Camp Programs Manager and Director of Camp Elk River
Jen has been a Girl Scout since 1980 and began her career at camp at the age of 16. She started working at resident camp during the summers, holding various roles from kitchen assistant to counselor and trip specialist to assistant camp director.
In 2002, she became the director at Camp Singing Hills, serving in that role through 2008. She then served as camp director for Camp Northwoods in 2009, and has been the camp director at Camp Elk River since 2010. In the non-camp season, Jen plans and manages camp operations, ensuring our camps are safe, fun, and appropriate to the campers’ ages and abilities.
She loves witnessing the countless moments where girls challenging themselves to try new things and gain confidence in themselves. She hopes that at camp, every camper and staff member learns more about who they are and their ability to trust in their decision-making skills, and that they take with them the love of being outdoors.
Outdoor/Adventure Program Coordinator and Director of Camp Northwoods
Shannon (camp name: Shannanigans) grew up in the Twin Cities area and has been a Girl Scout since first grade. Shannon has worked for River Valleys camps for the past nine years and in leadership roles for the past six. She loves camp because of the atmosphere of friendship and adventure it creates for anyone who visits. Whether you are a Girl Scout Brownie, Ambassador, or an adult, there is always an opportunity for you to learn new skills, make new friends, and grow in confidence while at camp.
STEM Coordinator and Director of Camp Lakamaga
Hannah (camp name: Gilly) has spent most of her young adult and adult summers at camp. In her five+ years working at various camps, Hannah has led curriculum development, counselor training, and groups of campers ranging from pre-schoolers to high-schoolers! She’s developed and implemented several outdoor STEM camps, getting youth excited to try rocketry, engineering, and biology while they do classic camp activities like archery and fire-building. When she’s not the Summer Camp Director for Camp Lakamaga, Hannah is Girl Scouts River Valley’s STEM Program Coordinator.
Her favorite thing about camp is the opportunity to bond through shared new experiences. Whether it’s sailing your first boat, making your first fire-cooked meal, or leading your first song—the best part is doing it together. While Hannah loves working with girls of all ages and experience-levels (because girls are awesome), she especially loves working with girls who are new to summer camp.
Program Coordinator and Director of Camp Singing Hills
Laura is from Colombia and has always been interested in working with youth and life-skill development. Working at Girl Scout camps in Indiana and at a camp in Texas fueled her passion for experimental education and its role in having an impact and helping make the world a better place. She is finishing her master’s in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato in May 2018. She believes camp is the right place for a person to grow and have a holistic development, both for campers and staff alike.