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Meet The Counselors

To become a Menominee counselor you must have a true passion for helping others and embrace the 24/7 commitment required to coach, care for, and challenge our campers the Menominee way. Get to know our team of campers-turned-counselors, activity specialists and international staff who will make this summer amazing!

Ethan Weiss (9th Year)

Counselor/Programming Coordinator

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Hey everyone! My name is Ethan Weiss. I am from Scottsdale, Arizona and this will be my 9th summer at CM and 4th on staff. My favorite activity is basketball, but you’ll find me all around including football, softball, and volleyball as well. I’ll also be organizing a lot of the league activities this year as well as reprising my role as the competition coordinator as we go for a 3-peat this summer! I am a Sophomore at the University of Arizona majoring in engineering and loving it, but I can’t wait to be back at the Friendly Confines for another amazing summer!

Hi everyone, my name is Josh Ingram. I am 25 years old and I am from Leicester, UK. This will be my 5th year at the friendly confines and I could not be more excited to be back and get my Jacket! I have done all 5 years on staff and just absolutely love camp. As head of soccer, you can usually find me out on Woody’s Pitch coaching the USA World Cup winning team of 2026. I also oversee Archery/Riflery as well as helping out at the climbing wall. In addition to all of that, I will be joining the administration this year as I help lend my expertise to first year counselors. I am very excited for CM’s 91st summer!

Josh Ingram (5th Year)

Operations/Administration

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Dwayne O' De Freitas (3rd Year)

Counselor

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Hey Everyone I am Dwayne O' De Freitas. I'm 25 years of age and live in Johannesburg South Africa. This year will be my 3rd year on staff at Camp Menominee. Most of my time at camp I will be on the water front doing general things, life guarding, teaching skiers and being the crazy tube boat driver. Cannot wait to finally be back and to see the old and new faces. See you all soon!

Hey everyone, My name is Sam Maetzold and this will be my third summer at the camp. I took a break for the last two summers, but am beyond excited to return to camp! My favorite activity at camp would be baseball, but you will be able to find me anywhere including basketball, football, golf, and hockey. Counting down the days until summer and to be back up at the friendly confines! Bleed Green!

Sam Maetzold (3rd Year)

Counselor

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Jake Herman (6th Year)

Counselor

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Hey, my name is Jake Herman and I’m so excited to be returning for my 6th summer and 2nd on staff! I’m from Potomac, MD just outside of DC and during the offseason I play for my school’s ultimate frisbee team and write for my school newspaper. At the friendly confines, you’ll find me at some of my favorite activities such as softball, basketball, and ultimate as well as holding court as one of the Maesters of the Menominee Book of Legends. Camp is truly a special place, and I can’t wait to be back for another amazing summer. See you all soon!

Hi all this is Raymond Outram but you can call me Ray. I’m so excited to come back to camp for my 2nd year! I am from Dublin Ireland I study Health & Leisure with Physical Education in IT Tralee Co Kerry I am also Scout Leader for the Local Scouts in Tralee. My favourite sports and activities are Baseball/Boxing/Camping/canoeing. I can be found in many different areas around camp I am not hard to spot I’m usually the guy shadow boxing and I am always looking for a conversation so don’t be shy. I am also looking forward to another year on the awesome CM climbing wall. I can’t wait to see everyone again in the summer of 2018!

Ray Outram (2nd Year)

Counselor

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Adam Baltz (1st Year)

Counselor

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Greetings all! My name is Adam Baltz, and I am a Junior at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse studying Sport Management and Communications. I am originally from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. This will be my first year with Camp Menominee, and I could not be more excited! I play on the Men's Volleyball team at UW - La Crosse, and also enjoy camping, fishing and numerous other sports. The north woods of Wisconsin are very special to me, having spent much of my childhood up there. I have always been passionate about the outdoors, and I cannot wait to get to camp and meet everyone!

Hello everyone! My name is Cristian Ravar Ladislau and I am 22 years old. I was born in Brasov, Romania but when I was 5 years old I moved with my family to Barcelona, Spain. Currently, I am a senior student-athlete majoring in Exercise Science and Kinesiology at Arkansas State University. I practice Track & Field and my main events are the hammer throw and shot put. I participated at the 2017 European Athletics U23 Championships in Poland and at the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. This summer 2018 is going to be my first time at Camp Menominee as a camp counselor and I am really excited to meet all the staff in person, and all the people that will be attending the camp. I love to have adventures in the nature, swim in the lake, and I like to practice and coach other people any sport, that is why I think camping is the best way to have lots of fun and meet new people during the summer. I can't wait to see everyone at Camp Menominee this summer!

