Jill Tikkun has been Camp Director since 2009. She has an abundant love of the outdoors and enthusiasm for living in a way that respects others and our environment. She and her partner, Sean, have led wilderness outings for Rite of Passages Journeys, an organization based near Seattle, Washington, and other wilderness outings in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Jill’s family reside with her at Woodbrooke, with her partner and the kids active in the community for most of the summer. Building community with the counselors and campers is very important for Jill. She encourages everyone to listen to each other, to play games with enthusiasm without being overly competitive, and to learn about the beautiful property of the camp by hiking, going on overnight cam-pouts, and caring for the garden and goats.
Originally from Indiana, Jill graduated from Olney Friends School in Ohio, and Earlham College. She has a Masters of Education degree from Northern Illinois University. Sean Tikkun is a graduate of Westtown School near Philadelphia, and Lake Forest College, with a PhD in Education Psychology at Northern Illinois. He has taught mathematics at Westtown and Ottumwa High School in Iowa, and worked as a technology resource teacher for the Madison, WI school district, with a special area of working with visually impaired students.
The Tikkuns live in Durham NC, where Jill home-schools their children Zoë and George, who are regular campers at Woodbrooke! Sean trains teachers to work with the blind and visually impaired at North Carolina Central University (a Historically Black University). Their adult daughter Mercedes is a nanny in Seattle, Washington.
The Tikkuns will usually have a few pets in residence at Woodbrooke!
Molly Arbogast came to Camp Woodbrooke as a parent when her son was a Young Camper starting in 2014. In 2018 she was honored to join the staff as Administrative Director. Molly hails originally from California, but has lived in Wisconsin, just outside the Driftless region, since 2003. She is an actor performing in Baraboo and Madison, as well as producing, directing, writing, doing stand-up comedy, and improvisational theater.
Our counselors are often former Woodbrooke campers who didn’t want to leave! They are chosen for their maturity, desire to work with children in a close knit community that values the implicit worth of each person, and the skills that contribute to the needs of a summer camp. Counselors are 18 years or older and will have completed at least one year of college or something equivalent. Each year several counselors return from the previous summer and often there are one or two international counselors. There is a camper to staff ratio of 3 to 1.