Camp Tanadoona's 2014 Staff

Camp Tanadoona's counselors come from all over the world --from the Twin Cities to as far away as Europe. When you come to Camp Tanadoona you'll meet counselors from near and far! Camp Tanadoona offers an international experience for campers without having to leave the state!


Rebecca Lewis Rebecca Lewis
Outdoor Programs Director
Rebecca began her position as Camp Fire Minnesota's Outdoor Programs Director in February 2013. Rebecca oversees year-round programming at Tanadoona and Bluewater. She has over 10 years of experience in youth development and camping program management at the Twin Cities' YMCAs. Prior to her work at the YMCA, Rebecca was a teacher in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bill Donald

Bill Donald
Facilities Manager
Bill has been maintaining and improving the buildings and grounds for Camp Fire MN since July of 2009. He's also responsible for coordinating volunteer activities for groups ranging from middle schoolers to corporate teams at Tanadoona. Bill came to Camp Fire Minnesota after more than a decade in the construction industry. He also brings years of experience working with children as a coach - everything from youth recreational leagues to high school varsity football. 

Shawna Bork

Shawna Bork
Program and Curriculum Coordinator
Shawna joined Camp Fire MN in 2012 working with the out-of-school-time club program. She transitioned to Camp Naturalist in April 2013, where she developed nature curriculum for camp. In December 2013, she joined the team year-round as the Program and Curriculum Coordinator. In this position, Shawna is responsible for developing strong, intentional programming for all areas of the camp experience.

Prior to Camp Fire Minnesota, Shawna served through AmeriCorps at a middle school in Michigan and worked as a naturalist with an environmental education center in Mississippi. 

Alison Sancken

Alison Sancken
Client Services Coordinator
Alison joined Camp Fire Minnesota in November 2013 and is responsible for camp registration and user groups. Previously, Alison worked for Labo International Exchange Foundation, based in Tokyo, Japan. As an intern, she was responsible for youth development programming and community outreach in the greater Tokyo area and Northern Japan, including tsunami and earthquake disaster areas where she helped re-establish Laboís youth and international exchange programs.

Alison spent summers as a backpacking guide at Christikon Lutheran Bible Camp in the Gallatin National Forest in McLeod, Montana. She particularly enjoyed working with the local at-risk youth through Christikonís scholarship program.

 

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Meet our Seasonal Camp Staff!

Toots

Toots
Seasonal Camp Director
Toots is from Fridley, Minnesota. In the off-season he is hard at work managing his family's bagel shop, St. Paul Bagelry. He has been working at summer camps for the last five years and spent the last two proudly as Tanadoona's Archery Director. He loves music, the outdoors, hanging out with his nephews and niece, laughing, playing cards, and painting. He is looking forward to all the new campers and returners, to share another wonderful, adventurous summer under the Tanadoona sky.

Pixie

Pixie
Assistant Camp Coordinator
Pixie is from London, England and she just graduated from university. This is her third year at Tanadoona, and she is absolutely ecstatic to be returning back this summer. Pixie loves being in the outdoors, having fun and doing lots of arts and crafts! Her favorite camp activity is the playing Dragonís Tail and Eagleís Nest with all the campers in the all-camp game, and of course the water trampoline! She canít wait to be back underneath the Minnesota sky!

