2019 Overnight Team

Our Staff for our New Jersey Camp Location
We Cannot Wait to Meet You!
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PHILIP

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

FROM: Durham, England

YEARS AT TBC: 4

Hi! I’m Philip, Program Director for Summer 2019. This will be my 5th year at Camp! From before I even set foot on Camp, I could tell I was a part of something special, which has a real impact on campers and staff alike. Having taken on various roles across camp, I’m now enjoying the opportunity to utilize my Education and Geography Degree to ensure Camp 2019, and the Program in particular, are the GREATEST they can possibly be. I hope you’re as excited as I am for the magic of camp and an experience I know you’ll cherish long after the summer sun has set over Lake Maschipacong.

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LOWELL

WATERFRONT DIRECTOR

FROM: Tipperary, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 3

Hey everyone! My name is Lowell, I am from County Tipperary in Ireland and this summer I will be working as the waterfront director for camp. This will be my third summer at TBC and I have worked as a lifeguard every year so you can usually find me in or around the lake at camp. I am currently studying Adapted Physical Activity in my final year at I.T. Tralee in the south of Ireland. I love being physically active and having fun with kids, so camp is the perfect place for me. I can’t wait to meet you all and share an amazing summer with you all.
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JULIA

FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR

FROM: Fair Lawn, New Jersey

YEARS AT TBC: 7

I’m Chef Julia and this is my seventh summer running TBC’s Food Service operations.  I’m delighted to welcome you to a summer of healthy, delicious, and made with love food and awesome customer service.  From our opening night tradition of house-made spaghetti and meatballs to our closing dinner of a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner each session, we always keep you and your needs first.

 

When I’m not at Trail Blazers, I own and run a catering company that provides meal service options to Fraternities and Sororities based out of Hoboken, NJ.  I count three amazing stepchildren, four step grandchildren and four fur babies as my family with my husband of 35 years.

 

Here’s to another fabulous summer!

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ZACK

LIFEGUARD

FROM: Bolton, England

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hey! My name is Zack, I am from Bolton in England and this summer I will be working as a lifeguard on the waterfront. This will be my second summer at TBC as lifeguard. If you’re ever looking for me you’ll find me down on the waterfront with a smile and a bucket hat on. I can’t wait for another amazing summer with all the campers and hopefully see some familiar faces among them.
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RAFAEL

GROUP LEADER

FROM: La Paz, Bolivia

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Rafael, and I’m La Paz city in Bolivia I’m currently in my third year of civil engineer in college, I’m an adventurous person who loves to be outside and near to the nature I would be glad to take part of this experience and make memories in Trail Blazers.
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AILIS

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Dunfermline, Scotland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! I’m Ailis and I’m from a city in Scotland called Dunfermline!
I’m currently in my second year of university studying English Literature.
This will be my first year of being a group leader at summer camp and I am super excited for all the amazing memories and people I am going to meet! Can’t wait to see everybody there and to make this an unforgettable summer!
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ADAM

LIFEGUARD

FROM: Scotland, UK

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, my name is Adam Smith, a 19 year old from Scotland. A college course building an Art & Design portfolio is what I am currently doing at the moment, as well as working at my local leisure centre as a pool lifeguard. Going from my home in Inverness all the way to the U.S alone will seem daunting at first, however I couldn’t be more excited for the adventure that lies ahead. I look forward to becoming a part of the Trailblazers overnight team on Waterfront and can’t wait to work with and share the fun with the campers this Summer.
Sam

SAM

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Liverpool, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Sam and I’m from just outside of Liverpool. I am currently in my second year of university in Liverpool studying History and I also represent the university rugby team. This will be my first year at the summer camp, and my first time in America too so I am incredibly excited. I’m going to be working as a group leader, and I can’t wait to meet everyone and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

Catherine

CATHERINE

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Roscommn, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, my name is Catherine. I am from Roscommn, Ireland. I am in my 1st year of Human Nutrition in Sligo IT. I love food but I love being outside and having fun more. I am very active. This is my first year working in America and I am really excited to meet everyone and make new memories and new friends.
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TADHG

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Kildare, Ireland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, my name is Tadhg and from County Kildare in Ireland. I’m currently studying physiotherapy in University College Dublin and as a person who loves the outdoors and being around kids, I’m really excited about joining the camp team for the first time this summer. I can’t wait to meet you all and have an incredible experience at camp with you.
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CAITLIN

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Liverpool, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone!! I am Caitlin from Liverpool in England. I am soooo excited to be taking part as a  Group Leader at Trail Blazers Camp. This will be my first camp I’ve ever done and I cannot wait to make new memories and friends!! After camp I will starting my first year at University studying Psychology. I love all things Marvel and consider myself a complete nerd! Can’t wait to meet everyone, see you all soon!
Farah

