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, where she plans to study Education.
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 has been attending Camp Eagle Ridge since she was seven years old! This will be her 14th summer and this year she will be the counselor in Serenity, the oldest girls cabin. Katie is originally from Naperville, Illinois and is now attending the University of Tampa in Florida, majoring in Applied Dance. Katie is a part of the Spartan Scarlets Dance Team, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, teaches dance at a local studio and works at a western wear store! She loves to keep busy!
While at camp, some of Katie's favorite activities include archery, dance, canoeing, kayaking, ultimate frisbee and cooking! This will be Katie's second year as a certified lifeguard so she is looking forward to spending more time on the water. Katie also enjoys leadership workshops and says that she is constantly reminded of what she's learned at camp while at school or work. She is so excited to be returning for her third summer on staff!
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.”
Connor Williams joins our counseling staff this summer, all the way from South Wales.
Connor is currently on a gap year and will be starting his teaching degree upon return from the States, in September. During his gap year, Connor volunteered in Tamil Nadu, Southern India for five weeks. He taught sports and spoken English to underprivileged boys and girls aged five to twenty-one. More so, he participated in programs to encourage organic farming and women empowerment. Connor has also just returned from a two-week trip to Sweden, where he worked with local sports clubs and their members.
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; as well as, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and pioneering adventures.
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 sixth year as an Air Cadet, where he serves the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. 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, when he hiked for five days and camped for four nights totally self sufficient in the Lake District, England.
Climbing and kayaking are two sports Connor loves; he assists cadets climbing on weekends whilst working towards his Single Pitch Award and Kayak Coach Level 1.
Connor says, “I cannot wait to be a part of the summer camp tradition! Neither can I wait to bring campers together, to foster the sense of adventure, team spirit, and fun to have the best summer ever!”
Nathan Burns is from Wolverhampton, England. He is currently studying Physical Education at the University of Wolverhampton. Nathan enjoys going running and playing a variety of different sports such as Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and Table Tennis.
Nathan has volunteered in many schools helping out in PE lessons and has a lot of experience teaching kids of all different ages and a variety of sports.
Nathan is very excited about camp and particularly looks forward to teaching and getting involved with Tennis, Soccer and the water sports activities.
Nick Staffaroni is excited to be 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."
Luke Coltman joins our counseling staff from Warwickshire, England (Shakespeare’s County)! Luke's main sport is tennis, but he enjoy all sports and is looking forward to teaching soccer, rugby and field hockey in particular.
Luke is currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University in England.
Luke has been coaching sports in day camps for the last 2 summers and has experience coaching children from ages 3 and up. Luke also has lots of experience with working with children with both cognitive and physical disabilities, ages 9 and up, and is involved in developing disability sport in the United Kingdom.
Luke is looking forward to getting involved with our water activities and can’t wait to get back into canoeing and kayaking.
Luke says "I am looking forward to getting the campers to play sports such as rugby, since the world cup will be taking place this year!"
James Fulker joins our counselling staff from Suffolk, England.
James is currently in the final year of his degree where he studies Business Management at Kingston University in London.
James' main sport is soccer where he has competed at semi-professional level for Woodbridge Town F.C, in England. During his study exchange last year in Michigan, James was part of his college team, Grand Valley State University, who he helped in reaching the regional finals in Indianapolis. As well as playing soccer, James has attained a level 1 coaching badge which he has put to use in local summer camps coaching ages from 8 up to 15.
In his spare time, James also likes playing field hockey where he has recently joined Surbiton Hockey Club playing in goal. James is particularly looking forward to getting involved in the water activities that we have to offer on camp, which he says are often hard to take part in at home.
"I can't wait to meet all the kids and staff at camp. It's a privilege to be able to teach others all the skills, and learning opportunities I have had through playing sport and participating in outdoor activities."
Dan Hilton joins our staff this summer as our Photographer and Media Specialist! Dan will also be instructing several activities, especially sailing! Dan spent last summer working as a trainee sailing instructor in Greece. While he was there, he learned how to drive a powerboat and how to coach windsurfing! He's achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which required him to hike and camp for 5 days in the Brecon Beacons (Mountains in Wales, UK). Dan also spent years volunteering, which he did at his Local Cub Scout group, as a Youth Leader. Dan himself spent almost 10 years as a scout, which allowed him to go to camps, go hiking, do archery, rock climbing and multiple other activities!
Whilst on his adventures, Dan likes to video his time and then make a memories montage afterwards and we are certain this time will be no exception!
"I'm looking forward to my next adventure, taking part in all the activities and helping everyone enjoy them just as much as I did when I was a kid!"
Joining our kitchen staff for his first year is Ollie Chard. Ollie is twenty years old and from South West England, He's a professional Chef - he trained for three years at Bath Catering College. He worked for seven months with a Two Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef, Martin Blunos, at his fish restaurant in Bath.
Ollie loves working outdoors and was a scout for seven years where he was a patrol leader. He also took part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and many outdoor camps and hikes. Ollie is a keen swimmer and loves all water sports so he is especially looking forward to working on the lake this summer.
Whilst at College, Ollie took time teaching kids from ages 10-12 the basics of cooking and healthy ingredients. Ollie says he is looking forward to sharing some traditional English recipes with everyone at camp.
"I can't wait for this summer to start and share my enthusiasm for cooking and the great outdoors!"
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.”