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Youth Camp Staff

Alicia Taylor

Education: Bachelor's in English at Texas A&M University.
Qualifications: Alicia has been working for Peak Adventures since the Fall of 2006. Her previous experience as a software project manager helps her assist customers as well as manage office duties and program logistics. She has years of experience as a raft guide and white water kayaker.
Top 3 outdoor hobbies: Whitewater Kayaking, Hiking, Biking.
Best outdoor experience: "Kayaking school in Chile - 12 days, 5 rivers. Tons o' fun"
Favorite thing about Peak Adventures: "The people ... it's all about the people. Great staff, great customers."

 

Meredith Budlong

Education: BS in Recreation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Qualifications: Wilderness First Responder, Professional Climbing Wall Association certified Climbing Wall instructor.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, backpacking.
Best Outdoor Experiences: 5 days hiking through Paria Canyon in Arizona.
What I Love About Youth Camp: "I love seeing the smiling faces, and when I do I can't help but smile myself."

 

Valerie

Education: Bachelor's in Recreation Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Qualifications: Valerie has been with Peak Adventures since the beginning of 2002. She has over 1,000 hours of facilitation experience, 15 years of event planning experience, 15 years of summer camp experience, and a love for the outdoors.
Top 3 outdoor hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Playing!
Best outdoor experience: "Hiking with my dad."
What I love about Youth Camp: I love working as a youth camp counselor because I am a camp girl at heart.  I started going to camps in the 3rd grade and I think that every child should get the opportunity to experience the fun, the learning, and the self-growth that summer camps have to offer.

 

David

Education: Currently studying English at California State University Sacramento
Qualifications: Certified in CPR with AED application and Wilderness First Aid.  Previous experience as a 6th grade camp counselor as well as basketball coach for two seasons.  Outdoor experience includes rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, surfing.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Rock climbing, Mountain biking, kayaking
Best Outdoor Experience: First backpack trip with my parents in Big Sur.  So many laughs and good memories!
Favorite Thing about Peak Adventures: I love the diversity of people and personalities yet we all share the same love and respect for the outdoors and the activities it provides.
Favorite Thing about Youth Camp: Youth Camps are great because you are not only giving the kids new experiences and challenging them, but you are right there with them and get to feel that positive synergy among the group. 

 

Jessica

Education: BA in Studio Art Humboldt State University
Qualifications: CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Urban EMT Training Ten years of experience in mentoring, supervising, and educating young adults.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Finding and identifying critters in nature, SCUBA diving, ocean kayaking
Best Outdoor Experience: SCUBA diving at night with manta rays in Hawaii. The largest ray was 16-feet wide from wing tip to tip and the smallest ray was 6 feet. They both swam right by my head as they were feeding. I even got bumped a few times, and I loved every second of it. This dive is literally the very best thing I've done in my life so far. I can't wait for the adventure that tops it.
Favorite Thing about Peak Adventures: Peak Adventures has created an accepting, encouraging community for both its staff and participants. It's wonderful to be a part of this group.
Favorite Thing about Youth Camp: I love having the opportunity to help young adults see the world a little differently while realizing their own dreams and potential at the same time.

 

Jere

Education: Currently studying Marketing with a minor in Computer Science
Qualifications: CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certified. Various outdoor experience including: rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and kayaking.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking.
Best Outdoor Experience: During 2013 Spring Break in Pinnacles National Monument, a few friends and I went night hiking. We ended up finding some natural caves and got to explore them with our headlamps. It was truly a peak experience.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: Peak Adventures offers the opportunity for both children and adults to grow and learn. Whether you’re staff or a customer climbing a wall on the Challenge course, Peak provides great grounds to develop skills and obtain experiences.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: I love the unique opportunity to work with all sorts of youth. It’s very enjoyable to facilitate a young adult’s outdoor learning experience and help them get all they can out of our programs.

 

Jackie

Education: Kinesiology student at CSUS
Qualifications: Former camp counselor for Silverlake Band Camp, lifelong girl scout, experienced hiker and CPR Certified.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Mountaineering, Downhill Skiing and Kayaking
Best Outdoor Experience: Climbing to the top of Teewinot Mountain in Wyoming.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: It is a place where there is always an opportunity for fun and personal growth, filled with friendly, positive people who love the outdoors.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: From my experiences with other camps, the best thing was always seeing kids learning something new while having fun and making friends. Throughout my years as a camper and a counselor at camps, I remember always leaving feeling that the experience had changed me for the better.

 

Clint

Education: A.S. in Psychology, and currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Park & Recreation Resource Management.
Qualifications: Certified CPR/AED. Previous experience as a youth climbing camp facilitator. Rock climbing enthusiast. Some of my backpacking trips include The Lost Coast, Yosemite backcountry, Rocky Mountain National Park, Point Reyes, and Tahoe National Forest. Other outdoor experience includes white water rafting, mountain biking and night hiking.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Rock climbing, backpacking and trail running.
Best Outdoor Experience:  I went to Bishop, CA for my first outdoor rock climbing trip where I   initially experienced the culture of rock climbing. I had the opportunity to climb with a couple of famous climbers in the climbing community. Right then and there I was bit by the climbing bug! Ever since that trip, climbing has been my passion.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures:  My favorite thing about Peak Adventures is that they allow everyone to challenge themselves and grow from the experience. No matter your expertise, Peak Adventures is willing to help you reach new heights.

 

Emily

Education: Currently working towards a B.A in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources.
Qualifications: Certified in Adult/Child/Infant CPR as well as basic First Aid. Previous experience as a recreation leader for a youth camp for over five years. Have fulfilled various leadership and mentoring roles.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Camping, whitewater rafting and hiking.
Best Outdoor Experience: Going on a three-day rafting trip down the Rogue River in Oregon. During the day we would kayak down the river and at night, camp underneath the stars.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: Here at Peak, all of the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to help! The type of environment that the staff creates truly makes one feel at home.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: I love having the opportunity to help youth develop skills that they can later use in the future. Watching them progress is my favorite part!

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