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Meet our Cabin Counselor Staff

Hello! I proudly introduce you to Red Arrow Camp’s 2019 Cabin Counselor Staff. This is a special group who represent a diverse body of skills, interests, and backgrounds. Learn more about their backgrounds below. Visiting this summer? Seek them out and introduce yourself!  Their love for RAC is clear and so is their commitment in helping guide your son through a summer that he will never forget.  On Red Arrow! — Eric

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RAC Doug Dittel

Douglas Dittel

Age: 18
Hometown: Antigo, WI
College and Major: UW-Stevens Point, Elementary Education
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: First year counselor
Number of years as a camper: 6 Years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: Soccer and Track

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
Being a counselor at Red Arrow means to me that I’m there to give a lending hand as we watch the process of campers grow.
I joined the Red Arrow family back in 2010 as a camper. I enjoy hiking and doing other activities outside, such as playing soccer. Recently, I finished my first year of college at UW-Stevens Point. As a camper, I learned the importance of the RAC brotherhood. I am excited to be back at Red Arrow as a counselor to share in the brotherhood again.

RAC McKenzie Beeby

McKenzie Beeby

Age: 22
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: This will be my 5th summer.
Number of years as a camper: I was a camper for 9 summers.
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: I teach Ride, Choir, Performance/Drama, Wrestle, & Rifle

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
Being a counselor at Red Arrow is truly the best job in the world. We get the opportunity to grow these brotherly bonds with these kids and facilitate growth. Watching these kids change and grow confidence and individuality makes all the hard word truly worth it. To see a kid run that extra mile, hike up that last hill, or to earn an award that seemed to be impossible at the start of camp makes all of it worthwhile. Red Arrow to me is a community and a family to lean on and my role as a counselor here at camp is to make every camper a part of that family so that years later, as they grow older they will feel as though they can have these Red Arrow brothers to lean on through thick and thin.

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RAC Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Age: 24
Hometown: Brewster, NY
College & Major: I attend Manhattanville College and just finished my first semester of graduate school. I was a Mathematics Major and an English – Creative Writing Minor in Undergrad (at Manhattanville) and am now studying for my Masters in Math Education (Grades 5-12).
Number of Years as a Counselor: This is my sixth superb summer as a counselor at Red Arrow.
Number of Years as a Camper: Sadly none.
Instructional Areas: Mainly Tennis but I dabble in teaching Softball (now Baseball) and Ski

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
Wow! Now this is a loaded question. To start off, I will say the simple answer that only scratches the surface. I went to college looking to become a financial advisor or some sort of businessman. After one summer at Red Arrow, I knew that wasn’t what I should be doing with my life. It wasn’t until after my second summer that I really figured it out though- I was meant to work with children. Red Arrow showed me this and I would be just as lost as I was as a freshman in college without this arrow showing me where to go. Beyond this (getting beneath the surface now), I attribute the majority of my mindset and work ethic to my time at camp. I have grown from a lost teenage boy to a man who I am proud of through and through and Red Arrow is the main reason. My goal each summer now (in addition to having yet another of the ‘best summer of my life’) is to instill this love and growth in the boys that come to camp and I hope that, at the very least, they can see the positive effects Red Arrow has had on me and work to let those effects be had on them as well. While I could go on and on, I will leave you with this- I wrote a poem once for one of my classes and it began: a sharp Red Arrow pierced my heart, I will never be the same.

RAC Ronan Hagar

Ronan Hagar

Age: 18
Hometown
: Westfield, NJ
College & Major: Next year I will be starting my college career at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, majoring in psychology
Number of Years as a Counselor: This is my first year as a counselor
Number of Years as a Camper: I spent 6 years there as a camper in cabins D, E, G, Castle, Chalet, and Chateau, then came back as a cookie the next year.
Instructional Areas: Sailing and Windsurfing primarily, and support in other classes. 

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
Red Arrow taught me essential skills in sailing and windsurfing, two of the key activities that I will be teaching over the summer. The chance to give back and teach campers those classes along with aspects of tripping, teamwork, and compassion.

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RAC Justin Austin

Justin Austin

Age: 19
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College and Major: Carnegie Mellon University, Statistics and Machine Learning
Number of years as an RAC Counselor: 1 Years
Number of years as a camper: 5 Years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: Wrestling, Weights, Fitness

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
Being a counselor is my chance to help these boys have the same amazing experience I had when I was a camper. Doing that means the world to me. I owe much of who I am today to the amazing guidance of my counselors, and it is that same guidance that I hope to impart on the campers this year as a counselor.

