Day Camp Staff – 2018

“During a parent visit I had the opportunity to ‘overhear’ some of the positive behavior strategies used by the counselors, and as an educator myself I was very impressed with their skills. They were kind, respectful and did a great job of redirecting some of the negative behavior and diffusing a potentially problematic situation! I wish all public school staff were as well trained to work with children as these counselors were!” – Parent MM


We are proud of the highly qualified counselors and program staff that make up our team of talented, caring individuals – many of whom have worked at CBC for several summers. Together, our camp staff works to help every single camper have the best camp experience possible. We’re excited about the diversity of talents and experience they bring to CBC, and many of our program staff have more than one area of expertise. Continue to the bottom of this page to learn more about our summer leadership team and program head counselors.


Staff Trainings and Certifications

Our staff participates in an intense leadership training program that emphasizes the care and well-being of campers, quality programming, and building relationships with campers of all backgrounds. Our camp staff attend 40 hours of pre-season training that include health and safety issues, child development, and good risk management practices. They also spend time creating new activities and sharing best practices to maximize the fun of every week at camp. Our program staff have all the required certifications in their field, and then some! In fact, the majority of our staff are trained lifeguards and can step into that role whenever they are at the waterfront area. All staff are trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid.

Hiring Practices

All staff members are carefully selected and screened to ensure that CBC has the best possible role models for our campers. As an ACA-accredited camp, CBC follows strict hiring practices in screening applicants which include checking references on all new staff and completing background checks on every staff member each year. While the majority of our staff are from this region, we welcome staff from across the country who have made careers in the outdoor education and camp industry.

Meet Our 2017 Leadership Team

CBC Camp Coordinators are chosen for their maturity and proven camp experience. Under the guidance of our Camp Director, they each oversee one of our traditional camps—Starburst, Thunder, Lightning, or Quasar. Working with individual group counselors, Camp Coordinators create a safer and more organized camp experience for all. Along with many other duties, each coordinator leads morning and afternoon circles, establishes a good rapport with the campers, and fosters a sense of community within their camp. Out and about on a daily basis, the coordinators also provide added supervision and support for campers and staff. You may have the pleasure of meeting our Camp Coordinators, as they often act as our liaison for parents and our camp office. 

Thunder Camp Coordinator: Coming Soon

Lighting Camp Coordinator: Coming Soon

Quasar Camp Coordinator: Annah Houston

Annah returns to the CBC team after her second year teaching 8th grade English Language Arts at Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor. She moved to MDI after graduating in 2015 with a BA in English. She is thrilled to bring her passion for education and the outdoors to CBC this summer. Outside of camp, Annah enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time on the water. 

Teen Camp Coordinator: Coming Soon

Program Director & CIT Coordinator: Meghan Barrett - Coming Soon

Staff Coordinator: Brandon Bortzer - Coming Soon

Head of Starburst: Emily Michaud

Emily is returning for her third summer at Camp Beech Cliff! Currently studying at College of the Atlantic, she is on her way to becoming a certified art teacher. She enjoys tending to the COA campus greenhouse and helping wherever she can in various gardens. Emily spends her free time hiking, biking, writing and illustrating children’s books, eating blueberries, and playing various percussion instruments. She is passionate about learning and teaching. 

Head of Arts & Crafts: Mike Duffy

Mike was trained as an illustrator and graphic artist. Mike’s passion is for watercolor and teaching art to ages 2 to 100. However, his talents go far beyond paint and paper – the sky is the limit when you combine Mike’s wild imagination and his limitless artistic talent. Southwest Harbor resident and Mount Desert Island celebrity, CBC is proud to call him our own – since 1998! Mike holds the place as CBC’s longest returning counselor.

Arts Program Counselor: Coming Soon

Head of Pottery: David Gutzler

David returns to camp for his third summer. He enjoys nothing more than throwing pots on the wheel. David is working towards a B.A. in Fine Arts. Through teaching pottery he hopes to impart lessons of creativity, trying your best, and the importance of cleaning up after yourself! 

Head of Performing Arts: Coming Soon

Head of Junior Maine Guide: Coming Soon

Head of Nature and Outdoor Skills: Kyle Wonser

"Nature Kyle" returns to Camp Beech Cliff for his second summer in Maine.  A graduate with B.As in Zoology, English, and Geology, he loves combining science and storytelling into outdoor adventure. Before living in Maine, Kyle spent four years as a Naturalist in Ohio, exploring the trails with students, leading educational programs for the public, and working closely with hawks, owls, and eagles. Kyle enjoys writing, creating, birding, and hiking, and is looking forward to exploring the shores and mountains of Mount Desert Island. 

Head of Adventure and Campouts: Coming Soon

Head of Challenge Course: Lauren Visokay


Since last summer at CBC, Lauren has been loving her time studying geology and doing pottery in Virginia. Although Lauren has a deep love for her home state of Virginia, she can't wait to get back into the swing of things at CBC!

Head of Archery: Rosa Miranda

Rosa returns to camp for her sixth summer! This camp veteran has dedicated her professional career to leading youth in movement, creative, and outdoor activities around the country. Rosa has her M.Ed. in Environmental Education. Amidst the laughter and games at Archery, she teaches campers Zumba, Spanish, and the importance of cooperation, communication, caring, and commitment. Rosa is also CBC’s premiere story teller with the ability to capture the attention of youth of all ages. 


Head of Sports and Games: Coming Soon

Head of Swimming: Coming Soon

Head of Boating: Coming Soon

Sailing Program Counselor: Coming Soon

Stand Up Paddle Board and Canoe Counselor: Tyler Mehlhouse

Tyler has grown up exploring the outdoors and paddling fresh water. He was in the United States Naval Cadets Corps for 4 years. He is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical engineering. He lives for adventure and to help others anyway he can. Tyler is excited to be returning for his second summer at CBC!

Co-Head of Adventure Teen Camps: Coming Soon