Science Camp alumni know that they never fully leave the NYSC; rather they are on one very long OCE (out of camp experience). In a new recurring feature, the Foundation will highlight alumni with photos of themselves and NYSC-branded items (shirts, Nalgenes, flying discs, etc.) in their adventures around the world. To be considered for this series, please send your photo along with a caption and a short personal bio to And, if you need some NYSC stuff to take on your OCE, please visit the online Camp Store.

Ms. Dana Kroop, CA 2003, Staph 2004

In between quitting my job as a professional museum educator at The Field Museum in Chicago and going back to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, I took some time to explore the Middle East. In this shot, I was out hiking in Ein Gedi, a natural preserve close to Masada, in Israel. While in Israel, I took in amazing sights, floated in the Dead Sea, and spent 6 weeks working as a paramedic on local ambulances. Good thing I had my NYSC Nalgene with me to keep me hydrated through it all!