Introducing Madison Shepard

Dear Camp Menzies Campers,

We are excited to introduce you to our new Outdoor Experience Manager, Madison Shepard a.k.a. Stars.

As a former Girl Scout and Camp Menzies camper, she is excited to share her experience with you. The skills that she learned as a Girl Scout got her a job as a wilderness guide in college. The outdoor adventure skill set she gained includes rock climbing, backpacking, whitewater rafting and more.

What does she like about the outdoors? Simply put, it is her happy place. She uses it to escape from the hustle and bustle of work, devices and stress.

“Being outside connects me to nature and I love observing all the plants and creatures working hard to thrive,” she says. “The outdoors has something for everybody, whether it is BBQing in the backyard, going for a walk in a local park, camping with family, or going for a 10-day backpacking trip.”

Speaking of backpacking trips…last year, Madison challenged herself by hiking the John Muir Trail, 140 miles in 28 days and completed her first bike century ride (100 miles). There are bound to be many stories there, she is excited to share with everyone at camp!

At camp this summer, Madison wants to get to know the campers and staff and making sure everyone has a great time.

“I want to learn what they love about camp, what they want from the camp experience, what we are doing well, what needs improvement,” she says. “My focus is making sure that camp is a safe environment where girls can explore, learn, make friends, gain confidence and have fun.”

Madison previously worked at REI as Retail Operations Sales Manager. She is excited to be on this new adventure with Girl Scouts and is excited to go back to Camp Menzies.

“Come join me for a summer of fun and adventure!” she enthuses. “I look forward to meeting all the campers and learning more about you!”

Interested in getting to know more about Madison or camp? Feel free to reach out to her at campmenzies@girlscoutshcc.org.

Fun Facts about Madison:

  • My favorite cookie as a Girl Scout: Do-si-dos (peanut butter sandwiches). Sadly, my body doesn’t process gluten well anymore, so my new favorite cookie is the Trios
  • I started as a brownie and went all the way through to be a senior
  • My favorite color is PURPLE!
  • I read my horoscope every morning (I am a Pisces – the fish)
  • I love to sing
  • Avatar is one of my favorite movies
  • I am an expert lanyard starter
  • My camp name is Stars

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