Our staff:camper ratio is 2 staff to 13 campers. An adult (age 21+) and a student (16-21 years old) lead each trip. We also have:
Born and raised in Charleston, Kyndra has been exploring the Lowcountry for decades. Her passion for the outdoors led her to study Recreation at Appalachian State University with a concentration in Outdoor Education. She also holds a Master's Degree from the University of Georgia in Recreation, where she ran the Outdoors Program while attending graduate school.
She is certified in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Darkness to Light, and has the mantra "Safety First, Awesome Second."
She has thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, worked as a Wilderness Instructor for at-risk youth, competed in an Olympic-distance triathlon, spent 3 months touring the National Parks, and bicycled 500 miles across North Carolina. She still camps on a regular basis, and is serious about s'mores.
Bryan's joining the Famous Adventures team full time this summer as the leader of the Mini Adventure Camp. Bryan holds an MEd from UGA in Education and Creativity. He's been a high school math teacher, technologist at CofC, and currently teaches Porter-Gaud's elementary-age students about coding.
Bryan has also worked as a wilderness instructor and backpacking guide. He has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, ridden his bicycle across the entire U.S., and volunteered for the Peace Corps in Ghana (as a math teacher). He also figured out to attach our kayaks to his bicycle so the whole family can go paddling. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid and Darkness to Light.
Meagan grew up in Atlanta, GA, with a family that often camped and hiked in The National Parks. She is no stranger to Adventure! Meagan graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in Science Education, and is currently earning her MEd from the Citadel. She holds CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications.
A high school physics teacher at Porter-Gaud School, Meagan also coaches the swim team and trebuchet competitions. Meagan and her family sail to the Bahamas each summer to enjoy some serious fishing.
Emma is a rising senior at Agnes Scott College in Decatur GA. She is a camp gal at heart and is excited to spend the summer at home in Charleston. Emma has been attending summer camp in North Carolina since she was 9 years old, continuing as a counselor for the past three years. She enjoys camping, kayaking, climbing, biking, and ultimate frisbee. Most of all, she loves passing on her outdoor enthusiasm to kids - which is exactly what we aspire to do with Famous Adventures.
Laura has worked with kiddos for almost 30 years now, and has two kids of her own that think she is pretty cool. She teaches 4 and 5 year olds at John Wesley Day School and absolutely loves this stage of learning. She is known to spontaneously break out into songs like "Yum Yum Breakfast Burrito" and "Cat Cat Frog Frog." She secretly would like to join the circus because she loves to flip and tumble and jump.
A true Charlestonian, Carter graduated from SOA and is a Senior at C of C, studying to be a history teacher. He grew up fishing and boating in Charleston, and enjoys longboarding and camping often. Carter has worked at summer camps, as a lifeguard, and is currently a counselor at Kaleidoscope for Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School. Carter is Wilderness First Aid, Darkness to Light and CPR certified. Pictured here on a trip to - wait - is that a pig in the ocean? Yes it is!
Jonathan is headed to the Citadel this fall after graduating from Porter-Gaud School. As if that's not enough distinction, he has also completed multiple trips with North Carolina Outward Bound, including their Leadership Course. He has CPR and First Aid certifications. Jonathan loves camping and backpacking, and is an amazing mentor for young kids. He's known at camp as "Johann Noodle" or "the panda in a human suit."
Dani is a gifted teacher of little kids, and we are lucky to snag her for the summer. During the school year she leads the 2s class at the O'Quinn School on James Island. She has a BA in Art from the Maryland Institute (we're hoping she'll take lots of pictures for us this summer). Dani enjoys hiking, photography, cooking and keeping tiny humans happy. She's certified in Darkness to Light, Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
With many years in the classroom, Trena is an expert with infants through teens. She also brings years of experience living in Charleston, NYC, abroad, and everywhere in between. She delights in other people's happiness, and her joie de vivre is contagious. Trena is certified in Frist Aid, CPR and Darkness to Light. And she's also bringing Restorative Practices training to all of our staff this summer. Trena is a gifted teacher-of and connector-to people of all backgrounds, and we are so lucky that our campers and staff will learn from her this summer.
Lucy was born and raised in Charleston, and is a rising senior at Queens University of Charlotte as a communication and film student. She enjoys anything and everything outdoors. She and her two brothers grew up playing soccer, going to the beach, camping, kayaking, and sailing around the harbor. She attended summer camp at YMCA Camp Greenville for 4 years and is excited to help kiddos enjoy summer camp as much as she did!