FARAH

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Paris, France

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone, I’m Farah. Currently, I am a first-year law student in France, which, yes, I concede, is not the most exciting, thrilling and adventurous course ever. This summer on the other hand, sounds like it will be great fun! It will be my first year of being a group leader at a summer camp – can’t wait for all these fun challenges that lie ahead! Looking forward to meeting everyone.
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MIGUEL

MAINTENANCE

FROM: Mexico

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hola, check it, my name is Miguel Angel Zárate from Mexico, It’s my first time in TBC, I’m excited to meet you all, I’ll be in the maintenance area, so, I’ll be all around the camp. If you see me, you can ask me whatever you want. If you want Spanish classes, I’ll be available. 🙂
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BATUHAN

KITCHEN STAFF

FROM: Izmir, Turkey

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone! My name is Batuhan. I am from Izmir in Turkey. I am going to study medicine next semester. As a person who loves traveling and being outside a lot, I am very excited to be a part of the TBC family. This summer, I will be working as an assistant cook. Also, being with great kids will be a lot of fun. This will be my first year at this camp, and I hope it will not be the last. Just be sure that our kitchen is in safe hands with our staff and chef. I cannot wait for this experience and looking forward to meeting amazing people.
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RACHEL

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Sheffield, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name’s Rachel, I’m from Sheffield and I’m currently in my first year of studying chemistry at Loughborough uni. I love traveling, hiking and generally being outdoors! This will be my first year at camp as a group leader. I’m really excited to get the opportunity to work with the kids this summer and make some new memories and friends!
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THATO

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Polokwane, South Africa

YEARS AT TBC: 1

My name is Thato Mathsa, a 21 year old male from South Africa, in a small town called Polokwane. I am an only child and live alone with my mother.
I went to Petersburg Comprehensive School, where I played soccer, hockey and was Head Boy of my school. I then went on to Capricorn High School where I engaged in debating, leadership and hockey – I was also Head Boy there as well.
I enjoy reading and visiting art galleries. I love playing video games and traveling around the country with family and friends. I particularly love field hockey and the general outdoor adventure.
I am a soft spoken person, enthusiastic and very passionate about learning new things. I am an eager individual who listens and pays strict attention to detail.
Dipika

DIPIKA

KITCHEN STAFF

FROM: Lublin, Poland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello, my name is Dipika Patel and I’m 3rd year physiotherapy student in Poland. This my first summer camp and I am very much excited for that. I am waiting to complete challenges ahead and to meet new people. So, let’s have a blast this summer and also make unforgettable memories for our life. See you guys there.
Raul

RAUL

KITCHEN STAFF

FROM: Veracruz, Mexico

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello,my name is Raúl. I study mechanical engineering, English and Germán. I enjoy reading and swimming. I’m fond of cooking, and I worked in a restaurant for two years. This is my first year in the camp. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and making memories in Trail Blazers
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LEOZARD

GROUP LEADER

FROM: New York, NY

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Leozard Simon. I’m a senior/ fourth year in psychology minor in early childhood intervention based in New York. This will be my first summer camp with trailblazers as a Group leader and I am very joyful. I cannot wait to create unforgettable memories for the kids and ourselves. I love traveling, nature, meeting new people, amazing adventures, reading, and generally being outdoors! I’m really excited to get the opportunity to work with the kids this summer and allow them to teach me about myself. I can’t wait to teach the kids something new and have fun with them. See you guys there.
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MATEUSZ

MAINTENANCE

FROM: Zalesie Górne, Poland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone! My name is Mateusz Gostkowski, I come from Poland, from the small town of Zalesie Górne near Warsaw. I am a student of the 3rd year of electronics. It will be my first time in the States. I am very excited and I can not wait to meet you all and participate in the whole camp! 🙂
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QUIRINE

LIFEGUARD

FROM: Netherlands

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Quirine and I’m from The Netherlands! I have just finished my education in Tourism. This will be my first time coming to America. I’m excited to work on this summer camp, I will be working as a life guard on the waterfront. I like to travel, go to concerts and meet new people! I can’t wait to work with kids and to experience the American culture! Let’s make this a great summer!
Andrew

ANDREW

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Glasgow, Scotland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, my name is Andrew! I am currently studying Maths in Glasgow in my second year. Although I have visited America before, this will be my first time as part of the Trailblazers overnight team. I am very much looking forward to the prospect of meeting all the campers and sharing many great memories. I enjoy playing many sports, as well as socializing and staying active. I am excited to get to know everyone come June!
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LAUREN

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Manchester, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

My name is Lauren, I am 22 years old from Manchester, Northwest England. I have just completed a Psychology degree and I now currently work as a waitress. This will be my first time of being a group leader for summer camp as well as my first ever time in the United States! I am so excited to meet everyone, to make new memories and to experience a summer never to forget!
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CHARLOTTE

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Stockton-on-Tees, Eng.

