Our Staff

Did you know?

Our staff:camper ratio is 2 staff to 13 campers.  An adult (age 21+) and an assistant (ages 17+) lead each trip.  We also have:

  • Background checks 
  • Darkness to Light training
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification for adult staff.  
  • Drivers have additional training and DMV record checks
And our outfitters exceed the standards in their industries.  See our partners page if you're looking for trusted specialty camps.  


    Kyndra Luce - Co-Owner & Lead Guide

    Kyndra LuceBorn 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 Luce - Co-Owner and Lead Guide

    Bryan is the leader of Mini Camp (ages 6-8), AKA "cat herder." Bryan holds an MEd from UGA in Education and Creativity.  He's been a high school math teacher, and technologist at CofC and Porter-Gaud.  

    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 is certified in Wilderness First Aid and Darkness to Light.  Bryan is a SC Coastal Master Naturalist with Clemson Extension (ask him about Spartina Grass!).  He can often be found volunteering at beach sweeps and bagging oysters.

    Aaron Lipka - Adventure Camp Leader

    Aaron is a full-time Latin teacher at Porter-Gaud, and long-time outdoors person.  Aaron has an MA in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia.  He enjoys all things overly-cerebral, including speaking in dead languages and playing complicated board games.  Aaron has also participated in Outward Bound North Carolina and Hurricane Island, and is an avid whitewater rafter, mountain biker, and world-traveler.  Any camper lucky enough to challenge him to a game of Super Silent Speed Ball (like Harvey, left) knows what a camp Aaron leads!

    Allison Philips - Adventure and Mini Camp Leader

    Allison recently moved to Charleston from Florida and is excited to spend the summer exploring outside! Allison graduated last year with her degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and now works as a 3- and 4-year-old daycare teacher in Mt. Pleasant. She has worked as a camp counselor, nanny, and challenge course facilitator, and she loves learning through play in the outdoors. Her talents include hula hooping while walking backwards and Harry Potter trivia.

    Abbie Hutchinson - Adventure and Mini Camp Leader

    Abigail is a rising senior at the College of Charleston. She currently works as a Teaching Assistant at N.E. Miles Early Childhood Education Center downtown while pursing a double major in Psychology and Communications. She has previously worked as a camp counselor at Camp Seafarer in Arapahoe, NC. Abigail uses any free time at the beach, exploring around Charleston or dancing!



    Jessica Adams - Adventure and Mini Camp Assistant

    Jessica is an outstanding student at Charleston Collegiate who we were lucky to "steal" away from her residential summer camp job =).  Jessica earned her Wilderness First Aid in our class last year, and has been a great addition to our staff since then.  

    Jonathan Laureano - Adventure Camp Instructor

    Jonathan has been with Famous Adventures since our first summer!  A Porter-Gaud alum, Jonathan just finished his freshman year at the Citadel.  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 "panda in a human suit."

    Hannah Richardson - Adventure and Mini Camp Instructor

    Hannah Richardson is a native of Charleston and JICHS class of 2018!  She has just finished her first year at Appalachian State University, and joins us as for her 3rd summer at Famous Adventures.  Hannah is an athlete who enjoys all things outdoors - especially snowboarding this past winter in Boone, NC.  Hannah is a laid-back, fun staff for both Mini and Adventure camps.

    Kim Copeland - Adventure Camp Leader

    Kim Copeland is a native of Charleston, born and raised in Summerville. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Business from the College of Charleston, as well as a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Education from Western Governors University. She is a 4th grade teacher at Orange Grove Charter School. In her spare time, she absolutely loves being outdoors!  Kayaking is one of her most favorite things, as well as camping and hiking, especially if waterfalls are involved!

    Laura Hansel - Mini Camp Leader

    Laura Hansel Instructor BioLaura 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.








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