I first came to Woolman as a Semester School student in 2013. After falling in love with the pastures, ponderosa pines, and rustic living, I knew I had no choice but to apply to this "Camp Woolman" I kept hearing about. Nothing could have prepared for what a magical, loving, challenging, and truly unique experience Camp Woolman would become for me. I spent my first three summers working as a Wombat Camp counselor, and I will never forget how kind, compassionate, and accepting my very first cabin of 12 year olds was. A first I was quite intimidated by them, but they showed me right off the bat how truly unique the Woolman community is. They were patient, kind, and full of excitement as they taught me the inner workings and magic of Camp Woolman - from their perspective. They introduced me to campers of all ages, silly games and songs you will only find at Woolman, and they inspired me to be as open and vulnerable as I could be in this community full of support. This is how I can best describe Woolman, it is not just our staff that will put in every effort and kindness to make new faces feel welcome and at home, but this sort of accepting and celebrating love radiates from our campers as well. I found working in Teen Leadership Camp, both as a counselor and a Co-Director, equally accepting and loving. My teens taught me about facing your fears, relying on your community for strength, and channeling your inner goof ball as often as possible. I am excited to see what lessons and surprises are in store for me this sescond summer of being Wombat Camp Director.
A majority of my Wilderness Leadership skills were cultivated through courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Prescott College, and receiving my Wilderness First Responder certificate. I received my degree in Sustainable Design from Pacific University in Oregon with the intention of pursuing a career in sustainable architecture, but one week into my Masters program I got delightfully side tracked by Outdoor Education. I left Architecture School's dusty drafting studios behind and gleefully skipped into a wold full of exploring nature with children and teens. I spent 2 years working at Outdoor Schools in Colorado and Oregon, primarily teaching forest ecology, marine biology, wilderness skills, and team building. Perhaps I will be called back to architecture later on in life, but for now you may find me leading groups of kids through forests and meadows, examining the grasshoppers, returning the call of a bullfrog, and singing songs about chickens on a barn yard fence.
Teen Leadership Camp Director
I was immediately drawn to Camp Woolman and the position of TLC. This initial connection has only grown as I have come to learn the intricacies of camp and the wonderful young people that we have over the Summer. After finishing my degree in Outdoor adventure sports leadership and management I have been involved in outdoor education in 5 different countries. I have hiked, canoed, climbed, sung, danced and played my way through many summers which I am entirely grateful for. As an international member of staff I love learning from the children and my amazing coworkers new things and cultural differences. Camp Woolman is truly a family and it’s hard not to feel welcomed in and embraced for who you are. So even though I have a funny accent and consider myself a bit of a wanderer I know I will always have a summer family at Camp Woolman. I am so excited to be able to pass that feeling of acceptance and freedom onto the teens that arrive on camp. I am both an intrepid adventurer with a strong knowledge base and qualifications in the outdoors and an innante muma bear that looks after evreyone. My goal is always to support and nurture youth in their personal, social, spiritual growth through leadership, communication and outdoor skills. O ! and have lots of fun and laughter along the way. I cannot imagine myself in any other career and I cannot wait for the summer to begin to get back out into the wilderness!
Wombat Camp Assistant Camp Director
Woolman has been an integral part of my life for over ten years as I grew from a camper, to a CIT, to a counselor, and now Assistant Director. Woolman has always been my favorite place in the world because of the magic that lives there. Every summer at Woolman is spent meeting people from all over the world all come to bask in nature’s glory and build a loving camp community of silliness and connection. Woolman changed my life as a camper by offering me a place where I was able to discover and be my true self in an environment that accepted and nurtured me. My goal this summer is to share that same magic, love, and light I experienced as a camper with all the new and returning campers I am able to encounter. It is a place where you are able to ground yourself once more with mother nature and allow her to truly release your inner self. I am looking forward to in depth talks about our world and all that we can do to preserve it. I'm excited to sing, to laugh, and to run around with all my new camp friends!
