Tanadoona's 2015 Staff

Tanadoona's counselors come from all over the world - from the Twin Cities to as far away as Europe. When you come to Tanadoona you'll meet counselors from near and far; offering an international experience for campers without having to leave the state!

 

Employment Opportunities


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Outdoor Programs Manager
Anthony is thrilled to have recently accepted this full-time position at Camp Fire Minnesota. He brings six years of summer camp experience (three of which proudly as Tanadoona's Camp Director and Archery Director). He loves music, the outdoors, hanging out with his nephews and niece, laughing, playing cards, and painting. Anthony is looking forward to all the returning and new campers, to share another wonderful, adventurous summer under the bright Tanadoona sky.

 

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Meet your 2015 seasonal Tanadoona staff!

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Pixie
Day Camp Director
Originally from London, England, Pixie is now living right here at Tanadoona year-round! This is her fourth year at Tanadoona; last year she was the Assistant Camp Coordinator. Pixie loves being in the outdoors, having fun and doing lots of arts and crafts! Her favorite camp activity is the playing Dragon’s Tail and Eagle’s Nest with all the campers in the all-camp game, and of course the water trampoline! She can’t wait to be back underneath the Minnesota sky! She is absolutely ecstatic to see all the campers at Tanadoona this summer.

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Possum
Resident Camp Director
Possum is a former Tanadoona camper and returning as the Resident Camp Director. She can’t wait to leap from the water trampoline, laugh by a campfire, sing camp songs at the top of her lungs, search for polar bear food from the bottom of the lake, and have many more exciting adventures with all the new and returning campers!

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Bubbles
Waterfront Director
Welcome the new Waterfront Director, Bubbles! She is originally from the Canary Islands and is currently studying Biomedical Engineering in Madrid. Bubbles loves traveling (her favorite place has been the Norwegian Fjords) and this will be her first time in the United States! We can’t wait to have her with us this summer!
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Health and Wellness Specialist
Mitzi is super excited to be back at Camp Tanadoona for her second summer as the Health & Wellness Specialist! With years of experience working with kids, she has found camp to be an extremely fulfilling way to spend her summer breaks as she works toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and spending time outside in her home state of Minnesota. Her favorite activities at camp are the gratitude jar at dinner and talking with campers about their fun-filled days!

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Koala
Lifeguard
Koala is from a village near Oxford, United Kingdom. She is a lifeguard and she is excited to experience the Tanadoona water for the first time. Koala loves arts and crafts, baking, reading, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and she recently just completed her first skydive! She is looking forward to getting to know all the kids and having fun on the lake all summer.

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Ace
Camp Counselor
Ace is from Southampton in England and is coming back to Tanadoona for her second summer as a Camp Counselor. She’s looking forward to seeing all the returning campers, meeting the new ones and making sure that everyone has another amazing summer! Ace's favourite camp activities are jumping around on the water trampoline, kayaking and playing eagles nest!

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Ariel
Camp Counselor
Welcome Ariel, a first year counselor from Essex, England! Ariel is passionate about helping children; she currently volunteers with the scouts and hopes to become a teacher in the future. America has been Ariel’s favorite place to travel so she’s excited to come back and get to experience all the activities that camp has to offer!

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Beto
Camp Counselor
Beto is a first-year counselor from Mexico! He loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures; He has even been an ambassador for exchange students that come to Mexico. Beto also likes to explore new places and be out in nature. He's looking forward to having lots of fun with the campers!

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Blues
Camp Counselor
Blues is thrilled to be back at Tanadoona for his second summer! He's a St. Cloud State University student studying linguistics & education. He is from Brooklyn Park, MN. He enjoys playing music and is a fairly decent artist. He enjoys literature (Shakespeare for example). He likes to play sports such as volleyball and badminton. He considers myself a calm, peaceful person. Lastly, he likes to know and work with people of all ages!

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Buzz
Camp Counselor
Buzz is from Bristol, England. He loves to ice skate, and used to play hockey! He can also ride a unicycle – which occasionally gets him some weird looks! His favorite food is steak or lasagna. At home he helps to run his local Scout group, and loves to be outside doing things like walking or cycling. He is really excited to be back at Tanadoona for the second year this summer!

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Casper
Camp Counselor
Welcome to another one of our brand new Tanadoona counselors, Casper from Nottinghamshire, UK! Casper is a personal trainer who enjoys keeping fit and take part in many sports. He's so excited for his first year at Tanadoona and is looking forward to getting into activities with all the kids!

