Matt Bates has been teaching young people in the out of doors for nearly his entire life. Having served as a camp counselor in his youth, he feels that everyone should have the opportunity to learn nature’s great lessons at their own ability level. Matt is an avid outdoorsman, paddler, climber, and has thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. He holds a degree in Forestry with an emphasis on forest recreation. Matt is an Eagle Scout and has earned many awards from the Boy Scouts of America, including the Vigil Honor. He holds range instructor certification from USA Archery and maintains First Aid and CPR certifications.
Meet Our Staff
Our camps offer a wide variety of programs for all your camper’s different interests all year round. And to make those programs happen, we need an awesome team of dedicated camp professionals. We’ve got nature lovers, art enthusiasts, outdoor explorers, and more just waiting to help your camper make memories that’ll last a lifetime!
Who are these awesome camp professionals? They’re our camp staff! Scroll through and check out the members of our camp leadership teams who are responsible for all the fun at our camps and learn a little about each of them.
Summer camp is almost here and they’re so excited to kick-off another year of summer fun with your Girl Scout! If you have any questions feel free to email any of them below.
Chief Information & Property Officer - email@example.com
Camp Director, Camp Linden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kori has spent most of her life in the woods or at the pool, so Camp Linden is a perfect place for her! Growing up, Kori attended summer camps as a camper, worked as a counselor, leadership staff, and has been working year-round in camping since 2015. She has been working with GSHOM Camps since November 2019. Kori has a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from Siena College where she played Water Polo. Before starting at GSHOM, Kori hiked half of the Appalachian Trail, and has the other half on her bucket list!
In her free time, Kori can be found anywhere outside! Whether she is backpacking trails, or spending time in, on, or around the water, Kori is always up for an adventure!
Camp Director, Camp Merrie Woode - email@example.com
Hadley’s love of camp began with Girl Scouts- back when she was only a Brownie! After growing up at Girl Scout camp, Hadley was thrilled to continue her outdoor adventures as a staff member at residential, day, and family camps. She also spent many years working in early childhood education. Hadley earned her Bachelor’s in Communications from Elmhurst College and is an AmeriCorps alumna.
In her free time, Hadley enjoys kayaking, hiking, roller-skating, painting, crafting, reading, and performing in community theatre.
Camp Ranger, O' the Hills and Wacousta - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who meets Bill Viers cannot help but get caught up in his enthusiasm, work ethic, and excitement for getting girls to camp. Bill has worked at Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan for 4 years, and before that ran a successful residential construction business for more than 30 years. Bill is has been active in the Tecumseh community his entire life, and has volunteered for many organizations, including the Sons of the American Legion.
Bill loves to cook and has more than 20 years of experience in the catering industry. He enjoys paddling and holds certification in small craft safety, as well as archery instructor certification and First Aid and CPR for the professional.
Assistant Camp Director, Camp Linden - email@example.com
Nicole, or Nickel as she is affectionately called at camp, has been
working at Camp Linden since 2015. She’s been a Camp Counselor, Health
Officer, and CIT Director before taking her position as Assistant
Director. Nicole says that she loves camp because it’s the one place
on earth where we can experience true magic. Nicole has a degree in
Economics and History from
Central Michigan University.
While at camp, you can find Nicole at the boating beach or singing songs on Linden’s singing porch. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, eating pasta, watching scary movies, and hanging out with her cats.
Camp Ranger, Camp Linden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob has been working at camps for more than 37 years, working up through the ranks from dishwasher, counselor, CIT director to assistant camp director during high school and college for the Saginaw YMCA Camp. Rob has a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Central Michigan University. After a few years as a youth program director in Illinois, Rob worked for the Frost Valley YMCA in New York where he was the Director of Camping Services. Since moving back to Michigan, Rob has been the Ranger at Camp Linden and a Girl Scout for the last 17 years.
Rob enjoys woodworking in his spare time and is also a firefighter for the local community, which includes certifications in emergency scene management, first aid, and CPR.
Part-time Camp Ranger, Camp Linden
Dan Ketchum has had an affiliation with Girl Scouts - specifically Camp Linden - for more than 35 years. He has retired from his position with GSHOM but continues to help out around camp. His love for the outdoors and passion for giving young people the opportunity to grow at camp shines through in his work daily. Dan holds a High School Diploma and has a wide variety of experience including construction as well as formal training in building and grounds maintenance, and has successfully completed outdoor survival training. Dan has held certifications from the State of Michigan as a master auto technician and is currently certified as a USA Archery Instructor and in First and CPR for the Professional.
His hobbies include hiking, hunting, and fishing, and has competed
in several archery competitions.
Volunteer Extraordinaire, Camp O' the Hills
Nena Viers can be found helping out anywhere she is needed. From working in the kitchen to helping girls with projects, Nena does it all.
It's no surprise to us that Nena was a
Girl Scout and went on to be a Girl Scout volunteer while her daughters were young. Her passion for making the world a better place is felt every day at O' the Hills.