At Camp Eagle Ridge, we take pride in having one of the highest staff retention rates in the nation! Most of our staff have been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for 10 years or longer! We believe that it is the staff that works with your child that matter most.
Emma Diamond returns for her 11th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge! Emma has been coming to Camp Eagle Ridge since she was nine years old and has been a counselor-in-training, a junior counselor, part of our kitchen staff and now returns for her second year as one of the counselors in Integrity, our youngest girls' cabin.
Emma is from Sacramento California, and now attends Marquette University, where she is studying Enviromental Engineering. She also enjoys painting and any kind of arts-n-crafts. At camp, Emma enjoys ultimate frisbee, sailing, field hockey, and kayaking. She also loves the dances and trips.
Emma says, "Camp is where you can learn to be the absolute best version of yourself. You learn life skills there that you can't learn almost anywhere else and make friends with the most unexpected people."
Melanie Kohls returns to join our 2015 counseling staff! Melanie has been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 12 years. She is one of the counselors in Integrity, our youngest girls' cabins.
Melanie is originally from Hales Corners, Wisconsin and is currently attending UW-Madison. She is studying zoology and environmental studies. Melanie lives in the GreenHouse Learning Community at Madison, which is a floor for people focused on sustainability and the environment. She also recently began working in a research lab focusing on the nutrient cycle of Lake Tanganyika in Africa, which she’s very excited about!
Melanie loves biking and going to the farmers' market at the Capitol. She hopes to study abroad her junior year. She’s currently a member of the UW Wildlife Society, which gets students involved in ecology programs such as owl banding and prairie restoration. When Melanie isn't at camp or in class, she enjoys listening to music, hiking, downhill skiing, reading, and cooking (and eating) delicious food.
This will be Kristina Rossi's 12th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge. Kristina began as a camper when she was 8 years old and has been a Counselor-in-Training and a Junior Counselor. Kristina returns for her second summer as the Counselor in Courage, our 11-12 year old girls' cabin.
Kristina is from Port Washington, Wisconsin, where she enjoys sailing on Lake Michigan. Kristina attributes her Camp experiences for helping her develop the leadership skills she practices in her community. Kristina currently attends the University of Richmond in Virginia.
Kristina is looking forward to spending many hours on Lake Galilee this summer! She has been a Red Cross certified lifeguard since she was 16 and loves sailing, kayaking, canoeing and playing on the new water toys.
Her other favorite activities at camp include Capture the Flag (and the ice-cream after), Sumo Wrestling, Leadership Workshops, and Arts and Crafts.
Kristina says, "Camp is a place where kids can escape from their daily lives to a sanctuary where they are free to, and encouraged to, become the best person they can possibly be. In finding who that is, campers gain independence, self-confidence, and friendships that will last a lifetime."
We welcome Maddie Byrnes to our 2015 Counseling Staff! Maddie will be the counselor in Loyalty! Maddie was a Counselor-in-Training and a Junior Counselor, and in 2012, she was chosen as the CER Camper of the Year!
Maddie is from Richfield, Wisconsin and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the Fall.
Maddie's favorite activities include: sailing, lacrosse, canoeing, improv, volleyball, swing dancing and arts & crafts!
One of Maddie's favorite memories from 2014 was leading her Master Builder's Club!
Katie Goldberg returns to our 2015 counseling staff for her 15th summer! Katie (Goldie) has been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge since she was 8 years old. She went through our Counselor-in-Training and Junior Counselor programs. Katie is the counselor for our 13-14 year old girls in Challenger. She is from Atlanta, GA and loves being on the water. Katie is also an American Red Cross lifeguard.
Katie is pursuing her degree in Elementary Education at Florida State University. At school, Katie is also involved in various clubs and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Lady Spirithunters, a service organization on campus that helps spread the Seminole spirit! In her free time, Katie enjoys being out on the water and participating in other water activities like sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Recently, Katie went to Israel for the first time on a Taglit Birthright Trip. She loved the experience so much that she will be applying to return to Israel as a group leader for other Birthright trips in May before camp starts! Katie believes that camp is a place that anyone, no matter where they may come from, can be themselves, enjoy the loving environment and have an unforgettable time! Some of her favorite camp activities include theme nights and spending time with her girls in the cabin!
Katie Shields returns for her 12th year at Camp Eagle Ridge! Katie is attending the University of Tampa majoring in Biology and Marine Science with a minor in dance. In high school, Katie was on a competitive dance team where she was committed practicing 30 hours a week. She says "It has helped me to be able to have great time management skills." Katie is currently teaching dance classes to ages 2-10 in Tampa, Florida.
This summer, Katie is moving to Serenity, our oldest girls' cabin! Katie's favorite camp activities include: kayaking, volleyball, canoeing, archery, and leadership workshops. Katie was responsible for introducing Stromboli to the camp menu and says her favorite camp food is egg bake.
Katie says "I like to think of camp of a really pure place. You can go and feel so happy everyday and the people there are so incredible and they are people you could never meet anywhere else."