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Cwtch
Camp Counselor
Say hello to a counselor from Wales, United Kingdom, Cwtch! Cwtch, which means “hugs,” has been with the scouts for a few years, and he can’t wait to share the knowledge that he has gained with Tanadoona campers. He loves films, books, but most of all exploring, and his favorite place that he has ever been is Cambodia!

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Fern
Adventure Specialist
Fern is from beautiful New Zealand. She's joining us for a second year at Tanadoona as our Adventure Director. Fern is inspired by watching young people face their fears; she was lucky enough to see Tanadoona campers do just that on the high ropes and climbing wall last summer!

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Indy
Camp Counselor
Welcome first year counselor Indy, who is from, you guessed it, Indiana! She has volunteered in her community, through school, helping kids with their homework and is excited to use those experiences at Tanadoona with our campers.  Her hobbies include, being outdoors, playing sand volleyball, and hanging out with her dog.  She is looking forward to getting to know the kids and helping them have a great summer!

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Juno
Camp Counselor
Juno is from Bournemouth in England, and although this is her first year at camp, she’s no stranger to working with young people. Juno works as a teaching assistant in a high school, and when she returns to England after this summer, she’ll begin training to become a teacher! Juno loves music, being outdoors and kayaking, so she’s really looking forward to spending time out on the lake at camp!

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Mears
Camp Counselor & Northwoods Adventure Specialist
Mears comes to us from Kent, England and is unbelievably excited to join the Tanadoona team as a general counselor and Northwoods specialist.  This is his first year at camp but he has worked with youth programs all over the UK for the past six years. Mears is looking forward to sharing his passion for the great outdoors with everyone else at camp, swapping stories with others, as well as creating new memories

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Lingonberry
Camp Counselor

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Nemo
Camp Counselor
Nemo is from Woodbury, a junior at Luther College and studying to be an elementary education teacher. This is her second year at Tanadoona. She is looking forward to lake floating and getting to know everyone! Some of her favorite hobbies are making friendship bracelets and knitting.

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Neytiri
Camp Counselor
Neytiri was raised in sunny Western Australia and has frequently visited the USA to reunite with her father’s side of the family who reside in Maryland. Besides travelling, she lives for music, art, great cinema, poetry, family (especially her niece and nephew) and overcoming new challenges. Neytiri hopes to be mentor and friend to the youth that she meets at camp this summer.

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Padfoot
Camp Counselor
Padfoot is a new to Tanadoona this summer and is looking forward to meeting amazing people and having a great time! She was born in Argentina to Colombian parents and loves everything about both of her cultures. She enjoyed spending time with children when she volunteered at the hospital in her city, but she’s never been to a summer camp before! Let’s show her what Tanadoona is all about!

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Pebbles
Lifeguard
Pebbles is looking to bring her experience as a summer swimming leader from the previous two summers. She loves netball, cycling and reading a good book in the sunshine! Her favorite ice cream is Cookie Dough, and she can’t wait to meet new people and try new activities at Tanadoona.

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Polo
Camp Counselor & Northwoods Adventure Specialist
Polo, from the UK, is back for her second year as a lifeguard, counselor and Northwood Trip specialist! Last year gave her great insight into how amazing camp and our campers are; she didn’t want to leave at the end. She's ready to rock summer 2015 at Tanadoona!.

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Skittles
Lifeguard
Skittles is a new lifeguard from Ireland who is actively involved in youth groups in her local community. She loves swimming, running, getting lost in a good book, and going on walks through the countryside with her dog Buster. Skittles is most excited to experience American culture from our campers, although she thinks the accent will take a bit to get used to!

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Shrek
Camp Counselor
Welcome a new counselor from Australia, Shrek! This will only be Shrek’s second time in the United States, so he’s looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful country and seeing it through young campers’ eyes. A big kid at heart, Shrek loves watching movies like Big Hero 6, which he highly recommends. He hopes that everyone is as excited for camp as he is!

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Simba
Camp Counselor
This is Simba’s second summer at Tanadoona! She studied drama and music in school and has taught both at theatre school in the beautiful seaside town where she is from called Hastings in England. In her spare time she loves to drink tea, eat scones, sing in the car, and travel around. After a life changing summer last year she can't wait to come back and have another amazing experience!

