Deb “Brook” O’Shea is back for her 13th summer as camp director for Camp Wabasso. With more than 40 years of Girl Scout camp experience, Brook has been a kitchen aide, unit counselor, unit leader, trip leader, adventure director (ropes), waterfront director, assistant director, co-director and counselor-in-training director.
During the school year, Brook is a special education teacher at a high school in Vermont. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Butler University and a master’s degree in special education from Indiana University, and has worked in the field for over 37 years. In 2009, she was named one of Vermont’s Outstanding Teachers.
Her favorite part of camp is watching the campers become more confident in their skills, whether it be riding a horse for the first time, writing and producing a play in the drama program, or transforming from a shy first-time camper to announcing at the end of camp that she will be back next year.
Girl Scout summer camp, Brook says, “is a special place where girls can come and discover who they are and learn new amazing skills. While learning how to ride a horse or how to make a new craft, girls are learning life skills that they can use all year round, like conflict resolution, leadership and how to be a team player.”