YMCA Camp Kitaki

Casey Keating

Casey Keating

Program Director
ckeating [at] ymcalincoln.org

Meet Casey

Casey started camping with her Girl Scout troop in middle school and became a counselor in training in high school, but she did not really discover how much she loved camping until she became a camp counselor during college at Girl Scout Camp Conshatawba and she has been leading youth camps as much as possible ever since!

Casey first came to Camp Kitaki as an AmeriCorps NCCC team leader, leading a group of eight service-focused young adults to support camp’s Fall outdoor education and improve camp facilities. She had a wonderful time working with her teammates and the Camp Kitaki staff and is now happily working full-time at the camp she quickly grew to love.

Education and Work Experience

Casey has Bachelor’s degrees in World Language Education and Spanish from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She became a Girl Scout camp counselor during college and, over five summers, became assistant camp director for that camp and, later, the outdoor program specialist for another Girl Scout camp in the area.

Casey also has a passion for national service and was both a Peace Corps volunteer and an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team leader. As a Peace Corps volunteer, in addition to helping train teachers to teach English and working on other projects, Casey co-directed youth empowerment and English immersion camps. As an AmeriCorps NCCC team leader, she led young adults completing service projects across the country, from environmental conservation in Michigan and Wisconsin, to disaster response in Iowa, to supporting YMCA camps in Indiana and Nebraska. Her final project with AmeriCorps NCCC was supporting Camp Kitaki and that is how she found her way here!


Casey grew up with both parents in the Air Force, so they travelled around the country as a family. Her parents are now retired and her brother, who is also her best friend from all those years travelling together, works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, using computers to solve problems in his company. And, of course, the people Casey has met at camp often become like family to her, too, and she is excited to be a part of the Kitaki Family.

Why Kitaki?

Since Casey had the opportunity to volunteer with YMCA Colombia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she knew, at some point, she wanted to work for The Y, preferably at camp. While she was serving with AmeriCorps NCCC at Camp Kitaki, she heard about the camp’s open Program Director position and was excited to potentially stay a part of the camp she was quickly growing to love as she explored the trails, heard wonderful stories from fellow counselors, and supported the magic of weekend Halloween Camps. Casey is excited to continue creating camp magic and making the world a better place through camp alongside staff, campers, families, and everyone at Camp Kitaki!

Primary Responsibilities

Outdoor Education; Conferences & Retreats; Adult and Family Programs