Camp Norwesca names new site director


The Camp Norwesca site council is pleased to announce it has hired a new site director for the camp.

Katelin Gosser has been hired as the site director for Camp Norwesca, near Chadron, Nebraska. She succeeds Valerie Rahrs, who served the camp for several years before her resignation in June.

Gosser comes to the camp from Shreveport, Louisiana, but she has extensive camping experience in Kansas. She plans to complete her bachelor’s degree at Chadron State College in outdoor recreation once she gets settled in the Chadron area. She is excited by the prospect of being named the new director of the camp.

“I’m excited for a new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our youth,” Gosser said. “I look forward to getting involved and building relationships with Chadron State and the community of Chadron as well as surrounding communities. I am looking forward to working with the site council to help Norwesca rebuild.”

Gosser was one of 20 applicants from the nationwide search for a new director.

“I am so excited to have Katelin on site,” said the Rev. Dr. Mark Crist, pastor of the Chadron UMC and site council chairperson for Norwesca. “When we met with Katelin she really wowed us with her plans to take Norwesca in the direction the site council has felt the camp needs to go.

I, personally, cannot wait to see where she takes things because not only does she understand the camp’s importance to Great Plains United Methodists, she understands the importance of building relationships between the camp, the ecumenical community and businesses. We had hoped for someone who could both build up the summer camping possibilities for children as well as someone who wanted to strengthen the camp’s capacity to develop its retreat center potential.”

Gosser said her first goal is to help the camp get more involved with the community. She also has plans to implement a ropes course so the camp can provide team-building exercises for campers as well as organizations. In addition, Gosser plans to improve the camp’s social media pages, website and lines of communication with potential campers, camping groups, churches and donors.

“I really would like to see the camp host an open house for the community. I have a number of other ideas to help the camp become more inviting,” Gosser said.

Gosser will begin her duties sometime after Dec. 9.

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