returns to our staff for his 4th summer, all the way from South Wales. This summer, Connor will be co-directing our Counselor-In-Training and Junior Counselor programs. As our Assistant Director, Connor coaches our counseling staff and has a strong role in our leadership curriculum. Connor became a part of Camp Eagle Ridge in 2015 as the youngest boys counselor. Since then, Connor has progressed within our camp to his current role as CIT and JC co-director and Assistant Director. Connor says “counseling will always be the best job at camp in my opinion; however, I am now very fortunate to be in the position to inspire and mentor our staff, CITs and JCs to be the best counselors they can be and deliver a safe and spectacular camp experience for our campers”.
Connor is currently in his final year of University and will graduate as a teacher this summer. At University, Connor is Chair of the Teacher Society and organizes, with his team, professional development opportunities and seminars for trainee teachers. Connor has taught in a variety of contexts; during his gap year, Connor volunteered in Tamil Nadu, Southern India for five weeks. While there, he taught sports and spoken English to underprivileged boys and girls aged five to twenty-one. In addition to teaching, Connor participated in programs that promoted organic farming and women empowerment. Connor thoroughly enjoys traveling and experiencing different countries and cultures; on his travels, Connor has visited many countries in Europe, states in America and provinces in Canada.
Connor is a keen outdoor enthusiast! He enjoys kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding and is a British Canoe Union level 1 coach and an expedition leader. Connor also favors heights; as a qualified climbing instructor, he thoroughly enjoys rock climbing and facilitating the rock climbing trips at camp. “Rock climbing is a unique experience that everyone should have a go at. It provides the perfect balance of mental and physical challenge in a safe environment”.
Scouts and Cadets has been a huge part of Connor’s life. He has spent over two years as a Scout, where he became a Patrol Leader and participated in bush and camp craft activities. Connor says “Scouts taught me the importance of preparation. A simple example is having everything needed to maintain a campfire before lighting it: having the three materials at hand and using them in the correct order; the tinder first, then the kindling and finally the fuel.”
Connor is now entering his ninth year in the Royal Air Force Air Cadet Organisation. In the RAFAC, Connor is a commissioned adult volunteer and is responsible for facilitating adventure training activities, expedition training and leadership exercises. In 2012, he completed the Nijmegen marches (held in the Netherlands) where he, and his team marched one hundred miles over four days along with other cadets and military personnel from all over the world .In 2013, Connor graduated the Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF College Cranwell with a distinction. Also, in cadets as a senior member, Connor teaches Initial Expedition training and leadership exercises.
Connor is a keen scuba diver, having dived in Gibraltar and Cyprus he achieved his PADI Advanced Open Water Diving qualification. He has also completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, to achieve this award, Connor hiked for five days and camped for four nights totally self-sufficient in the Lake District, England. Connor is now a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award instructor and assessor. In addition, Connor has been a certified First Aider for years.
Connor says, “Camp Eagle Ridge does not compare to anything I have experienced before. Our campers, staff and location motivate me to travel ‘across the pond’ every summer to be a part of something special and rewarding”.