Meet our newest and sweetest Camper of the Week (and delicious addition to the Summer 365 Canteen), Jessica, who you may know as MisterKrisp! Jessica spent seven summers at her co-ed, 8-week sleepaway camp in New York, where she clearly had a sweet-spot for arts and crafts. She grew up in Roslyn, NY and now spends her time in NYC, crafting yummy and unique rice krisp treats! In our professional taste-testing opinion, pretty much everything from KitKats to pizza tastes better as a krisp… and we’re sure you will agree! Read more about Jessica’s awesome camp experience, and head to MisterKrisp to customize your own amazing krisp treats. Email [email protected] to bring back those memories of delicious visiting day goodies (and hiding them for the rest of the summer… its ok, we won’t tell) or to order a creation for your camper this summer!
What are your top three essentials that you packed in your trunk?
Scissors to redesign my clothes halfway through the summer, extra socks since they tend to vanish, disposable cameras.
Who was someone at camp that you looked up to?
Chuck Fisher, who along with his wife Debbie, owned my camp until 2001, was an incredible role model during my years at camp. Each Friday night during services he would tell a fable with a moral lesson and I’ve taken each one into my adult life. Chuck knew (and still knows) every camper’s home address which is just one example of his committed involvement with each camper.
Why do you think it is important to go to camp?
Camp allows you early independence from your parents to find out who you are on your own. Living in close quarters with so many personalities allows for the development of important social skills– you learn to share and tolerate pretty quickly at camp!
What is your favorite camp memory?
When my team won Olympics during my last summer as camper captain. I took it very seriously and still consider my team t-shirt to be my lucky shirt.
How has camp affected your adult life? Is there something you learned there that you still do today?
Designing and making custom rice krisps for a living I feel like I am always at Arts & Crafts.
Words of wisdom for current and future campers?
Camp is the most carefree place you will ever be. You don’t have to decide what to eat, what to wear, who to hang out with, or what to do. Enjoy that.
What is your favorite camp tradition?
Girls Sing. I still remember the words to every single song, even the ones I never sang myself as a camper.
What was your favorite camp food?
I still dream about camp pizza.
What is your favorite movie about camp/that you saw at camp?
We watched Never Been Kissed almost every day during our last summer when we had a TV in our bunk. Every time I see it now I remember how certain camp friends would reenact different roles. I can’t watch without hearing their voices.
Sports or arts?
What was your favorite camp activity?
Arts & Crafts.
If you had to have something from camp tattooed on you, what would it be?
“Oh how I wish the time had not flown by” was the prominent line in Echo’s alma mater and it is a poignant reminder to enjoy the moments as they happen. It applies to so much more than just camp.
Favorite camp memento?
Can friendships be mementos? Camp brought me some of my closest friends. In the past year I was a Bridesmaid in two camp friends’ weddings and the Maid of Honor in another’s.