Who’s Who at Camp – January, 2020

Hi Folks,

The days keep rolling by faster and faster.  Before you know it, we’ll be headed to our spectacular corner from the Northwoods!  We have lots to do before we get there, and we are so excited about the way things are shaping up for the 2020 summer…our 60th!!

Did you know we’re going to have a humongous alumni reunion at the end from 2nd Session this year?  We already have 200 alumni signed up for it.  The good thing is we get very sad when camp ends, so seeing so many old friends from camp together again will go a long way to cheer us up.

We have a few more reunions coming up!  They have been such a blast so far.

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DenverSaturday, Feb. 8, 20202 PM - 3:30 PM
TucsonSaturday, Feb. 29, 20202 PM - 3:30 PM

We have had quite a busy month in spite from the holiday season!  We’re very excited to welcome back the following “old-timers” who recently re-enrolled:

xJADEN WALKOWIAK from Thousand Oaks, CA;  JAY CARROLL and CHARLIE & JACK DUFFY from Chicago, IL; ELI & LEO GARBER from Glencoe, IL; MILAN STAG from New Orleans, LA; DANNY FISCHER, MONTISSE JAMIL, CHRISTIAN SIEVE, and KB SMITH from St. Louis, MO; SHEA REYNOLDS from Columbus, OH; MAX ELLIOT and JACK SCHWARCZ from Nashville, TN; and JOHNATHAN ROBERTSON and LANDON SELZER from Houston, TX.

WELCOME ABOARD TO THE FOLLOWING FIRST-YEAR CAMPERS WHO WILL JOIN US THIS SUMMER:

GAVIN ERIKSEN from San Diego, CA; MATTHEW MIECHOWICKI from Deerfield, IL; AVERY OPPENHEIM from Glencoe, IL; ETHAN FROMM and GABRIEL ROTHENBERG from Northbrook, IL; GABE & SEBASTIAN ALCAZAR from Kansas CIty, MO; and OWEN ACREE, JACK BERGER, and HUNTER & ZACHARY NEELEY from St. Louis, MO!

Our great run on returning and new staff has continued,
and we’re very excited to welcome the following folks aboard!

