Visit Woodloch, and a flock of blue shirts known as our Social Staff keep guests running and having fun. Today, I’d like you to meet Mr. Bob Filarsky, the man who supervises all of the chaos …
Please tell us the tale of how you started working for Woodloch.
I started here in June of 2003 on a Recreation Management Internship. When that summer was over, they asked me if I wanted to stay just to help out with the Haunted Hayrides that fall … that was almost 9 years ago now!
As an activities supervisor, please tell us what your favorite activity here is and why.
Tough question. My favorite thing to do here is drive a ski boat. You are in the sun, out on the lake, driving a boat … don’t think I have to say anything else. My favorite activity here is probably Double Dare. Just the fact that you have guests from 6 to 60 years old diving into chocolate sauce and begging to be squirted by a hose amazes me. It really brings out the inner child in everyone, and I can’t imagine another place where they can do that.
What was the most rewarding/memorable experience you have had with a guest here over the years?
It was actually driving a ski boat. It was probably about 4 years ago, and it was a beautiful quiet day in the offseason, and the lake was like glass. I had an older gentlemen come to go skiing. He was probably 60 or 70 years old and told me he hadn’t gone in about 10 years, so I was a little nervous, but he was in good shape and really wanted to go. He got up on the skis no problem, did his two laps around the lake, and I dropped him back off at the dock. When I got back to the dock to help him, he had tears in his eyes and immediately starting thanking me. He said it was one of the best times he ever had skiing . He said it really brought him back and that would be the last time he would ever go skiing. He was really moved by it and to see that genuine reaction from him really reminded me of what we actually do here.
Outside of work, what is your favorite hobby / pastime?
I really enjoy watching football. I am a huge Vikings
fan and all year long I look forward to the 16 Sundays I get to watch football. I also really enjoy cooking. I worked as a cook in high school and throughout college. I didn’t want to make a career out of it, but it is a big passion of mine.
What is your favorite movie of all time, and why?
Another tough question. I will give you two answers. I am a huge Chris Farley fan so I’ve seen the movie Tommy Boy
more than any other movie in my life. I can basically recite the whole movie. I also love the movie Fight Club. I just thought the whole gist of the movie was genius.
I know you are a big football fan. Make a Superbowl prediction.
New England Patriots win it all, with Rob Gronkowski as MVP.