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, Assistant Director
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, 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. 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 macroinvertebrate 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 from American River College. 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 awesome staff members. He hoped and dreamed of one day becoming one of those awesome staff members 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 Health Director 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 WEMT certified, a trained life guard, with CPR and AED certifications, as well as being a Wilderness First Responder!
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 was born and raised in Southern California, where he majored in Art at Los Angeles Valley College. Wingnut enjoyed camp so much that he went back as a counselor and later on worked in a camp kitchen.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. 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! Wingnut 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 alike.
Bear came to Camp Tamarack in the fall of 2014 and has been here ever since. He has brought creativity and laughter to the program as a whole and loves working, teaching, and playing with those who come to camp. An endless source of pirate jokes, he always seeks to find the fun in everything he learns and experiences, a trait he found at his first job as a counselor at Camp Winton in northern California. It was there that he met Squirrel, and an epic friendship was formed that led Bear to join Squirrel up in Oregon at Camp Tamarack. He is a senior at Brigham Young University in Utah, and he has lived in Germany for two years! He hopes that every single camper will learn at camp to be themselves everywhere, and learn to find joy in life through appreciating the beauty of nature and the understanding of nature that science can bring.
Red Bird graduated from Culinary School with honors. His love of travel has brought him most recently to Louisiana, through North Carolina and Illinois, while traveling he’s always willing to try any kind of food he can experience. He played high school and college football, and was also involved in track, boy scouts, basketball, soccer, band, chess club and theater. In his free time, he plays a bass guitar and drums and he loves to hike, fish and camp. He’s currently on a biking kick and aspires to participate in a triathlete! Healthy eating and healthy lifestyles are greatly important to him.
Lark, Field Instructor
It was in the forests of her Oregon home that Lark learned of her intense passion for nature themed puns, as well as her enthusiasm for working with children. Lark found Camp Tamarack in the spring of 2014, and she is looking forward to many more years with such an uplifting place and group of people. She feels incredibly inspired and invigorated by both her magnificent, multi talented, energetic fellow staff members and the kids that make Tamarack such a magical place. She enjoys chasing waterfalls and doing a little boogie on the dance floor. Lark will complete her studies with a degree in Environmental Science at Muhlenberg College, and will continue to strive to spark excitement for the outdoors and environmental preservation in people of any age. She appreciates the growth that is induced in the children from their transformative experience at Tamarack, and will always be ready to sing a song with kids around the campfire. She hopes to infuse a zeal for life and the wilderness in children, just as her cabin leader Safari did for her in fifth grade. She never leaf-s unsatisfied… her time at Tamarack definitely tree-ts her well!
Born in California but raised in Iowa, Althea’s love of travel began early. Since then she has found homes from Oxford, England to Santiago de Chile and from Madison, WI to Detroit, MI with one or two stops in between. She has studied literature and languages, including a newfound interest in computer programming languages. She’s most passionate about climbing big trad lines, backpacking and yoga but she’s also enthusiastic about, if not very good at, ariel silks, making jewelry, and playing the mandolin. She can’t wait to share her love of the outdoors with the next generation of explorers and adventurers!
Cedar’s journey into the wonderful world of environmental education started at the young age of six, when Santa Claus delivered her a great big whiteboard for Christmas. She spent countless hours as she grew up in the Sacramento region of California practicing the art of teaching in her playroom. In high school, Cedar had the opportunity to teach at a local nature preserve, and quickly realized the only classroom she wanted to be in was the great outdoors! From there she moved on to the University of Nevada, Reno to earn her degree in environmental science. While she enjoyed attending the University, the highlight of her time there was working and playing in the incredible Sierra Nevada mountains. When she wasn’t teaching or facilitating the challenge course with an awesome environmental education non-profit, Cedar spent her time skiing and hiking her way through the Sierras. She also has a passion for arts and crafts and can typically be spotted rocking a homemade tie-dye creation! She is so excited for this next adventure at Camp Tamarack and can’t wait to meet you all!
Crawdad is from the beautiful small town of Woodbury, Connecticut. He grew up with a plot of woods surrounding his house where his love for the natural world was first sparked. He learned every bird, tree, and mammal in the little plot of woods! He started college in the fall of 2012 at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and began his studies in biology. Crawdad then started working on Salve Regina’s research vessel in Narragansett Bay as a crew member and eventually crew leader. He also volunteered with a non-profit organization called Clean Ocean Access where he travelled around to the local elementary schools and taught the 2nd and 3rd graders about watershed dynamics and the importance of keeping them clean and healthy. Outside of research he have been an avid runner all of his life and ran cross country and track from 6th grade all the way through college. He also loves hiking, biking, camping, and above all snowboarding! He’s happy as a clam in the water whether he’s in a lake, river, or his beloved ocean. He believes Outdoor education teaches real and applicable skills that can be practical in most situations. He wants to emulate the type of passion that he has seen his mentors express when they teach outdoors because he knows that if that passion had a positive impact on him, it can on you on the youth of Camp Tamarack.
Snail is from upstate New York and has a bachelors degree in physical education and a masters degree in environmental and outdoor recreation from a state school in central New York. For the past 2 years he’s been teaching outdoor pursuits activities like backpacking, XC skiing, and canoeing to college students for credit. He love to ski, hike and rock climb; and is passionate about outdoor education because it provides students with a unique environment to learn about the outdoors.
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).