Look at her, she’s at it again! After fifty-three summers at Tripp Lake Camp, our one-and-only Janet Nash has decided the time has come to retire so she can spend more time with her family, especially her adorable granddaughter, Isabelle. Over the years, Janet has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of girls and young women (and men) who have gained immeasurably from her friendship and guidance.
Janet’s first summer was in 1969 when she was a nanny for the children of Doc and Ruth Spahn, then the owners of TLC. Looking back at that first experience, Janet remembers, “I was exposed to a world I never knew existed.” In the years that followed, she became a swim instructor, Junior bunk counselor, and eventually an advisor for various age groups. She participated in countless overnight trips, organized thousands of special days, and created cherished memories that shaped her remarkable career in camping.
During her tenure, Janet worked with four different owners/directors – the Spahns, the Myers, Nancy Brenner and Leslie Konigsberg Levy – and played an integral role in maintaining the traditions and values of the camp. In 1981 under Jon and Bev Myers, Janet assumed a new role as Head Counselor, a position she held for thirty-six summers. She also became the point person for Sing Song, relishing the opportunity to work closely with the Team Song Leaders on one of the most beautiful traditions at camp. In the 1980s a new building was dedicated to Janet and her dear friend, Nancy McCann, affectionately named the “Nan-Jan Gym.”
In recent years, one of Janet’s numerous responsibilities was to arrange tours for prospective campers. This included many former Tripp Lakers who brought their own daughters to see the camp in person. Janet loved seeing life “come full circle” and treasured the opportunity to reconnect during these “mini-reunions.”
Janet epitomizes what it means to go All In! Her legacy will live forever in the history of Tripp Lake Camp and in the hearts of those she touched so deeply. She will be remembered as one of the kindest, most welcoming, fun individuals ever to grace the Promised Land. We are eternally grateful to her for every moment of every summer she shared with us. She is everything we hope our campers and counselors aspire to be!
Janet, we’d just like for you to know that TLC loves you so!
Sis boomity hoorah!
Jan-ET! Jan-ET! Jan-ET! 🥰
If you would like to stay connected to Janet and/or show her some TLC love, she can be contacted at email@example.com