RAC Ned Stanley

Ned Stanley

Age: 20
Hometown: Madison, WI
College & Major: Currently, I am a rising junior at the University of Puget Sound, studying business and environmental policy.
Number of Years as a Counselor: This is my sixth superb summer as a counselor at Red Arrow.
Number of Years as a Camper: 6 Years
Instructional Areas: I primary teach track and sailing, though I can teach plenty of other activities.

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
The reason that I am a counselor is that I love the feeling of helping campers grow in every aspect of their camp experience.

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RAC Dan Pike

Dan Pike

Age: 22
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
College & Major: I am currently pursuing a degree in math at Virginia Commonwealth University
Number of Years as a Counselor: This is my fourth year as a counselor at RAC
Number of Years as a Camper: I was a camper for four years, and a cookie for one
Instructional Areas: My specialty areas at camp are boardsail and adventure.

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
My job as a counselor at RAC is the best part of my year. Working with the boys and watching them grow as young men and learn new skills all summer is an incredible experience. Seeing the friendships that form over the summer is wonderful to see, and reminds me of the lifelong friends that I made at RAC.

RAC Andres Suberbie

Andrés Suberbie Pons

Age: 20
Hometown: Querétaro, México
College & Major: Student, Financial Administration
Number of Years as a Counselor: First-year counselor
Number of Years as a Camper: 4 Years

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
For me being a counselor at Red Arrow Camp means being a leader, role model, and someone anyone can count on. In addition, help the campers develop skills, provide safety, and make sure they have the best summer camp experience of their lives. Finally, being a counselor means uniting the RAC family a create lifelong friendships.

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RAC Sebastian Sandoval

Sebastian Sandoval

Age: 21
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
College & Major: Tecnologico de Monterrey CSF – Engineering in Mechatronics
Number of Years as a Counselor: 3 Years
Number of Years as a Camper: 3 Years
Instructional Areas: Football, archery, weights, fitness, ride, sailing, rifle, tennis, and scuba

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
For me, it’s that I have the opportunity to keep helping boys become great boys and later on better men that we will be, we want them to learn from us and that includes the mistakes, we want them to succeed in life. Also, it represents an opportunity for us to be better, learn more about ourselves and grow along with them.

RAC Sam Susina

Sam Susina

Age: 22
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College & Major: Washington University in St. Louis; Majoring in Accounting
Number of Years as a Counselor: This is my fourth summer as a counselor!
Instructional Areas: I instruct biking, basketball, softball, and wrestling

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
The opportunity to help ensure young men have a great summer means the world to me. My role as a counselor gives me the chance to help your children accomplish their goals, which not everyone gets the chance to do something as awesome as that! Also, getting to coach your son, building quality fundamentals and skill in any activity they partake in, gives counselors to continue to participate in the activities they love and are passionate about!

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RAC Anthony Burgan

Anthony Burgan

Age: 20
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, IL
College & Major: Media and Cinema Studies, Creative Writing
Number of Years as a Counselor: 3 Years
Number of Years as a Camper: 8 Years
Instructional Areas: I teach scuba, rifle, trap, riding, and track

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
For whatever reason, I find the answer to this question to be both terribly obvious and surprisingly elusive. Red Arrow Camp has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember and I believe that it plays a large role in defining who I am as a person, and it is precisely because of this that I find this question so difficult. On the one hand, I suppose that the “meaning” of my role as a counselor is to act as a teacher, guide, role model, and friend all rolled up into one. Some of the best parts of my summers at camp are in those moments where you get to watch a camper learn something, where you get to watch them grow, whether that takes place during an activity or in a passing social encounter. However, I’m tempted to say that the most wonderful moments of each summer are those tiny instances where you realize that, instead of you teaching the camper, the camper teaches something to you. Now, this could happen because the camper happens to be very knowledgable in a subject in which you are utterly clueless, but, more often than not, it happens because a camper puts you in a situation that tests your leadership skills, or your teaching skills, or even your patience.

I think this is the most beneficial part of the counselor-camper relationship: the flow of learning (the traffic of knowledge, if you will) is mutual, it is a two-way street. And, the more you think about it, the more you realize that you and the camper are growing right alongside each other every second of these seven weeks from the moment they step off the bus right up until Final Awards. Or, to put it more simply, you’re friends — true friends. This friendship, of course, comes with tremendous responsibility, and Red Arrow Counselors (including myself) are always ready to rise up to that challenge and help each and every camper have the greatest summers of their lives.
Can’t wait to be back in the Northwoods!