Cristian Ravar Ladislau (1st Year)

Counselor

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Brett Weiss (10th Year)

Counselor

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Hey everyone! My name is Brett Weiss, I'm 17 years old from Scottsdale, Arizona, and this will be my 10th year at camp, and my first year on staff! During the day, you can find me out on the softball fields, basketball court, football field, or baseball field. At home, I attend Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. During the off-season, I enjoy playing baseball and basketball. Menominee is my favorite place in the world and I can't wait to be back this summer!

HEY EVERYONE! my name is Matt Lazarus. I am from Scottsdale, Arizona and this will be my fifth summer at the friendly confines, and my first on staff! During the off season I attend Desert Mountain High School and spend most of my time playing basketball with my friends, shopping, and watching sports. On a typical day at CM you can find me out at the softball diamond, or shooting baskets out at the Mike Dunleavy courts. Camp truly has a special place in my heart, and can’t wait to get back there, and have an amazing summer with everyone!

Matt Lazarus (5th Year)

Counselor

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Brandon Ptasznik (10th Year)

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Hey! My name is Brandon Ptasznik, and this is my 10th summer at CM and 3rd year on staff. During the winter I study at Chapman University in Orange, California. In the summer you can find me down by the waterfront or running Green and White. I am super excited to help make this summer the best one yet and can't wait for some of the best memories at CM yet!

Hey everyone! My name is Max Ptasznik and I am from Los Angeles, California. This will be my eighth summer at the friendly confines. During the school year I am involved with school sports such as football and baseball and love to take up any cool opportunities that come my way. Camp Menominee has always been a home to me. I have made the best memories in the North Woods and can't wait to make more. I am super excited to be on staff for my first year after being a camper for 7 and am stoked to meet all the new campers.

Max Ptasznik (8th Year)

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Joseph Garrett-Gallagher (1st Year)

Counselor

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Hi! I’m Joseph Garrett-Gallagher, but everyone just calls me Joe. I’m really excited for Camp Menominee this summer. This is my first time working at a summer camp, and I’m ready to have a fun summer. I’m from the City of Liverpool in North-West England, I’m a massive soccer fan and my team is Liverpool FC. I’m currently at the University of Nottingham studying Geography. I’m a committee member for the Universities running society and I’m also a member of the climbing society. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone at the camp and sharing a memorable experience. See you there.

Heya, I am Joe Vickers from Chester however studying in Wembley. Joining a camp in America has always been something I wanted to do so I cant wait for June to arrive so I can come out and experience it. In my free time I love sports and have played pretty much every sport out there, however my biggest sporting achievement needs to be representing England at under 16 level in handball and trialling for the under 18s. This summer I will be joining the waterfront staff, helping at target sports and maybe even bring some handball to camp! I am glad I waited to find the right camp and really cant wait to meet all the staff and campers in June.

Joe Vickers (1st Year)

Counselor

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Erica Baker

Video/Media

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I am a Communication Media Studies student at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. School has kept me really busy these past 3 years but in my free time I like hiking, reading, rollerblading, doing video projects, and about a billion other random things. This will be my first experience with Camp Menominee but not my first time at a summer camp. I'm excited to have the opportunity to get back outside this summer and put my videography skills to the test in what seems to be such an exciting, fast-paced, and positive environment!

My name is John Payne but my friends call me JP or Johnny. I am super excited to be in my first year at Camp Menominee. I live in the north of England between Leeds and Manchester out in the countryside. I studied outdoor activities at college and I am working part-time on a local dairy farm. (Farmer John!). I have worked with kids as a Snow Ranger in the French Alps. I play and enjoy just about all sports, but my favourites are Soccer, Tennis, Basketball and Water Sports. Being with people in the outdoors, having fun is perfect for me, that’s why I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at CM this summer.

John Payne (1st Year)

Counselor

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Jonah Gagerman (8th)

Counselor

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Hi! My name is Jonah Gagerman, and I am an incoming Senior at Deerfield High School. This upcoming summer will be my 8th year at Menominee, and my first year on staff. My favorite activities include basketball, softball, and football. Camp is my home away from home, and I can't wait to be at CM with everyone. I'm extremely excited for this summer, and can't wait until June. - See you soon!

