Meet Our Summer Leadership Staff

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For 2017, we have an experienced team of leaders heading up Camp K on Kenai Lake, Camp Si-La-Meo, and our Rural Alaska Program. Together, they bring more than 30 years of experience to this summer. We invite you to meet them below and encourage you to contact them to learn more about their program or ask any questions you may have.

katie
I am especially looking forward to introducing some great new
Leave No Trace activities at
Camp K. I am a self-proclaimed
Lorax - "I speak for the trees!"
Katie Adrian - Camp Director, Camp K on Kenai Lake
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!) and spent many summers at camp in my childhood. I have 9 summers of experience working at both overnight and day camps, and I first started working with Camp Fire in 2010 at Camp K. The camp stole my heart, and I spent the next three summers there. In 2013, I became the Camp Director at Camp Si-La-Meo, and this year I'm excited about returning to Camp K! I am certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Instructor, and an Alaska Master Naturalist. Since 2014, I have volunteered with the American Camp Association as a Standards Associate Visitor, and it has been invaluable to learn about other camp programs and bring all of that knowledge back to Camp Fire. My favorite part of working at Camp K is helping campers build a community of peers with guidance from adults who truly care about them. I believe that camp provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn about yourself and build up the confidence to take on whatever challenges come your way. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! kadrian@campfireak.org
will_1
I am beyond enthusiastic to
create a place this summer where your children will have the opportunity to grow...
Will Day - Camp Director, Camp Si-La-Meo
Hello! This year will be my third summer with Camp Fire Alaska and my seventh year working at summer camps. I studied anthropology at Hawaii Pacific University and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University. At APU, I concentrated on expedition, group management and leadership. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder and a Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor. My relationship with summer camping began as a child, when I attended a small over-night camp in Colorado. Memories of that experience prompted me to become a Camp Counselor with the YMCA's Camp Shady Brook. It was then that I first witnessed (and felt) the powerful impact that camp can have on children and young adults; I watched kids and staff grow more positively in two weeks then I'd seen anyone develop in a year of schooling. I am beyond enthusiastic to create a place this summer where your children will have the opportunity to grow in that way, learning life-long skills that will help them to become self-sufficient, positive, contributing adults. I look forward to getting to know you and your campers this summer! wday@campfireak.org
mel
I look forward to 96 weeks of camp
coming to rural communities
throughout Alaska this summer!
Melanie Hill - Rural Alaska Program Manager
My name is Melanie Hill (known as "Raven Squirrel" at camp), and I am the Manager of Rural and School Age Programs here at Camp Fire Alaska. My love of the outdoors began as a child growing up on a small farm in Northeast Ohio. I graduated with my B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology from Ohio Wesleyan University where my studies focused on environmental conservation and indigenous peoples. My early experiences provided opportunities to work with youth and communities in Vietnam, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, but after university, I discovered camp and the unique environment which fosters opportunities for growth and change. I have spent the last 12 years working professionally in the camping industry, overseeing outdoor education, conferences and retreat, and summer camp programs. The past six years have been with Camp Fire Alaska, helping grow and develop both Camp K and Rural Programs. While I will greatly miss working with the youth, staff, and partner agencies at Camp K, this year I am looking forward to the opportunity to focus on the growing rural program. mhill@campfireak.org