Sigma

Sigma
Assistant Camp Coordinator
Sigma is from the great state of Texas. She has a BFA in theatre from Tarleton State University. This will be her 13th year working at camp. She has worked with the Girl Scouts and the YMCA through out the country. In her free time she enjoys learning about the lost art of juggling, watching reality television, singing show tunes at the top of her lungs and making up dance moves to choreograph her life.
Polo Polo
Northwoods Tripping Specialist
Polo is from Bristol, England. She is currently on her gap year, and will be attending University in September to study sports and exercise science. She has worked with youth camps in the UK, but this is the first time she will be at a camp in the US. She loves anything in and around water! She is looking forward to exploring America and helping campers develop outdoor adventure skills!
Snacks Snacks
Northwoods Tripping Specialist
Snacks lives in Stevens Point, WI but was born and raised on a farm near a village called Hillpoint, WI. It's his first year at Tanadoona and he can't wait to get there and have fun! He's looking forward to hanging out with everybody, teaching the kids some new things, and learning some new things himself! He loves nature and being outdoors. He loves most movies, instrumental music, and most sports! But most of all he loves to ride his bike.
Fern Fern
Adventure Specialist
Fern is from Tauranga, New Zealand which means lots of beaches and wilderness! This is her first year at camp, but she has loads of experience with kids. She loves to try new things and push her limits; and get out of her comfort zone, (such as going to the other side of the world!). She is very excited to be an Adventure Specialist and get the kids to try something new. Her hobbies include going for walks, aerial silks, reading and anything that involves adrenaline.
Avizuk Avizuk
Archery Specialist
Avizuk is originally from Zimbabwe. He currently attends St. Cloud State University for his Liberal Arts degree and a minor in Biology. He is pretty out going and loves exploring new things, He likes playing basketball, exercising , reading Japanese Manga and/or Comic books, playing video games that are team oriented, hanging out with friends, joking around, reading, and listening to all kinds of music and watching super hero movies.
Mitzi Mitzi
Health and Wellness Specialist
Mitzi is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is studying at the U of MN in preparation for becoming a nurse. This will be her first year with Camp Tanadoona and she is excited to meet all of the campers! She has spent her last six summers teaching camp classes for children in Minneapolis, her favorite class being "How to be a Private Detective." In her free time she loves to read, listen to music, and learn new things about the human body!

Moose

Moose
Day Camp Lead
Moose is from right here in Chanhassen, MN. He is excited to come back for his second summer at camp, after attending the University of Minnesota this school year. His hobbies include fishing, hockey, and chilliní with the boys. Rambo is his favorite movie, BBQ ribs his favorite food, he is a die-hard MN Wild fan, and he loves country music.

Tiger

Tiger
Resident Camp Lead
Tiger is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This will be his second year at Tanadoona. English is not his first language, and he says you will notice that when you hear his accent. Back home he is attending school to be a PE teacher. He likes to play golf and soccer.

Sonata

Sonata
Nature Assistant
Sonata is from Mound, Minnesota, but was born and raised in Minneapolis. She is currently working towards a degree in social work. When she isnít masquerading as a student, she loves to play her saxophone and write. She loves 70s, classical, jazz, country and pop music. She looks forward to adventure, learning new games, and experiencing the crazy, but charming Minnesota weather.

Buzz

Joshua
Mascot/Rest Hour Specialist
Joshua is from Excelsior, Minnesota. He is very excited to return for his second summer at Tanadoona. Joshua majored in driving at school in Baton Rouge, LA and is now studying algebra in Berlin. His favorite camp activity is driving the gator, and he was sad to learn that Turtle has banned him from the gator this year. He is looking forward to swimming at the beach and jamming at camp fires with Toots. In his free time Joshua likes to hang out with his brother Tiger and enjoys modeling.

Beat

Beat
Camp Counselor
Beat is from Chanhassen, Minnesota and went to high school with Moose. She goes to college at UMD and is majoring in Communications. Basketball is her favorite sport and she is always in the mood to play it. She also loves theatre and music. Pop music is her go to genre. In addition to music, anything that has to do with Harry Potter will get her going! Her favorite food is bacon and she loves to promote happiness and the good things in life, when not doing that she will probably be singing.

Blues

Blues
Camp Counselor
Blues is a St. Cloud State University student studying linguistics & education. He is from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota! He is a car & shower/bathroom singer/vocalist, and he enjoys playing music. He is a fairly decent artist. He enjoys literature (Shakespeare for example). He likes to play sports such as volleyball and badminton. He considers myself a calm, peaceful person. Lastly, he likes to know and work with people of all ages!

Buzz

Buzz
Camp Counselor
Buzz is from Bristol, England. He loves to ice skate, and used to play hockey! He can also ride a unicycle Ė which occasionally gets him some weird looks! His favorite food is steak or lasagna. At home he helps to run his local Scout group, and loves to be outside doing things like walking or cycling. He is really excited to come to Tanadoona this summer!

Ace

Ace
Camp Counselor
Ace is from Southampton, England, but she is living in Chichester doing a Psychology degree. Itís her first year at Tanadoona and she is very excited! She is looking forward to working in the great outdoors in America, learning new things and singing songs around a camp fire. She is also curious to learn about the game Eagles Nest that we play at camp. Her favorite movie is Harry Potter! Her favorite food is chocolate and she loves tennis.

Cinema

Cinema
Camp Counselor
Cinema is from Osaka, Japan, and is a student at St.Cloud State University studying film. He loves taking pictures and he is a photographer for the university newspaper. In addition to taking pictures, he enjoys watching French films, playing music, cycling, drawing, and playing soccer. This is his first year at Tanadoona and he is exited to share good times at the camp and take pictures.

Dory

Dory
Camp Counselor
Dory lives in a small village just outside of Cambridge called Bottisham! It's consists of a post office, a take-away and a church pretty much... Her plan for future work is to set up her own youth theatre company. Her favorite things to do are sing, write music and poetry, face paint, and come up with crazy costumes! She has worked at a children's camp in England previously. She is most looking forward to camp fires!

Granger

Granger
Camp Counselor
Granger is from Leicester, England. She is in her second year at University, studying geography. Granger is very excited to join the Tanadoona team this summer. Beyond excitement, she brings a ton of experience with Girl Guides in England. She loves spending time outdoors and being active. Her favorite movie is Harry Potter. She is a big fan of Indian food. Her favorite music is Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, and Destinyís Child.

Jazz

Jazz
Camp Counselor
Jazz is from Llanelli which is in Wales. At home she works at a rugby stadium. Tanadoona will be her first time at camp, and she canít wait to get here. Her hobbies include music and performing arts. She loves going down to the the beach and playing sports when itís not too cold. Her favorite food is curry and chips and she loves old music. She loves the outdoors, so she is looking forward to all the activities at camp.

Nemo

Nemo
Camp Counselor
Nemo is from Woodbury MN, and is studying at Luther College to become an Elementary Education teacher. This is her first year at camp and cannot be more excited! She loves to sing and listen to music. Her favorite artists to listen to at the moment are Ed Sheeran and Bastille. She also loves to read, her favorite book now is "The Fault in Our Stars.Ē She also likes to make crafts, and watch movies. Her favorite food is cheesecake and she loves to make people laugh!

Nim

Nim
Camp Counselor
Nim is from Southampton, England. He really enjoys working with children. His favorite movie is probably Toy Story Ė heís a big kid at heart! Mayday Parade is his favorite band, and Friends is his favorite TV show. He loves the outdoors, adventure, to try new things, and gain new experiences all the time. Art and photography are his favorite hobbies.

Panda

Panda
Camp Counselor
Panda is from a small town called Tring, north of London. He enjoys playing hockey and most sports; as well as being very into his drama and every challenge that comes with that. He will watch any movie from "Love Actually" to "Lord of the Rings". He will also eat anything, except the dreaded cucumber. He cannot wait for his chance to be part of Tanadoona and your child's experience whilst they are there.

Patch

Patch
Camp Counselor
Patch is from Southampton in England. She has recently graduated from University where she studied Fashion and Textiles Design, specializing in Woven Textiles. She is now working in a sail loft/textiles marine company making products for Around the World racing boats. She loves to cook and bake different foods. She also loves outdoor sports such as swimming, skiing and sailing. Other passions include textiles, exploring and photography. She is excited to be out and about in the outdoors with the children! She can't wait to work and live in Minnesota as well as exploring other parts of America.

Simba

Simba
Camp Counselor
Simba is from a little town called Hastings in England. She loves acting and taught acting and singing to ages 4-16 at a theater school. In school she really enjoyed drama and music classes. She has also been the lead in a few plays in her hometown, including Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone. Although she has been to America before and loved it, she canít wait to spend her summer at Tanadoona!

Stumbles

Stumbles
Camp Counselor
Stumbles is from West Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is studying Integrated Elementary and Special Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This is his first year working at Tanadoona and he is really excited! He is looking forward to having a chance to spend his summer outside in the sun. His favorite things to do are play soccer, sleep, and cross country ski. When not doing these things he can be found yelling at the TV while watching his favorite team, Bayern Munich, play soccer.

 Togs

Togs
Lead Lifeguard
Togs lives in Norfolk, England where she is a Teaching Assistant. The pupils keep her busy during school time and the outdoors keep her busy in her spare time! She loves cycling, hiking, camping, and stargazing - especially if it involves a picnic or cooking around the campfire. She also enjoys art, playing lacrosse, and running whilst listening to music. Swimming is a huge part of her life. She is often at her local pool or when summer comes around you might find her in a river, a lake or the sea. Her favorite sports are surfing and kayaking and she would love to try more water sports. This will be her first time at Camp Tanadoona and she can't wait to get out on the lake and spend the summer with some amazing people!