Wombat Camp Lead Counselors
This will be my thrid year at Woolman after stumbling across it online and immediately falling in love with everything the community values. I was looking for a place where I could work with kids and be outside every day, but I found so much more love, friendship, acceptance and silliness than I could have even imagined. Growing up, my family went camping often but I was first introduced to backpacking in high school and ever since spending a month in the backcountry of the High Sierras, I have been hooked on the simplicity, beauty and peace it brings me. It’s just SO cool being able to carry all you need to survive on your back and that your only responsibilities are hiking, sleeping, eating and hanging out with the people around you! I love being able to share this with campers as the places we get to explore have some of the most stunning views and lakes I have experienced. Even though kids can find these trips challenging, it’s always inspiring to see them have fun and form friendships while accomplishing something they may have doubted they could do. I hear people use the word “magic” a lot when describing Woolman and spending a summer here really isn’t anything short of magical! I am currently studying at Western Washington University and even though I am so lucky to spend part of my school year frolicking around the great outdoors of Washington with my child-like group of friends, I still cannot wait to be back for another summer at Woolman and am so excited to be seeing new and familiar faces!
I first discovered the mystical lands of Woolman in the distant year of 2012. At the time I was but a high school student attending the Woolman Semester School to study its “woolie ways.” Little did I know it would be the beginning of my life-long passion and research of the land and its inhabitants. It wasn’t until the year 2014 that I discovered the existence of a Wisdom of Woolie Wombats called Camp Woolman. These were an odd and magnificent group of mammals consisting mostly of smaller Wombats (and a few larger teenage ones) that had many strange habits and behaviors. I started infiltrating their community through the kitchen, first feeding and observing them. Their love of the outdoors and silliness were matched only by my own, so the very next summer I decided to take another step into their midst and become what they call a “wombat counselor,” a position in the Wisdom that, while it had its responsibilities, seemed to be mostly about telling bad jokes. The next couple of summers would be spent in the same way: do a responsible counselor thing, make a bad joke, repeat process. It wasn’t until the year of 2017 that I took another step further into Wild Woolie Wilderness; becoming the Operations Manager and the Wilderness Director and being in charge of Wisdom safety and Woods exploration. There were conditions to the position though! I had to prove myself through a trial called the “Wilderness First Responder Certification:” a grueling course meant to increase ones’ knowledge and skill in the art of “not dying.” But it worked and in the end I had the time of my life allowing the group to experience the Wild Woolie Wilderness as I once had. Now, I return from a year long sabbatical in my studies to continue my observations of the beautifully amazing Camp Woolman and its Wondrous, Woodsy, Whimsical, Wacky, Warm, Weird, Wild Wisdom of Woolie Wombats! (Also I play music and backpack a lot. It’s fun. Try it.) (P.S. I will be bringing many ukuleles) (P.P.S. The wombat is Camp Woolman’s mascot and a group of wombats is called a wisdom) (P.P.P.S. Wombats poop cubes)
Wombat & TLC Camp Counselors
Let me just say I love working at Woolman! I found Woolman online and began as a Counselor in Training, and then worked as a counselor last summer. In my time at Woolman my passion for the outdoors and for helping people experience them has grown. Working with kids makes me so happy and it is my goal every summer to help them have their best possible experience at camp! I completed a three month long wilderness program at True North in Vermont and a month long backpacking trip at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming. I learned a lot of wilderness survival and leadership skills. I have my Wilderness First Responder certification and my First Aid and CPR certifications. I go to school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I remember when I first came to Woolman it took me awhile to come out of my shell but now there is nowhere I would rather spend my summer! It is a beautiful, unique wilderness wonderland that can be home to anyone!
When I first found Camp Woolman, I knew I found a place where I could share my love for summer and the outdoors. I am an undergrad at UCLA. I am pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies between biology and social science. I am extremely passionate about the importance of spending time outside and protecting our precious natural surroundings. My love for the outdoors has brought me all over California from the Redwoods to Catalina Island and even the Andes and Amazon Rainforest in Peru. Over the past two summers, I was a day camp counselor at an Art and Science Camp in Ojai, California. I am looking forward to sharing my love for creating, learning, and trying new things with the next generation of campers.
Woolman has been a part of my life for 10 years and has truly shaped who I am today. Since I was nine, it has been a place I can fully be myself and over the years it has become home. Every year it gives me a chance to see who I am and what I want out of my life. Camp brings me love and deep connection with people and nature. I can’t imagine my life without it and I’ve loved seeing how camp changes as I grow. Next year I will start college which is a big transition, but this summer will help me ground myself in what is truly important. I come back every year because I want to make sure Camp Woolman can be a place where people have the opportunity to be fully loved and cherished for who they are. Being a counselor is surreal to me because I remember being a nine year old and looking up to and admiring the staff. I want to share my love for camp with others and make sure they get the most out of it. I love working with children because they bring such a bright light into every situation. I can’t wait to spend the summer in nature with people I love and I am so excited to make new connections.
