Camp Pinnacle Staff

Our counselor team is the heart and soul of Camp Pinnacle. They are more than just counselors—they are role models, mentors, and friends to our campers. Every new counselor has:

  • 3 interviews
  • 4 reference checks
  • Complete background checks
  • Certifications in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder and CPR
  • Completed at least one year of college or trained in Adventure Treks’ Leadership Summit program

Outstanding all around! Wynn had such a great experience. We especially appreciate the Camp Pinnacle philosophy and the excellent preparation and training that counselors get—not only to provide great teaching in the activities but to be role models, to build relationships with kids, and to foster friendships and personal growth for campers. She always tells people that she LOVES camp because of her great counselors, her friends, and the outdoor stuff she can’t do here at home. – Christy Miller, Westwood Hills, KS

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We hire counselors who have outdoor experience, advanced training, and solid skills, but, more important, who have a strong sense of character and caring for children. Almost 80 percent of our staff are graduates from our Adventure Treks programs, and every counselor attends a two-week orientation that begins with an emphasis on building a close, inclusive, and caring community. We believe our camp counselors are uniquely suited and trained to make a positive impression to last a lifetime.

Our counselors attend great colleges, such as:

  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Columbia University
  • University of Florida
  • Colorado College
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
  • Vassar College
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Michigan
  • Elon University
  • Hamilton College
  • Washington University

And many more!

See our counselors’ bios below.

 

Adam Byrd

Cabin counselor

Alex Zito

Cabin counselor

Alysia McGinnes

Head of waterfront

Alyssa Skelly

Trip leader

Andrew Stephens

Trip leader

Andy Laphan

Head of boys

Annika Goldman

Head of arts & crafts

Ben Schulman

Cabin counselor

Benjamin Parker

Cabin counselor

Beth Gratton

Cabin counselor

Brandon Reid

Cabin counselor

Bryant Thai

Cabin counselor

Caleb Thorn

Cabin counselor

Cara Nisbet

Office intern

Carolyn O’Connor

Trip leader

Chase Brown

Trip leader

Chris Alfonso

Cabin counselor

Clara Riley

Cabin counselor

Colleen O’Brien

Cabin counselor

Dax Ruhs

Cabin counselor

Doug Amrhein

Trip leader

Dylan Simpson

Cabin counselor

Ed Majzlik

Riflery instructor

Ellie Hodgson

Cabin counselor

Erin Reisman

Cabin counselor

Finlay Rarity

Cabin counselor

Haley Joyner

Cabin counselor

Hannah King

Cabin counselor

Jack Parillo

Cabin counselor

Jess Zalenko

Cabin counselor

Josh Keener

Trip leader

Justin Burman

Cabin counselor

Kate Sova

Nurse intern

Keegan Trofatter

Head of girls camp

Kelli Stike

Nurse

Lauren Johnson

Cabin counselor

Lewis Alexander-Williams

Cabin counselor

Liana Stachowicz

Trip leader

Lizzy Duniec

Cabin counselor

Luke de Aguiar

Cabin counselor

Mackenzie Briggs

Cabin counselor

Mara Hoplamazian

Trip leader

Mark Heiphetz

Cabin counselor

Mattie Cryer

Cabin counselor

Michael Stapp

Trip leader

Michele Wolff

Cabin counselor

Michelle Beglin

Cabin counselor

Nathan Brabender

Cabin counselor

Parks Nunnally

Cabin counselor

Pawel Kwapisz

Cabin counselor

Reid Short

Head of mountain biking

Teddy Zerivitz

Cabin counselor

Thomas Kirshy

Cabin counselor

Travis Riehlmann

Cabin counselor