The Alumni Spotlight gives us the opportunity to catch up with a Tamarack alum, hear about where they are now, and learn how Tamarack Camps shaped them. We are thrilled to check in with Stephanie Bloom Lucker. Read her story below!
When did you attend Tamarack Camps? What villages or programs were you part of?
I was a camper from Kadima (Shiffman) through Alaska and a counselor in Sheruth. My summers as a camper in Sheruth and Pioneer stand out as the most memorable.
What lessons did you learn from camp?
Camp taught me independence and bred self-confidence. You learn to be a team player and a problem solver.
What are you up to now personally and/or professionally?
After 10+ years on the East Coast, I moved back to Michigan 4 years ago to join my family business, Bloom Advisors. We provide holistic wealth management services to help clients achieve their financial goals. I live in Detroit with my husband, Spencer (who proposed to me at Tamarack in 2018), and our 1.5-year-old twins, Avi and Mila.
Was there a staff member that made a lasting impact on you and why?
Kate Bush was my counselor for many years and my supervisor when I was a staff member. She was like a big sister to me in my formative years and is now a close friend. Nothing is more special than the days when her daughter, Judy, comes over to play with my twins.
Why is Tamarack Camps “The Greatest Place On Earth?”
Some of my happiest childhood memories are from camp. As a camper, I made lifelong friendships. My best friends are still my camp friends and now we get to raise our kids (and future campers) together.
I still talk about my weekends at Butzel for Bubbe Zayde Camp as the most special time I got to spend with my grandparents (Hilda and Mitch Bloom). I was so fortunate to have a distraction-free weekend with them at Tamarack every summer. I can’t wait for my parents to take my kids in a few summers to continue the tradition!
Favorite camp meal:
Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Favorite Theme Day: