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2017 Overnight Team

Our Staff for our New Jersey Camp Location
We Cannot Wait to Meet You!

AOIFE, WATERFRONT INSTRUCTOR

FROM: Dublin, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Aoife (I know 4 vowels in a 5 letter name, who does that?). I am from Dublin, Ireland and I am currently studying Engineering in College. I really enjoy working with children and have lots of experience. I have been working as both a lifeguard and a swimming teacher for the past 3 years and have loved every minute of it! I have also been volunteering as a lifesaving instructor and a sports coach for a number of years. Living beside the mountains, it’s no surprise that I am a member of my local scouts and spend what free time I have hiking up the trails. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and love how TBC is so rustic. I am really looking forward to this summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!

KASEY, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Pennsylvania

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi guys! My name is Kasey and I live in Pennsylvania. I am an English major, gearing toward social work. I love the outdoors and can’t wait to get back to camp! This will be my second summer with Trail Blazers, and I am so excited to be able to experience it again! I loved working with kids last summer, and I am ecstatic to return! Camp was the best summer of my life and I hope to leave that impact on the campers as well as my fellow counselors. I’m anxious to meet all of you!

LUCY, GROUP LEADER

FROM: England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi there, I’m Lucy! I’m from a small town just outside of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England.  This is my first summer at Trail Blazers and I couldn’t be more excited! I currently work as a bookseller, having worked as a mentor with young people in the past. I start my Education and Psychology degree in September and hope to work in a range of settings when I graduate. I’ve heard so many positive stories from camp and I can’t wait to get involved to help more campers have an amazing summer. See you soon!

SODA, PROGRAM SPECIALIST

FROM: Long Island

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hey there! My name is Sodasia but friends alike call me Soda for short! I’m a singer from eastern Long Island, complete suburbia, and am currently studying as an Arts Management major at Purchase College. This will be my second year at Trail Blazers and I can’t wait to come back and be a part of this wonderful experience all over again. Aside from the Arts, I have always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking, everything included, and really appreciate the time I get to spend here at Trailblazers. I plan on making TBC 2k17 the best year yet!

FITZROY, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Jamaica

YEARS AT TBC: 1

My name is Fitzroy. I’m a dependable, trustworthy, loving and a hardworking individual. I strive to do the right at all times and I also put my 100% in anything I’m doing. I always try to be punctual and I have a high self-esteem. One of the things I’m gonna enjoy is the outdoor camping ⛺️ because I am a country boy and a lot of my outdoor activities would fit for camp like making a fire, building tents, cooking outside and fishing etc… I love working with kids especially in a surrounding like Trail Blazers you get the kids active and one thing kids like the most is learning new things and adventures meanwhile they’re having fun. I am looking forward to meet the whole Trail Blazers family and I also want to learn some of your culture as well.

KYARRAH, ENABLER

FROM: Brooklyn, NY

YEARS AT TBC: 9

Hello! My name is Kyarrah. I am 22 years old from Brooklyn. I am currently a senior in college. Although my major is Law and Society, I have a passion for working with kids. I am going on my 9th summer at TBC and I couldn’t be more excited. TBC is such a magical place that changes lives. Not only does it mold the young minds of the campers, but it also help mold the minds of the adults as well. Transitioning from a camper to a group leader helped me realize that. Looking forward to another amazing summer!

MICHAELA, ENABLER

FROM: Brisbane, Australia

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi, my name is Michaela, I am from Brisbane Australia….. Yep the country where all the animals either bite or sting you. I am a qualified social worker, I began my career in youth work with Indigenous Australians and then made a transition to working with homeless mothers and their children for the majority of my career. After working at TBC last year I realised that working with young people is where my heart is, I cant wait to return for my second summer. I absolutely love being outdoors and I love kids so camp now just feels like my home and I cant wait to get started.

JAMIE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

FROM: Dorking, UK

YEARS AT TBC: 4

Hey there, my name is Jamie. I am a 4th time returner to Trail Blazer Camps and am extremely excited and proud to be a part of such a wonderful organisation. Trail Blazers has been such an important part of my life and looking back to my first time at camp, when I was still a student at university, it’s scary to think that I almost decided not to take the job. I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be like or the person that I might have become without the experiences I gained, friends I made or challenges I faced! Trail Blazers Camp was, and still is, the place where I am truly able to be my best self and the lessons I learned there have come to define me as the person I have grown up to be. It’s going to be another amazing, roller coaster of a summer and I can’t wait to share the experience will all of you!

