Day Camp Staff – 2017
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 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: Ben Deal
Ben Deal is excited to return for his fourth summer with CBC. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, he fell in love with Maine after a summer on MDI and spent one winter here creating a documentary about sled dogs. Although he now spends much of his time competing in athletic events, he is also completing a BA in Film Studies. Ben’s looking forward to joining the leadership team for 2017!
Lightning Camp Coordinator: Nora Finch
Nora is joining the CBC team with eight years of summer camp experience. She graduated with a B.A. in Social Ecology and a minor in Educational Studies in 2015. Nora is truly passionate about helping children appreciate the outdoors and all of the beautiful places our planet has to offer. This has led her to environmental education opportunities in Big Bear, Mammoth, Catalina Island, and Crystal Cove State Park. She is excited to bring her passion to CBC this summer!
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.
Specialty Camp Coordinator: Althea Turner
Althea is excited to return for her second 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.
Program Director & CIT Coordinator: Meghan Barrett
Meghan has a B.A. in Secondary Education in English/Language Arts and has taught middle school and high school English in Germany, Guatemala, and Laos. After her travels, she went on to teach outdoor education to fifth and sixth grade students in the mountains of Big Bear, California. Meghan started at CBC last year as the Program Head of Adventure and Campouts/CIT Coordinator. She is very excited to be returning this summer as Program Director.
Staff Coordinator: Brandon Bortzer
Brandon brings years of experience to CBC from teaching outdoor education in the mountains of southern California, to his work as a naturalist in the Alaskan Rainforest, and research of turtles in Hawaii! His enthusiasm for life and learning shines through his smile. Brandon has a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. He looks forward to taking on a leadership role at CBC and exploring MDI on the opposite coast!
Head of Starburst: Emily Michaud
Emily is returning for her second 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: Kenagh Babcock
Kenagh will be returning to camp for her third summer. Although she was raised in Wayne PA, she spent her summers as a child on MDI and was even a camper at CBC. She is excited for another summer at one of her favorite places and is also looking forward to starting college in the fall!
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: Courtney Imken
Courtney is returning to CBC for her third season. She is graduating from Muhlenberg College this May with a B.A in Dance. Courtney is excited to combine her love for performing arts, MDI, and CBC into one amazing summer!
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: Christopher Silvia
Christopher is excited to be starting his first summer at CBC. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and currently teaches outdoor education in Southern California. He comes from a background in camp from his home state of Pennsylvania and is psyched to join everyone in Maine!
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: Nikki Wilkins
Nikki grew up in a small town in Upstate NY where she learned to love the outdoors, animals and kids! In the past, she has cared for and trained native and wild animals, studied birds in their natural habitat and worked with children and adults in indoor and outdoor settings. In her free time, Nikki loves everything outdoors, particularly kayaking, fishing, gardening, and playing sports. She loves trying new things and can't wait until her first summer at Camp Beech Cliff begins!
Head of Swimming: Abby Moller
Abby is is returning to Echo Lake for her second year at CBC! She is a recent grad with a BA in English and is excited to continue showing the campers why the waterfront is her favorite place to be and should be theirs too! When she is not reading books about nature or writing stories in her various journals, you can find her lounging on the lily pads or swimming in the clear waters of Echo Lake. Abby believes in the importance of safety, personal growth and a positive sense of community at the waterfront.
Head of Boating: Ivy Mitman
Ivy is excited to return to CBC for her third summer! She is currently in her third year of nursing school with hopes to further her education to become a nurse practitioner. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and dancing. Ivy is passionate about the outdoors, and is excited to come into the head of boating role!
Sailing Program Counselor: Schuyler Phillips
Schuyler returns to CBC for his second summer on staff after growing up here as a happy camper! He looks forward to spending more time at his favorite program at camp – boating on Echo Lake. Schuyler is a certified US Sailing Level 1 Instructor. He has a passion for being on the water, inspiring young sailors and being part of the magic of camp.
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: Rosy DePaul
Rosy hails from the sunny lands of Los Angeles, California although she spent the past 4 years attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine as a Rhetoric and Spanish double major. This is her 4th summer working as a counselor at CBC, and she spent 6 summers as a camper! She loves nothing more than being outside, whether that be running, biking, hiking, swimming, or just enjoying time with friends. She is also a cellist and loves to play and sing folk music. She is beyond excited to be co-heading the Adventure Teen Camps program this summer and is looking forward to some pretty epic adventures.