Mars

Mars
Lifeguard
Mars is from France. He is both French and Brazilian. Currently he is a student studying geography. He loves swimming, scuba diving, rugby, and all supports in general. He has worked a lot for summer camps in France as a counselor and a lifeguard.

 Ranga

Ranga
Lifeguard
Ranga is from a small village in West Sussex, England called Barns Green. She has done plenty of youth camps in England, but she is extremely excited to head over to the states this year. She is currently on her gap year, and works in her local sports centre as a lifeguard and in the children's activities area. She will be attending university in September 2014 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study stage management. She is also a major sports fan!

Skip

Skip
Lifeguard
Skip is from Edinburgh, Scotland. This will be his first summer at camp. At home he works at Toys"R"Us and is a gymnastics party supervisor. He is majoring in sports coaching at school. His favorite thing without a doubt is sports. Soccer is his main sport as he plays for the biggest youth team in Edinburgh. They are in the final of the second biggest cup in Scotland. He could listen to all kinds of music Ė anything from dance to country. He is looking forward to meeting everyone!

Tui

Tui
Lifeguard
Tui is from New Zealand. She recently came back from a year-long, overseas exchange to Costa Rica; and hopes to be able to bring some Spanish fun to the activities at camp this year. She really enjoys camping and doing outdoor activities, especially around a campfire, so she is hoping we can have a few of those at camp this year! She is an absolute chocolate fiend, so make sure you hide yours super well, or she will sniff it out!

 Mom

Mom
Camp Cook
Mom has been a camp cook for 7 years. She enjoys meeting all the new counselors and figuring out the likes and dislikes of foods from across the pond. She is certified in nutrition and has worked for the Minnetonka schools for 21 years.

 Zina

Zina
Camp Cook
Zina has been employed with Camp Tanadoona for the last five summers as a cook. She enjoys meeting all the new counselors, and has fun trying to remembering their camp names. She is certified in nutrition and currently working in Minnetonka Schools since 2009. Her favorite part of camp is prepping for all the pack-outs.

Smurfette

Smurfette
Camp Cook Assistant
Smurfette is from Ukraine and itīs her first experience being at camp, so she is looking forward to it! English isnít her native language, but she studies English and foreign literature at university. She prefers an active way of life which includes adventures, communication, meeting new people, and nature. She likes spending her free time reading books, hanging out with friends and having fun.

 Denver

Nurse Cricket
Camp Nurse
Nurse Cricket began as Camp Nurse in 2011. She has a passion for healthy living and is a licensed school nurse at a public school during the school year. She regularly develops and administrates emergency plans, and attends to the daily needs of students. At camp, she provides routine and emergency care to campers and staff, assessing and monitoring chronic diseases. She also educates campers and staff on preventative health issues. She collaborates with camp administrators to implement policies that reduce the risk of injury or illness.

Nurse Daisy

Nurse Daisy
Camp Nurse
Nurse Daisy began her position as Camp Nurse in 2011. She is prepared to provide routine and emergency care to children and camp staff, monitor children with chronic diseases, educate campers and staff on preventative health issues, and collaborate with camp administrators to implement policies that reduce the risk of injury or illness. During the school year, Daisy practices as a licensed school nurse in a nearby public school district.

Tonka

Tonka
Maintenance
Tonka is from Chanhassen, Minnesota. This will be his first year at Camp. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He attends Iowa State University and will be a sophomore next semester. Go Cyclones! At school he is studying Supply Chain Management and Accounting. In his free time he likes to watch and play sports and hang out with friends. He likes all sports but mainly hockey and football. He is also a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan. He is looking forward to meeting new people and having new experiences!

Tweety

Tweety
Maintenance
Tweety is from a small town called Illichivsk south of Odessa City, Ukraine. She is a very active person. She is working as a fitness trainer. She enjoys playing sports such as tennis and beach volleyball. She also attended dancing school for 10 years. She loves to cook and bake different foods. She likes the outdoors and adventure. She is really excited to be a part of Tanadoona for the first time.