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Active Program Faculty & Summer Camp Instructors

Also see Kim & Chris Chisholm, Directors, as well as our Administrative & Adjunct Faculty.

Active Program Faculty & Summer Camp Instructors

Patrick Wiley, B.A., Lead Instructor & Apprenticeship Facilitator
Charlie Borrowman, Lead Instructor, Wild Chef & Ichthyologist
Megan Damofle, Lead Instructor, Herbalist & Permaculturist
Torrey Burke-Weeks, B.A., Lead Instructor & Artisan
Nicco Minutoli, Health-Logistics Coordinator & Assistant Instructor
Chelsea Jacobs, EMT, Assistant Instructor
Braden Ploger, Assistant Instructor
Benjamin Kleiber, Assistant Instructor
Marco Garcia-Duarte, Assistant Instructor
Thomas Fellows, Assistant Instructor
Elissa Pemberton, B.S., Apprentice
Sarah Inskeep, Apprentice
Andres Godinez, Apprentice
Anna “Wren” Schmidt, Apprentice
Heather Carmichael, Apprentice
Jacquelyn Kellin, Apprentice
Drew Basham, Apprentice
Gabriella Ashford, Apprentice

Patrick Wiley, B.A.
Patrick Skull

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Apprenticeships Facilitator
Hometown(s): Eugene, OR
Approximate Age: 25
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2008

Patrick received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon in 2015, and is currently working on his masters in conflict mediation. He first came to Wolf Camp in 2004, and completed our week-long Naturalist Mentoring CIT course in 2006 and our Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in the summer of 2007.  In 2008, he served as an    assistant camp instructor and became our youngest-ever lead instructor in 2009. Chris calls him his “mini-me, only twice as tall” as he is an outdoor generalist, but naturally gifted teacher.  While studying at Whitman College, he received certification in Outdoor Leadership.  In 2010, he completed his Permaculture Design Certification through Oregon State University.  He is a twice certified Wilderness First Responder.  In 2013, he completed a course in Storytelling and Presentation Mastery through NLP Pacific.  He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014.  Most recently, he completed the basic Professional Mediation and Conflict Management Training through Community Mediation Services.  Patrick will teach a number of courses for us during the summer of 2014. For a personal note from Patrick, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2008.

 

Charlie Borrowman

Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Wilderness Chef, Fishing Specialist
Hometown(s): SF Bay Area, CA
Current Residence: San Diego, CA
Approximate Age: 25
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2006
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2009

Charlie first came to camp in 2006 after having attending Hawk Circle in Cherry Valley, NY, and has since completed all of our summer courses, including the Ultimate Tracker. He completed our week-long Naturalist Mentoring CIT course in 2007 and our summer-long Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2009. Charlie is the most amazing lead guitarist and story teller. He re-invented our Epic Fishing Camp in 2010 for which he is now our perennial lead instructor, and has lead and co-taught most of our other camps including Wilderness Survival and the Stone Age Artisan. Charlie graduated from the French Culinary Institute in San Jose, CA in 2011 and his skills as a chef have transformed our meals at Wolf Camp into gourmet fair. Charlie also developed our Backcountry Gourmet Cooking Class which launched in the spring of 2013. He is also co-developer of the Wilderness Wannabies Comedy Tour, and most recently, he earned a Level I Track & Sign Certification from Cybertracker, Int’l in 2013. For a personal note from Charlie, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2009.

Megan Damofle
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor, Herbalist
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 30
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2006
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2008

Megan completed the bulk of her Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship in 2006, and went on to finish studying herbalism, permaculture and other crafts before returning to complete her training and lead instruct Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics in the summer of 2008. Megan hails from Seattle, and her story of self-motivated work and study is inspiring to all, as she has already gained the respect we normally reserve for herbalists twice her age. For a personal note from Megan, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2006.

 

Torrey Burke-Weeks, B.A.
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Roles/Work: Lead Instructor
Hometown(s): Bellingham, WA
Approximate Age: 23
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2001
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2010

Torrey first came to a Bellingham day camp when he was a wee little 7 year old, and has been coming back ever since. Growing up without TV or video games, his entertainment and education has always come from nature and the outdoors. His interests include teaching, tracking, backcountry camping, woodworking, traditional survival skills, foraged food, blues/swing dance, and sustainability. After 10 years of Waldorf education and 4 years at Bellingham High School, he received his Bachelors in Sustainable Design from Quest University Canada in Spring of 2016. Most impressive about Torrey, in addition to his advanced outdoor skills, is his natural teaching ability. Balancing what he learned at Waldorf with his Wolf Camp experience, he just knows how to inspire students to learn, and take them safely through lessons like a pro. For a personal note from Torrey, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2012.

