head counselors

Mariah Browning & Kyle Yahn
Girls Head Counselor & Boys Head Counselor

Mariah Browning & Kyle Yahn

Mariah and Kyle will be returning to Chestnut Lake Camp this summer as our Girls and Boys Head Counselors, the positions that oversee all day-to-day life on each respective residential area for 3rd to 8th-grade girls and boys. They function as very important resources to campers, counselors, and a point of contact throughout the summer to our families at home, as needed.

Mariah has been part of the Chestnut Lake family since 2015 and has served in positions as Bunk Counselor, Administrative Assistant, and most recently, Division Leader. As a child, Mariah attended Girl Scouts of America Camp and has loved campfires, lake days, and bunk memories for a very long time. Her work in recent summers on Girls Campus as a role model for campers of a range of ages and as a leader of staff earned her the chance to take on her "dream job" as a Head Counselor in 2021, which was an extraordinary start to her career as Girls HC.

When not at camp, Mariah is a 2nd-grade teacher in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently working on her Master's degree in Teaching from Marywood University. Mariah is excited to return to CLC this summer to make camp special for CLC 3rd through 8th-grade girls, and to eat even more s'mores along the way!

Kyle became a part of the Chestnut Lake family in the summer of 2019 and fell in love with it instantly. Kyle was born and raised in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey where he spent his summers playing travel baseball. From this, he developed a strong belief in the values of teamwork and communication. Although he never attended summer camp as a kid, the atmosphere at Chestnut Lake reignited this childhood spark and he was a Division Leader in his last summer. Kyle sees the Head Counselor role as the ideal fit for his background and passions and his first season in that role in 2021 was remarkable.

Kyle graduated from the University of Scranton with degrees in psychology and philosophy in 2015 and received his Master's degree in psychology from Villanova University in 2017. He is currently pursuing a new Master's degree in Counseling. Some of Kyle's favorite camp activities include baseball, football, and – like his fiancée, Mariah – eating s'mores (the more burnt, the better!) But more than anything, he loves being with the boys helping them have the time of their lives at camp.

Mariah and Kyle reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania and were married in May 2021!

Varsity/LT/JC Head Counselors to be announced later this year. Stay tuned!

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