2017 STAFF BIOS
Sydney Aardal grew up in Arnold where she developed a strong love for the Sierra Nevada Mountains and all outdoor activities. She attended Northern Arizona University and earned a degree in Biology. She spends most of her time playing a lot of Ultimate Frisbee, exploring swimming holes, and enjoying the company of her friends. In May, she graduates from UC Berkeley with a Master’s Degree in Science and Math Education. Her passion is in supporting and educating young people and she is extremely excited to work at BV Summer Day Camp for another summer!
Kevin Maurer is thrilled to be back for his third summer at Bear Valley Summer Day camp. Kevin grew up in Murphy’s and is very knowledgable about the area our campers will be exploring. He is finishing up his senior year at Humboldt State studying Geography, focusing his final thesis on using geocaches as an education tool. An avid backpacker, experienced mountain biker, as well as wilderness and survival certified, Kevin is pumped to get back out on the trails with his Kodiak group.
Carley Herndon was born in Oakdale before moving to Nevada at a young age. She lived there until moving to Angels Camp in 2010 where she calls home. She played basketball, volleyball, softball, and was very active in FFA showing lambs and cattle. She graduated from high school in 2016 and now attends Butte Junior College where she plays softball and studies Animal Science. She plans to transfer to CSU Chico to finish up her studies and then onto UC Davis for her veterinary degree. She loves being outdoors exploring the beautiful country we are blessed enough to live in and she cannot wait to be around kids all day showing them the beauty she sees.
Caroline Rudel is a long time camper that attended from the ages of 8-14 and now she returns to us for her second summer as a counselor. She attends Berkeley High school and is finishing up her junior year. Caroline is a singer, pianist, and enjoys musical theater. She is also an excellent rock climber and loves spending time in nature. Caroline is a great addition to our team and we love that she keeps carrying on the BVSDC tradition!
Jennifer Manetta, AKA Mam Jam, has been with us for 5+ summers and we couldn’t be happier to have her back. She is a long time preschool teacher, outdoor adventure camp leader, artist, and nature lover. She knows the ins and outs of BVSDC and is the backbone of our crew. Our cubs expert is ecstatic to return for another great summer!
Sarah Griffin is delighted to join BVSDC for the first time this summer. A renowned traveler from Massachusetts, Sarah first started her adventures when she headed to the University of South Carolina for her undergrad in Psychology and continued her studies at Bridgewater State University, receiving her Masters in School Adjustment Counseling . After that she toured the country with her husband in their RV for over a year before deciding California was their new home. She loves hiking, kayaking, photography, cooking, and getting her hands dirty in the garden. She is thrilled to get back into teaching this summer.
Josh Lane is a great new addition to our crew coming from down the hill in Murphy’s. He graduates from Bret Harte High School this spring and will attend Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz next fall. An outstanding athlete, Josh will play for the CC baseball team, along with pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education with a focus in teaching at the high school level. He loves everything outdoors from camping to hiking and biking. Josh brings a great fresh take to our team!