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Meet Samantha Parker, Recreation Manager
Meet Samantha Parker, Recreation Manager

Samantha has recently joined the Cragun’s team as Recreation Manager. Samantha is busy assembling the team of people that provide the recreational activities for our guests. In addition, she is responsible for the court rental times and equipment in Cragun’s Sports Centre, the Camp Cragun’s Kids’ Program and Conference team building activities.
Tell us about yourself…
I am from Crystal Lake, IL about one hour NW of Chicago. I attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL where I received my degree in Fitness and Sport; I am an alumni member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. I moved to Bemidji, MN in 2009 where I was the Recreation Coordinator for the city. In July of 2012 I moved to the Brainerd Area with my fiancé. I am a certified personal trainer and believe that there is nothing a run can’t solve.
Share some of the fun programs you are working on for this summer…
This summer we have a few new programs that I am really excited about: our fitness class programs

 yoga, zumba and water aerobics, should be a lot of fun and allow our guests to relax and have fun while moving around. I am also looking forward to our Luau deck parties on Thursday evenings. We will be offering Adult, Family and Children’s recreation programs that is something new for Cragun’s.

What’s the best part of your job?
It’s FUN! Recreation is where all the fun is, we get to play games, host parties, and most of all we get to be a part of your family’s memories!
What has been the most surprising thing you’ve experienced at Cragun’s?
I was surprised about how friendly and family oriented all the staff and guests are! This is a great place to work at and Dutch and Irma really make you feel like you are part of their family!
What are some of your tips for parents thinking about bringing their kids to Camp Cragun’s?
Ask what we are doing, each day of camp has a lesson plan. When you ask what we are doing not only will it excite the kids but it will also help you in preparing them to come to camp!
What advice do you have for guests considering whether or not they should participate in the social activities we are offering?
Come and participate! We have great things going on here at Cragun’s and I am always happy to find the right activity for you and your family, so email or call me at 218-825-2807 and I will be happy to help you in creating great family memories!