Staff & Employment
If you are interested in becoming a Youth Camps Counselor for this upcoming summer, please review the counselor job description and application procedure.
The application are due April 6, 2020.
The Camp Director ensures a safe, fun and rewarding summer camp experience for the youth of our community and oversees all curriculum, risk management, personnel and budgeting operations.
Natalie Hiller-Claridge, Senior Assistant Director, Programs and Development
Natalie is a 16-year employee of Campus Recreation management, who works in the program areas of intramural sports, special events and Youth Camps. She has five years of experience as a Grizzly Soccer Camp counselor and two years as assistant director of Grizzly Soccer Camp. As a professional, she is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles through offering quality recreational opportunities for our community. At home Natalie is all about her family, and she takes every opportunity she can to get her seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son out recreating.
"Creating the Campus Rec Youth Camps has been a highlight of my professional career. Watching doors open to the youth of the Missoula community as well as providing valuable professional experience to the counselors has been a true joy and become a passion of mine. I have seen both the campers and counselors gain valuable transferable skills to take out in the world. For the counselors their experiences at camp have proven to supplement the quality education they are receiving at the University of Montana and other Universities."
Assistant directors create the day-to-day camp curriculum, oversee counselors and ensure camp policies and risk management procedures are followed properly.
Kyle graduated May 2016 with his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and has just finished his second year in the school psychology graduate program. Kyle is a sports fanatic with a passion for health and fitness. He grew up playing every sport he had the opportunity to try. He is still very active in sports and enjoys the outdoor opportunities Montana offers. He's excited to help kids explore new activities that will help them keep active and healthy lifestyles throughout their lives. He wants to provide a unique and exceptional summer experience for them. The 2019 camp season will mark Kyle's fourth year with Campus Rec Youth Camps and his third as an assistant director.
Taylor is a senior at UM majoring in health enhancement. He hopes to become a P. E. teacher and a coach for younger students to help encourage them to live healthy and active lifestyles. He has lived in Montana since third grade and never plans on leaving. A sports and outdoors enthusiast all of his life, he has been involved in basketball, football, track and field and softball and also helped coach little guy wrestling. He enjoys cooking, hiking and camping along with everything in between. Taylor has been married for three years and has a beautiful 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. In his free time he likes to play with his kids, read and watch sports. He truly enjoys the opportunity to work with kids during the summer as well as helping them grow and learn more about themselves. The 2019 camp season will mark Taylor's fourth year with Campus Rec Youth Camps and his third as an assistant director.
Kaitlynn graduated in December 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in community health. She has lived in Montana all her life and has enjoyed the outdoors and the activities it provides since she was a child. She has participated in basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field. She loves sports and is eager to learn the sports that she hasn't played before. Kaitlynn has worked with kids of all ages through Flagship for four years. After completing two seasons as a camp counselor, Kaitlynn served as an intern for Campus Rec Youth Camps developing new satellite and junior high residential camps. She looks forward to rolling out the new additions and serving as an assistant director this summer. She cannot wait to see the impact they have on smaller communities and junior high children in Montana.
Counselors execute the camp curriculum and mentor, coach and provide a safe environment for all campers. These profiles are from our 2018 season. We look forward to adding some new faces this year.
Bri grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Winona State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in child advocacy studies. She has recently received a master’s in school psychology this past school year. Bri's excited to work with kids this summer, experiencing a variety of activities inside and outside and making this summer one to remember! Outside of school she enjoys hiking around Missoula, drinking coffee and exploring new areas.
Natalie grew up in Missoula and absolutely adores it here. She is going to be a sophomore in the fall double majoring in music education and elementary education. Natalie loves being outdoors enjoying the sun and spends lots of her time playing with her three dogs or reading in the shade. Natalie loves working with kids and having fun. She enjoys dancing and loves to be in musicals at Missoula Community Theatre. Natalie participated in basketball, track and volleyball while growing up. She is so ecstatic to spend the summer having fun in the sun with lots of amazing kids!
Alex will be a sophomore and is majoring in mathematics education. In the future, she plans to become a math teacher and a basketball coach. In pursuit of her future plans, she currently tutors math students when she can and is a volunteer high school basketball coach. Alex has loved participating in sports and other recreational activities since she was young. She has always loved the summer camp atmosphere and is excited to share her passion for sports and the outdoors with the campers this year.
Makenna will be a freshman at Gonzaga University in the fall. She will be majoring in pre-medicine and biochemistry and will run cross country and track there. She was born and raised in Missoula and loves spending her free time outdoors hiking, fishing, running and skiing. She is looking forward to making camp a fun experience for everyone and the opportunity to get the kids outside.
Maddie graduated with a bachelor's of science in exercise science, with a minor in psychology. Her future goal includes becoming a physical therapist and specializing in pediatrics. She was very involved on campus as a member of the UM Advocates, volunteer at PT clinics, and javelin-thrower for Griz Track and Field. She loves spending time with her friends doing things outside such as hiking, floating the river and going to concerts and to the farmers' markets. This will be her third year as a camp counselor. She is very excited to spend time with both new and old campers from last year, continue to build relationships with her fellow counselors and directors, and inspire campers to stay true to themselves and be passionate about what they enjoy.
Brandon is an elementary education major at the U and hopes to one day coach football in addition to teaching. He wants to show younger students the value of living and leading a healthy lifestyle. Brandon has lived in Montana his entire life growing up in Shelby. He loves sports and participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. In his free time he loves to watch and play sports. Brandon is looking forward to working with the kids this summer and helping them learn and grow. This will be Brandon's second year as a Youth Camps counselor.
