Meet Our Camp Staff

Each summer brings a tremendously devoted group of summer camp staff to our little corner of the world. Many of these folks have deep roots here, having been campers and/or counselors for many years. Others are brought here by friends who know "HVC is the best place to spend the summer.” And many counselors are brand new to camp, drawn by the opportunity to work with young people in a nurturing community setting. Click here to learn more about all of our summer camp staff!

I have never felt a staff group more connected and more solid than the one I was a part of at HVC. I attribute that to your amazing managerial style and hiring choices. - HVC Staff

Peter and Meg Kassen, Camp Directors

Camp Directors Meg and Peter Kassen have owned and directed HVC since 1988, dedicating fulltime efforts to the camp and its people.  They raised their daughters at HVC and live in Maine year-round.  Learn more about the Kassens here.

Meg, Peter, and the camp staff are one big family

Featured 2016 Summer Staff

Our staff of over 100 are fantastic, and we work hard throughout the winter to find the right people. Many return year after year to share their talents, skills and passions. Most of all, they love being part of the Hidden Valley community. Here's a glimpse of just a few:

April, summer camp staff for 13 years
April is a camper parent, west coast camper shuttler, and resident artist at Hidden Valley Camp for 14 years. From San Francisco, she teaches advanced and beginner level experimental arts for both the HV Alive program and the main camp. 

Carmi is a former camper and this is his millionth summer here at camp (actually, we lost count at 13 or 14 years). From Detroit, Carmi leads our glass program, and is also a contributing artist to many art installations around camp. 
Celie
Born and bred in Maine, Celie will soon graduate from Colby College nearby where she majors in Greek language, culture and history. At HVC she's a fixture at the tennis courts and also leads Outreach-Outdoors, our community service program.
Gabe Miller
Having started here as a counselor in the 90's, Gabe has now spent many years as a professional artist in our pottery and glass programs. His wife and two young sons are part of the camp scene as well. In the off-season, Gabe teaches high school astronomy and arts in Maine.
Jake returns to HVC for his 8th summer. Originally from Michigan, he attended Western Michigan University, majoring in Film/Video Production. He now lives in San Francisco, CA where he works as a Videographer/Project Coordinator, in addition to working as a professional wedding photographer/videographer on the weekends. At camp, he manages the video production classes and produces camp video material.

Luke is a Poet. With an MFA from UMass in Creative Writing, he is now an Adjunct Professor of English and Writing at UMass and Smith College. Formerly, Luke was a Montessori Kindergarten teacher in Beijing. He is fluent in Chinese and French and is a former camper and counselor.
Olivia
Third-year counselor Olivia is a former camper now helping us organize all-camp programs such as lazy days and evening programs. Olivia will beginning her senior year at Oberlin College where she majors in Art History. Her interests include playing guitar, improv comedy, and hiking.

Phillie joins us from New Zealand. When she is not at camp she is traveling and lifeguarding and is particularly interested in swimming, cycling, and hiking.  As a Red Cross certified lifeguard and lifeguard instructor, this will be her 6th year as the waterfront director here at camp.

Robin lives in North Yarmouth, Maine.  She is a graduate of Keene State College, where she studied education and history. Her hobbies and interests include horse riding and reading.  At HVC, Robin teaches horse riding and llama care classes.

Returning Staff 

Here's a partial list for 2017... Moses, Lucy, Clara, Elise, Maddy P, Mel D., Melissa, Phillie, Carmi, Megan, Luke H ('14-'15), Danielle, Ace, Nicole, Billy, Danica, Rachel, Victoria, Katye L, Olivia, Lee, Kevin, Will, Sarah H., Peter I., Lisa H., Courtney (2009-15), Britny, Jacob, Dan C., Celie, Carla, Dani, Gabe, Cassie R., Kirsten, Kristy, Philippe, Ciera, nurses Beth, Karen, Lisa, Leann and Denise. More names to follow... Awesome summer on the way! 

Key Staff Right in Our Backyard

Many HVC'ers come from around the world...  Others can be found right here in Freedom and help us all year long. Read on and make sure that you get to know the Maine-based office staff introduced nearby (right column.)

Al
Longtime caretaker Al lives at camp year-round with his family, plowing snow (or skiing on it!) and looking after our many animals.  During the summer, you can find Al mowing our beautiful lawns, repairing bikes, MacGyvering something on our 350 acres or wrangling llamas for their annual haircuts.
Michele - HVC RN
HVC’s Director of Health Services, Michele, lives nearby with her husband who was a counselor here in the 70’s. Their four daughters were HVC campers and worked for our food service as well.  An RN, Michele has worked in several school and health care settings nearby.
April, summer camp staff for 13 years
Master carpenter and maintenance guru, Tim, looks after our 70 buildings and many other features of the HVC facility.  When not building a new art studio, upgrading our beautiful old red barn or solving a mysterious plumbing problem, Tim can be found giving staff sailing lessons on their evenings off.
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