camp staff

Outdoor Science Camp Staff

Our outdoor science camp staff is hand selected and hired based on  their experience working with kids at kids camps and elsewhere, their  desire to make a difference in the lives of the students and a love for  the outdoors. Each staff member undergoes a thorough background check as  well as a drug test to assure our child’s safety at kids camp. Our staff is a very dedicated, energetic, outdoor-loving,  kid-friendly group of people. They work hard every day making science  camp a special occasion in the lives of the children who come to  Arrowhead Ranch’s nature camp.

Cabin Leaders

We have cabin leaders who stay in the cabins with the children  overnight. They go out on the trails with the students and attend all  meals with them. Your children are NEVER left alone. On hikes, the cabin  leader walks behind the hiking group while the naturalists navigate the  trail to the next lesson area.

Directors

Our Directors are very experienced camp professionals who have dedicated  their lives to ensuring that our Environmental Education program meets  all of the California State Science Curriculum Standards.  They are  always updating our science camp programs to keep them current and  exciting, meeting both the educational requirements of teachers and  parents while still making every day fun and exciting for the students  at nature camp.

Medic

We also have at least one full-time medic on staff at our outdoor  science camp at all times. Our medic deals with all of our child related  issues including homesickness, headaches and stomach aches. They assure  each child will receive any prescribed medication sent to camp at the  appropriate time.

Naturalists

Our Naturalists are college graduates with a four-year degree in one  of the sciences. All of the teaching that is done comes straight from  The State of California Board of Education Science Framework.  Naturalists have a desire to teach the camp kids about the environment  and the way people affect our environment. We train our naturalists in an intense week of on-site training for our outdoor science school.  The naturalists are introduced to the lesson material, then shown how  to create an outdoor lesson plan. The kids camp staff collaborate on  different styles and ways of teaching the students who come to our  program. Props, games, science activities and our unique natural  environment are what we use to reinforce the curriculum. Once the Naturalists have been through training, testing and lesson  planning, they are ready to take a trail team on a hike. A trail team  consists of one girls cabin group and one boys cabin group. Numbers in  these groups range from 18-28. It varies from school to school. The  Naturalist will meet with their trail team at a prearranged meeting area  on the outdoor science camp grounds. One of the cabin leaders are also  present and hiking on the trails with the kids.

Your Child’s Teachers

Teachers are encouraged to come along as well. The teachers observe the  outdoor science camp naturalists as they teach. The teachers also assist  the students while hiking.

Meet the Leadership Team

Kathy Graves Farley

Kathy Graves Farley is our Owner/CEO of our camp for kids.  She is  the mother of two boys. Kathy started working for Arrowhead Ranch in  1993. Being a mother herself, she found it to be one of the most eye  opening, life changing events for every student who came to the camp’s  overnight school. Over the years, Kathy has worked in every position the outdoor  science camp offers. She began as the administrative assistant and moved  into the Director of Marketing position. Later, she taught subjects such as earth science  and has even been a cabin leader for the overnight school. In 1998,  Kathy bought the controlling shares of the Corporation and made her own  changes to create a safer and better alternative learning environment  for the children. Because Arrowhead Ranch is an overnight school, Kathy mandated the  intense background checks and drug testing of each staff member working  with the kids. When Megan’s Law became available to the public she was  able to use this as another avenue of ensuring the student’s safety. She maintains a close family feeling among staff to ensure that  things run smoothly in this alternative learning program. Weekly, staff  discusses events of the past week, focusing on the positive and  implementing solutions for anything negative that might have happened. Kathy also contributes to the community by serving as a board member  to the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce and volunteering for various  events around the community. She actively participates in her children’s  activities and as a classroom volunteer. When she is not the woman in charge of Arrowhead Ranch outdoor  science camp for kids, she is with her children. They enjoy horseback  riding, wake boarding, snow skiing, dirt bike riding, hiking on the  local trails and having family time.

Charlie Young

General Manager– Responsible for all personnel  matters including hiring, training, recognition and discipline. Works  with the Directors in leading the daily operations; works closely with  the Program Director in maintaining a quality program that is current with the California  Dept of Education Science Framework. Visits schools for teacher/parent  presentations, and communicates with the owner on all aspects of the  Outdoor Education program. 

About Charlie – I grew up in camps starting my first  summer camp job in 1988 and have never looked back! I earned an A.S. in  Recreation Management and a B.S. in Health and Wellness. I have been a  Director of some sort in four different camps in New York State, three  in Florida, and now my journey has brought me to Sunny Southern  California!! I had no idea that it snowed here, but even through that  set back I have fallen in love with the mountains, the great many  beaches, and of course the wonderful people of Southern California who  have been great to me in my four seasons at Arrowhead Ranch – A place I  want to finally call home!!

Hometown – Buffalo, NY

Paige Amidon

Director – Responsible for the safety and  well being of all students that come to camp. This includes dealing with  student discipline, ill students and supporting camp staff in the day  to day responsibilities. Hikes and oversees Naturalist teaching staff.  Communicates with the teachers to make sure they are informed of every  issue and situation as it occurs. Conduct daily staff meetings to inform  staff of any changes/updates in program, and to discuss any issues  currently going on in the camp.
About Paige- I was born and raised in upstate New  York and never once thought about heading out to California – Now I’m  not sure I ever want to leave. Although I love the beach and ocean, the  mountains are pretty amazing too. I graduated from SUNY-ESF with a B.S.  in Wildlife Science and since then have worked at petting Zoos and  nature centers teaching people of all ages about wildlife and nature.  Arrowhead Ranch has been a great adventure so far! I started working  here as a Naturalist in the fall of 2012 and can’t wait to create many  more memories and experiences by teaching and learning from all of the  students.
Hometown- Rome, NY

Lauren McLaughlin

Program Director – Academics Responsible to make sure the  Outdoor Education program is operating under the most current Science  Framework, according to the California Department of Education.   Responsibilities include training the Naturalist teaching staff, their  professional development and their quarterly evaluations. Continuously  strives to improve the program, equipment and activities.
About Lauren – Though I am originally from Florida, I  have fallen in love with the mountains of southern California! I  graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology,  and a B.A. in classical history. Since graduating, I have lived all over  the country working as a naturalist and wildlife biologist. My passion  is conservation education, and I believe that the biggest impact we can  have in saving the environment is through teaching and inspiring the  next generation.
Hometown – Coconut Creek, FL

Christopher Danowski

 Assistant Director - Responsible to assist the Director to assure the safety and well being of all the students and staff, and making sure the program is running well. This includes student support and discipline, communicating with Teachers, working with the medic, and occasionally serving as a Naturalist and/or a Cabin Leader. The asst. Director acts as the Director in his/her absence, and occasionally serves as Director. Plays a key role in training, motivating and disciplining staff. 

About Christopher - Hi, I'm Topher! I have spent the majority of my life as a horseback rider, and trainer of horses, before I went to university. I studied at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and majored in Environmental Science with a Biology focus, and picked up a minor in Geology. I came to Arrowhead Ranch in 2015 and love it here in SoCal. There is adventure in so many areas. My passion in life is teaching about conservation and the environment.  My work at Arrowhead Ranch is a great place to teach kiddos about all the wonderful things that I love and science is all about. 

Hometown - Erie, Pennsylvania