meet the scope team
Molly Hott, Executive Director
Molly Hott, has dedicated herself to positively impacting the lives of children and staff through her 20 years of work within the camp industry. As a seven year old child, Molly came home from the first of her 15 years at KenMont & KenWood Camps in Kent, CT and expressed to her parents that she wanted to be in camp forever. With her devotion, passion, and determination, Molly made this seven-year-old dream her reality.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from Lehigh University, Molly began paving her way in the camp industry by working and volunteering with the American Camp Association (ACA) in the New York office. She quickly became involved in the preparation for the Tri-State Camp Conference; it was at this time that Molly was introduced to SCOPE. This connection gave her the chance to volunteer while helping to give children from all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to live and breathe summer camp!
Through Molly’s relationship to the ACA she was introduced to Oasis Children’s Services and helped to launch, develop, and direct their first Long Island day camps, Oasis on the North Shore. From there Molly moved to Boston and became the Assistant Director of Camp Matoaka in Maine. She returned to New York and became an instrumental part of the development, creation, implementation, and Director of Passport NYC at the 92nd Street Y, a residential, specialty camp for teenagers in NYC. Molly also consulted with camp professionals on effective teen programming and provided professional coaching within after school programs and summer camps for Ramapo for Children.
Molly’s background in day and residential camps, both for profit and nonprofit, paired with her 13 years of involvement with SCOPE demonstrates her commitment to living and learning within the camp industry.
Rachael HochbergAssociate Director
Rachael spent the majority of her summers growing up at a residential camp in the shadow of Yosemite National Park in California. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area she attended college at Syracuse University, where she majored in Photography and Management, but trekked back to California during the summers to work at summer camp.
Rachael worked as a graphic designer for a B2B Magazine company in Upstate New York before deciding to venture down to New York City, where she worked as a commercial photographer and ran a successful studio in SoHo. Rachael’s heart never strayed far from her California camp roots and she traveled back during the summers to shoot their marketing photography and enjoy the California Sequoias. In 2011 Rachael stopped shooting photography full time and moved to the production side of the photo industry as a studio manager; where her work focused on marketing, communications and producing photo shoots.
Rachael is thrilled to be part of SCOPE! And in her current role works to oversee and coordinate special events working with committees in all three regions, and is responsible for the communications with the participating camps and community partners. Rachael still does photography in her free time; shooting mostly engagement, maternity and portrait photography.
Heather O'DellOperations Manager
Heather is a native of New York State and was able to attend summer camp as a child through camperships similar to SCOPE. Her professional goal is to effect positive change in the lives of underserved children.
Heather has a Biological Sciences degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from Cornell University which provided her the opportunity to teach math and science at secondary schools in South Dakota, Arizona, and England. During her summer breaks from teaching Heather worked at Camp Vacamas, one of the SCOPE camps, which works with Title I students from the urban areas of New York and New Jersey. Eventually Heather decided to begin working year-round with Vacamas Programs for Youth where she taught students through experiential learning in the outdoors. She loved the experience of using the resources around her to teach and make her lessons come alive in nature.
Heather knows the value of summer camp and how beneficial it is to reduce the summer learning loss. Her passion, and previous work experience, has all been directed toward working to enhance and enrich the lives of children and alleviate the negative effects of poverty.
Choi Wah GarciaCommunications Manager
Choi is a Brooklyn native who spent her childhood summers fishing, swimming, and eating blueberries in upstate New York in the Lake Huntington Summer Community. Choi attended Bates College in Maine where, during her freshman year, she spent time as a camp counselor at Camp Kieve’s Leadership School. She enjoyed working with middle school children as they explored and developed leadership skills.
Choi’s Marketing & Communications experience comes from having the opportunity to work in the beautiful 585-acre Prospect Park for the Prospect Park Alliance and build community at the 14th Street Y of the Educational Alliance. Choi also has worked in the farm to table movement by supporting family farmers and helping communities in food deserts throughout New York City access healthy food. Her free time is spent devouring books for her food book club, channeling her creative energy to create handmade crafts for loved ones, and cooking meals with vegetables from her CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) Project in Astoria.
Choi is happy to be a part of the SCOPE team as she thrives in a collaborative environment. She understands the importance of children having opportunities to have fun and grow and supports SCOPE’s mission to provide children in need with camp experiences.