We are eager to jump into our 96th summer with these great new additions to our Camp Namanu team! 


If you haven’t already heard the great news we’ve brought on board a few new faces to our Camp Namanu team! We are thrilled to be working alongside them. With summer right around the corner they’re eagerly working hard and can’t wait to meet this year’s campers.


Joining us as the Director of Programs and Facilities is Janette Kunkel”Pickle”! Janette is passionate about getting youth in the outdoors  and loves anything to do with water.  After spending the last ten years at Camp Westwind, she is excited to take the helm at Namanu and learn everything from each song to every horse trail.  Janette brings 36 years of summer camp experience as both a camper and staffer, as well as a background in education. She is most looking forward to meeting all the new people who share a love for Namanu, hearing stories of camp, and skipping rocks in the Sandy river!


Steven Joinson “Sound”, is no newbie to Camp Namanu. He has been with Camp Fire Columbia for ten years now, with the last three as the Resident Camp Director at Camp Namanu. He’ll be tackling a new role, which he’s excited for, as the Assistant Director of Programs and Facilities! He’ll be creating more opportunities for campers and families to experience camp throughout the year. He can’t wait for summer to see all the campers together on the first day getting to know each other and all the wonderful staff!



Gina Sander “Sprout”, couldn’t be more ready and thrilled to be Camp Namanu’s new Resident Camp Director! Camp Namanuis very familiar to her. Gina attended camp for 11 years, loving every minute of it so much so she worked another three years at Camp Namanu as a staff member. After spending summers at Namanu, Gina joined our Before & After School program team where she wore multiple hats for six years. We are lucky to have her join the Camp Fire team once again! Gina looks forward to continuing the spirit and traditions of Namanu while finding ways to spread the ‘magic’ to new campers and families.