White Stag Camp Leaders
In 2010, Connie started in White Stag as a Camp Cookie, helping in the kitchen while her two sons attended camp. Connie was so amazed by what the camp participants were learning and accomplishing, in such a fun and exciting way, that she was compelled to become fully involved. Since then, Connie has volunteered as an Adult Advisor/Scout Master on Phase 1 and 3, and Camp Program Director. In 2012, Connie was honored with the Adult Silver Stag Award, and in 2013 with the “Blue Vase – Go Getter” award that is handed down from year to year. Connie also serves on the Board of Directors for White Stag Leadership Development Academy and White Stag Program Foundation. Connie has 4 children, 2 of which have served on the White Stag Youth Staff. She has worked for Robinson Oil Corp. as an Area Manager of the Rotten Robbie Gas and Convenience Stores since 1978. Connie has been involved in Boy Scout adult leadership roles, and continues to volunteer for White Stag because of the positive impact she sees in the lives of everyone who participates, but especially the youth.
My daughter has been involved with the White Stag program for the past 5 years, beginning at the age of 10. She was very shy as a child, and never said much, especially in public. Within a year, she was leading group tours at her new school, speaking with groups of students and adults. As she did this, I was amazed, and knew that it was the leadership training she had received at White Stag. She first became a youth staff member in 2014, and had asked me to come experience camp for myself. I volunteered as a Cookie that summer, and was able to experience the spirit and heart of the program. This had solidified my beliefs in the program, and I then agreed to apply for Phase II Adult staff for 2015. During this past year, it has been amazing to watch the youth thoroughly plan this summer’s program for the candidates. As an adult staff member, I have had the chance to watch the youth staff members grow both individually, and together as a group. They never cease to amaze me.
Now, both of my daughters are involved in the program. My youngest as a candidate, and my oldest as leader. The leadership skills they have required while having a ton of fun in this program has been tremendous. It has given them confidence in their daily lives, and helped them to make good choices. It is evident in our home lives that the two of them are constantly applying the leadership skills they have learned during their time in this program.
Mark Weyland started in the program in 1979 as a phase 1 candidate, the same year he joined troop 799 in Morgan Hill. He completed all 3 phases and continued in 1983 to serve on phase 1 youth staff where he was awarded the silver stag. He served for 1 year on phase 2 youth staff, and 2 years on phase 3 youth staff (also earning his Eagle Scout rank that same year) before joining the phase 3 Adult staff in 1988. Mark worked as an adult staff member on phase 3 for 2 years. Mark Attended Saint Mary’s College and graduated with a BA in English. He spent 5 years in Japan teaching conversational English and ESL at a technical university before opening Pegasus English school with a Japanese partner. After moving back to California, he attended graduate school in English Literature. In 1998 He started JA Design and Construction, Inc which he is the president and CEO. He became active in White stag again in 2011 when his son started as a phase 2 candidate. He says, “that White Stag is a leadership program that no matter whether you are teaching or managing a construction business, the lessons of the program are equally useful. I would not be where I am today without the experiences of White Stag.”
Nancy Yu is currently an adjunct professor at ZheJiang University in China. She has been a scientist in Biotech companies for many years. She volunteers in various educational related nonprofit organizations including Boy Scout of America for the past 4 years holding various positions. She is currently an Assistant Scout Master for troop 495.
Nancy received her Ph.D in University of Maryland in developmental Neurobiology.She also has a certificate in Montessori Early Childhood Education from College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California.
Nancy loves children, she and her husband lives in Cupertino with 3 teen age boys.
Phase 3 adult staff
White Stag is a challenging and encouraging program to grown up in. Starting as a Level 2 candidate in 2005, I’ve had the opportunity to be on staff as a patrol leader and counselor, progress as a participant in level 3 and come back as an adult. The program is a constant evolution of camp traditions, outdoor skills and leadership hurdles that present a safe and fun environment to realize self confidence and true potential at every age. I come back to camp because my skills and mind set to take on life’s challenges are questioned and strengthened every time I see the youth staff tackle their goals and put on an amazing summer for their candidates. I’m grateful for the knowledge and experiences i can call on as I navigate the leadership opportunities, career and future of my life. White Stag has and continues to prepare me.
My children have attended White Stag since 2012. For years, I had heard great things about the program from friends who had strong positive experiences at White Stag. My own children also had tremendous fun while learning valuable skills. Each year they have had more fun and learned even more advanced, critical life skills.
Over the years I’ve been very grateful for the positive experiences my kids have had through White Stag, and I was inspired to give back to the program. In 2014 I volunteered to work in the kitchens as a “cookie”. It was very challenging but also very rewarding work, and I enjoyed the chance to see the program from the inside.
Three things that I saw really inspired me to join the adult staff in 2014:
First & foremost, I saw youth who were confident and competent leaders, capable of organizing themselves quickly to handle large, real-world challenges.
Second, I saw the program in action. I was especially impressed by the way that the youth learn through direct experience. Everyone in camp is always learning by doing things that challenge them to try new things outside their comfort zone.
Last, I saw and felt a sense of positive morale that is unique and rare. The enthusiasm and commitment of the participants is powerful, upbeat and inspiring. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with so many intelligent, uplifting and empowered people on such a positive goal: “to enhance the quality and character of individuals and empower them to influence their communities and environment in a positive manner.”
Sean Kennedy is a White Stag Adult Staff Volunteer who began his White Stag career in 2002 as a youth candidate participant at Pico Blanco Scout Reservation and has been involved in the program almost every year since then. Having over ten years of formal leadership training, Sean has been a key adult member in imparting knowledge onto our youth staff, giving them leadership skills they will be able to use the rest of their lives. Sean is a local Eagle Scout and enjoys maintaining the rich traditions of Scouting in the White Stag Program. Sean continues to be an active Assistant Scoutmaster in his home unit, Troop 799 in Morgan Hill. Sean received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in 2013, a school renowned for its “learn by doing” philosophy; he has constantly applied that mentality when guiding our youth, knowing that the best way for youth to learn is trying it out for themselves. Within White Stag, Sean has received the honor of Silver Stag in 2004 for his outstanding service to the program as a youth, a service that he has consistently maintained throughout the years as an adult.
Sean is currently our Phase Advisor for Patrol Member Development and is looking forward to continue his involvement in White Stag for many years to come.