Louise Larsen
Camp Director

I’m a retired teacher. I taught at NCA for 16 years and have been the camp director for five years. I taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I really enjoy being the camp director for NCA’s Wildcat Summer Camp and interacting with the children outside of a traditional classroom setting. We have a great camp staff team that loves what they do. We have just as much as fun as the kids! Every day is different with lots of fun activities. We go on phenomenal field trips, which the parents rave about every summer. Some of my favorite field trips we go on include the county fair and the water park. Other Wildcat Summer Camp favorites include the craft projects we do with the preschoolers and cooking with the older campers.

I’ve lived in Chicago all of my life and I love the city, but I’m also a big outdoors person. I love to be outside every chance I get, which is why running NCA’s Wildcat Camp is so much fun for me. In my spare time, my family spends a lot of time in Michigan, near Muskegon, camping and enjoying the outdoors. We have three kayaks and two canoes that we use all summer. As the Wildcat camp director, I hope to instill this same love of the outdoors and summer camp with our campers, and give them an experience of a lifetime!


Joan Harrington
Lead Counselor

I’ve taught preschool at NCA for the past 17 years and have led the preschool Wildcat Summer Camp group for the last five years. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for over 25 years with my husband, three young adult children and three dogs. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, yet love living in this wonderful city. In my spare time I enjoy sewing, quilting, crafting, spending time at the lake, swimming, attending sporting events, exploring Chicago, and taking mini road trips to areas around Lake Michigan. I look forward to spending the summer going on adventures with your children as they learn about this great city and our surrounding areas.