Camp Staff

Ande Oliver

Camp Director

Camp staff director pictured on High Challenge Course

Hometown:  

Moncks Corner, SC

Education:      

  • The Citadel Graduate College, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2013
    • Master of Arts, Teaching (Social Studies, Secondary Education)
  • College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2003
    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration—Minor, Economics
    • Bachelor of Arts, Communication—Minor, Political Science

Certifications:

  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional – National Recreation and Park Association
  • Wilderness First Responder – Wilderness Medical Association
  • Level 3: Coastal Kayak Instructor – American Canoe AssociationCamp staff director pictured kayaking
  • Level 3: River Kayak Instructor – American Canoe Association
  • Level 2: Sit-On-Top Surf Kayak Instructor – American Canoe Association
  • Level 2: River Canoe Instructor (Solo and Tandem) – American Canoe Association
  • Level 2: Stand up Paddleboard Instructor – American Canoe Association
  • River Canoe Trip Leader – American Canoe Association
  • Swift Water Rescue – American Canoe Association
  • Adaptive Paddling Endorsement – American Canoe Association
  • Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club – Dragon Boat Steersman
  • Level 2: Archery Instructor – USA Archery
  • Basic Archery Instructor – National Archery in the Schools Program
  • Mountain Bike Ride Guide and Basic Skills Instructor – BIKE Instructor Certification Program 
  • Level 1: Rope Technician – On Rope
  • Level 2: Challenge Course Facilitator – Association for Challenge Course Technology
  • South Carolina Master Naturalist — Clemson Extension
  • LNT Master Educator  - Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • Basic Weather Spotter – NOAA & National Weather Service
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children
  • Mandatory Reporters – University of South Carolina Children’s Law Center
  • SafeSport – U.S. Center for SafeSport

Favorite Places to (Bike, Climb, Paddle, Recreate): 

I love being outside, so pretty much anywhere outdoors is cool with me…even when it's 100+ degrees.

Biography: 

I have been a part of the CCPRC team in various capacities since 2003 and have appreciated and enjoyed my experience. When I finished college, I decided to take a “FUN” job and I started work as a camp counselor with CCPRC and I am still here!  I found this job to not only be fun, but also challenging, rewarding, and a great way to have a positive impact on our local families.  I love meeting and working with new people, helping to enhance experiences in the outdoors and promoting lifelong skills for folks in our community.



Laura Zuraw

Assistant Camp DirectorAssistant Camp Director pictured paddling.


Hometown:  

Charleston, SC

Education:      

  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, May 2015
    • Bachelor of Science- Biology with a concentration in Ecology

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid– Wilderness Medical Association
  • South Carolina Master Naturalist — Clemson Extension
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of ChildrenAssistant Camp Director pictured paddling.
  • Mandatory Reporters – University of South Carolina Children’s Law Center
  • Level 1: USA Archery Instructor
  • Level 2: ACA Essentials of Canoe Touring Instructor 
  • Level 2: ACCT Challenge Course Facilitator 

Favorite Places to (Bike, Climb, Paddle, Recreate): 

Anywhere outside! I love seeing the uniqueness of each environment, but if I had to choose I would have to go with the mountains. You can hike the same trail over and over again, but each time there is always something new to see.

Biography: 

As a kid, I went to Explorers Camp at Palmetto Islands County Park, and as an adult, I found my way back to camp! I graduated with a degree in Biology from NC State University, and during my senior year of college, I discovered a passion for environmental education as an intern at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. After graduation, I went on to work as a naturalist/outdoor educator at YMCA Camp Carter, Camp Wesley Woods, Barrier Island Environmental Education Program, and Edisto Beach State Park. I have been with CCPRC’s outdoor program since 2018 and love having the opportunity to encourage local kids to get outside and experience something new through our camp and outdoor club programs. During the past 3 summers, I was a supervisor for Explorers camp, and could usually be found helping with canoeing, my favorite camp activity. I am excited about camp this summer and am looking forward to working with both Adventure and Explorers camps!        



Anna BartosExplorers Camp Supervisor pictured sitting on a bench

Explorers Camp Supervisor


Hometown:  

Rockford, IL

Education:      

  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL, May 2019
    • Bachelor of Science- Recreation and Park Administration

Certifications:

  • CPR and First Aid- American Health and Safety Institute
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention – Crisis Prevention Institute 
  • Mandatory Reporters – University of South Carolina Children’s Law CenterExplorers Camp Supervisor pictured outside

Favorite Places to (Bike, Climb, Paddle, Recreate):

Somewhere I’ve never been before! I love exploring new places and seeing all of the intricacies that make it unique, but if I had to choose I would have to go with a forested area. The sunlight through the trees, the feeling of being totally immersed in nature—there’s nothing quite like it! Add in something like hiking, biking, or camping out with friends, and it’s a perfect recipe for an unforgettable recreational experience.

Biography: 

I was drawn to the field of recreation from a young age. I attended summer camps every summer starting at the age of 7 and played competitive softball throughout middle school and high school, eventually moving on to coach at the collegiate level during my first two years of college. Throughout college, I continued to work in the summer camp world as a counselor and then coordinator during the summers and gained experience as a challenge course facilitator during the school year. I eventually decided to move to South Carolina after graduating with a degree in Recreation and Park Administration from Illinois State University in order to broaden my horizons and continue developing as a facilitator for Adventure Learning and Youth Programming. I have loved working with the Youth Outdoor Recreation team at CCPRC, and cannot wait to help kids around Charleston nurture their love for nature and recreation!  



Maddie TuckerPhoto of the Adventure Camp Supervisor

Adventure Camp Supervisor


Hometown:  

Charleston, SC

Education:      

  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2019
    • Bachelor of Science - Exercise Science
  • The Citadel, Charleston, SC, August 2020- Present 
    • Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Biology 

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid – Wilderness Medical Association
  • SafeSport – U.S. Center for SafeSportAdventure Camp Supervisor pictured kayaking
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children 
  • Emergency Medical Response – American Safety & Health Institute
  • Level 1 – ACCT Practitioner Certification

Favorite Places to (Bike, Climb, Paddle, Recreate): 

My favorite place is anywhere near the water. In particular, I love to run around Turtle Park on Daniel Island, especially around sunrise!

Biography: 

I worked as a camp counselor with Adventure Camp from 2017-2019 and learned to appreciate the value of moving outdoors, especially with the adventure campers who are learning habits that they will carry with them as they grow up. After finishing up my third summer with adventure camp in August of 2019, I was excited to step into a new role as a Youth Lead Aide that allows me to impact not only the campers but also the counselors who spend so much time with the campers throughout the summer. I am very excited to continue walking along with campers and counselors as they learn to love the outdoors and all the fun activities that we have to offer!