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Meet the Directors 2.1

Erin & Garrett Graham

Executive Directors/Owners

Erin and Garrett Graham have dedicated their careers to the growth and education of children. Erin, formerly a middle school and high school English teacher, has been working full-time in the field of camping since 2009. Garrett began his career in camping with the YMCA in 1996 and residential summer camping in 2000.

Their love for camp stems from their own experiences as campers, and their hope is to give that same joy that they hold dear to every camper they serve.

Erin and Garrett grew up in Columbia, SC and, together with their son Henry, now live year-round at Camp Glen Arden.

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Tricia Young

Associate Director

Tricia, a New Orleans native, first came to Glen Arden as a camper in 1993. After graduating from LSU with a degree in communications, she made her home in the mountains that she had come to love from her time at camp. Tricia worked with special needs children in the area before meeting her husband and starting her family. With her experience as a camper, counselor and head staff, Tricia brings a lifelong passion for summer camp to Glen Arden to share with current campers and families.

Tricia lives in Fletcher with her husband, Mike and two daughters, who are currently CGA campers. When she’s not at camp, Tricia and her family enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and enjoying the mountains.

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Casey Thurman

Director Emerita

Before coming to Glen Arden as director in 1980, Casey studied voice with Norman McLean and graduated from Wesleyan College with a degree in religious education. Following graduation, she worked with the American Red Cross in Korea and upon completion of her assignment, she and two friends (another Red Cross worker and a missionary on sabbatical) teamed up and traveled around the world for a year.

Upon return to the USA, she sang with Robert Shaw and the original Chamber Chorus of the Atlanta Symphony for four years. She returned to Salzburg to attend the Mozarteum and sang professionally in the Theatre an der Wien, Vienna, Austria. Once back in the USA, she earned received a Masters of Music (MM)Degree in voice from the University of Illinois. In 1974, a position as Assistant Professor of Voice at Wesleyan College resulted in a tenured post that she continued until returning to Glen Arden.

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A Note from Our Directors

Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to consider Camp Glen Arden for your daughter. We understand that choosing a camp is no easy task, so partnering with our families to ensure that their daughter’s experience is full of joy and growth is our highest priority. We value each relationship with all of our families and look forward to speaking to you about the opportunity for your daughter to experience the true magic of this historic camp.

We believe that camp is an investment in a girl’s future and would love to tell you about the amazing opportunities our program offers. Camp Glen Arden provides a space where character counts and love is offered unconditionally. We encourage you to spend time on our website exploring our program and also hope that you find time to call us with any questions that you might have. We cherish the relationships that we enjoy with our families and look forward to welcoming your family to Glen Arden.


Erin and Garrett Graham

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