RAC Eli Halverson

Eli Halverson

Age: 18 (turning 19 while at camp)
Hometown: Stoughton, WI
College & Major: UW-Stevens Point, my major is natural resource planning, looking into a possible minor in communications or conservation law
Number of Years as a Counselor: First-year counselor
Number of Years as a Camper: 0
Instructional Areas: Shooting sports

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
To me, working at Red Arrow is an awesome opportunity. I am super passionate about helping and teaching people. Especially people of a younger age. It provides a rewarding feeling that is hard to recreate. Working as a counselor is a great way to take my skills and use them to try and make a difference in the world of these young men. Also, to add a lot of fun in their summer!

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RAC Noah Shea

Noah Shea

Age: 21
Hometown: Chaseburg, WI
College & Major: Lawrence University, Environmental Studies
Number of Years as a Counselor: First-year counselor
Number of Years as a Camper: 0
Instructional Areas: Basketball, Track, Swimming, Trips

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
As camp counselors, we are given an opportunity to foster a passion for the outdoors in kids. In an increasingly technology-driven world, the value of the social atmosphere at a summer camp is vital. I never went to camp as a kid, but I see the benefits of outdoor learning and view my role here as essential.

RAC Andy Princer

Andy Princer

Age: 18
Hometown: Woodstock, IL
College & Major: Physics Education at Illinois State University
Number of Years as a Counselor: First-year counselor
Number of Years as a Camper: I was a camper for 3 years
Instructional Areas: Basketball, Tennis, Canoe, Adventure, Fitness, and Track and Field

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
I really value the opportunity I get by working at Red Arrow. I loved going there as a camper and I have loved working there. The past two years I have been on staff and it has been amazing working with and watching the campers grow both over the summer and year to year. I am very excited to be on staff as a counselor this year and to be even more involved with the campers.

Red Arrow is like a second home to me in large part because I have always loved being outdoors and I love being active. My favorite sports are basketball, tennis, and ultimate frisbee. My time working at camp helped me realize I love working with kids so I will be studying physics education at Illinois State University as a freshman next fall.

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RAC Ryan Princer

Ryan Princer

Age: 22
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College & Major: University of Illinois at Chicago; Majoring in Urban Planning
Number of Years as a Counselor: 3 Years
Number of Years as a Camper: 3 Years
Instructional Areas: Basketball, baseball/softball, fitness, riding, swimming

What Does Red Arrow Mean to Me?:
The best summers I had growing up were the ones I spent at Red Arrow. I truly am a better person because of those experiences and having the opportunity to now facilitate that growth as a cabin counselor means everything to me. We’re given the opportunity to change lives as cabin counselors. That is not a responsibility to be taken lightly, and it’s the reason why this role is so special. I’m excited to push my boys to be the best versions of themselves and I’m eager to learn from them at the same time. Looking forward to another great summer!

RAC Jake Davis

Jake Davis

Age: 20
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
College and Major: Tulane University; Majoring in Architecture
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: First-year counselor
Number of years as a camper: 5 Years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: lacrosse, fitness, wind-surfing, football, horseback riding, basketball, softball, wrestling

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
I see my role at RAC as an influencer and a source of inspiration for the campers. I want to be somebody that kids can look up to and use as a model on how to act and behave. I also hope to be a friend and/or mentor to any and all campers. To elaborate, I will put all of my effort into helping make their experience just as impactful and as fun as mine was at RAC.
Growing up as the fourth of five boys in my family, I felt like my own home was a camp in itself (in fact, we called it “Camp Testosterone”). So, when I first attended RAC as a camper, the rambunctious, yet deep-rooted culture was no shock to me. Aside from spending time with my four brothers, I enjoy being outdoors. Following my five years at RAC, I felt inspired to continue exploring this passion, so I completed two adventure programs that included hiking, camping, white-water rafting, rock-climbing, etc. One of these sessions was in the Pacific Northwest and one was in Peru.

Along with being outdoors, I am very passionate about sports and physical activity. I played varsity football, varsity lacrosse, and varsity wrestling in high school. I also participated in the school musical my senior year. At Tulane, I do not play any division one sports, but I compete in intramural basketball and football, and I exercise daily. Ever since my first year at camp, I dreamed of being a RAC counselor. Now that this dream has finally come to fruition, I couldn’t be more excited to leave the same lasting impact that my counselors left on me so many years ago.