Nicco Minutoli
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Roles/Work: Instructor, Health & Logistics Coordinator
Hometown(s): Milan, Italy
Approximate Age: 22
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2004
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2011

Nicco first attended camp at age 10, and attended every camp by the time he was in high school. He teaches artisanry and survival, among other skills, and is our prime gear/facilities organizer during the summer. He is currently attending Washington State University in Pullman WA where he is studying computational physics as an upperclassman after training as an ROTC Army Cadet during his first couple of years there, gaining expert skills of navigation, risk management, outdoor survival, gear assessment, and more. For a personal note from Nicco, check out our Apprenticeship Testimonials and scroll down to 2011.

Chelsea Jacobs, EMT

Chelsea

Roles/Work: Assistant Instructor, EMT
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 28
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2011
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2013

Chelsea started our Earth Skills Apprenticeship in 2014 and recently became a certified EMT and works on ambulances when she’s not teaching at Wolf Camp.

 

 

 

Braden Ploger

Artisans.Mt.Rainier.2013Roles/Work: Camp Instructor
Hometown(s): Bainbridge Island, WA
Approximate Age: 19
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2005
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp:
2012

Braden Ploger first started at Wolf Camp when he was 8 years old. He finished the Wolf College Outdoor Apprenticeship Program when he was 16. He has always loved the outdoors and has been going on backpacking trips for as long as he can remember. He is a sophomore at Western Washington University as a pre major in plastics and composites engineering and teaches home school workshops on earth skills well at school.

 

Marco Garcia-Duarte

Roles/Work: Assistant Instructor
Hometown(s): Seattle, WA
Approximate Age: 17
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2007
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2014

 

Thomas Fellows

Roles/Work: Assistant Instructor
Hometown(s): Puyallup WA
Approximate Age: 18
Introduced to the Wolf College: 2012
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2015

Benjamin Kleiber

Wolf Camp Instructor in Training Ben Kleiber on Mt Rainier 2013Roles/Work: Camp Instructor
Hometown(s): Ferndale, WA
Approximate Age: 19
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2007
First Leadership Year at Wolf Camp: 2011

Ben Kleiber attends the University of Washington. When he wasn’t at Wolf Camp, you could find him drumming for the high school marching band or working as a Ski Instructor at Mt. Baker. He also played soccer and wrestled for Ferndale High. Ben immensely enjoys outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, snowboarding, and back-country ski trips. He began his career as a Wolf Camper when he was 9 years old, and has been coming back to teach as much as he can. His specialty is survival and scouting, but he enjoys everything about the outdoors.

 

Elissa Pemberton

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Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Mt. Vernon, WA
Approximate Age: 29
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2016

Elissa attended UC Santa Cruz where she received a B.A. in Environmental studies with a focus in environmental education. It was during this time when she developed her passion for working with kids in the outdoors. She has experience teaching all over the world with kids from many different backgrounds. From teaching English in Thailand, to running arts projects with kids in refugee camps in Greece. She was recently certified Wilderness First Responder. Her interest include gardening, mountaineering, traveling, cooking, crafting and dancing.

 

Sarah Inskeep

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Manhattan, KS
Approximate Age: 22
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2016

 

Andres Godinez

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Chicago, IL
Approximate Age: 19
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2013
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2015

 

Anna “Wren” Schmidt

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Seatte, WA
Approximate Age: 19
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2016

 

Heather Carmichael

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Sammamish, WA
Approximate Age: 18
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2014
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2015

 

Gabriella Ashford

Roles/Work: Apprentice
Hometown(s): Port Townsend, WA
Approximate Age: 16
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2012
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2015

 

Jacquelyn Kellin

IMG_0341Roles/Work: Apprentice, Camp Cook
Hometown(s): Grand Rapids, MN
Approximate Age: 20
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 1996
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2016

 

 

 

 

Drew Basham

IMG_0300Roles/Work: Apprentice, Camp Cook
Hometown(s): Grand Rapids, MN
Approximate Age: 20
Introduced to Wolf Camp: 2015
First Leadership Year at the Wolf College: 2016