Day Camp Staff
“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.
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 2018 Leadership Team (2019 Coming Soon)
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: Hannah Shaw
Hannah is excited to return for her fifth year at Camp Beech Cliff. She has been a senior camp counselor for the past four years working with Starburst, Thunder, and Lightning campers. She is in college working towards a BA in Education. Growing up on MDI, Hannah loves to hike, swim, and sail during her free time.
Lighting Camp Coordinator: Althea Turner
Althea is excited to return for her third summer at CBC! She is pursuing a career in secondary English teaching. Althea grew up in California, and she’s spent many happy summers on MDI and loves exploring Acadia. In her free time, Althea enjoys hiking, biking, writing in coffee shops, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Quasar Camp Coordinator: Annah Houston
Annah returns to the CBC team after her third 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: Rosy DePaul
Rosy is excited to be returning for her fifth summer at Camp Beech Cliff. Rosy was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and spent summers on Mount Desert Island atop mountains, in lakes, and on boats. Last summer, Rosy lead the Adventure Teen Camp Program on trips around Down East Maine. Her favorite part of camp is singing camp songs in morning circle and participating in the awesome Camp Beech Cliff community.
Program Director: Remi Geoghan
Remi is excited to return for her third summer at Camp Beech Cliff. She started as a Quasar Camp Counselor, then continued as Nature and Outdoor Skills Program Head and looks forward to her new role as Program Director. During her free time, she loves to marvel at frogs, salamanders, turtles and play camouflage.
Staff Coordinator: Hannah Worrell
Hannah is so excited to be returning for her third summer at CBC! She teaches high school English Connecticut in the 'off-season'. Hannah is thrilled to bring her passions for learning, the outdoors and trying new things to her two favorite places on Earth: Maine and summer camp.
Head of Starburst: Emily Jo Michaud
Emily Jo Michaud, Program Head of Starburst: Emily has been dreaming about her third summer at Camp Beech Cliff since the snow started to fall. She is a recent graduate with a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic right here on Mount Desert Island. Her love of art, bugs, plants, teaching, and the outdoors all come together at camp.
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: Abby Moller
Abby Moller, Arts and Crafts Instructor: Abby is returning to Camp Beech Cliff for her third summer as the arts and crafts program instructor. Abby is originally from a small midwestern town called Granville, Ohio but over the past few years she has grown to call MDI her true home. She couldn’t be more excited to team up with Duffy topside for arts and crafts activities. Abby spends her free time swimming, hiking the beautiful trails of Acadia, reading books about nature and the environment, and writing for fun.
Head of Pottery: Yagmur Gunel
Yagmur is a studio artist and an art educator. She currently works at MDIHS as an ED TECH III. She moved from Turkey in 2011 to continue her education at UMaine she decided to stay after graduation. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work around all the amazing staff members and amazing campers at CBC. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, gathering interesting plants and flowers to use in her prints and ceramic work.
Head of Performing Arts: Robert Lewis
Robert Lewis, Program Head of Performing Arts: Robert is beyond excited for his first summer at Camp Beech Cliff. Robert has always enjoyed meeting people of all ages and sharing life experiences. In his spare time, Robert enjoys creating work with his friends, hiking, adventuring, traveling, painting, seeing shows and going to museums.
Head of Junior Maine Guide: Ken Beck
Ken Beck, Program Head Junior Maine Guides: Ken is excited for his first summer at Camp Beech Cliff. He is excited to meet and learn from all of the new and returning counselors this summer. He spent the last three years working for the National Park Service in Maine and Alaska. Ken is happy to be back on MDI so that he can enjoy hiking, biking and climbing in Acadia.
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: Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen, Program Head of Adventure and Camping: Andrew is from San Francisco and recently graduated from College of the Atlantic with a degree in Human Ecology. At COA, he led trips for the college's Outdoor Orientation Program and Outing Club, completed an Outward Bound California Instructor Development Semester course, and interned as a Rock Climbing Instructor at Kent Mountain Adventure Center. He looks forward to sharing this passion for the outdoors with campers at Camp Beech Cliff.
Head of Challenge Course: Aaron Miller
Aaron is ecstatic to return for his thirteenth total summer and sixth as a counselor at Camp Beech Cliff. Having grown up on the island he is looking forward to returning home to work at a place he loves. When not singing himself silly thirty feet in the air you'll find Aaron running fun activities on camp's high and low ropes courses.
Head of Archery: Alex Schultz
Alex can't wait to come back to Camp Beech Cliff for her second year at the archery range. Originally from Portland, OR, Alex now lives in Atlanta. Alex is pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree and working on sustainability projects with the Mayor's Office of Resilience. Alex loves helping campers learn skills and have fun at the archery range, but can't resist coming up to the field to play games and sing songs. During her free time, you'll find her hiking, running, and exploring Acadia.
Head of Sports and Games: Kenagh Babcock
Kenagh Babcock, Program Head of Sports and Games: Kenagh is returning for her fifth summer Camp Beech Cliff as head of sports and games. She is from Radnor, PA and spent her summers on MDI growing up. In the fall, Kenagh will return to Pennsylvania to continue her studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, pursuing a BA in Film and Media Arts.
Head of Swimming: Ryan Kiah
Ryan Kiah, Head of Swimming: Ryan is returning for his second summer at Camp Beech Cliff. He is studying Accounting at the University of Maine in Orono. Ryan feels that working at Camp Beech Cliff is the opportunity of a lifetime and chose to return for the friendships he makes over the summer as well as the positive impact camp has on campers.
Head of Boating: Tyler Mehlhouse
Tyler Mehlhouse, Program head of Boating: Tyler is returning to CBC for his third summer at the waterfront. He spent four years in the United States Naval Cadets Corps learning about being on the water and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Tyler is passionate about the outdoors and spends his free time swimming and paddling fresh water, camping, hiking and climbing.