camp taught us how to be independent while still being a part of a loving community. It taught us the importance of family, as we got even closer with our siblings at camp. It taught us the importance of not taking our selves too seriously.
Now more than ever we think going to camp is important. With all of the technology in the world, it’s important for kids to get away from their phones, computers and TV’s and to really LIVE. For kids to have the opportunity to be silly, create real relationships and memories. It’s what life is all about.
What is your favorite/most epic camp memory?
Dana: When I was color war captain for White Desert in 2006 against my best friend Casey. Another good memory was in Gamma 2001 when we went to the field office at night and ordered pizza to our cabin. The upper staff caught us but gave us 2 minutes to eat as much pizza as possible before confiscating it. I guess it was a small reward for our guts and effort.
Jordan: My favorite memory is when we played male staff basketball against Camp Nock-A-Mixon. We went to their camp to play and brought our camp chefs with us. The chefs were amazing, doing alley ops and dunking. I was a Junior Counselor and the youngest on the court and had the best time playing with my boys.
Words of wisdom for current and future campers?
Be grateful for the amazing experience, take it all in and enjoy every second! Go back for as long as you can – the real world can wait.
What is your favorite camp tradition?
Steeplechase. Canino eats watermelon.
What was your favorite camp food?
We loved our camp food. We loved the chefs even more. BBQ’s, grilled cheese, and sloppy joe’s were up there as our favs.
What is your favorite camp cheer?
Dana: My division wrote a battle of the sexes song to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” in 2001 that I can still recite.
Jordan: The senior boys Grateful Dead cheer lead by Asher Weinberg.
What is your favorite movie about camp/that you saw at camp?
Meatballs, Indian Summer, Wet Hot American Summer, and Heavy Weights.
Favorite canteen candy?
Jordan: 100 grand
Favorite / most requested item on visiting day?
What was your favorite camp activity?
Dana: Watching old camp videos at Lakeside.
Jordan: Basketball on BB1.
Favorite camp memento?
Dana: Bus letters.
Jordan: My lifetime camper plaque that is still displayed in my shore house.
What were the biggest trends/must have items when you went to camp or representative of the time you went to camp?
Disposable cameras, jawbreakers, Cup o’ Noodles, rolled Soffees, Rocketdogs, Chupa Chups, Hardtail pants, friendship bracelets, tie dye, DMB, Phish, Rent soundtrack
How did you meet? / How did camp bring you together?
We met the summer of 1995 at CGL. Jordan was good friends with Dana’s brother David at camp. Dana always had a crush on Jordan but was looked at like a little sister to Jordan. Plus, she was a tomboy and her brother was very protective. Needless to say, the romance never blossomed at camp. Additionally, Dana lived in Florida and Jordan in Philly so many years passed without seeing each other after their summers at camp.
It wasn’t until a few year’s ago that we reconnected at Dana’s brother David’s wedding. There was an instant bond because of having grown up together at camp, and we just understood and trusted each other. We are extremely loyal, fun loving, silly, and adventurous and attribute that to camp and being able to be ourselves.
We got married June 21st, 2014! We picked that date because it is the summer solstice (first day of summer) and summer is definitely our favorite time of year for so many reasons :) thinking about that first day of camp gives us that happy feeling in our stomachs. It was 20 summers ago that we met!
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