Hey, my name is Sam Miller and I can't wait to get back up to camp for my 7th year, my first on staff! I live in Chicago, Illinois where I am currently a junior at Walter Payton College Prep. In the offseason, I spend much of my time producing music and playing soccer. This summer I'll be everywhere from the waterfront out to Woody's Pitch, having fun and hanging out with all the members of the Menominee family. Let's make this summer the best one yet!

Sam Miller (7th Year)

Counselor

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Josh Goodman (9th Year)

Counselor

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Hi everyone! My name is Josh Goodman, but everyone at camp calls me "Juice". This will be my 9th summer at CM, and my first year on staff. I am a junior at Deerfield High School, and I mainly play volleyball in the offseason. At camp you can find me anywhere from the football fields to the volleyball courts. I am super excited for this summer and I can't wait to meet you all!

Hi everyone! My name is Benjie Soren and this will be my 8th year at CM and 1st on staff. I live in Deerfield, Illinois and I am a junior at Deerfield High School. At home, I play volleyball for Deerfield and I also play basketball with my friends for fun. At camp, I'll be hitting 3's at the Dunleavy courts, playing volleyball, or pitching strikes at BBSD. I can't with to make the transition from camper to counselor, and I'm extremely excited to see everyone back at the friendly confines!

Benjie Soren (8th Year)

Counselor

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Dean Rogers (1st Year)

Counselor

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Sanibonani (isiZulu); Molo (isiXhosa); Hallo (Afrikaans); Thobela (Sepedi); Dumela (Setswana); Lumela (Sesotho); Abusheni (Xitsonga); Sanibona (SiSwati); Avuwani (Tshivenda); Salibonani (isiNdebele); and Hello my name’s Dean Rogers but my friends call me Deano. I was a student at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, I studied financial accounting but my interests have always been in sport and anything revolving innovation in technology. I look forward to experiencing summer camp at Camp Menominee next year with everyone. I hope to show you the diversification that South Africa has shown me over my twenty years like our eleven official languages and also look forward to experiencing everything the USA and more specifically the people of Camp Menominee have to offer. I am an avid waterski and wakeboarder and I look forward to getting all of you behind the boat on Sand Lake this summer! Can’t wait for the adventures to come and I’ll see you all soon.

Hey everyone! My name is Niall Ingram and I'm 18 years old from Leicester, England. I'm so excited to be going to Camp Menominee for the summer so I can meet new people! I am a huge sports fan, my favourite sport being soccer and as you will get to know, I am a massive fan of Leicester City FC. I am experienced when it comes to coaching soccer, I have coached a local kids team for the past year and a half. I have heard great things about camp from my older brother Josh, who will also be at camp this year for his 5th consecutive summer. I look forward to seeing you all there and having a memorable summer!

Niall Ingram (1st Year)

Counselor

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Jake Goodman (9th Year)

Counselor

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Hey my name is Jake Goodman and this will be my 9th year here at the friendly confines. This will be my first year on staff and I can't wait be apart of the CM staff. I am from Deerfield, Illinois and am a junior at Deerfield High School. At camp you can find me playing softball or shooting archery and riflery. I am really excited for my first year on staff and can't wait to meet everyone!

My name is Isaac Weiss and I am from Scottsdale, Arizona. This year at camp will be my first year as a counselor and my 8th year at Menominee. My favorite activities are basketball, softball, and volleyball. I am a junior at Chaparral High School and I’m super excited for this upcoming summer!

Isaac Weiss (8th Year)

Counselor

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Mike Taylor (8th)

Chef

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I'm Mike. This will be my 8th summer in the kitchen. It's always a fun place to work and lots of great amenities. Currently I live in Washington State, just a short drive from Menominee!

Hi Everyone - I'm Ethan Saks and I'm thrilled to be returning for my 8th summer at camp. If you hear weights slamming down beneath the lodge you know it is me. I love to lift at camp and at home. I am very passionate about coaching wrestling, football and softball. I am excited to be a part of the Menominee family and community this up and coming summer. See you in June!

