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, bicycled 500 miles across North Carolina, and completed the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  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 Phillips
    Allison is a camp and outdoor enthusiast who is excited to spend another summer exploring outside with the amazing Famous crew! Allison moved to Charleston after getting her degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and she now teaches preschool in Mt. Pleasant. She has years of experience working with kids as a teacher, camp counselor, nanny, and challenge course facilitator, and she is passionate about 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

    Abbie is excited for another summer with the famous adventures family! She recently graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Communications and Psychology. In the past, she has worked as a Teacher Assistant at N.E. Miles Early Childhood Education Center for two years and at Camp Seafarer for one summer as a head counselor. She is a long time lover of the outdoors, especially Folly Beach in the summertime! Abbie is well versed in most Parry Gripp, Moana and JoJo Siwa songs.

    Christine Black - Adventure and Mini Camp Leader

    Christine is a full-time 4th grade teacher at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Christine has a BA in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of Connecticut. She is currently working towards her masters in Elementary Education. She is excited to spend the summer by the ocean and exploring the South Carolina coastline. She has previously worked as a camp counselor for four summers at Camp Sargent in Merrimack, New Hampshire. In her free time Christine loves reading, camping, biking and going for really long walks!

    Eleanor Lee - Adventure and Mini Camp Assistant

    After tackling her first year of college, Eleanor Lee is excited to start her first summer with Famous Adventures! A Porter-Gaud alum, Eleanor is a member of the Outdoors Club and the Student Sustainability Council at Calvin University. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time outside; she is also a seasoned babysitter and loves working with kids! Eleanor can play many Mumford & Sons songs on the ukulele. Her other talents include listening to small people and making goofy faces.

     

    Jessica Adams - Adventure and Mini Camp Assistant


    Jessica Adams is going into her second summer as an assistant with Famous Adventures and is very excited! After six years of an amazing school experience at Charleston Collegiate, she will be attending Veritas for her senior year of high school. Jessica has previously worked for YMCA Camp Cherokee as a camp counselor, has attended two Outward Bound Trips, and volunteers at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding. This past school year, she interned with Brooke Haynie, the Outdoor Education Teacher at Charleston Collegiate with two of her classmates. During this internship, she taught classes, observed Mr. Haynie’s teaching methods, and built a team building element with her tree-o (trio). She is certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, First Aid, and AED. Jessica’s enthusiastic, loves the outdoors, and is always prepared with a pun!

    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."

    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!

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