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello! My name is Charlotte, and I’m from the lovely Stockton-on-Tees in northeast England. I have a degree in Computer Games Art. As much as I love being in front of the computer, I love even more to be outside exploring and being one with nature. This is my first year of working at Trail Blazers overnight camp and I cannot wait to experience New Jersey, it’s people, and what Trail Blazers has to offer.
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HOLLIE

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Glasgow, Scotland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, I am Hollie and I am coming from Glasgow, Scotland. I am 20 years old and currently in my second year of studying Business studies and professional education at university. This is my first year working as a group leader and I am very excited to get involved with a different experience working with children that will help me gain skills for my future career. I can not wait to meet everyone and this will be the experience of a lifetime!
Olivia

OLIVIA

CANOE SPECIALIST

FROM: Yorkshire, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! I’m Olivia and I come from a Honley in Yorkshire, England. I’m a First year History and English Literature student in Leeds. This will be my first summer working at camp so I’m really looking forward to being part of the camp team and finding out what summer camp is really like. I’m super excited to come canoe with you all this summer and hopefully make some great memory’s along the way!
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SILAS

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Glasgow, Scotland

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, my name is Silas and I’m from central Scotland. I’m finishing my second year studying Politics at uni in Glasgow, and I really want to do something new and fun over the summer. This is my first year in the program and I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and making some amazing memories. I’ve never been to New Jersey before now, and I’m excited to get out and explore!
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ALEX

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Wales, UK

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, my name is Alex, I am 24 years old from south Wales. I am currently in my 2nd year of outdoor adventure education at university. This will  be my 4th summer working  in america, but will be my first  summer working at Trail Blazers. I am looking forward to creating some amazing memories with staff and campers. This will be my first time working as a group leader and looking forward to the challenge. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone in the summer.  Here’s to an amazing summer.
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ZAKARIA

VAGABOND SPECIALIST

FROM: Marrakech, Morocco

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hey there! My name is Zakaria, I’m from Marrakech, Morocco. This will be my first experience at this camp as a Vagabond Specialist, also my first time in America. I’m very excited to be part of the team. I’m an open, fun and adventurous guy. I can’t wait to start this summer at Trail Blazers to make some great memories, and make a big positive impact on the campers. Looking forward to meet everyone.
Yarely

YARELY

SUPPORT STAFF

FROM: Peubla, Mexico

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Yarely. I’m from Puebla, Mexico. I’m currently in my last year of the university. I study actuary at Buap . This is my first year in a summer camp and in the EEUU, too. I will be working as kitchen and laundry Staff and I think it’s so cute! I am really excited to start this new experience, make memories in Trail Blazers and meet new people, new friends, and I hope to know and learn a way of life different from my country.
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STEPHANIE

LIFEGUARD

FROM: Lincoln, UK

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello! My name is Stephanie, I am 19 years old and I’m from Lincoln, in the UK. I am a qualified painter and decorator, and currently working as self employed. I enjoy being active, such as going to the gym and taking my dogs for walks. This will be my first time out at summer camp being a waterfront instructor. Also my first time in the USA!  I cannot wait to see what this experience brings for me, and I’m excited to meet everyone, to make new friends and also memories. It’s going to be an amazing summer, an amazing experience and all I can say is roll on June!
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KIKELOMO

ENABLER

FROM: Bronx, New York

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello everyone! My name is Kikelomo (pronounced key-k). I’m originally from the Bronx, New York. This summer, I will be working as an enabler with TBC. I’m so excited to work with everyone to make this summer a fun and nourishing experience. I am currently a graduate student studying clinical social work and public health. I’m passionate about helping people to come up with different self-care practices and I hope to share that passion with you all!

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CIARA

GROUP LEADER

FROM: St. Albans, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hey! My name’s Ciara and I’m from a small city called St Albans in England. I’ll be going into my third and final year studying English Literature and History at The University of Manchester so when I’m not reading, I love to be out exploring. This will be only my second time in America and my first time with Trail Blazers and I’m so excited to be part of the team! I hope to give the Mini Campers a summer they never, ever forget and I can’t wait to meet everyone!

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JOE

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Sheffield, England

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone! My name is Joe. I’m 19 and currently on my gap year and starting an engineering course at Sheffield Hallam University in September. I love the outdoors and have loads of experience biking, hiking and kayaking through Scouting. This is my first time going to America so I can’t wait to meet everyone and share a new adventure!

Oscar

OSCAR

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Madrid, Spain

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everybody. My name is Oscar and I’m from Madrid, Spain. I’m on my third year of Biology at University and nature is my passion. I aim to change the world in a better place by educating children and myself in the process. That’s why I can’t wait to make it possible this summer, in a new country I’ve never been to. Hope we all get to build a great team and find a new home at Trail Blazers.

