Tanadoona's 2016 Staff

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! Meet your 2016 Tanadoona counselors below, coming from Australia, Japan, Ireland, England, Colombia, Mexico, France, United States, and many more countries!

 

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photo Anthony "Toots" Teed
Outdoor Programs Manager (Camp Director)
Anthony brings seven years of summer camp experience (four 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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Camp Fire Fellow, Naturalist
Katy joined Camp Fire in Fall 2015. She graduated from University Wisconsin, River Falls with a degree in conservation. She has always been interested in the outdoors but found her passion for environmental education when she spent time at Fort Snelling State Park as part of the Naturalist Corps program. Katy hasalso worked as a naturalist for Three Rivers Park District and Long Lake Conservation Center. As a naturalist, Katy knows a little bit about a lot of things in the natural world. While out for a hike, she can’t help but teach others what she sees and knows.
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Front Desk Receptionist
This is Shellyís first summer with Camp Tanadoona as the front desk receptionist. She is from Saint Paul, MN and going into her last year at the University of Minnesota. Shelly loves doing anything outdoors and being around family and friends. She is excited to meet all the counselors and campers this summer!

 

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Meet your 2016 seasonal Tanadoona staff!

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Neytiri
Program Director
After experiencing Tanadoona for the first time last year, Neytiri is so excited to depart Western Australia and return to camp as our Program Director! Neytiri looks forward to taking on her new role, reuniting with campers whilst embracing new ones. She can't wait for the talent shows, cabin life, camp games and songs, and of course friendship bracelets! Neytri is playful and easy going, but also a friend, mentor, leader that you can rely on.

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Simba

Resident Camp Director
This is Simbaís third year at camp, although this year she is extremely excited to take on the role as Resident Camp Director. She canít wait to play water beast, wake up to rocking robins, camp out in the field, boogie on down to her favourite camp songs and for Carnival Week! She is also excited t to show everyone her treasured medallion, which always seems to disappear... She canít wait to see you all - new faces and returning friends - and have the best summer ever!

Tanadoona Day Camp Director

Sky
Day Camp Director
Sky is super excited to return to Tanadoona as the Day Camp Director this summer! Her favorite things include being outside, soaking up the sunshine, traveling, dogs, and learning new things. She has one semester of college left and will be earning her degree in environmental science and hopes to work as a conservation biologist. Sky can't wait for summer, to meet all of the campers and to spend the summer at the magical place that is Camp Tanadoona!

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Star
Waterfront Director
Although this is Star's first year at Tanadoona, she brings 15 years of water safety experience and is super excited to teach, and learn this summer. Hailing from a small coastal community in New Zealand that sleeps under the stars. Star spends her time making crafts, going on hikes, and playing/ protecting the ocean! She's excited to spend the summer with all the campers, this experience will be one she will cherish forever. (Star - because my middle name [Whetu] in Maori is the brightest star in the sky).

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Willow
Naturalist
This is Willow's first year as Tanadoona's naturalist and is originally from Spooner, Wisconsin. She has more than two years working as an environmental educator at various camps across the United States. Willow is looking forward to sharing her love of the outdoors with campers this summer and going on many mini adventures.

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Potter
Adventure Specialist
Potter (huge fan) is from England. She loves sports, nature, Harry Potter, hanging out with her friends, music, etc. This will be her first year at Tanadoona. As Tanadoona's Adventure Specialist, she has the awesome job of teaching campers to have a safe and fun time on the climbing wall, high ropes and giant swing. Potter is looking forward to this opportunity because she thrives and exceeds in new situations and loves challenges that really push her, especially when it’s in the out-of-doors because nature is great. There is absolutely nothing that she is not looking forward to throwing herself into and enjoying completely!

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Tickets
Archery Specialist
Tickets is returning for his second summer at Tanadoona and can't contain his excitement about it. He will be our Archery Specialist for the summer and will have great fun down at the range with the kids. He loves joking around, playing games with the kids, telling Irish legends and making delicious s'mores The things he is most excited for are the all-camp games and the campfires.

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Kiki
Arts and Crafts Specialist
Kiki will be joining Camp Tanadoona from New Zealand as an Arts and Crafts Specialist. She likes animals, travelling, Gossip Girl and Cluedo. She is looking forward to meeting all the campers and counselors , making friendship bracelets and getting amongst all the camp adventures.

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Blues
Northwoods Specialist & Camp Counselor
Blues is back at Tanadoona for his third summer! He is from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota! He is a car & shower/bathroom singer/vocalist, and he enjoys playing music. He is a fairly decent artist. He enjoys literature (Shakespeare for example). He likes to play sports such as volleyball and badminton. He considers himself a calm, peaceful person. He was also awarded the Counselor of the Year for 2014, we know many campers will be excited to see him back!

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Sparrow
Northwoods Specialist & Camp Counselor
Sparrow is from Poland and is coming to camp for the first time, as a Northwoods Specialist/Counselor. She loves camping, hiking and canoeing, and has three years of experience working with adults and children with disabilities. Her passion is languages and she studies three of them! She is looking forward to spending the whole summer outdoors, meeting everybody, and finally experiencing that famous camp magic for herself.

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Cass
Life Guard
Cass comes to us from New Zealand this is her first year at Tanadoona. She has grown up around and has a love of water and all water related activities. Cass also loves singing, dancing, playing games, meeting all the campers and experiencing life at camp!

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Cosmo
Life Guard
Coming all the way from Bolton in England, this is Cosmo's first year at Tanadoona. He loves discovering new things, music, laughing and swimming on hot summer days. Cosmo is looking forward to hanging out with campers and making new memories of action-packed days at Tanadoona.

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Fish
Life Guard
Fish brings her tangy Aussie accent to summer camp along with her three years of lifeguarding experience. She loves the water, playing activity games, exercising and laughing around with her mates. Fish is looking forward to meeting all the campers and counselors as well as having a blast on the lake, whilst keeping everyone safe at the same time!

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Hermione
Life Guard
Hermione is a fun loving, adventure seeking, sports enthusiast from Wales who thrives for a new challenge. She always looks forward to trying/learning something new. As itís her first summer at camp; Hermione is excited to explore the camp and make new friends to last a lifetime. As a lifeguard she is excited to spend her most of her time at the waterfront and having fun with the campers! From taking one look at Hermione, you can see what stands out -her hair! She brings fun and enthusiasm exploding from her curls and she canít wait to share it with you all!

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Beto
Camp Counselor
Beto is back for his second year at Tanadoona. He loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. He has even been an ambassador for exchange students that come to Mexico. Beto 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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Binks
Camp Counselor
Binks is a first time camp counsellor at Tanadoona. He comes from Nottingham, UK and loves music, playing soccer and basketball, laughing a lot and just having fun whenever possible! Binks is hyped to get started at this wonderful camp and can’t wait to be immersed in the home of his favourite basketball team - the Minnesota Timberwolves! He’s excited to meet all the campers and maybe show them a thing or two about the best sport in the world, Football! (or as we incorrectly know it, soccer!)

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Buddy
Camp Counselor
Although this is Buddy's first summer at Tanadoona, he couldn't be more keen to meet kids from all over Minnesota and showing them the game of Australian Rules Football! Buddy spends much of his time cooking great food, listening to loud music, boxing and spending time with his dog.

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Cinema
Camp Counselor/Photographer
2016 marks Cinema's third summer at Tanadoona as a photographer/camp counselor. He is originally from Japan and he has spent two years for university in the U.S. He has gained more experience as a photographer after spending a year in France. He is looking forward to capturing the beautiful moments at Tanadoona and to fully contributing to the camp and the campers' experience.

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Echo
Camp Counselor
Though this will be her first summer as a counselor, Echo has been a member of the Tanadoona family since 2008. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and trying new things. Echo can't wait to meet the campers this summer and is most excited for the water trampoline. Echo also served as a Tanadoona Junior Counselor last summer!

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Flash
Camp Counselor
Flash is excited for his first year at Tanadoona being a Counsellor and canít wait to get involved with all the activities. He has several yearsí experience working with children with a speciality within sports and activities. He loves movies, football (soccer), music and ultimately eating. Flash is looking forward to bringing his English ways of life over to Tanadoona and is eager to meet new people and have an awesome summer.

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Freckles
Camp Counselor
Freckles brings her enthusiasm and energy to what would be her first year in Tanadoona Camp. She loves travelling, hiking, films, playing fun games and the outdoors. She has experience in day summer camp in Spain, where she is originally from and can't wait to start this new adventure in Tanadoona this summer.

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Genie
Camp Counselor
Genie is from Germany and this is her first year at Tanadoona. She loves being active, doing sports to keep herself fit, listening to music, travelling and hanging out with her family and friends. Genie canít wait to meet all the kids this summer, showing them a good time while having fun and being involved in outdoor activities. She is also very excited to meet new people, getting to know camp life, singing songs at a campfire and have many more exciting adventures with all campers.

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Hibou
Camp Counselor
Hibou comes to Tanadoona from rural Iowa and couldnít be more enthusiastic to have a blast with the campers this summer playing activity games, enjoying campfires, kayaking and rock wall climbing, making bracelets, and sharing stories. She loves giving it her all in her classes, spending time outdoors, skiing with her family, traveling, and committing random acts of kindness. Hibou earnestly looks forward to getting to know the campers and counselors,making a boatload of fond memories, and ultimately, being a part of the most spectacular Tanadoona summer worth reminiscing.

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Kanga
Camp Counselor
This is my first year at summer camp which I am really excited about! I'm from Australia and am the middle child of 5 children. My hobbies include singing, acting and dancing, being in musicals both as characters and teaching children from behind the scenes, attending church on a weekly basis and being a part of my local youth group and young adults group! I love meeting new people and I cannot wait for campfire songs, eating S'mores and just having the BEST SUMMER EVER! Can't wait to meet you all!

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Kazoo
Camp Counselor
Kazoo is a first-time counselor at Camp Tanadoona and couldnít be more excited to spend the summer having a grand old time at camp! She grew up in Minnesota and is currently studying journalism in Boston. She loves animals, traveling around the world, spending time at the lake, playing her ukulele, and making music videos with her siblings and cousins. She is most looking forward to playing intense games of capture the flag, jumping on the super-cool water trampolines, and meeting all of the counselors and campers!

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Koru
Camp Counselor
Kia Ora! All the way from New Zealand, Koru enjoys a variety of activities, including netball, kayaking, hiking, tennis and athletics. She also enjoys photography and arts and crafts. This will be her first season at Tanadoona and she is looking forward to meeting all the campers, the group games and helping to make an amazing summer happen.

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Lei Lei
Camp Counselor
Lei Lei is a first time camp counselor at Tanadoona. He comes to us from France and has been a camp counselor there for two years. Lei Lei is excited to share the activities and song from France with Tanadoona campers! He loves kayaking, hiking and climbing and can't wait to spend an amazing summer with everyone!

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Luna
Camp Counselor
This is Lunaís second year at Tanadoona. Sheís from Colombia and can't wait to share part of Colombia with all the campers. Luna loves the outdoors, dancing, cooking and listen to music. Sheís looking forward to meeting all the new and old campers and enjoying water activities with them such as the water trampoline!

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Meeko
Camp Counselor
Meeko is a new-comer to Tanadoona this year and is super excited to spend the summer making new friends and experiencing all that comes with camp life! She is from Ireland and loves sports, books, film and all things musical. Meeko is passionate about anything she sets her mind to and can't wait to pass on this enthusiasm to everyone she meets at camp!

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Nanaa
Camp Counselor
Naana has been a counselor in a few camps in the Maldives, the beautiful tropical island nation that she is from, but this is her first time as a counselor in a camp in America. She loves the ocean and enjoys fishing and snorkelling. She is looking forward to meeting the campers, experiencing a new culture with loads of love and laughter and eating s’mores!

Tanadoona Camp Counselor

Neeka
Camp Counselor
This is Neekaís first year at Tanadoona!. She is from Auckland, New Zealand and is looking forward to having her birthday at camp this summer! Neeka loves the outdoors, playing sports, swimming and trying new things. She canít wait to meet all the Tanadoona campers and all the other counsellors!

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Ocean
Camp Counselor
Ocean is thrilled to be leaving her Australian home to join Tanadoona for her first exciting summer as a camp counselor. She loves adventure, the outdoors, the beach, music, dance and anything that gets the adrenaline pumping-including sports and thrill seeking activities! Ocean is a triplet who loves a challenge and the thrill of the unknown. She is looking forward to a summer of lake activities, campfires and meeting all the fellow campers and staff members.

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Peanut
Camp Counselor
Peanut is a first time counselor, but she's not new to Tanadoona; she was a camper for the 2001- 2008 camp seasons! She is super excited to be back and spending the summer in her old hometown. She is now living in Florida and is a rising junior at Furman University in South Carolina. She has been working in public and private schools, with pre-school to high school aged kids, since 2010 and is working towards becoming a speech-language pathologist. She loves music, photography, anything to do with the water and working with children and she can't wait for the awesome summer to come!.

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Rio
Camp Counselor
This will be Rio's first year as a counselor, but his fifth year coming to camp. He's been a camper, Day Camp Assistant, Counselor-in-Training, and a Junior Counselor in the past years. He was born in Mexico and later moved to the US. He loves to play soccer, draw, listening to music, and playing games. Rio can't wait to sing all the camp songs, play camp games, and jump on the two water trampolines.

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Savii
Camp Counselor
Savii is from Ireland and is looking forward to spending her first summer as a Camp Counselor at Tanadoona. She loves to play any type of sport especially basketball, football and rounders. Savii is passionate about arts and crafts, particularly painting! In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and also plays some Irish traditional music. She is always up for trying new things and making new experiences! Savii canít wait to meet all of the campers and staff members this summer and hopes to share some of her Irish traditions with them!

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Sherlock
Camp Counselor
Sherlock (from London) is super excited to be leaving the four days of English summer behind in favor for sunny Minnesota. She loves to travel and meet interesting people from all over the world and is in love with dogs. Despite this summer being her first at Camp Tanadoona, Sherlock has 2 years experience as a certified Childminder Assistant and cannot wait to get muddy with the Minnesotan kids. She enjoys cooking different meals, karaoke and most importantly rugby!

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Tank
Camp Counselor
This will be Tank's first year as a camp counselor, but his fifth year coming to camp! Heís been a camper, a Counselor in Training, and a Junior Counselor. He loves to swim, fish, play football, disc golf, and be outdoors. He is excited to go kayaking, go on the water trampoline, and play all-camp games.

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Tenchy
Camp Counselor
Tenchy is preparing for his first summer under the Tanadoona Sky. His hobbies include having a laugh, playing sports, listening to music and having fun! Tenchy is looking forward to meeting all the campers, having campfires and making some great memories.

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Weasly
Camp Counselor
This will be Weasley's first year as a counselor, but has been coming to Tanadoona for years as a resident camper, Day Camp Assistant, Counselor-in-Training, and a Junior Counselor. She loves making bracelets, Harry Potter, animals (particularly dogs), playing all-camp games, and traveling. Weasley wants to make many memories at camp this summer, get to know all of the new campers, and reconnect with the returning ones.

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Zippy
Camp Counselor
This will be Zippy/Zipís first year at Tanadoona. Sheís a born and bred kiwi from little New Zealand wanting to explore the world and all its wonders. She's also happy to be missing NZ winter! Being in the outdoors, playing soccer, photography, being with friends and family and making people happy are a few things that she is passionate about. Zippy canít wait to meet all the campers and enjoying everything camp has to offer. She may be small, at 1.5m, but this pocket rocket is ready for the most amazing summer of all time at Tanadoona.

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Mom
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist (camp cook)
Mom has been a camp cook for nine 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 22 years.

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Zina
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist (camp cook)
Zina has been employed with Camp Tanadoona for the last seven 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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Maya
Culinary Camp Cuisine Artist Assistant (assistant camp cook)
Maya is a new member; this is his first year at Tanadoona as Assistant Camp Cook. She is from the beautiful Mťxico. She loves playing, joking, and taking care of children , and thatís why she wants to became a pediatrician. She loves listening to music, watching movies, swimming, and dancing (even if she has two left feet). Now she wants to live a new experience, in this beautiful place, with friendly people, finding herself in the beauty of the nature.

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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.