JORDAN, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Staffordshire, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, I’m Jordan from Staffordshire, England. I’m currently a student at the university of Worcester. In my spare time I love being in the outdoors, hiking, mountain climbing and generally getting muddy. This will be my first camp in America, but in the past I’ve taught field craft and survival skills in the Air Training Corps, so i’m no stranger to the camp life! I spent last summer teaching first aid in Africa for 3 months, and can’t wait to spend my next summer in the states and explore the new environment!! See you all soon!!

HANNAH, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Dublin, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi Everyone! I’m Hannah, I’m 20 and I’m from Dublin, Ireland ! I’m studying French and Classical Civilization in college. This year will be my first summer at Trail Blazers which I am very excited about! I love the outdoors and have been in Scouts since I was six years old, hiking, camping and taking part in all sorts of outdoor activities! I’m also a leader for the Beaver Scouts so I’m really excited to be working with the kids at camp!  I can’t wait to have the summer of a lifetime at TBC and I’m so looking forward to meeting every one of you ! See you soon 🙂

LOREA, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Dominican Republic & NYC

YEARS AT TBC: 3

My name is Lorea, I’m from NYC but I was born in the Dominican Republic and spent the first 7 years of my life there. I’m currently a freshman in the University of Richmond in Virginia and I’m planning on majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Leadership Studies. This is my third year at TBC and my first year as a staff member which I’m really excited about! I love to travel, read, run and be around nature, oh and I also love kids!! As a camper, TBC helped me grow as an individual and challenged me beyond words. It taught me the importance of self-care, compassion and patience. The friendships I’ve made throughout the years at TBC are a few of the most meaningful warm-hearted relationships I’ve developed in my short years there and I can’t wait to be able to create even more this summer.

LAURA, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Colombia & Connecticut

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi, I’m Laura! I was born in Medellín, Colombia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. I am a first year at St.Lawrence University in the Adirondack region of New York. I have been exploring the outdoors for as long as I can remember and plan to further my appreciation for the earth in an Environmental Studies degree. This is my first year as a camp counselor but my fourth year as a mentor for young kids. The short week I spent at Trail Blazers two summers ago proved to be the experience of a lifetime and this time around I hope to contribute to building campers’ resilience, stewardship, and self confidence but more importantly, make this an unforgettable summer!

LOWELL, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Ballina, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi guys, I’m Lowell. I’m from a town called Ballina in County Tipperary in Ireland and I am 20 years old. I am currently in my second year studying Health and Leisure in I.T. Tralee. This will be my first summer at camp and I can’t wait to meet you all! I love working with kids and being outdoors. I hope to make a lot of new friends this summer and experience new cultures. I do a lot swim teaching and I was a member of Scouts Ireland for ten years when I was younger so I feel that I am well suited to camp life. I love all sports and I love to travel. I’ll see you all soon!

NATALIE, GROUP LEADER

FROM:Elizabeth, NJ

YEARS AT TBC: 7

Hello everyone!! My name is Natalie. I was born and raised in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Despite being a city girl I have always been a deep admirer of nature and all things outdoors. I’ve been a camper at many different summer camps since I was very young. But 7 years ago I was sent to Trail Blazers and have spent every single summer there since, from camper to group leader. I’m a high school graduate and currently on my gap year volunteering in rural Nepal. Being surrounded by youth every day I am reminded of how important it is to ensure we are empowering our youth and helping them flourish. Trail Blazers has taught me so much about myself, others and life. It brings me joy to help pay it forward again this summer.

SINEAD, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Carlow, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Sinéad and I’m from the town of Carlow in Ireland. I am currently in my first year of University studying Science at NUI Galway. This is my first year as a group leader for Trail Blazers and I am super excited to meet you all! I have been a member of the Irish Girl Guides for a number of years and I love all things outdoors, hiking, cooking and having fun. I have no doubt this will be one of the best summers at Camp Trail Blazers!