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Smurfette
Camp Counselor
Last summer Smurfette worked in the Tanadoona kitchen and this year she's looking forward to being a camp counselor! Smurfette is excited for canoeing and having fun with kids on the lake. She's from the Ukraine and outside of camp, she enjoys playing with her young cousins, traveling and meeting new people!

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Sparky
Camp Counselor
Sparky is a first year counselor from Staffordshire in England. Although he’s a new counselor, he has spent the majority of his life being around kids through different hobbies, activities and jobs. He loves performing arts and photography and his favorite thing to do outside has always been going camping with his family. Sparky is looking forward to making lots of new friends and making it a summer to remember.

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Three
Camp Counselor
Three, a first-year counselor, is from Northeast Minneapolis but was born in Vietnam. Three is a full-time special education teacher at FAIR School Downtown and has also worked as a dropout prevention coordinator. His favorite hobbies include painting, playing guitar, and biking and he is most excited for archery this summer.

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Tie
Lifeguard
Tie is from Wales, and is a first year Lifeguard at Tanadoona.  She loves kids and works as a teaching assistant at Belgrave Primary School.  Tie is really looking forward to playing camp games and enjoying the ropes course.  Tie finds inspiration in the people she meets and can’t wait to get to know all the campers!

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Tilly
Camp Counselor
Tilly is really happy to be joining Tanadoona for the first time this year. Her hometown is Wollongong, Australia, and when she isn’t reading or watching Harry Potter you would often be able to find her outside with her much loved family pets. Tilly is looking forward to meeting new people and having fun experiencing an action packed summer with the kids.

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Tin Tin
Camp Counselor
Tin Tin is very excited to begin his first camp experience this summer at Tanadoona. He has always had a very keen interest in all aspects of camp life, including music, outdoor experiences and a variety of sports. He can’t wait to meet all of his fellow camp workers and counselors. This summer, Tin Tin hopes to build lifelong relationships, as well as giving the children a camp experience that they won’t forget.

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Tupa
Camp Counselor
First-year counselor Tupa is from a tiny little seaside town in the south coast of England. She has a love for film cameras and analogue photography and campers will become used to seeing her with a camera attached to her body. A big fan of carrot cake, mango juice and strawberry laces, she is very excited to make this summer unforgettable!

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Mom
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist (camp cook)
Mom has been a camp cook for eight years. She enjoys meeting all the new counselors and figuring out the likes and dislikes of foods from across the pond. She is certified in nutrition and has worked for the Minnetonka schools for 21 years.

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Murphy
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist (camp cook)
Murphy is from Medford, Wisconsin and this will be her third year at Tanadoona. She loves crafts and cake decorating. Her favorite thing to do in the world is sit by the ocean, or watching her kids play summer sports. Murphy’s favorite book as a kid was Curious George.  She is looking forward to meeting new kids and staff and seeing the kids experience and enjoy camp life!

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Sunshine
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist (camp cook)
Sunshine is from right here in Minneapolis, Minnesota! She was a Camp Fire Girl and went to Tanadoona as a camper. She was also a Camp Fire Club leader and spent time at Tanadoona with her group camping - she has many years of great memories here! This will be her 4th year as a camp cook. Her hobbies include; scrapbooking, crafts, photography, and she really loves sitting outside on a warm day and reading a good book.

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Zina
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist (camp cook)
Zina has been employed with Camp Tanadoona for the last six summers as a cook. She enjoys meeting all the new counselors, and has fun trying to remembering their camp names. She is certified in nutrition and currently working in Minnetonka Schools since 2009. Her favorite part of camp is prepping for all the pack-outs.

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Nurse Cricket
Camp Nurse
Nurse Cricket began as Camp Nurse in 2011. She has a passion for healthy living and is a licensed school nurse at a public school during the school year. She regularly develops and administrates emergency plans, and attends to the daily needs of students. At camp, she provides routine and emergency care to campers and staff, assessing and monitoring chronic diseases. She also educates campers and staff on preventative health issues. She collaborates with camp administrators to implement policies that reduce the risk of injury or illness.

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Nurse Daisy
Camp Nurse
Nurse Daisy began her position as Camp Nurse in 2011. She is prepared to provide routine and emergency care to children and camp staff, monitor children with chronic diseases, educate campers and staff on preventative health issues, and collaborate with camp administrators to implement policies that reduce the risk of injury or illness. During the school year, Daisy practices as a licensed school nurse in a nearby public school district.