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Spend the best summer of your life at Chestnut Ridge! Join our summer staff of over 55 amazing people. Make a difference in the lives of campers and staff. Learn more! 

Abby

Hey y’all, My name is Abby. This is my 4th year working as a counselor at Camp Chestnut Ridge and I am so excited to get to see everyone this summer! I am a music education major at UNCG and I grew up right here in Efland! Some of my favorite camp activities are gaga ball, tree climbing, dancing and capture the flag. I hope you’re as excited to come to camp as I am and I’ll see y’all soon!

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Agoston

Hey everyone! I'm Ágoston Paksy, I'm an 18 years old High school student from Hungary. My hobbies are reading, listening to music and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy all kind of sports but my favorite one is volleyball, I play it on a team. I really like traveling and exploring, the USA is on top of my bucket list. This'll be my first time working at a camp and I can't wait to experience what life at camp is like.

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Your Name Here!

Spend the best summer of your life at Chestnut Ridge! Join our summer staff of over 55 amazing people. Make a difference in the lives of campers and staff. Learn more! 

Abel

My name is Ábel but my friends just call me Kari. I am from Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. It is quite a small town not far away from the biggest lake of Central Europe. I am open and friendly and I get on well people so I have a lot of friends. As far as I am concerned, I am really keen on traveling, playing sports, making new friendships. One of my biggest dreams ever since I can remember is traveling to the United States. I have heard a lot of interesting facts about the country. In my free time I often play volleyball, basketball and soccer. I am so excited to play together. I can't wait for camp. This summer will be unforgettable. See you soon!

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Alex

Hello! I’m Alex and this is my first summer working at camp(though I came here as camper when I was younger). I am a Biology major at Appalachian State University and I just finished up my first year there. I’m a big fan of outdoor activities, especially cycling. I also enjoy listening to music. I’m really looking forward to working at camp this summer!

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Ashley

Hi campers! My name is Ashley Guin and I am so excited to be working with you for the first time this summer as a part of the equestrian team! I am a first year student at UNCG. I’m from a small quaint town called Willow Springs, and I enjoy spending time with the Lord outdoors.

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Caitlyn

Hey my name is is Caitlyn, and I live in Efland, NC! This will be my second year working at camp and I am so excited to meet everyone! I am headed to UNC Charlotte in the fall to study Psychology. Some things I enjoy are playing Basketball, the hoedown and hanging out at camp! I have been going to camp since I was a waterdog and I am so excited to help your kids make this summer great! See you guys soon :)
 

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Cameryn

Hi! I'm Cameryn, and I'm from Holly Springs, North Carolina. I am currently a music education major at Wingate University. I love all things music and theatre, as well as reading, painting, and hanging out with friends! I am so excited to be a camp counselor this year, and I can't wait to meet you all! 

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Carson

Hi everyone! My name is Carson and I am from Garner, North Carolina. This will be my second year as a counselor after being a camper for 3 years. My favorite things to do at camp are ziplining, gaga ball, and kayaking. I enjoy swimming, playing sports, and generally being outdoors. I look forward to meeting the new campers this summer and sharing new experiences at camp!

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Cece

Hey everyone! My name is Cece and I’m from Nigeria; but I was raised and currently live in Durham, North Carolina. I will graduate from Middle College High School this May. The things I love doing would be cooking, drawing, farming and listening to music. This will be my first year being a junior camp counselor at Chesnut Ridge and I’m very excited about it. I can’t wait for this summer to begin so that I will be able to meet everyone! :)

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Charlie

Hey my name is Charlie (I'm the one on the right). I'm super excited to be working at Camp Chestnut Ridge! I have never worked at camp before, so this is going to be exciting. I currently have my degree in Criminal Justice from UNCW, but I'm thinking about going back and doing education. I love video games and all things nerd!  I can't wait to meet everyone this summer!

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Daniel

My name is Daniel Jones and I am a Senior at Appalachian State University.  I am pursuing a Music Education Degree with a voice primary so I may hopefully be a choir director as a career.  I was born and raised in Durham North Carolina and have been attending summer camps since I was six years old. I have been a counselor at summer camps since I was 16 and have enjoyed working ever since!  I enjoy music, working with children and youth, games and more!