Dru is from the small town of Augusta, Montana, and is majoring in geography with a focus on water science and mountain studies. He grew up looking at the mountains every day, so being outdoors has always been an important part of his life. He started playing sports at a very young age and has always had a passion for all sports. Music is also a very important part of his life, and he continues to be involved in music at the University of Montana. Summer camps as a kid were something Dru looked forward to every summer, and now he's happy that he can give that experience back to a new generation.
Bridger will be going into his P1 year of pharmacy school this upcoming fall and is pursuing a dual-degree in business administration. Born and raised in Missoula, he loves to spend his free time outdoors rafting, hiking and training squirrels. Bridger has played baseball for many years as well as basketball and lacrosse in high school. This past spring Bridger coached the youth lacrosse team, the Missoula Mustangs. He is looking forward to his second year at camp sharing his love of the outdoors and sports with campers and staff alike.
Claire is a recent graduate from the University of Montana, with her degrees in communicative sciences and disorders and psychology. She will be pursuing her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Oregon this coming fall. She is from Montana and has spent most of her childhood hiking with her parents. Growing up she played a large variety of sports, including soccer, volleyball, tennis and basketball. Throughout college, she has been a Flagship volunteer at Franklin Elementary School, where she taught classes on tennis, dinosaurs and space. This will be her third summer in Missoula, and she is looking forward to helping the kids grow and to learn to love being active.
Sam is finishing his final year of college at the University of Montana. He is majoring in business accounting and hoping to join one of the Big Four audit firms on the West Coast. Sam is from Butte, Montana, where he participated in basketball, soccer, baseball, football and swimming. In high school Sam played both basketball and soccer. During previous summers he has coached youth sports. Sam enjoys traveling, all thing sports and hanging out with good friends. He was blessed to have gone to great summer camps as a kid and hopes to recreate that feeling of excitement that he had as a kid. Sam was a counselor last year and had such an amazing experience he cannot wait to get back to summer camps.
Gordon Martin is a junior in music education and music performance. Gordon grew up in Missoula and has always had a deep love for hiking and exploring the beautiful area. Gordon is passionate about working with children and has been intent upon becoming a teacher since middle school. Gordon grew up playing baseball, soccer, football, tennis and a variety of other sports. Sports have always been a positive outlet for him.
Conor Powers is a fourth-generation Grizzly from Butte, Montana, and is going into his senior year in communicative sciences and disorders. He has a love of many sports and activities, including soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track, golf, mountain biking and drumming. He played soccer before graduating from Butte High School, and after graduating he helped coach three different soccer teams before going to school in Missoula. He loves to be around kids and help them learn and grow and is excited to make this a very fun summer for everyone involved. This will be Conor's second year working at Youth Camps.
Kathryn will be a junior in psychology with a minor in writing. After college she hopes to get her master’s degree in either educational or organizational psychology. She grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and spent much of her time at her local dance studio where she taught ballet and tap to beginning dancers while also advancing her own skills. One of her favorite places in Montana is her family cabin on Seeley Lake where she grew up hiking and adventuring every summer. She loves working with kids and hopes to instill a passion for adventure and a love for everything Montana has to offer.
Mari is going into her sophomore year at Montana State University and is a double-language major. She was raised in Missoula, where she swam competitively for 12 years and for her high school for four. In her free time she loves to be with friends, cook, travel and be outside in the sunshine. Mari is always up for an adventure and is looking forward to sharing new experiences with both campers and staff.
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Brendon is going to be a senior at the University of Montana. He loves basketball and football to the fullest and played collegiate sports as well. He has partaken in Native American traditional games and studies. He is highly energetic, loves being around children of any age and is always happy and hardworking.
Damara will be a sophomore at the University of Montana in the fall. She is majoring in resource conservation and minoring in communications and international developmental studies. She grew up in California and developed a love for hiking and spending time outdoors. After college, she hopes to go into the Peace Corps to help the efforts made to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. Throughout high school she participated in gymnastics, tennis and track. She hopes to incorporate her knowledge of sports and the outdoors into the camp this year.
Emma will be sophomore at the University of Montana. She grew up in Clinton, a small town outside of Missoula, with her parents, brother, two dogs and five horses. In high school she participated in choir, theatre and lacrosse and took classes in the International Baccalaureate program. She hopes to share activities and her love of the outdoors with the kids she works with this summer.
Greg graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in broadfield social studies and a license in secondary education. Originally from the Seattle area, Greg has lived in Missoula for the past eight years. He enjoys the snowy mountains and the warm summers. After playing basketball, baseball and football for most of his life, he looks forward to sharing his passion for sports with the kids and learning from each individual at camp this summer!
Jenna is going into her senior year at the University of Montana. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in human and family development. She volunteers through the Flagship Program, fostering her love for working with students. She plans on exploring outside of Montana for graduate programs related to school counseling or school psychology. Jenna grew up in Fort Benton, Montana, where she played nearly all of the sports she could get her hands on. Her favorites are tennis, volleyball and swimming. Jenna also loves arts and crafts and is excited to see the campers’ creativity unfold this summer.
Kelsi just finished her degree in elementary education at the U of M and will begin her teaching career this fall. She was born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley, where she developed a love for exploring the mountains. Hiking, kayaking and reading in the sun are a few of her favorite activities. Kelsi grew up playing softball and volleyball. She has coached gymnastics and taught children’s creative dance classes. During the school year she works for Campfire USA. She believes in exposing kids to as many activities as possible so that they can choose what to fall in love with. This will be her third year as a counselor for campus Rec Youth camps.