Youth Camp Staff

Meredith Budlong

Education/Qualifications: Masters in Recreation Administration from Sac State. Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Why do you love the outdoors? Being able to challenge myself physically and mentally, though sometimes just relaxing is nice too!
Three Favorite Hobbies: Rock climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking


Education/Qualifications: Masters in Recreation and Leisure Services Management from Texas State University. Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
Why do you love the outdoors? I've always felt comfortable being outside. Throughout my life it has always been there to challenge me, comfort me, and entertain me in many ways.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Backpacking, Skiing, and Cycling

Valerie

Education/Qualifications: I have a Bachelor's in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State University and 15 years of Challenge Course experience. I am also a certified Level 2 ACCT Facilitator.
Why do you love the outdoors? It just smells better out there.
Three Favorite Hobbies: Karaoke, Dancing, and Staying away from social media

Education/Qualifications: I currently have a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in entrepreneurship and I am a master of martial arts. I have two years of experience working for peak adventures as an outdoor trip leader, ropes course facilitator, raft guide, and youth camp counselor for both Adventure and Expedition camps. I have also been taking underprivileged youth white water rafting through the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) for three seasons. I am certified in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it allows people to become more than they ever thought possible. It could be through climbing, rafting, hiking, whatever outdoor activity; it brings people to the realization that the world is full of opportunities and challenges that can inspire, motivate, be life changing and most importantly bring people closer together.
Three Favorite Hobbies: My three favorite hobbies are rock climbing, white water rafting, and martial arts.