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.
Kippy Terry is returning to our 2017 Counseling Staff! She is a counselor in Integrity, our youngest girls' cabin. She was a camper since 2011 and participated in our Counselor-in-Training and Junior Counselor programs.
Kippy is from Kansas City, Missouri, where she is involved in volunteer programs such as the Great Plains SPCA and Girls on the Run. She was the president of her high school's Pep Club and loves demonstrating school pride. Kippy has also been a partisipant with AMIGOS de las Americas and she traveled to Nicaragua to live with a host family for a month in a rural community. Her experience in Nicaragua gave her an opportunity to use the leadership skills she learned at camp to bring her community together and build a kitchen for the primary school.
During the off-season this year, Kippy has been travelling through Asia, including Nepal and the Himalayas, volunteering with Youth International.
Kippy's favorite part about camp is the talent show because it gives each camper a chance to showcase their talents. Her other favorite activities include lacrosse, kayaking, and cooking.
"Camp is my favorite place in the world and I cannot wait to help make this summer the best ever!"
Olivia Burridge returns to our 2017 counselling staff! Olivia is from Edinburgh, Scotland and studies Biomedical Science at the University of Aberdeen.
Olivia has been a competitive swimmer for many years and is currently doing triathlon. She loves all water sports, in particular kayaking and sailing. Olivia is a lifeguard and teaches many of our sailing lessons. She has completed her Duke of Edinburgh and loves hiking, camping, and being outdoors.
When she isn’t doing sport, Olivia enjoys cooking and reading. She also enjoys travelling and spent last summer backpacking around Europe. Olivia can’t wait for camp this summer!
Kim Crabb is absolutely ecstatic to join the 2017 counseling staff this summer! Kim was a camper for 6 years starting in 2008 and a Counselor-In-Training for a year as well.
Kim is from Eagle, Wisconsin where she attended KM Perform, a performing arts charter school, as a theater focus. While in high school, she was actively involved with several dance teams, dance instruction, student government, volunteering at her animal shelter, and drama club. Currently, she is working towards her BFA Dance degree at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Some of Kim's favorite activities at camp include cooking, kayaking, singing before meals, and the weekend trips! Kim also loves how many moments there are to look forward to in every day at camp! Camp has had a huge impact on Kim's life and she absolutely can't wait to help do the same for other campers.
Michaela Griffin is thrilled to join our 2017 staff! Michaela has been a camper, Counselor-In-Training, and a Junior counselor. This will be her 8th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge!
Michaela is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Michaela plans on studying Special Education in the Fall. She is very involved in the student aid program in her school’s special education room. She will be coaching for the special olympics swim, and track team this winter. Michaela also has been a part of her high school’s varsity swim team and was voted overall team captain for her senior season. Michaela has also played soccer for over 14 years and was on her school’s varsity team along with playing club.
Some of Michaela’s favorite activities are soccer, basketball, canoeing, kayaking and cooking. Michaela is always excited to see what each day at camp will bring for new fun memories. Her favorite trip is the Brule canoeing trip and she encourages campers to try it for the first time or go on it again because it is such a fun experience. Camp has been an important and positive impact on her life and she can’t wait to make camp a home away from home for new and old campers.
Julia Rook is delighted to be a part of our 2017 staff. Julia has been a camper for 8 years and has also been a Counselor-In-Training and Junior Counselor.
Julia is from Salem, Wisconsin where she loves to play golf, coach cheerleading, and hang out with friends. Julia has volunteered in her high school’s Peer Helper and Freshman Mentor programs, which have offered her the opportunity to share her leadership skills that she learned at camp with others. Julia is also an aide to a math teacher, where she assists in tutoring and grading papers. She hopes to attend San Diego State University in the fall to study Education. She loves to teach and hopes to become a college professor and teach future educators.
During spring break, Julia is going to travel to France and live with a host family for two weeks. “I know this is just the beginning of my journey to see the world and I am so excited to learn all of the different cultures and traditions that people are a part of.”
Some of Julia’s favorite activities at camp include cooking, arts and crafts, volleyball, and playing Capture the Flag. Julia says that "camp has given her the confidence to be herself and she cannot wait to be back at her home away from home!"
Mariah Rossebo returns to our staff this year as one of our photographers and support staff! Mariah loves capturing the smiles on our campers faces!
Mariah has been a camper at Eagle Ridge since 2010. Her favorite activities at camp include: basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, gaga, kayaking, and Capture the Flag. While not at camp, Mariah is an avid reader and snow skier.
Mariah is from Richfield, Wisconsin and is attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Nathan Burns returns to our 2017 counseling staff for his 3rd year! Nathan is from Wolverhampton, England. He received his degree in 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 tennis, soccer and the water sports activities. Nathan is a certified lifeguard.
Returning to our staff for his third year is Ollie Chard. Ollie is 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.
This year, Ollie is moving to our Counseling Staff! Ollie has always had a major role on our lifeguarding and waterfront staff and wants to spend even more time teaching!
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!"
Max Westman returns to Camp Eagle Ridge for his 15th year! Max will be counseling again in the cabin of Explorer! Max has also been our Health Manager and Kitchen Facilitator.
Max is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and has recently been living in France. Max has also spent time volunteering with children in Guatemala. Max attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been an E.M.T. in the past.
We welcome Matt Pugliese back to our 2017 staff! As a camper for seven years, a counselor-in-training/junior counselor for two years, and in the start of his second summer on staff, this year marks the eleventh year that Matt will be a part of Camp Eagle Ridge!
Matt attends Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a rising sophomore who intends to major in International Business and minor in Spanish. A member of the Rhodes Organization of Investors, the club hockey team, and an overnight host for prospective students, Matt enjoys supplementing his academics with active and engaging extracurriculars.
Also at Rhodes, Matt was chosen to be a Bonner Scholar. The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation was founded in 1990 to give college students the opportunity to engage in anti-poverty driven community service. For the Bonner Program, Matt developed the Big Brother Mentoring Program, a tutoring program that pairs Rhodes students in a mentoring role with disadvantaged children of the Memphis community. Largely building the foundations of the program off of the ideals of Camp Eagle Ridge, Matt's goal is to teach tangible academic skills to children, as well as to instill an internal drive for academic success.
At camp, some of Matt's favorite activities are basketball, volleyball, and mountain biking. However, over the years he has found great value in leadership workshops, and is excited to help campers develop their leadership skills. From 2011 to 2015, Matt was a camp counselor for 3,4, and 5 year olds near his home in the Chicagoland Area. He believes that the most rewarding thing about working at a summer camp is seeing children step out of their comfort zone to meet and share experiences with people from different walks of life.
Matt is extremely excited to be on staff again this summer. He says, "Camp has given me the opportunity for the last ten years to really come out of my shell and thrive in such an accepting environment. I am excited this summer to provide children with the same platform that will allow them to step out of their comfort zone and develop a true sense of self."
Dan Hilton returns to our staff for his 3rd summer as our Photographer and Media Specialist, as well as our Co-Waterfront Director!
Dan instructs several activities, including sailing! Dan spent a 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!
During the camp off-season, Dan is working at a ski resort in France, where he is an avid snowboarder.
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!"