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KITTY

ENABLER

FROM: St. Patrick’s, Grenada

YEARS AT TBC: 3

Hello everyone, my name is Kittisha Doyle but everyone calls me kitty!
I love the outdoors, anime and reading. Being from a big family. I’m used to being around different personalities and taking care of little ones. And becoming a part trailblazers felt like coming home. I look forward to waking up to the sounds of birds in the morning, meeting new people and creating amazing connections with staff and campers.

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ALITZEL

SUPPORT STAFF

FROM: Hidalgo, Mexico

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello! My name is Alitzel Teyssier, I’m from Hidalgo, Mexico. I am currently studying Industrial Design Engineering. This will be my first year at the camp and in the United States working in the kitchen. I like to travel, be in nature and meet new people. I am very excited to start this new experience, make new friends, learn a lot and get nice memories.

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NICOLE

WELLNESS ADVISOR

FROM: Middletown, Connecticut

YEARS AT TBC: 4

My name is Nicole Blais and I serve Trailblazers’ community as a member of the Wellness Team.   Primarily, you will see me at Chimney managing scheduled medications and working with campers/staff on self care practices that will see them through a safe and healthy summer. For me, Camp Magic was arriving, for the very first time, at Trailblazers in the middle of a rainy, pitch black, summer night (there were floating rain drops in the air that made the place look like a scene out of the “upside down” in Stranger Things) and being generously met by two members of what, nearly immediately, became my new community away from home.  I am Certified in Emergency Medicine and work as a Registered Nurse in an Emergency Department back home in Connecticut. When I am not working (or Trailblazing) I’m painting with watercolors, struggling to make peace with spiders, learning a new board game or practicing learning the difference between what should be inside thoughts and what should be out loud thoughts (that’s an ongoing, trial and error practice; consider yourself notified).  
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AMY

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Brooklyn, New York

YEARS AT TBC: 3

Hi, my name is Amy and I am a 19 year old sophomore at Cornell University. I am majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with a concentration in policy. At school, I play on the women’s rugby team and I lead backpacking trips for our Outdoor Education program. I have been both a camper and intern with TBC and am really excited to return as a group leader this summer to experience camp in a new way.

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DAVID

ENABLER

FROM: South Africa

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is David. I’m from the faraway place of South Africa! I call myself an outdoorsman, survivalist and adventure maker! This will be my first Summer at TBC and first time into the USA! I am super excited for this part of my gap year. I love being physically active and getting everyone else excited about it too! Looking forward to meeting my new team!

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SIOBHAN

DRIVER

FROM: Sussex, New Jersey

YEARS AT TBC: 4

Hello everyone! I’m Siobhan and I’m excited to join you all for another amazing summer at Trail Blazers. During the school year, I work as a school counselor with 7th graders, but once summer vacation approaches, I can’t help starting to hum those TBC songs, and itch for some time in the woods near Lake Mashipacong. I live near camp with my family- my husband, three mostly grown kids and two dogs- and I can’t wait to see everyone’s happy camper faces.

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KIAIRA

WELLNESS ADVISOR

FROM: Gibbstown, New Jersey

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Kiaira and I will be working as a wellness group leader at TBC this summer.  I am from Gibbstown, New Jersey which is located in South Jersey. I am going into my third year of college as a biology major on the track to medical school. This is my first year at TBC and I super excited to meet everyone. I cannot wait to create amazing memories with everyone and make this a summer that all of us will never forget. See you soon!
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KENDUAL

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Jersey City, New Jersey

YEARS AT TBC: 7

Hello everyone, my name is Kendual, I am an 18 year old senior at County Prep High School. I currently live in Jersey City, New Jersey and I will be attended Kean University studying theater this fall of 2019. I would say I am very ambitious, very hyper, but most of all a cool guy all around. This will be my 7th year at Trail Blazers, but my first year as a Group Leader. I remember when I was just a camper and now being a Group Leader is one heck of an opportunity.

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NICOLE

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Brooklyn, New York

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hey! My name is Nicole, I am 20 years old and I am studying Psychology. I enjoy my days off in the summer at the beach and on winter break going upstate. I have previously worked with children at an after school program and day care. I cant wait to meet all the campers and workers. Heres to a summer full of new memories and adventures. 

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SAUL

GROUP LEADER

FROM: Elmont, New York

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello, my name is Saul. This is my first time working at Trail Blazers.  I am very excited to meet new people and have a great time. On my down time I enjoy a gaming, watching anime or house M.D., playing basketball, longboarding, and exploring any park or forest I run into. I’m always down to try new things and have a good time. Can’t wait to see everyone at camp!