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."

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.
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.

Education/Qualifications: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Admin. Major; Wilderness First Aid Certified; CPR/AED Certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? When outdoors life itself seems to transform into something more alluring, and much more simple. Sky, earth, bird songs, and the rustle of leaves all invite you to experience the day with open arms because nature is, at it's heart, altruistic, despite our treatment of it. Being out there you somehow start believing that everything that envelops you during each precious moment exists solely to make you feel alive.
Three favorite hobbies: Adventuring and finding new challenges in the outdoors, hammocking (yes, its a verb now), and... tabletop gaming.
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Education/Qualifications: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Admin. Major with a concentration in Recreation Therapy. Associates in Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, and Individual and Society from American River College. Certified in First Aid, CPR/AED, and Wilderness First Aid.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors allows for me to get away from my day to day busy life and just relax. Each and every time I step foot into the outdoors it gives me the opportunity to experience new and exciting things.
Three favorite hobbies: My favorite hobbies are the hobbies that I enjoy with my daughter. A few of my other hobbies include Swimming, Reading, Hiking.
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Education/Qualifications: I am a Class B driver and I am Wilderness First Responder certified.
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the peace, solitude, and simplicity of being outdoors and on trail.
Three favorite hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, rock climbing
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Education/Qualifications: I have a BA in Liberal Studies. I am WFA, CPR, and First Aid certified and I worked at Mount Hermon Adventures for 2 years.
Why do you love the outdoors? Being outside makes me feel more alive!
Three favorite hobbies: Reading, hiking, rock climbing
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Education/Qualifications: I'm working towards a degree in Kinesiology here at CSU, Sacramento while working with special needs children in a school setting. I am CPR and First Aid certified with tons of experience outdoors!
Why do you love the outdoors? In the outdoors there is always a challenge to overcome, a lesson to be learned and experience to be had. Nature can be a great teacher if given respect.
Three favorite hobbies: I like to backpack, go fishing and teach!
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Education/Qualifications: Bachelor's in Sport Management: Washington State University
GO COUGS!!

Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors forces people to step out of their comfort zone in one way or another and genuinely challenge themselves. Also, nature is pretty neat :)
Three favorite hobbies: Road-tripping, Backpacking, anything on the river!
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Education/Qualifications: B.A. in Outdoor Leadership
Why do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because it is full of adventure.
Three favorite hobbies: Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Surfing
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