Youth Camp Staff


Education: Bachelor's in Recreation Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Qualifications: Valerie has been with Peak Adventures since the beginning of 2002. She has over 1,000 hours of facilitation experience, 15 years of event planning experience, 15 years of summer camp experience, and a love for the outdoors.
Top 3 outdoor hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Playing!
Best outdoor experience: "Hiking with my dad."
What I love about Youth Camp: I love working as a youth camp counselor because I am a camp girl at heart.  I started going to camps in the 3rd grade and I think that every child should get the opportunity to experience the fun, the learning, and the self-growth that summer camps have to offer.

Meredith Budlong

Education: BS in Recreation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Qualifications: Wilderness First Responder, Professional Climbing Wall Association certified Climbing Wall instructor.
Top 3 Outdoor Hobbies: Rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, backpacking.
Best Outdoor Experiences: 5 days hiking through Paria Canyon in Arizona.
What I Love About Youth Camp: "I love seeing the smiling faces, and when I do I can't help but smile myself."

Education/Qualifications: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Admin. Major with a concentration in Recreation Therapy. Associates in Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, and Individual and Society from American River College. Certified in First Aid, CPR/AED, and Wilderness First Aid.
Why do you love the outdoors? The outdoors allows for me to get away from my day to day busy life and just relax. Each and every time I step foot into the outdoors it gives me the opportunity to experience new and exciting things.
Three favorite hobbies: My favorite hobbies are the hobbies that I enjoy with my daughter. A few of my other hobbies include Swimming, Reading, Hiking.

Education/Qualifications: I have a BA in Liberal Studies. I am WFA, CPR, and First Aid certified and I worked at Mount Hermon Adventures for 2 years.
Why do you love the outdoors? Being outside makes me feel more alive!
Three favorite hobbies: Reading, hiking, rock climbing

Education/Qualifications: I'm working towards a degree in Kinesiology here at CSU, Sacramento while working with special needs children in a school setting. I am CPR and First Aid certified with tons of experience outdoors!
Why do you love the outdoors? In the outdoors there is always a challenge to overcome, a lesson to be learned and experience to be had. Nature can be a great teacher if given respect.
Three favorite hobbies: I like to backpack, go fishing and teach!

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