North Star Camp for Boys

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Staff Spotlight - Ari Weil

Hi, my name is Ari Weil, and I'm a senior in high school at the Denver School of Science and Technology. I'll be attending Pomona College next year and studying international relations. Here in Denver, I'm a co-captain of my school's Frisbee team and Vice President of our National Honors Society chapter. I also write and do graphic design for my school's comedic newsletter. 

At camp you can find me down on the lake teaching canoeing, out on the trail teaching biking, or on the athletic field playing some Frisbee.This will be my ninth summer at camp and I'm so excited to see all the returners and meet all the new campers and staff!

More about Ari

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three things you'd bring?: 
- If I were stranded on a desert island, I would bring a hammock to relax in, a net/something to catch fish with, and a book and pen to journal with.

Favorite special program at camp
-  UN Day and Friday Night Services

Your favorite TV or movie character
- Han Solo
Your best memory of camp.
- Definitely my Canadian trip during my last year as a camper. Canoeing around Canada with McCabin 2011 was tough, but also a ton of fun. We all grew closer together over the ten days we spent up north.

Favorite Sports Teams: 
- Colorado Rockies. Go Rox

What would you choose for your last meal?
- A nice grilled chicken sandwich and some sweet potato fries. And some Norske Nook pie for dessert.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
- I'd have to choose a lion. You can't turn down being king of the jungle and having great hair

Your two favorite books
- The Generals by Thomas Ricks and The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A secret hobby or skill that you have?
- I love researching military history and I actually just finished writing my thesis on how to improve the Army's officer education system. I'm also a volunteer housebuilder during spring break, and I've learned that I can hammer and wire electricity pretty decently.

How has camp impacted you?
- This is a difficult question to answer because camp has impacted me in so many ways, but the most prominent is that it's taught me to go out of my comfort zone. Whether it was learning to canoe down rapids or be an active participant in a cabin community, I'm now more confident in my ability to jump into new, uncertain situations.