The sound of hammers pounding and saws buzzing is a constant at Camp Walt Whitman. Within our woodshop our campers have the opportunity to create a range of objects, from the simple to the complex. Past projects include wooden pens and bowls, plaques that campers can send home to their parents, bookshelves or mailboxes, even Adirondack chairs for the porches of cabins. Above all, our woodshop instructors create a safe environment that encourages creativity.
Instructor Joseph Merlino, who teaches STEM classes to middle and high school students in Pennsylvania, says “I developed my entire teaching style in the summers that I spent at Camp Walt Whitman. It was an invaluable experience for me at the right time and has definitely shaped how I operate in my own classroom for the past 10 years.”
His favorite things about teaching woodshop are getting to work with campers of all ages and “helping them achieve their vision for their projects.” Getting to know staff inside and outside of the shop has also been rewarding. “I now have friends all over the country and a few overseas that I never would’ve gained had I not come to camp.”
- Experience utilizing hand tools and electric tools
- Prior experience working with children
- College age or older
- Strong references
- A great attitude