Ethan Saks (7th Year)

Counselor

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Shane O'Riordan (1st Year)

Counselor

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Hey all! My name is Shane O’Riordan, but most of my friends call me Thumper mainly because of the rabbit in Bambi. I’m very excited and much looking forward for Camp Menominee in the Summer, can’t wait to meet all the camp counsellors and have the Summer of a lifetime. Currently I’m studying Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering in Cork Institute of Technology. I play rugby with my local club Muskerry RFC and GAA (Hurling and football), an Irish sport, with Dripsey GAA club. I am also a member of Crossfit Gym to keep fit. These sports I play, are all important for the sports I’ll be helping with next year. Really looking forward to attending the camp next year and meeting all the new amazing people and have an unforgettable experience. See ye all next year.

Hi! I am Dan Waite. I work full time as an IT Business Analyst at Ford Credit in South East England, after graduating from University in July 2016. I am extremely excited to join the Camp Menominee team this summer and am looking forward to meeting you all and having the summer of a lifetime! I’m a lover of most sports – American Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Tennis, Golf, Cricket – but my passion is in Football/Soccer and play up to 4 times a week. I am a keen runner, completing a half marathon and working on building the courage to go for a full marathon and I love to fish when I get the chance with my dad! At camp this summer I’ll be helping out in all of these activities, but I’ll primarily be using my IT and Media expertise as the camps Megaphone Editor. The countdown to CM2018 has begun – See you all soon!

Dan Waite (1st Year)

Counselor

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Jake Jones (4th)

Counselor

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Hi, my name is Jake Jones. I am excited to be going back to Camp Menominee. I will be a senior at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL. You will find me on the baseball and football fields, as well as the basketball court. I can't wait to get back to the Northwoods and another awesome summer at Camp Menominee!

Hi everyone! My name is Marc Goodman. This will be my third year at camp and on staff and I am so excited to be back at camp this year. I am a sophomore at the University of Arizona studying business and political science. At camp you can find me on the football fields, basketball courts, or sand volleyball court! Can't wait for the summer start!

Marc Goodman (3rd)

Counselor

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Josh Brooksby (1st Year)

Counselor

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Hi everyone! My name is Josh I’m from Nottingham in the UK. This is my first year at camp, I’m really looking forward to camp and meeting you all. Some of my hobbies include football (soccer), riflery and water sports such as kayaking. It’s my third time visiting the USA and I love the place so much. I love travelling and meeting new people. And I am really looking forward to being able to transfer my knowledge and skills that I have and help the campers progress in these areas and give them a fantastic summer! I will also try and bring as many British traditions as I can with me and I’m really looking forward to showing my skills at camp!

Hi! My name is CJ Ashley and I just graduated from University of Missouri. Check back here for my full profile soon.

CJ Ashley (1st Year)

Counselor

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Evan Kotter (1st Year)

Counselor

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Hey everyone! My name is Evan Kotter. I am from Clintonville, Wisconsin. This is my first at CM, although I am not a stranger of camp life. My favorite activity is basketball, but you can find me doing basically anything outside during a typical week. I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse majoring in Recreation Management. I look forward to an awesome summer at camp. See you all there.

Hi! I'm Colton and I am 21 years old. I'm originally from Lubbock, TX. I'm a collegiate tennis player and I'm excited to work with everyone on the courts this summer.

Coltan Gage

Counselor

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Jake Czupek (10th Year)

Counselor

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Hey! I'm Jakob Czupek (Jaycup Shoepeck) and people usually just call me by my last name. I am 18 years old and this will be my 10th summer at camp and I am super excited to return. I am from Plainfield, IL and go to Plainfield East High School. In the fall, I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for accounting. This summer, I really look forward to seeing everyone coming back and meeting new campers and counselors. See you all this summer!

Hi everyone, my name is Charlie Price. I'm 19 years, from California, and currently attending SMU in Dallas. This will be my seventh summer at Camp Menominee and first on staff. My favorite activity at camp is either sailing or softball. I am excited to be coming back to the friendly confines after taking a two year break. Looking forward to a great summer and another win against Camp Kawaga!

Charlie Price (7th Year)

Counselor

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Mike Westenberger (1st Year)

Counselor

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Hello Fellow Campers! My name is Mike Westenberger. I'm a 29 year old graduate student finishing up a school psychology program at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. This will be my first year at Camp Menomonee. I was born in California, but moved to Wisconsin when I was about 5. I've lived in the Midwest ever since. I've been to Eagle River a few times in my life and it's truly one of my favorite places to visit in the entire Midwest! I look forward to meeting you all and let's make 2018 a great year!

