Hi, we're Sandy and Missy!
The Schenck Family Conservancy is owned and operated by Sandy Schenck and his wife, Missy Izard Schenck. Together they serve as Executive Directors of the non-profit summer camp, Green River Preserve, located on the 3,400 acres of the Conservancy.
Sandy Schenck, “Sandad,” graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in economics and received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. A North Carolina native, Sandy moved with his parents in 1965 to the village of Flat Rock, North Carolina, where he still resides. Sandy is actively involved with Muddy Sneakers, a local non-profit outreach program in environmental education for public school children. Based on the GRP model, Muddy Sneakers, Sandy’s brain child, was born six years ago at GRP. When not at camp or involved with Muddy Sneakers, “aquatic theology” or fly fishing, Sandy’s passion, encompasses most of his spare time. From his passion for fly fishing, Sandy helped develop a summer camp fly fishing program with Trout Unlimited called “Summer on the Fly.” In it’s second year, the “Summer on the Fly” program is now an integrated part of 10 summer camps in Western North Carolina.
Missy Schenck, “Mama Missy,” graduated from Converse College with a BA in Studio Art and Art History. She also holds a Masters of Art Education from the University of South Carolina as well as graduate studies in art therapy and counseling from the College of Charleston and The Citadel. Her camp background includes over thirty years in camp management, including program director at an all- girl’s summer camp in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Missy grew up spending summers on Lake Summit in Tuxedo, North Carolina and attending summer camp in the area. Missy is actively involved with the American Camp Association as a member of the Southeastern Leadership Council and Membership Chair, a contributor to the national American Camping Association Magazine and a presenter/speaker at ACA national and regional conferences. For many years Missy has been involved with the Flat Rock Playhouse as a board member and in Youth Theater Development and Education. In her spare time, Missy loves being with family, hiking, playing outdoors, collecting artifacts, and doing anything creative: painting, sewing, crafting, writing, reading, cooking.
Both Missy and Sandy fell in love with summer camps when they were teenagers and dreamed of one day owning their own camp. Together, they have over fifty years of experience in the camping industry.
Missy and Sandy have six children with whom they share their love of the outdoors. Everyone in their family finds that going away to summer camp continues to be the best summer adventure there is. It is a tradition that will happily carry on for generations to come.