Camp Crosley YMCA Summer Staff

Camp Crosley summer counselors come from all over the world.







Our counselors and program staff are the heart beat of the camp experience. We hire exemplary young men and women from around the country and around the world who demonstrate a deep sense of commitment and moral character to be strong, positive role models for our campers.

Click here for a letter to parents from the Executive Director 


Richard Armstrong

Richard  Armstrong
Executive Director
574-834-2331 ext. 202
I started my first camp job 24 hours after my high school graduation, as the Assistant Waterfront Director at the camp I grew up attending. Between then and my next job in camping I attended Goshen College, was a bank officer, radio DJ, and a recording engineer just to name a few! I chose camping and the YMCA because it allows me to minister to the widest range of children and families. I worked for the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America as Base Director as well as Associate Director of Maine National High Adventure. From that point, I have worked for the YMCA since 1991 - with two years off to help start a private camp in Texas called Camp Coyote. I have been a national faculty member for the YMCA of the USA in Day Camping, a private consultant for various camps, and on the boards of the local Salvation Army, Community Centers and environmental groups. I came to Camp Crosley YMCA in 1997. My hobbies include outdoor photography, international travel, hiking and camping. My favorite places to visit include England, Scotland and New Zealand. I am on the Board of Advisors of the American Institute of Foreign Studies which is the sponsor of the Camp America program. I am from Central Illinois but consider the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee home now.

Naomi Thompson

Naomi  Thompson
Program Director
(574) 834 - 2331 Ext. 201
I have been in camping for 17+ years. I started off as a camper, worked my way through a leader-in-training program and eventually became a staff member. I love camp and all that it has to offer, both to children, families, and staff. It's amazing the transformation a child can have at camp, I do not know where I would be now had it not been for my camp experience. Coming to Camp Crosley YMCA was definitely a God thing, and cannot all be explained, but I am so blessed to be here!