Emily Smith Houts, “Smith” to her camp friends, is a Greystone treasure. You’ve probably seen her walking around camp, always smiling, camp cats trailing behind. But how much do you really know about her? I sat down with the camp legend herself to hear some of her favorite camp stories.
Smith was a camper from the beginning, attending lots of summer camps before finally coming to Greystone in 1965. After 2 more camper years and one long skip year (where she racked up the phone bill calling her camp friends every day!) she was back to serve as a counselor in 1969. As a teacher, Smith took a brief hiatus from Greystone to work at Illahee, another great girls’ camp in the area, before retiring to join our year-round team in 2002.
Smith says that program areas have changed the most since she’s been a camper (there are so many options now!) and camp has grown in size, but the friendships Greystone girls have now are still as wonderful as ever. Her camp friends still write letters to this day, and Smith still has all of her letters from the sixties.
Let’s give a big cheer for our dear Smith Houts! Her hard work, friendly spirit, and easy laugh make camp better every year. We can’t imagine camp without her!