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RAC Jesse Greve

Jesse Greve

Age: 24
Hometown: Vail, CO
College and Major: Previously a Nutrition Major with and Exercise Science minor
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: This will be my 7th Summer as a Counselor
Number of years as a camper: 10 Years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: Head of Waterskiing, also teach lacrosse, sailing, boardsailing, bike, adventure, and weights

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
For me, my role at Red Arrow means a chance to push boys to achieve more than they think possible and teaching them that when they believe in themselves there is nothing they can’t accomplish. Camp shaped the man I am today and I strive every summer to do the same for my campers.

I have been a part of Red Arrow for 18 summers now. Ten summers as a camper, one as a Cookie and now seven as a counselor. Cumulatively, I have spent nearly a quarter of my life at camp and have loved every second of it! I am a 2017 graduate of Saint John’s University in Minnesota. In the off-season I work as an EMT Technician in the Emergency Department at Vail Health Hospital in Vail, CO and I am currently in the process of applying to Physician Assistant school. I am an avid snow skier, mountain biker, rock climber, hockey player, and newly avid whitewater kayaker. At camp, I am the Head of the Waterskiing program. Though I am well versed and able to instruct various activities at camp, I spend most of my time down on Trout Lake teaching boys to ski, slalom, wakeboard and barefoot. Camp is my second home and I cannot imagine (or remember) a summer not spent in the beautiful Northwoods, underneath towering pines at Red Arrow Camp.

RAC Michael Witten

Michael Witten

Age: 34
Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: First-year counselor
Number of years as a camper: 5 years as a camper (1994-1998)

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
My entire family from grandparents to myself and brother have attended summers up at RAC. Our family has also had stayed up at Cardinals (now gone) and some still spend summers at Coons Franklin Lodge. I plan on driving the ski boat this summer and teaching from first timers to the most experienced skiers. I will also teach lacrosse since I learned that as a young camper in the 90s that ended up being my passion in High School and College, I currently work with a program called OWLS in the west/south side of Chicago for troubled youths that incorporates lacrosse at all ages. My previous job was working on the Options Exchange floor for last 10 years and before I made a drastic career change to Grad School to become a high school history teacher, this summer is my first summer free and thought there is no better time to go back to the place where my 5 greatest summers as a camper took place.

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RAC Karl Norris

Karl “Chuck” Norris

Age: 24
Hometown: Vail, CO
College and Major: Fort Lewis College: Majoring in Exercise Physiology
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: 4th year as Counselor 1 year as cookie
Number of years as a camper: 2 Years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: I teach ski, riding, lacrosse, baseball/softball, trap.

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
To me, there isn’t a whole lot more rewarding than showing a boy what he is capable of. And the relationships that we grow with each other throughout the time at camp is really really special, and it keeps myself and many others coming back year after year. There truly is no better place to spend a summer!

RAC Owen Hunter

Owen Hunter

Age: 19
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
College and Major: Intended Business Finance Major at the University of Georgia (I plan to apply to the business school this upcoming fall!)
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: First-year counselor
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: I hope to teach a wide variety of sports, outdoor workouts, and water activities.

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
I hope that my role at RAC will teach me to become a more patient and better role model/leader to our campers. I see my role at RAC is one that is open and encouraging to campers, and more importantly that they know I am there for them.
I am a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!). I have a twin brother, Parks, who is at the University of South Carolina, and a younger sister, Liza, who is in high school. I love sports, specifically football and lacrosse, and thrive from being a part of a team! This will be my first time ever being at Red Arrow! I am so excited for the experience, mostly because I loved going to sleep-away camp for three summers in North Carolina and know what to expect and what is expected of me. I want to use this time at camp to better myself as both a person and a leader, while also helping campers form strong bonds with each other that will last a lifetime.

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RAC Ian Dethloff

Ian Dethloff

Age: 23
Hometown: Crested Butte, CO
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: 4 years including this year
Number of years as a camper: 6 years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: Water Skiing, Swimming, Softball, Trap, and Riding.

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
It means the world to me, I could not imagine missing a summer at Red Arrow. My main goal is to give the campers the same experience I was given growing up here in the north woods.

RAC Maddie Magee

Maddie Magee

Age: 24
Hometown: USA
College and Major: North Carolina State
Number of years as a RAC Counselor: 7 Years
Number of years as a camper: 2 Years
Instructional areas that you teach at Camp: Softball, Fitness, Adventure, Football, Equestrial Arts, The Play

What does my role at Red Arrow Camp mean to me?:
Red Arrow is truly my home. It’s an environment, a family, and a mentality that challenges us to always be a little bit better. My role this summer is to create that space for my RAC brothers.

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