Camp Carysbrook is owned by Colleen Hagan Egl and her husband Johannes Egl. After almost 40 years of operating Camp Carysbrook, Rachel Gannaway, Laura Devereux, and Sarah Baughman sold the business in May of 2019 for Colleen to carry on their love of camp and empowering girls.
As the third generation in her family at Camp Carysbrook, Colleen has been a camper, staff member, parent, and alumna. Later she returned to camp as the Director of Camp Carsybrook from 2011-2018. Before serving as Director, Colleen worked as a Product Planner for Sony Digital Communications Europe in Munich Germany; Quality Assurance Specialist at Volvo Penta of the Americas in Chesapeake, Va; and Freelance Translator in Innsbruck, Austria. Colleen also worked extensively with Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey in a variety of roles including Co-Service Unit Manager in Chatham, NJ.
Colleen and Johannes currently live in Afton, Virginia with their daughters, Hannah and Lena Egl as well as their three dogs Fletcher, Charlie, and Mabel along with a coop full of chickens.
Colleen’s Vision for Camp Carysbrook
Building on the guiding concepts of the mission and philosophy, the traditions since 1923, and the pioneering spirit of the women before me, I want to create in Camp Carysbrook, a microcosm of the world in which we want to live. I believe that the Camp Carysbrook experience is part of the antidote to the challenges of the modern girl. Juxtaposed to a culture overwhelmed with technology and anxiety, it is my intention that the girls of Carysbrook experience nature unplugged and mentorship by a community of women who share similar values and empower each other by example to find curiosity and connection in their environment, with their peers, and within themselves. I am committed to leveraging individual and combined strengths to overcome differences and foster a community of women that cultivates trust, respect, and belonging.
It is my goal to make the Carysbrook experience for young women accessible to a wide variety of campers and staff from diverse backgrounds of race, religion, culture and socioeconomic status representative of the world in which we live outside of the camp environment. I believe that approached with open-mindedness, our differences have the potential to help us grow as women and learn about ourselves and the world around us. I am proud to develop and nurture an inclusive culture and collaborative spirit. Speaking up and listening to others is not just encouraged here, but expected.
I strive to exceed the expectations of the campers and families we serve as well as our staff and our alumnae. Taking the initiative to find new and innovative solutions to daily challenges and have fun doing it is a hallmark of the staff we hire. We prioritize collaboration and asking for help when you need it. This proactive approach to problem solving requires us to effectively calibrate risk while still thinking creatively and strategically to provide an exceptional overnight camp experience for girls. I am committed to deconstructing the myth that strong, capable women do not thrive together at work, and to lead by example to replace it with the reality of a professional, supportive workplace and community for our campers and staff. Curiosity, collaboration, and creative problem-solving are real life skills that extend beyond the summer.
I believe that the primary outcome of the Carysbrook experience is joyful and fun yet more than a superficial, fleeting moment. It is the exuberance of a hard-earned, complex combination of learning and growing your character at work and play, while overcoming obstacles and challenges inherent to adventure and living off the grid in a rustic environment. This is where we form the memories and friendships that stand the test of time. And it is these formative experiences that help to develop the skills necessary to become self-assured women who thrive with purpose and resilience anywhere in the world. A summer to remember is not just a moment in time but a lasting connection and legacy. 1923-forever.