This will be my third year at camp Woolman. Three years ago, the summer after my freshman year in high school, I spent the summer in Teen Leadership camp. I only knew one person going in, but by the end of the two-week session, I considered every single camper one of my best friends. This experience opened my eyes to the love and joy that could be found in the world, so I returned the next year for Teen Leadership camp, and I am returning for my first year as a counselor. During the school year, I attend Lick-Wilmerding High School, where I take classes like furniture and architecture. For the past four years, I have volunteered as a cabin leader at Outdoor Education, an outdoors camp for fifth-grade classes to meet new people and explore the outdoors. Next year, I will be starting college at the University of Oregon, where I will study art and environmental studies. I’ve always been an artist at heart, whether it be painting faces onto doors or doodling in the corner of my math test. Choosing this as a major was a no brainer for me, just like environmental studies. When I was a kid, and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say I wanted to be a naturalist. My first year at Woolman really cemented this idea for me, and now that I will be working as a counselor at Woolman, I almost feel like I am one.
I originally came to Woolman as a teen camper after a close friend of mine introduced me to this amazing camp. During my time at Woolman, I bonded with my fellow teen campers unbelievably quickly, and the sense of community was like none other. Being at Woolman truly is a one of a kind experience, and I am incredibly excited to be coming back this year as a counselor! I grew up in the Bay Area and have always loved the outdoors. When I’m not busy with school work, I spend my time playing music. I’ve been a part of band as a flute player for nine years now, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. In addition to flute, I have been playing guitar for five years, both recreationally and in a school jazz band, and sung in choir for four years. I adore music as a whole and think it is a fantastic outlet for self expression. I look forward to making new connections at camp this summer and getting to know everyone!
This year will be my eigth year coming to camp Woolman and I couldn’t imagine a better place the spend my summer this year! At Woolman I’ve made so many amazing friends and had countless experiences I’ll never forget. As a counselor, I can’t wait to be a bigger part of the amazing community that has shaped my childhood in such enormous ways. Though I’ve defiantly grown from the peanut I was when I first experienced camp back in 2011, I’m still the exuberant, silly kid I was back when I went by Sedgie. . Even attending a school in the heart of the city, you can catch me running in Golden Gate Park training for Cross Country and Track or in the library writing my next poem for my school’s Spoken Word performances. I can’t wait to reconnect with the great people I’ve come to love at camp and get to know so many new faces! See you all this summer!
Camp Woolman has been apart of my life for the past 15 years. I first started coming with my mom while she cooked in the kitchen and my sister was a camper. I would play with all the other kids and eat the incredible food. When I was 9, I started coming as a camper and would always stay for the first two-week session. I created so many amazing connections and friendships with other campers that year after year we would always come back to the same session just so we could see each other again. Camp Woolman was my introduction to the outdoors. Going on the 3-day backpacking trips each week was by far my favorite part. Going on from Wombat camp, I continued coming back for Teen Leadership camp when I was 15 and 16. I would stay for the whole summer these two year because I wanted to spend as much time at Woolman as I possibly could. My last year of Teen camp I got to go on two 10-day backpacking trips along the PCT, and this gave me a whole new understanding and awareness of the outdoors. When I was 17, I came back to be a CIT (counselor in training) for 2 weeks of camp, but then went back home to Mount Shasta to work for the Forest Service in their YCC program. This experience really gave me so much gratitude for all those wonderful people out there putting in hard work to keep all these trails cleared and maintained. This will now be my 3rd summer working as a camp counselor at Woolman and I truly couldn't be happier. The unconditional and priceless experiences I’ve had here, are absolutely unforgettable, and have honestly help me become the best version of myself today. I will also be going into my 3rd year of college next fall at CSU Chico State University. Moving away from home has really given me the chance to branch out and find what I really love, and that’s exactly what I did. I currently work for Chico State’s outdoors program called Adventure Outings. We provide student led trips throughout the semester for students, staff, and community members. I applied to work with them last spring because they truly have a strong desire to get people outdoors as much as possible and help their experiences in nature grow and be the best they can be, and that is exactly what I want to do. I want to share my love and passion for the outdoors with everyone who is willing to give it a chance. I think it is so important for everyone, especially the younger generations, to get out and get out and take advantage of opportunities like this and hopefully find their own love for nature. I can’t wait for camp this summer, getting to see all the returning campers and counselors is always a heartwarming moment, but I also can’t wait to see all the new faces that I can share my love for Woolman with!