My name is Adam Phelps and I'm from Connecticut. I'm excited to join Camp Menominee and meet everyone! I came across Camp Menominee while searching for camps online and I was amazed at the programs the camp offered and the spirit of Menominee. The staff here seems sincere and I'm looking forward to developing a family as we learn and grow together over the summer. I am well-rounded when it comes to sports, enjoying basketball and baseball, as well as arts and crafts and other various camp games. Having been a camp counselor in Connecticut, I have been exposed to many camp games and I'm looking forward to sharing these games and activities with your children. Thank you and I hope you look forward to a great summer at Camp Menominee.

Adam Phelps (1st)

Counselor

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Ryan Williams (1st Year)

Counselor

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Hi everyone, my names Ryan Williams. I'm 22 years old and I'm from Birmingham, England. I am currently a final year business and marketing student at Sheffield Hallam University. I am a big sports fan and I love watching and playing soccer in particular. It will be my first summer at camp, and I'm excited to be spending it at Menominee and meeting you all!

Hi everyone! My name is Gerard Whelton and I’m from Cork in the south of Ireland. This is my first time at camp and I am really excited to be part of the
team and meeting new people. Currently, I am studying civil engineering in Edinburgh, UK. I am a big fan of sports and when I am back home I play GAA (Hurling and football), an Irish sport, with my local sports team. However, whilst in Edinburgh, I’ve joined my universities kayaking society to keep me fit! I am really looking forward to Camp Menominee and sharing a memorable experience with everyone. See you there.

Gerard Whelton (1st Year)

Counselor

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Jen Mason (1st Year)

Camp Nurse

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Hi Everyone! My name is Jen Mason and I am going to be the camp nurse this year. I am an RN and I currently work at Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale. I grew up in the Chicagoland area and even attended Marimeta for a few summers :). I am very excited to get to work and meet everyone!

Hi all! I'm Jake and this will be my first year at Camp Menominee. I am from Luxemburg, WI, and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I am studying to become a nurse and currently hold my certified nursing assistant license. I enjoy being physically active and play many sports, but my all time favorite is track and field. I also enjoy many outdoor activities including snowboarding, water skiing, and riding dirt bikes. I have never been to a summer camp, but I look forward to the experience and meeting everyone!

Jake Shefchik

Camp CNA

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Andrea Alejandra Vargas (1st Year)

Support Staff

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Hi everyone! My name is Andrea Vargas and I'm 23 years old, I'm from Oaxaca, México and this is my first time in a summer camp. I worked before with kids for my career, that's focused in child's development but it's the first time for me working in a camp and I'm really happy for this chance, I like a lot outdoor activities and do some sports like volleyball and soccer. I can't wait to meet you all! See you soon.

Hi everyone, my name is José Víctor Medina I'm from Puebla Mexico. This is my first year to work with the Menominee camp. I am a law student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP). I am very excited to work in this camp and to meet incredible people. I like sports especially Tennis and I hope to contribute many things to this great team to achieve the objectives. I am very happy and always have a positive attitude.

Jose Victor Medina (1st Year)

Support Staff

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Nathali Torres Islas (1st Year)

Support Staff

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Hello everybody! My name Is Nathali Torres Islas but friends call me Nat and my family call me Nati. You can call me either way. I'm from Puebla in México and this is my 4th summer working in a camp but my 1st at camp Menominee and I'm very excited about it. I am finishing a major in service bussines and I work in a restaurant at the same time. I love traveling and know new people from different places and because of that I can't wait for the summer to start.

Hi! I’m Jesus Garcia Ramon. I’m excited for Camp Menominee. This is my second time working at a summer camp and I’m ready to meet all of you this summer. I’m from Mexico but I live in Puebla city. I really like volleyball. I’m currently studying Foreign Languages. My hobbies are play videogames, watch movies specially science fiction. I really hope an amazing summer. See you soon.

Jesus (1st Year)

Support Staff

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Claire Martin (1st Year)

Photography/Media

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Hi! My name is Claire and I'm from Co.Louth, Ireland. I am excited to join Camp Menominee for the summer, this will be my 1st year at the camp. I am currently studying Film and Television Production in my second year of college. I am looking forward to being the camp photographer and getting to put my skills to use. I can't wait to meet everyone and have an enjoyable experience at camp this summer!

Ryan Williams (1st Year)

Counselor

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