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 21 and over 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. Ropes course staff are 18 and older.
Victoria Shaw: Executive Director
Victoria’s lifetime love of the outdoors began as a participant in Outward Bound. For 25 years she has been leading exercise classes, teaching mountain biking, swimming, gymnastics, canoeing, rock climbing and guiding and facilitating growth. Nothing pleases her more than watching the "ah ha" moment that the natural world as teacher gives to people. She is a trained Ropes Course Manager, 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 Wilderness First Aid, 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.
Tori LaVerdiere started at Morse Hill as a camper and trained with us to become a Junior Counselor. She loved Morse HIll's approach to outdoor adventure as a kid and now enjoys inspiring this same passion for the outdoors and adventure in her current campers. During the school year she is in Iowa studying biological chemistry and Spanish, getting her Biology, Chemistry and Spanish teaching licenses at Grinnell College. In her free time she enjoys swimming, running, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, listening to music and mountain biking. She is Red Cross certified as a swim, lifeguard, first aid, and CPR instructor.
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.
Piper Lacy is in her second year working as a Junior Counselor. Before becoming a counselor, Piper was a camper at Morse Hill for many years. Her training includes participation in Adventure Education Training Camp and time spent as a Counselor in Training. She loves hiking in the Adirondacks and riding her horse around the family farm in Shutesbury, MA.
Mike Kane is a Senior Counselor and has been working with kids as an outdoor educator for seven years. Trained at Morse Hill and Beaver Creek Children's Ski School, his favorite things about working with kids include teaching them awesome things about nature, as well as watching them accomplish things they said they could never do. Mike's outdoor interests include swimming, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, ultimate, canoeing, climbing trees, and unicycling. His favorite place for outdoor adventure is the mountains of Colorado.
Marley Bernard grew up in the woods of Wendell climbing trees making fairy houses. Today he enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing. Marley has worked at Morse Hill for five years, and loves watching campers at Morse Hill learn and grow.
Luke Sedor-Protti is a Senior at Amherst Regional High School. He attended Morse Hill as a camper for 8 years before becoming a counselor. Luke loves being outdoors and his favorite activities include biking, rock climbing, skiing, ultimate frisbee, and soccer.
As a camper at Morse Hill, Haley Milsark loved the activities and the staff here. Haley went to Loyola University and earned a B.A. in Environmental Science. She brings creativity, leadership, and confidence to each group she leads at Morse Hill. She enjoys working with children because she likes to be able to be a kid herself. Haley is a fun, caring, and adventurous leader who is always looking to help people excel in their goals.
Elizabeth Fernandez O’Brien has worked in outdoor education for over 40 years. She has trained at Morse Hill, High Five Adventure, and also has extensive experience as an elementary school PE teacher, gymnastics coach, and dance professional. She enjoys working with Spanish-speaking groups, loves exercise, and is happiest when she’s outside doing anything from biking to stacking wood.
Senior Counselor Elise Flynn enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding and mountain biking. She has worked with children since 2012 in pre-schools, after school programs, classrooms, and at Morse Hill. Currently studying to become an elementary school teacher, Elise is a caring, encouraging and patient counselor who lists canoeing and caving as two of her favorite activities to do with campers.
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.
Chelsea Allen first came to Morse Hill as a camper and then trained with us to become a Junior Counselor. Now one of our Senior Counselors, Chelsea brings a fun, enthusiastic style to her work with campers. She loves building forts with kids, and creating new games to play. Her outdoor pursuits include taking long hikes, snowboarding, and playing frisbee with her dog.
Aman Ruhe is an avid mountain biker and loves to rock climb. He likes working with groups of campers who are ready to try new things and sharing his enthusiasm toward the outdoors. Aman is a Junior Counselor in his second year working at Morse Hill.
Aidan Hasbrouck is a Senior Counselor at Morse Hill who has gone through the ranks as a camper, CIT, and Junior Counselor. His admiration for the outdoors is infectious, and his hobbies include biking, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. He graduated from UMass Amherst where he studied environmental science. Aidan brings knowledge of the outdoors and an energetic attitude to camp.