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Davis

Hey Guys! My name is Davis and I'm from Fuquay Varina, NC. I'm a rising Sophomore over in Charlotte at Catawba College, majoring in Sports Communications. This will be my third summer as a counselor at Chestnut Ridge, and I couldn't be more excited to be back! I love sports of any kind and couldn't be more excited when Capture the Flag rolls around every Tuesday night. I can't wait to meet everyone this upcoming summer!

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Dayna

Hey guys! I’m Dayna, and I’m from New Zealand! This will be my second year at Chestnut Ridge and I’m super excited to start another amazing summer with you all. Some of my favourite camp activities are gaga ball and lake toys! I love animals, the outdoors, playing sports and having different adventures! See you soon!

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Desiree

Hi everyone! I’m Desiree Muhammad. I grew up in Wake Forest, NC and currently live in Durham, NC. I am known for my artistic abilities and creative mindset.  My favorite past times include but are not limited to: enjoying God’s beautiful creation of the great outdoors, listening to music, drawing, and learning about different cultures! At the top of this list is spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to making new friends and being apart of the Chestnut Ridge family!

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Elly

Hey y’all! My name is Elly and I’m from Orrum, North Carolina. I’m currently living in California working at a different camp and looking to pursue my dream of being a writer, but I can’t wait to return to Chestnut Ridge for the summer! I’m super excited to see new and familiar campers and co counselors! I also can’t wait to do all of my favorite camp activities like gaga ball, kayaking, 9 square, Fun Friday, and night in the woods. I already know this summer is going to be a blast! See y’all at camp! 

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Emily

Hi Everyone, my name is Emily and I am from Efland North Carolina and this will be my 2nd year as a camp counselor at Chestnut Ridge!  I am a UNCG student majoring in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics and getting a minor in Psychology. One thing about me is that I love all animals especially dogs and horses.  With this being said, I am currently on the equestrian team at UNCG and I love it! I also love being outside and sitting around the campfire. Three of my hobbies would be that I love doing embroidery work, sewing, and baking (especially cakes!)  I can't wait to meet all of the new faces this summer and get to see all the familiar faces again and have fun at camp together!  

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Eric

Hi everyone, I'm Eric and I'm from South Africa! This will be my first time at a summer camp and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it! I'm a standup comedian/actor so there will never be a dull moment when I'm around, I get along well with everyone and can always bring about a little bit of laughter. I'm very active, love all sports (even the ones I can't play) and have recently started learning to play the guitar because I love music. This is going to be an incredible time, and I can't wait to be working with you all!

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Emma

Hi guys! I'm Emma! This is my third year on summer staff at camp and I'm so excited to be back. I am going into my sophomore year at UNC Asheville as a political science major. I am originally from Raleigh NC, and I love to spend time outdoors. I am so excited to meet you all this summer! 

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Eva

Hello! My name is Eva and this is my first summer working at camp, and I can't wait to meet y'all! I am an Education major with a focus in Christian ministries at Gordon college. I love everything to do with horses and I am psyched to share that passion! See y'all soon!

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Iza

Hi everyone! My name is Iza and I come from Poland. This will be my second time at Chestnut Ridge and I am super excited to spend another great summer at camp! I love spending time in nature, I am also a volunteer in the animal shelter, I like playing keyboard, reading books and traveling. I can’t wait to meet you all this summer!

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Jacob

Hello all! My name is Jacob. I am a theater education major at UNCW.When I'm not at camp I'm at the Autism Society of North Carolina. This will be my second summer at Chestnut Ridge and I cannot wait! I love being outside: volleyball, kayaking, swimming, running, camping, etc. If It's outside, I probably love doing it. I can't wait to meet everyone. It's going to be an amazing summer!

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Jesse

Hi everyone! My name is Jesse and I am beyond excited to be joining you all at Chestnut Ridge Camp, all the way from Australia. I am 18 years old and I am currently taking a gap year before majoring in Marketing at the University of Queensland in 2021. Some of my favorite hobbies include putting shrimp on the barbie, riding kangaroos - just kidding - I love canoeing, hiking, cooking and all things outdoors. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and I cannot wait to spend my first summer at Chestnut!

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Joseph

Hey Everyone, My name is Joseph and I'm from Chapel Hill. This will be my second summer working at camp! I'm going into my 3rd year of computer science at UNC Charlotte. Some of my favorite camp activities include the hoedown, ziplining, night in the woods, and morning worship! In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, basketball, and running. I can't wait for this summer!

