We are so excited to have the staff coming in everyday for summer of 2017. People ask often how we make it all happen below is a sampling of how:
New for summer of 2017:
Anna Cook: Division Leader. Anna played Field Hockey in college, and coached Lacrosse at Sayre School in Kentucky. She played many sports, softball, baseball, Frisbee. She has 14 years of classical dance experience including tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. During the winter Anna is a middle school Math teacher and has made the choice of coming to our camp and making her mark.
William Adams: Bike director. Bill is an avid lifetime cyclist, member/supporter of Out-Spokin Wheelmen bicycle club and Ohio Bicydle Federation. He coordinates cycling time trial events in Youngstown, Ohio. He is joined by his 5 year old son. Also exciting is his wife , Missy who is a college ceramic teacher and will be joining him for various weeks through out the summer.
Taylor Dennison: Currently a student at Loyola college. She is teaching Soccer. She went to Camp Tall Timbers as a child and excited to be back at Timber Ridge.
Denise Leeper: She will be a nurse second session this summer. She comes with her 3 children. Denise loves camp and is hoping to become a lifer at camp along with her children.
Rachel Inksetter: She is both a counselor and circus teacher. Rachel attended summer camp as a child and is looking to relive her youth. She is also a coach for gymnastics.
ZJMayton: ZJ is a student at Ohio State. Zj is from Idaho where she has played competitive tennis at the State level.
Ivey Rose: Ivy goes to Southern University, Tennessee. Her specialty is nature. She hopes to spread her compassion in small animal care and gardening.
Chelsea Kowall: She is a student from Wilson College in Pennsylvania where she studies everything horses. She is excited to join the equestrian group at Timber Ridge.
Jake Daniels: A former Timber Ridge camper and lover of Timber Ridge. Jake is an amazing musician. He returns to Timber Ridge to relive his camp experience and spread his enthusiasm to his campers.
Ryan is a graduate of Towson University and is a born and raised Marylander. This will be Ryan’s 4th year with Timber Ridge Camp. He began as a counselor working with both the junior and inter divisions, later becoming the Junior Division Leader during his 2nd and 3rd year. In 2017 Ryan will return as the Inter Division Leader, as well as assisting with programming.
In addition to his time spent at Timber Ridge, Ryan has interned and mentored in the Maryland school system, worked in a child care center for 7 years, and is currently a Program Director of a before and after school program.
In Ryan’s own words, “Timber Ridge is my home away from home and there is no place I would rather be!”
Kelli started her camping days back in 2008 as an inter camper. In the years following she has been a camper for 5 years, a counselor in training, and a counselor in the girls senior division. We are happy to announce that she will now be returning for the summer of 2017 as a girls division leader!
As a camper, Kelli’s favorite parts of summer included the circus shows, playing tennis, being by the water, and meeting fellow campers and counselors from all over the world. Kelli takes these passions she learned at camp and continues to develop them in her every day life. She does this by playing collegiate tennis, traveling the world, and improving her safety and supervisory skills at the waterfront and pool. She even recently spent a semester abroad in Spain!
Outside of camp, Kelli is a double major in Spanish and International Affairs at Gettysburg College, where she spends most of her time while not at home in Carroll County, Maryland.
Murray Kramer: Murray has been at camp for over 25 years. His personality is humorous and caring. Murray’s love for children and his ability to guide them and work with them goes beyond Timber Ridge. He works year round with children in a non profit setting. Recently he was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Citadel County School system in Pennsylvania. As Program Director, Murray understands what brings out the best in all children.
Angela Rary: Angela started out at Camp Green Briar back in 2001 where she ran the horseback riding program for 3 years. In 2010 she returned to Timber Ridge as the Horseback Riding Director, and has stayed with Timber Ridge ever since.
Angela has a B.S. in Equestrian Studies and a M.A. in Education. When not at camp, she teaches 8th grade physical science in Loudoun County, Virginia. She is also a certified riding instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association and an active competitor in the equestrian sports of dressage and combined training.
Angela has brought new energy and professionalism to our horseback riding program, and we expect her program to continue to expand. Her “Horsemasters” program will be back again this year, allowing interested campers to earn internationally recognized certificates for their skills and knowledge with horses.
JM” has been playing at camp for almost 30 years now. He has been involved in professional theater since the age of 6, performing in live theater, nightclubs, movies, creating cartoon voices, and writing 9 original interactive children’s musicals.
While at camp, JM helps create a feeling of play, wonderment, and adventure. He is able to keep everyone on their toes and ready to be goofy or silly when the time comes. While not in the theater or backstage JM can be seen all over camp with an energy level unmatched. When he does relax however, you can most likely find him outside his cabin by the fire pit where company is always
Doc Rader and Stephanie:
Doc Brain and Stephanie are part of our Timber Ridge Family. Their three children, Logan, Alex & Gabby enjoy spending their summers at Timber Ridge as well! Doc Brian has been an Emergency Room Physician for 17 years and continues to do so. They enjoy spending time together creating new memories and exploring new adventures, as well as sharing moments with family and friends. They spend their days at Timber Ridge, walking around checking in on all the children, Counselors and Staff. The Raders are committed to caring for everyone at Timber Ridge not just on a professional level, but on a person level as if they are their own family.
Kathy Knigin R.N.: Kathy met her husband Scott at camp. Scott was a camper for many years before he became a counselor where he fell instantly in love with his wife Kathy. Kathy is an RN who loves children and camp so this is a great combination. He knowledge and heart make the infirmary the perfect place to go , even if you are not ill.
Jeff Jude R.N.: This is Jeff’s second year at camp. He is fun, knowledgeable and loves the magic of Timber Ridge. We are fortunate for his return summer 2017.
Doc and Patty: A great couple with love for Timber Ridge and children. Both have been at camp for many years. Starting as the Tennis Directors and now Doc is the fishing director. His program is always full and successful. Patty does odd jobs around camp and her love for children is contagious.
Circus Matt and Jen: With many years at Timber Ridge. This wonderful couple run the circus program. including but not limited to flying trapeze, standing trapeze, silks, trampoline, fire eating, acrobats and juggling. They run a program in South Florida called Ariel Trapeze Academy.
Stay tuned for more as contracts are in the mail and waiting return. Only 84 days until camp, yea double digits!