JOE BERNS This is summer number 10 coming up for Joe!!  He will be 19 years old this summer, and he is a freshman at the University of Michigan majoring in Engineering.  Joe will be a Senior Counselor, will again head up our Guitar program, and will help with Wateskiing, Mountain Biking, and other activities.  Something you may not know about Joe: “I’ve mastered the skill of playing guitar behind my back.”
SONYA BURGESS Sonya joins us for her 3rd summer at camp.  She is from Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, though she has been working this winter at a resort in Canada.  Sonya is 24 years old and graduated a few years ago with a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Auckland.  She will again head up our Rock Climbing program and help out with Arts & Crafts.   Something you may not know about Sonya: “I’m in Banff Canada, having my first winter in 2 years! The – 30°c temps have been a bit of a shock and I have never experienced winter like this but this ski season has been amazing and I am definitely ready for another timberlane summer!”
GIZELLE DELGADILLO Gizelle is back for her 3rd summer at camp.  She is from Xalapa, Veracruz in Mexico where she is in her 4th year at university studying English.  She will turn 23 years old at camp, and she will again be a member of our amazing Kitchen Staff.  Something you may not know about Gizelle: “A year ago after camp I went to Las Vegas and I ran into former boxer Floyd Mayweather, he isn’t as tall as I though he’d be.”
ERICA FLORIMONTE We’re very excited to welcome Erica back for her 5th summer at camp as a Wilderness Trip Leader (gonna look good in that 5 year jacket!!).  She is 30 years old, and has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Ohio.  Erica has ben working as a teacher at the same high school from which she graduated, and recently completed a teacher program in Busy Being Kids Yoga.  Something you may not know about Erica: “Gearing up for hiking the Appalachian Trail in the future!! “
NOAH FOSTER Summer number 9 coming up for Noah.  He is 18 years old and is a senior at Glenbrook North HS in Northbrook, IL, awaiting word from his college choices.  Noah will be a Junior Counselor and will again head up our Rocketry program while also helping out with Floor Hockey, Tennis, and other activities.
RYAN HEARST This will be Ryan’s 12th summer at Timberlane.  He will turn 20 years old during Staff Training in June!  Ryan is a sophomore at the University of Alabama majoring in Finance and Economics.  He just became the treasurer of his fraternity and Director of Operations for TidePac, Alabama’s brand new collegiate chapter of AIPAC. This summer, Ryan will be one of our PA Directors, a Senior Counselor, and head up our Fishing program.  Something you may not know about Ryan: “I am about to apply to Alabama’s graduate school to pursue an accelerated Master’s degree in Finance which would allow me to graduate on time with a Masters.”
ALEX KARMIN Summer number 6 coming up for Alex.  He is 23 years old, has a degree from Northwestern University, and is currently in a graduate program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey studying Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, Financial Crime Management Specialization.  No big deal.  Alex will be our Senior Village Director, a Senior Counselor, and will help with Waterskiing, Basketball, and Weight Training.  “Something you may not know about Alex: “I recently received my SCUBA certification and now get to dive with otters, seals, and the occasional shark in the Monterey Bay!”
SAMANTHA LEBARRON Samantha is back for her 2nd summer at camp.  She will be 26 years old this summer, and she is a School Age Lead Teacher in Austin, MN.  Samantha will again head up our Pottery program, and will help out with Arts & Crafts and Yoga.  Something you may not know about Samantha: “I love to wake up early and do some yoga before I go to work.”
KATHY LEVERTON Can you beleive it?  She’s back!!  Kathy is from Cape Town, South Africa, and this will be her 11th summer at camp.  Her last summer with us was in 2015.  Kathy is 35 years young and she works as a mountain guide for tourists on Table Mountain and surrounds, as well as leading school trips for 19-21 days. Kathy is an experienced outdoors person, was previously a trip leader at camp (as well as Waterfront Director), and this summer she returns to the Trips Staff as a Trip Leader.  Something you may not know about Kathy: “Since leaving camp I’ve been a bridesmaid twice. Which meant that I have worn a dress – twice! The third time I wore a dress I broke my wrist.”
CASEY MUTCHNIK This will be Casey’s 10th summer at camp! He is 18 years old, is from Northbrook, IL, and is a freshman at Northwestern University majoring in Math.  This summer Casey will be a co-director of our amazing Waterskiing program, will be a Senior Counselor, and will help out with Gymnastics and other activities.  Something you may not know about Casey: “I attended Mark Buehrle’s 2009 perfect game for the White Sox. I’m still a cubs fan though.”
BEN WRIGHT This will be Ben’s 5th summer at camp (hope we have an XL jacket!!).  He will be 23 years old this summer and is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, with a dgree in Natural Resource Management.  This winter Ben has been working as a ski instructor at Keystone Resort in Colorado, recently obtaining his Level 1 certification.  He will again be a Trip Leader this summer.  Something you may not know about Ben: “I’ve swam in many places, but only once underground. While on a caving tour in the Ozark Mountains, we had to swim through an underwater river!”
ALEXANDER ZLOTNIK Alexander is back for his 11th summer at Timberlane.  He is 19 years old, from Highland Park, IL and is a freshman at the University of Colorado majoring in Environmental Science.  In addition to his role as a Cabin Counselor and instructor of Waterskiing, Lacrose, and Fishing, Alexander will also take charge of all inter-camp events this summer.  He will help schedule and implement games and other activities with our neighboring camps.

SAY HELLO TO THESE AWESOME FIRST-YEAR STAFF MEMBERS:

BROOKE MERRICK Brooke will be 25 years old this summer, and she joins us from Auckland, New Zealand.  She has a degree in International Business from the University of Auckland, and works as a Research Analyst.  In her youth, Brooke has been a peer mentor in high school, and taught English to the young daughter of her host family while traveling in China.  And, Brooke loves paddling.  She kayaks frequently and has been on 4 day canoe trips.  She’s also into climbign and yoga.  This summer, Brooke will head up our Canoeing program, and help with Rock Climbing.  Something you may not know about Brooke: “I have a one eyed dog named Zinga.”
XIOMARA VILLAQUIRAN Xiomara is from Pasto, Colombia, where she works as a school teacher.  She is 24 years old and is in her last year of a degree in English and Spanish Education.  Xiomara worked last summer at an American camp affiliated with the Girl Scouts where she was a counselor and a part of their kitchen crew.  This summer she joins our Kitchen Staff.  Something you may not know about Xiomara: “I love to travel and see new places adn make new friends.”
SCOTT WARDENAAR Scott is 24 years old and joins us from Auckland, New Zealand.  He is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a degree in Computer Science, and has been working as a software engineer.  While in school, Scott worked as a Paintball referee with groups of kids.  He has also been playing guitar for 10 years and served in the Australian Navy.  And he has travled extensively.  This summer Scott will be a Senior Counselor, and will help out with Guitar and Riflery.  Something you may not know about Scott: “I spent 2 months in China and got across the whole country without speaking English. One of my proudest achievements!”

We have some exciting times ahead, with more staff members joining us soon.  We hope you’ll stay tuned!!

Benches up,

Mike, Leslie & Sam