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Kayla

Hey everyone! My name is Kayla and I’m so excited to be able to be spending my second summer at camp! I am from a small town called DeLand in Florida!! I’m currently in my second year in college working towards my social work degree! I love the outdoors so I can not wait to be back at camp and do all my favorite camp activities! I’m so ready to meet all the staff, and to be able to see all the campers! I’m in constant prayer for the summer and I am overjoyed to see the new things God is going to do this summer!! See everyone soon!!

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Kayla

Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Anne and this is my second year working at Chestnut Ridge. I’m a junior at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA studying Mathematics and Music. I can’t wait to get back to camp and have an amazing summer with you all!!

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Lauren

Hey everyone! My name is Lauren and this is my third year on staff at Chestnut Ridge. I’m originally from Raleigh but am currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying environmental science. Outside of school I love hiking, camping, acting, and hanging out with friends. My favorite camp activities are gaga ball and the hoedown! I’m so excited to meet everyone and spend another awesome summer at camp! 

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Laura

Hey guys! My name is Laura. I am 17 and this is my first year at camp Chestnut Ridge. I grew up in a small town in Iowa and just moved to North Carolina in 2018. I enjoy spending hours outdoors with horses, baseball, and hiking. I am so excited to meet you and spend a great summer exploring God and his creation.

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Laurel

Hello! I’m Laurel and I am from Mount Airy North Carolina. I will graduate from North Carolina School of Science and Math this May. It is my first year being a camp counselor at Chesnutt Ridge and I couldn’t be more excited! I have been in love with the outdoors since day one. Some of my favorite activities are running, hiking, playing soccer, climbing lots of trees and playing the guitar with/for my pals. I can’t wait to share the summer camp magic with all of you! 

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Lukas

Hello! My name is Łukasz but you can call me Lukas, I'm from Poland. This is my first time here on camp and my first time in the United States and I'm really so excited about this!! I am a graduate of the IT technical vocational school and I work as a programmer. My passion is hiking, climbing, mountain biking and caving. Also, I love spending time actively. Can't wait to meet you all!

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Mike and Sophie

We are Mike and Soph. Its been a lot of years since we were last at camp. We are really excited to return from New Zealand back to North Carolina to spend a whole summer camping with you.  We both lead a Youth Group in Rotorua New Zealand and taking young people on camps is our favourite activity. We look forward to sharing some games, songs and kiwi culture at camp with you.  

We will also be bringing our 3 children Jade, Riley and Toby, who are so excited to make friends in another part of the world. We are all counting down the sleeps till camp starts, we hope you are too.

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Mary

Hey guys! My name is Mary and I’m from Auckland, New Zealand! I’m so excited to be working at Chestnut Ridge next year for the very first time. I love the outdoors and finding little hidden gems in NZ. I also love animals especially dogs and horses although I am not an expert horse rider (I like to think I am haha ;). I can’t wait for the summer and I am so looking forward to meeting you all! 

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Maddie

Hi y'all, I'm Maddie, and I'm so excited to be a part of the Summer Team this year! I am currently a rising senior at Cedar Ridge High School, just down the road in Hillsborough. As a junior counselor with eleven years of camper experience, I am thrilled to experience Camp from a new perspective. Some of my favorite activities at Camp are the high challenge course, ziplining, hiking, swimming, s' mores, and the farm. I can't wait to experience a summer of fun and fellowship!

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Megan

G’day everyone! My name is Megan and I’m from Australia. I was born in Scotland and moved to Adelaide in South Australia when I was 4. I was part of the graduating class of 2019 at Woodcroft College and completed the IB diploma program. This is my first time as a councilor and my first time in America, so I’m super excited!! I love playing all sports, but my favorites are soccer and volleyball. I like being outdoors walking, cycling and going to the beach to be in the surf, where I volunteer at my local Surf Life Saving Club. I enjoy listening to music, spending time with friends and family and getting creative with art. I love meeting new people and I’m up for a good chat with anyone!! :) I can’t wait to meet everyone at camp and have the best summer ever!!

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Nia

Hi everyone, I’m Nia, a rising senior at Chatham Hall. I live in Durham, but go to boarding school in Virginia. I enjoy cooking, reading, and making my own soap. I am the queen of tye-dye and enjoy ceramics. I enjoy practicing yoga and love to dance. I am super excited to be a first-time counselor this summer! 

