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Jim Mahan

Director of Staffing
Sea Gull
What is your Camp history?

I didn’t arrive at Camp till I was 14 years old! I walked in the cabin on opening day and the very first guy I meet is my bunkmate, Van King, who is now your Program Director. I thought, “Man this place is gonna be fun.” After Being a Camper 3 years and in two Honor Cabins I came back on staff for 6 years. I started on Riflery then Athletics and moved on to being an Assistant Head in Camp 4 for 3 years with the best teams ever assembled in Billie Pope, Ken Hyde, Van King, Chris Pope, and Turner Herbert. We rigged up the Bomb, wrote the ole CB Cheer and stitched up the Camp IV flag, it was a ball. After that, I was Head Counselor for Camp 3 and then thought my Camp life had concluded until John called 2 years ago.

Where were you born?

Lexington, KY

Where did you go to school?

Washington & Lee University

What are your favorite hobbies?

I eat, sleep and breathe basketball, especially the kind made in Kentucky. But I love all things basketball, college, NBA, 2K to 30 for 30’s. I also REALLY love sports memorabilia, trading cards and am an active sneakerhead. I've collected sports cards and rare kicks for years and go to as many big hoops games as I can! Not to mention, I’m a huge movie buff.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher from almost 14 years old onwards. I believe that came from my Camp experience and it came true for a long time after college. I love and still adore the classroom. There are few joys as great as having an active and excited group of students as you watch their minds grow.

If you could visit anywhere, where would you go?

I've been blessed to travel a good bit in my life, but I have always wanted to see Petra, the ancient site in Jordan, in person. You know the place built into the walls of the desert cliffs at the end of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?” Yes, that is a place I would love to see in person one day!

What is your favorite part of working at Camp?

Hands down, 100%, my favorite part of Camp is the depth at which you are able to get to know people and new friends. There is something about working at a place that requires giving of oneself, that requires sacrifice, that strips away many concerns of the world outside and allows one to see a person for their true character. What happens for the kids also occurs with the counselors. You are there so long and in such close quarters that you become incredibly close with all your fellow counselors. Once you adjust to that environment, the friendships that develop are so authentic and genuine that it becomes difficult to be away from during the year!