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."

 

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.


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."

 

David

Education: AS in Biology from College of the Canyons Valencia, CA. Currently studying Biology at Sacramento State University
Qualifications: Wilderness First Responder, CPR Certification
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Backpacking, Hiking, Surfing
Best Outdoor Experience: Backpacking down the Grand Canyon to Havasupai, the people I connected with on that trip changed my life.
Favorite Thing about Peak Adventures: The staff and participants. I really enjoy the time spent with participants and watching individuals meeting personal challenges or goals set for themselves at the challenge center or during outdoor trips. The staff does an excellent job of facilitating a warm and welcoming learning environment.
Favorite Thing about Youth Camp: Being able to facilitate fun, learning, and a love and respect for nature.

 

Jackie

Education: Received my B.A. at California State University Sacramento in the field of Food and Nutrition.
Qualifications: Have worked with Peak Adventures since the Spring of 2012. My exposure has been a well-rounded one, including experience leading outdoor trips, group facilitation, and camp counseling. I am also CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certified.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Backpacking, Rock Climbing and enjoying the wonders that nature has to offer.
Best Outdoor Experience: A nine day backpacking trip around Lake Tahoe. Aside from the spectacular company and views, it helped me realize that I can accomplish greater things!
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: Meeting so many diverse groups of people and bonding with them.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: :Sharing so many joyous moments and experiencing the life long memories that they create!

 

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.

 

Jackie

Education: Kinesiology student at CSUS
Qualifications: CPR and Wilderness First Aide Certified, previously counselor for band camp, lifelong Girl Scout, outdoor enthusiast. Former camp counselor for Silverlake Band Camp, lifelong girl scout & experienced hiker.
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: The people here are supportive, fun and overall amazing. It is a place where everyone is learning and having a great time.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: : I really enjoy meeting all the different kids, getting to watch them learn new things, challenge themselves and make friends.

 

Jackie

Education: Associates in General Business. Currently working on my bachelors in Entrepreneurship.
Qualifications: I am currently certified in CPR/First Aid and Wilderness First Aid. I am a raft guide for ICO (Inner City Outings) which specializes in taking under privileged youth down the South Fork of the American River. I have also designed and implemented Royal Court Martial Art's first ever summer camp for children and have more than 9 years of experience working with children.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding
Best Outdoor Experience: My best outdoor experiences are all of my rafting trips where I get to spend the night on the river. There is nothing better than spending a day on the river and then coming back to a camp site where everyone sits around the fire and shares some laughs.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: My favorite thing about Peak Adventures is simply the people. You won't find a better group of individuals who will go out of their way to make sure that you're doing well and having a good time.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: My favorite thing about Youth Camp is watching the reaction someone has when they have accomplished something that they had no idea they could do.

 

Jackie

Education: Christian Brothers High School & currently attending Sacramento State
Qualifications: CPR/First Aid Certified, Enjoy working with kids. Worked at an elementary school.
Leadership Initiative Green Certificate, Experience with special needs.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Snowboarding, Boogey Boarding, Swimming
Best Outdoor Experience:
The trip to Alaska with my family last summer.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: The sense of camaraderie within the staff members
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: Being outside and active!

 

Jackie

Education: Currently studying Metropolitan Area Planning Geography with a minor in Recreation Administration at California State University, Sacramento.
Qualifications: Adult First Aid/CPR with AED application and Wilderness First Aid. Personal outdoors experience include several backpacking trips to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Lassen National Park and Desolation Wilderness.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Hiking, Running and Backpacking
Best Outdoor Experience: Point Reyes backpacking trips with family and friends and all of the fun times that we had.
Favorite Thing About Peak Adventures: The positive experiences that everyone, from staff to participants, are able to attain.
Favorite Thing About Youth Camp: The opportunity to interact with young adults, and facilitate growth and learning in an outdoors environment.

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