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Olivia

Hey everyone! My name is Olivia (sometimes go by Liv) and this will be my first summer at Chestnut Ridge! I’m from Holly Springs, NC and I'm a freshman at UNC Wilmington, majoring in international studies. I love the beach, animals, traveling, playing volleyball, and just being outside. I also really enjoy meeting new people, so I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and having a great summer! 

Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah Joy! This summer will be my seventh at Chestnut Ridge and my second as a counselor. I'm seventeen years old and will finish high school in May, then hopefully go to college to become a nurse in the fall! I love to be outdoors, whether it's biking, paddle boarding, backpacking, swimming, or pretty much anything else. I also love to sing. I can't wait for this summer! 

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Sidney

Hey y’all!! My name is Sidney, I’m 16 years old and a rising senior at Leesville Road Highschool in Raleigh NC. I love playing soccer, going on the high challenge courses at camp, and doing anything outdoors! I have been going to camp for 8 years as a camper, and I can’t wait to have another great summer as a junior counselor!

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Sarah

Happy Summer! My name is Sarah Brown and this will be my second year as the Arts and Crafts Coordinator! I came to Chestnut Ridge as a camper in '04 and '05, then worked as a volunteer in '06, and then I was on summer staff from '07-'11, 19 and 2020! Since my time at camp I graduated from Western Carolina University and pursued my dream of becoming an art teacher! I currently teach art to the amazing students at Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary. I wake up every day excited to share my love of art with all of my students and I can't wait to come back to camp this summer to do the same. Get ready to make some awesome memories and art projects! For the art nerds out there, my picture is of me at the North Carolina Art Education Association Annual Conference dressed as a Banksy artwork for a costume contest... I won!

Savannah

Hello Everyone! My name is Savannah Beverley and I am from Garner, North Carolina. I am very excited to be a junior counselor this summer. I enjoy swimming, archery, and fishing. I look forward to my first summer working at camp and meeting the new and returning campers.

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Sean

My name is Sean and I'm 17 and an upcoming senior at Holly Springs High School.  I've been a camper at Camp Chestnut Ridge for the last 8 years and can't wait to be a part of the ministry team.  I enjoy playing video games with friends and I'm on the robotics team at my school. I also enjoy cooking and baking with my family and friends. I love taking care of animals and have two dogs at home.

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Seth

Hey everyone! My name is Seth Maile and I'm from Hillsborough, NC. I am about to enter my sophomore year at UNC Asheville where I am double majoring in sociology and political science. This is my first time being a summer counselor, but I have worked at CCR as an afterschool counselor for almost two years and was a camper for six. I love being at camp and love playing sports, especially soccer and gaga ball! I cannot wait to meet everyone at camp and finally be apart of the summer team! 

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Tomek

Hi, I'm Tomek. I'm from Poland and I will be the camp photographer this summer. This is going to be the first time for me to work at Chestnut Ridge. Currently I'm studying at the Academy Of Fine Arts. In my free time I like going out with my friends. It's been about seven years from now that I'm taking photos in general, and two when I'm doing it as a job. I have worked for several European brands and now I'm about to capture every happy moment of this summer!

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Tommy

Hi everyone! At camp I go by Tommy and I’m extremely excited to come back for my third summer at Camp Chestnut Ridge and spread the love of Christ with campers. I’m 21 years old and I come from Poland, I live and study here at university of philology. I also work full time at a hotel reception, because I love being in charge of helping and satisfying others. Chestnut Ridge is my home away from home and my favorite place on the Earth, so I can’t wait to be back for another summer! See you all there!

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Viv

Hi! My name is Vivian but I like to go by Viv and I'm from a small town in Harnett County, North Carolina. I love being creative, whether it's music, art, or performance, I love to make things. I love to swim and anything to do with water as well as exploring new places. I have always wanted to be a camp counselor and I'm super excited to be working this summer.

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Brinley

Hi guys! My name is Brinley and I’m from Gibsonville, NC. I’m about to be a sophomore at UNCW where I am majoring in Communication Studies. I love painting, being outside, hanging at the beach and volunteering. This is my first summer at Chestnut Ridge and I’m really excited to be part of the team! I can’t wait to meet you guys! 

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Meet Our Year-Round Team