It’s that time of the year again when we are excited to meet all our new parents and campers, and welcome back returning camp families. This summer, we have an impressive 100% return rate for Mt. Hood staff ~ yes, the coaches love it as much as the campers!
Ladies first (and because she is the boss), meet Lisa Smith.
Lisa is entering her 24th year of working at summer camps, and her 16th as a Camp Director. She volunteered for Riding for the Disabled pony club camps in her hometown of Cheltenham, England, before working for Windridge Tennis Camps in Vermont as a horseback riding counselor. There, she moved up the ranks to become the riding director, and then assistant camp director. At Windridge, Lisa learned a great deal about running a successful and safe traditional summer camp, and also volunteered as an accreditor for the American Camp Association. During her tenure at Windridge, Lisa moved to the USA to work for the camp full time. After 6 years at Windridge, Lisa spent one summer running Tahoe Extreme Sports Camp where she could mostly be found on the flying trapeze!
In 2004, Lisa and David decided to combine his knowledge and expertise in ski racing, with her love for traditional summer camps, and U.S. Elite Camps was born.
Outside of camps, Lisa has a background in education, ranging from lecturing at college level to subbing for 2nd grade. She tutored at Stratton Mountain School and, more recently, held the 7th grade homeroom position and was head of the science department at Maple Street School in Manchester, VT. While living in southern Vermont for the past decade, Lisa taught yoga at local gyms, studios and schools, and volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach.
Lisa is also a practitioner of meditation, reiki, Theta healing, and other psychosensory therapies.
Last year, Lisa fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to California, where she works as a personal assistant, as well as managing the camp office. In her free time, she enjoys training for half marathons along the coastline of Santa Cruz, and working out with HIIT. A huge animal lover, Lisa worked at an animal rescue sanctuary on first moving to California, and one of her first stops in Hood River is to check in on the goats at one of the farms along the road from camp!
Lisa in-between her two sisters.
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