JOHN, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Haiti & Queens

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello, my name is John and I am 20. I’m from Queens New York, but I’m originally from Haiti. I currently a student at Buffalo State College and I am studying Fashion. This summer is going to be my first year as a group leader and I am really excited to be a part of the community. I grew outdoors and I learned most my skills from my families while I was in Haiti. I love outdoors because there is always something to do or to learn. Fashion plays a big role in my life especially my personal style. I love reading books, hiking, and swimming. I am always up for something new or try anything new. I currently volunteer to help young kids and adults and I am really enjoying because I am learning and I am making an impact in their life. I will see you guys soon!

EIMEAR, HEAD LIFEGUARD

FROM: Kerry, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Cónas atá tú, everyone? I’m Eimear and I’m from the thriving metropolis of Kerry, more specifically a village in the south west of Ireland with a population of 700! I recently graduated from the University College of Dublin with an English degree and am hoping to spend next year travelling and teaching. Last year I worked as a Waterfront Instructor at TBC and can say I have never had a more rewarding, challenging or inspiring experience. What I loved about camp was that I wasn’t just a lifeguard but I had the opportunity to spend the summer working closely with the kids and my small camp counselors which was the highlight of my summer. I am so grateful for my summer spent in New Jersey and cannot wait to get stuck back into it! See you all on the dock (I’ll be the sunburned one).

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SEAN, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Glasgow, Scotland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello everyone. I’m Sean from Glasgow, Scotland. I’m currently studying TV Production at college, and then hopefully University after the summer to study Media and Politics. I recently left the Army Cadet Force, it was great. I specialized in hiking, camping. I also love to play football and have a good laugh. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and believe we will have the best summer.

LUKE, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Manchester, UK

YEARS AT TBC: 1

My name is Luke and I am from Manchester in the  UK and I am currently studying at Durham University. I am involved in lots of things there and enjoy getting to meet  lots of different people and trying lots of new things. I  love playing sport, being outside and going on hikes and I  also have a love for nature- so think I will fit right in a  Trail Blazers and can’t wait to meet everybody and have  lots of fun this summer!

PHILIP, PROGRAM SPECIALIST

FROM: Durham, UK (via Iceland)

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi 🙂 My name is Philip and I’m super excited for my third summer camp season this year. It’ll be my second summer at TBC and this year I’m taking on the role of program specialist, having been the bike specialist last year. I’m a 3rd year student at Durham University in the UK where my double majors are Education and Geography. This summer I’ll be flying in from Reykjavik, Iceland where I’ve been living, working and studying since camp last year. Camp is where you’ll find the happiest me, I hardly ever stop talking about it. I can’t wait to get to know you all in the sun, by the lake or during Pow Wow around the campfire. Together we’ll make this summer awesome!

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JONNY, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Edinburgh, Scotland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi I’m Jonny and I’m from Edinburgh in Scotland. I’m studying Politics and International Relations at the University of York, which is interesting considering the times we live in both in the USA and the in the UK. I love the outdoors since I spent most of my childhood and school time playing rugby of some kind outdoors in any weather at any time. I really got in to the outdoors during my gap year, where I stayed on a desert island in Australia for a week with just the essentials and functioning toilet, luckily. I’m interested in sports as I have tried my hand at most of them from hockey to squash. This will be my first time in the USA and at Trail Blazers so I’m really looking forward to a complete new summer experience compared to what I have done before!

EREN, WATERFRONT INSTRUCTOR

FROM: Oldenzaal, Netherlands

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello Everyone! My Name is Ali Eren, but everybody calls me Eren. I am 22 years old I was born in a little town called Oldenzaal in the Netherlands. I love playing all kinds of outdoor games and sports. My favourite sport is football – the kind with the round ball, but my biggest hobby/passion is TRAVELING!
I just finished my college in the tourism and now I want to travel for a few years. I have worked abroad 4 times on camp sides and hotels in different countries with different teams, about half a year each time. This will be my first time in the USA and at Trail Blazers, and I can’t wait to meet you all!

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CHARLIE, GROUP LEADER

FROM: Manchester, UK

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone! My name is Charlie and I’m from Manchester in England. I am currently in my last year of university studying Psychology and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. This will be my first summer at Trail Blazers as a Group Leader and will hopefully help me decide whether I want to pursue a career in teaching or social work. I am really excited about working at a summer camp as it is something I have never experienced before and something I consider an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to being part of a community that can make a difference to children’s lives as well as allowing the experience to impact my own. I love to be outdoors when I can often participating in hiking around my town but living out there is going to be a completely new experience for me! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and spending the summer of a lifetime with yous!