For programs other than summer camps we use staff who are contracted for their specific skill set. Summer camp staff includes Junior and Senior Counselors. Our Senior Counselors are over 21 and are certified in First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding. Many of them are public school teachers. Junior Counselors must be 16 and are also certified in First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding. Most Junior Counselors have been campers and all have been Counselors in Training (CITs) first.
Victoria Shaw: Executive Director
Victoria’s lifetime love of the outdoors began as a participant in Outward Bound. For 25 years her exercise classes have been a staple of fitness for many people. Hundreds of people thank her for their ability to swim or ski, be fit, and especially to love the outdoors. Nothing pleases Victoria more than watching the "ah ha" moment that the natural world as teacher gives to people. She is a certified as a Massachusetts Health and Physical Education Teacher, a Wilderness First Responder, an ACSM Exercise Specialist, a PSIA Level II Ski Instructor, and a First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Instructor.
Jeff McQueen: Co-Founder
Jeff brings a lifetime of outdoor experience including Outward Bound, mountaineering, kayaking, rock climbing, biking, and a deep love of the woods. Jeff’s creativity and carpentry skills are also what we have to thank for all of the magical spaces and structures at Morse Hill.
Sheldon Ross is a lifelong lover of outdoor adventure. Sheldon received training from the nationally acclaimed Outdoor Leadership Program and has over 20 years of experience leading adventure programs including ropes challenge courses, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and backpacking. He has worked for Morse Hill, Outward Bound, Project Adventure, and other leaders in the adventure field, and has a specialty working with at-risk teens and special needs groups. He facilitates with a dynamic blend of warmth, humor and enthusiasm, so participants feel safe and eager to expand their sense of the "possible." In addition to his outdoor experience, Sheldon is a certified music teacher and professional freelance musician.
As a camper at Morse Hill, Haley Milsark loved the activities and the staff who brought creativity, leadership, and confidence to each group. Haley went to Northampton High School and in 2015 will be graduating from Loyola University with a B.A. in Environmental Science. She appreciates Morse Hill’s individuality and she enjoys working with children because she likes to be able to be a kid herself. Haley is a responsible, fun, caring, and adventurous person who is always looking to help people excel in their goals.
Eli came to Massachusetts in 2004 from upstate NY with a bike and a small pricked-ear mammal. After two years as an outdoor educator with Nature's Classroom, he traded the woods for whiteboard markers and a classroom as a math teacher, including four years at PVPA in South Hadley. Eli is an experienced long distance cyclist, backpacker, and whitewater kayaker. He makes music, art, and is a licensed educator in the state of Massachusetts.
Darren Macpherson is a student and avid outdoor enthusiast. He has been running around the woods all his life and loves to mountain bike, rock climb, backpack, kayak, swim, and play Ultimate Frisbee. When he was young, Darren participated in Morse Hill programs and worked his way from CIT to Junior Counselor. Now he thoroughly enjoys getting paid for doing what he would be doing anyway. Two of his favorite weeks of the year are Teen Trip Camp and Mountain Biking Camp.
Aidan Hasbrouck is a Junior Counselor at Morse Hill who has both attended camp and been a CIT. His admiration for the outdoors is infectious, and his hobbies include biking, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. He is a sophomore at UMass Amherst where he is study environmental science. Aidan brings knowledge of the outdoors and an energetic attitude to camp.