Hello! We are Kat and Jason Nelson, and together we direct Camp Kamaji for Girls.
It is wild for me to say that I direct Kamaji. I grew up at Kamaji as a camper and then went on to work as a cabin counselor and waterski instructor before I worked on the Administrative team as a Unit Director.
After I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 I began working year-round as Kamaji’s Associate Director. I spent my days recruiting campers and hiring the summertime staff. As the years went on I realized that I would LOVE to one day become the owner and director of Kamaji, but was not something I wanted to do on my own…cue Jason.
Jason and I met and fell in love in 2011 and luckily, he didn’t just love me but also Kamaji! Jason grew up in the wild outdoors of Michigan and received his finance degree from Western Michigan University. After working in Chicago for over 10 years on the finance side of commercial real estate and operations management he realized how much he was missing the outdoors.
It was a perfect fit! Jason could lose the suit-and-tie and take over the operations side of Kamaji while I could concentrate on what I love the most, the people and that is what we have been doing since 2013.
We live and work out of our home in Chicago where we also spend our time chasing around our dog, Myles and our son, Caleb!
Growing up at Kamaji has influenced the person I have become (and continues to!). Jason and I are committed to making sure Kamaji is a place where the campers come first, so that each person has the opportunity to have fun, develop new skills (whether it is an activity skill or a life skill!), make connections with new people and make lifelong memories within a safe and healthy environment.
Thank you for taking the time to explore what Kamaji is all about. This is our “mom and pop” business so if you’d like to learn more, please do not hesitate to get in touch so we can tell you more about this special camp!
With hugs and high-fives,