Nick Staffaroni is excited to bew returning to our 2015 staff this summer! Nick has been coming to camp for 7 years (starting at the age of 13), and has been a Counselor in Training as well as a Junior Counselor. Once again, Nick will be the Counselor in Explorer (generally ages 13 & 14).
Nick is from Dallas, Texas. He is currently studying Psychology at Boston University. Nick loves to play soccer, and has been playing since he was in kindergarden. Nick played for his school's varsity team, as well as a local club team. Nick also enjoys origami, and is the Co-President of his school's origami club. Nick is intrigued by the arts, and likes to be active. Being goofy is one of his specialities.
There is no activity at camp that Nick doesn't enjoy, but his favorites are Archery, Improv, Kayaking, and Soccer.
Nick says, "Variety is the spice of life. You can never limit yourself to just one thing. What I really love about camp is, you'll never run out of things to try. Even if you do the same activity twice, there will always be a new friend to share the experience with. No two days are exactly alike at camp, especially when you're surrounded by so many great people."
Alex Ingram returns to our 2015 counseling staff all the way from England! Alex is the counselor in Adventurer, our 2nd oldest boys' cabin.
Alex loves a variety of sports, especially basketball! Alex has coached both boys basketball and girls basketball and was awarded "Coach of the Year" in 2011.
Alex is also a talented dancer and performer. He performs with a local street dance club called "Street Vibes".
Alex is a skilled camper and has earned his Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards by working with a team of six to complete several overnight camping trips with 2 to 3 day hikes.
Previously, Alex worked at an after-school program with children ages 3-7. He ensured everyone was happy and having fun by setting up and overseeing activities such as games, arts and crafts, role plays, puzzles and reading stories.
Annie Ferraro is returning to our Camp Eagle Ridge staff for her fifth year at camp! First a camper, and then a counselor-in-training, Annie is very excited to return for her second year as a member of our kitchen staff.
Annie is from Eagan, Minnesota. She currently studies biology at Santa Clara University in California and puts her Camp Eagle Ridge leadership skills to work in several leadership clubs and organizations around campus. She is so excited to head back to the north woods this summer.
Annie’s favorite camp activities include kayaking, improv, sumo wrestling, and any arts-n-crafts. She has quite a sweet tooth and always looks forward to some delicious applesauce bars, a camp specialty.
She says, “Camp is such a unique environment that pushes each member to try new things, meet new people, and make some incredible memories. I attribute so much of who I am as an individual to my camp experiences.”
Matt McDowell joins our counseling staff for his second year! This will be Matt's 10th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge. Prior to becoming a counselor, Matt was a Counselor-In-Training and a Junior Counselor. Matt is originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, but moved to Raleigh, North Carolina when he was thirteen. In Raleigh, Matt attended Ravenscroft School and played football, wrestling, and baseball. Matt is now a sophomore at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where he plays defensive line on the football team.
Matt is currently undecided in his major, but has a strong interest in medicine. Matt enjoys listening and singing along to music, playing sports, hanging out with friends, and reading. Matt says "What I love about camp is that it offers a healthy environment for kids to be themselves without worrying about what other people will think. Camp is also an amazing place to build relationships with wonderful people that care and want only the best for you. Looking back, I can't think of another place on Earth that would have had such a positive and profound effect on me as a leader and as a human being as Camp Eagle Ridge has."
Chris Paris is thrilled to be returning to our 2014 counseling staff. Chris has been a part of camp for the past 10 years as a camper, Counselor-in-Training, Junior counselor, Counselor, Waterfront director, and Health manager. He is very excited to be back counseling once again in the cabin of Discovery, our youngest boys' cabin!
Chris is originally from Denver, Colorado. Chris currently lives in Boulder where he recently graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in physiology and neuroscience. He is helping to develop educational medical software with plans to apply to medical school in the coming year. Chris loves to ski and will take any chance he gets to head into the mountains for a ski day.
Chris credits camp for helping him learn and develop a healthy approach to facing problems and challenges every day. Camp frequently places children in new and different situations, but it does so in such a positive and supportive environment that it reinforces healthy ways of interacting with new and different situations that are encountered at home all the time.
We welcome Bethany Korom to our 2015 kitchen staff! This will be Bethany’s 9th summer at camp as a camper, Counselor-In-Training and Junior-Counselor. She is very excited to return to camp as staff this year!
Bethany is from New Berlin, Wisconsin, and is deciding whether to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, or the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa in the Fall. She is thinking about becoming part of a pre-med program with an emphasis on child development. Throughout her high-school career, Bethany has practiced her leadership skills developed at Camp Eagle Ridge by accepting the elected treasurer position for the National Honor Society, as well as the Senior Class treasurer for Student Union.
Throughout Bethany’s summers at camp, she enjoyed playing and teaching soccer and golf, and being a part of cooking meals and all water activities. She loves the delicious food served for every meal, especially the desserts! Bethany says, “Camp is a safe place to let go and be yourself. No one judges you and everyone is ready with hugs and a huge smile to encourage you with everything you do. The long-lasting friendships and endless memories will truly make camp your home away from home.”