Our staff will do its best to make sure every child coming to Camp Tamarack has the best experience possible; learning, growing, bonding, and making memories that will last a lifetime.
With an attempt to have more energy than his dog Lily, Charlie tries to “Live More” each day. Charlie grew up in California, exploring the outdoors with his brother, Tyler who passed away in 2010. Camp Tamarack is the perfect setting for Charlie to continue to share the Anderson boys’ love for adventure and the outdoors and he is excited to share his passion for education, exploration, and personal growth with others.
Otter’s passion for Outdoor Education began 10 years ago when she found herself knee deep in a stream full of macroinvertebrates and fifth graders. The week she spent as a Student Leader at Twin Oaks Outdoor School, just outside of Eugene, teaching students about stream ecology began her life as an Environmental Educator. This journey has taken her to Oregon State University where she earned a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and Environmental Education, to the tide pools of Newport at Hatfield Marine Science Center, to the villages of Malawi, Africa where she served in the Peace Corps, and finally to the majestic Central Oregon pines of Camp Tamarack Outdoor School where she is the Assistant Director. Otter brings an amazing focus on excellence, crafting our programs to maximize the opportunities for learning and fun in a safe and productive environment. She is happy to spend her days helping to create and shape field studies, one crawdad at a time!
Born and raised in California’s central valley with two of the coolest parents of all time, Squirrel is the oldest of four and a graduate of Del Campo High School. His love of the outdoors and outdoor education was fostered at Camp Winton- the crown jewel of the High Sierras and one of the premier High Adventure programs in the Nation. Squirrel spent 8 summers as a Winton staffer and finished as the Outdoor Skills Director. Two of our very own Camp Tamarack staff members, Bear and Eagle, are from Winton as well. Squirrel’s work at Camp Tamarack is fostered by his love of going to camp as a kid and looking up to the awesomely cool staff members. He hoped and dreamed of one day becoming one of those people and well, here he is, with care and commitment, bringing his amazingly fun ideas and thoughtful programs to Tamarack. Here’s to you, little Squirrel.
Nomad, Program Supervisor
Nomad was lucky enough to find Camp Tamarack (and the eccentric group of people that transformed Tamarack from a ghost farm into one of the strongest Outdoor Education programs in the region) in the Spring of 2016. Nomad is a native Oregonian who graduated from the University of Arizona. His passions for getting kids outside and active is unparalleled, his special interest in COPE (challenge course) activities demonstrates these passions perfectly. At Tamarack, he has been given many different hats to wear, which include Program Supervisor, Special Needs Coordinator, and Adventure Team Director. Along with his uncanny talent with accents and his wide area of responsibility, Nomad is also a certified Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguard. Nomad sincerely hopes that you enjoyed reading his bio as much as you enjoy eating ice-cream with too big of a spoon straight out of the container.
Since the impressionable age of seven, overnight summer camp has been a standard occurrence in Orion’s life. Growing up outside of Boston, it provided a needed escape allowing for summers free of technology and filled with outdoor activities. Attending the same camp throughout her childhood, Orion thrived as a camper who matured into a counselor, seeing camp from many different angles. Even during her days at Willamette University, Orion managed to dream about summer camp and turned it into her thesis topic for her Sociology degree. Since discovering Outdoor School and all that environmental education has to offer to the youth of Central Oregon, she has wanted to work on providing an experience that echoed the one she grew up with. With experience as a camper, a counselor, and a program leader, Orion is now the Site Supervisor of Camp Tamarack. This allows her to work in a place that she loves and continue to grow with the participants of the program – Orion is the ‘mother hen’ of camp, watching out for all the campers, singing the loudest at campfire (her voice is beautiful!) and making everyone laugh with her infectious humor. She is also a trained life guard, with CPR and AED certifications, as well as being a Wilderness First Responder.
Wingnut was born and raised in Southern California, where he majored in Art at Los Angeles Valley College. He was also very active in music, playing trumpet for my high school marching band and a marching core. In 1998, he and his wife Rois moved to Oregon where he embarked on a culinary career; Wingnut was a chef for 15 years and you can still find him helping out in the kitchen at Tamarack or whipping up an amazing feast with Rois. Wingnut made a career change when he and Rois started a family as professional kitchen hours are not family friendly and family is very important to him!
Wingnut then entered the field of construction. He attended AGC trades school and received his Journeyman’s Laborers card. From there he worked in landscape construction, stone masonry and was running building projects both large and small. Wingnut also worked for Nordstrom’s as the building services manager. Their emphasis on customer service is evident in the way that Wingnut approaches his position at Tamarack….our campers are some of his customers and he makes it a priority that they have a great experience!
Growing up, Wingnut was a camper too – that experience at camp was magical and life changing for him. When he was at camp he felt he was able to grow more confident as a person; it was the one place he could just simply be himself. Wingnut enjoyed camp so much that he went back as a counselor and later on worked in a camp kitchen.
Chance feels strongly that his different career paths have all led him to Camp Tamarack . He has come full circle and is back at camp, the place that feeds his love of the outdoors and brings the magic to kids and adults
My name is Juniper and I’m the camp dog. Though I’m originally from California, I’m happy to have moved to Bend because I sure do love the snow. They think I’m part German Shepard and some other type of small dog mix since I’m only about 50lbs. I love to spend my days at camp, where you’ll almost never see me without a colorful neckerchief on, just like the summer camp staff! My favorite things to do at camp are swimming in Dark Lake, running amongst the beautiful Central Oregon pines, playing with campers during cabin time, and learning new tricks (if you have treats I like of course like, pork rinds and chicken jerky).