Our Staff Outdoor Adventure Camp

Our professionally trained instructors are qualified to teach and manage all the adventure activities we offer, and the West Virginia Division of National Resources certifies all of them.

The American Canoe Association (ACA) certifies our Kayak School, and our entire staff is trained in Professional Rescuer CPR and first aid.      

River Riders’ Outdoor Adventure Camps are run by our experienced and dedicated staff, which includes:   

 

 


Outdor Adventure Camp Director

Sarah Cartron

Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Position: Summer Camp Director
Hobbies/Interests: All the activities.
What I like about working in this industry: Every day is different.


Outdoor Adventure Camp Director

Elizabeth Smith

Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Position: Assistant Summer Camp Director
Hobbies/Interests: Singing, and Having fun
What I like about working in this industry: Making a difference in each campers lives.


 

Stacie Farmer

Stacie Farmer (In Memorium)

Hometown: Whidbey Island, WA
Position: Camp Director, River Guide
About: Stacie was a wonderful, valued friend and Camp Director at River Riders whose life was cut short in a bicycle traffic accident in 2010.  She is fondly remembered by all those whose lives she touched.
What I like about working in this industry: Sharing my love of the outdoors with others

 
Knott Family

Matt, Laura, Zach, & Sierra Knott

Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
Position: Owners & President
Hobbies/Interests: Whitewater, the outdoors, & camping.
What I like about working in this industry: Started as a raft guide as a teenager & we love being able to share our knowledge & experience of the area with you.


 
 



Name: Joe Butler
Age: 19 
Hometown: Frederick MD 
OAC Counselor year # 2

What do you want to be when you grow up: Youth Pastor

What made you want to be a camp counselor: the experience, gaining an understanding. 

What is your favorite summer camp experience: All the connections and friendships made

What inspires you: My friends

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Honduras, because they have so little and are so happy. 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Care for it

What is your favorite activity at River Riders:
White water rafting.


Name: Colleen Segear
Age: 25 
Hometown: Charleston WV
OAC Counselor year # 4

What do you want to be when you grow up: The coolest teacher ever!

What made you want to be a camp counselor: ALL THE FUN

What is your favorite summer camp experience: Free pizza, sunshine and friends!

What inspires you: THE WORLD

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Costa Rica, they have super cool mountains. 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Elephant rides, $5 a person!

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water Rafting and Summer Camp Fieldtrips!



Name: Noah French
Age: 19
Hometown: Shepherdstown WV 
OAC Counselor year # 1 

What do you want to be when you grow up: Flight Nurse

What made you want to be a camp counselor: To teach other kids about how great Outdoor Adventures can be. 

What is your favorite summer camp experience: Catching my first trip

What inspires you: Knowing that each day can havea positive outcome
Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Carribean, because I saw the most blue water.

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
Learn about elephants and raise it to my best ability?

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: Ziplining



Name: Cody Rush 
Age: 24 
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV 
OAC Counselor year # 1 

What do you want to be when you grow up: Math Teacher

What made you want to be a camp counselor: Learning Experience with Kids 

What is your favorite summer camp experience: Fresh Water after a hot summer day 

What inspires you: Little things in life, make it simple.

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Nashville, TN. 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? FEED IT AND LOVE IT. 

What is your favorite activity at River Riders:
Ziplining



Name: Caitlin S
Age: 26 
Hometown: Killeen Tx
OAC Counselor year # 1

What do you want to be when you grow up: English Teacher

What made you want to be a camp counselor: Experience and fun 

What is your favorite summer camp experience: I’ve never been to summer camp, but excited to be here!

What inspires you: My Kids. I want them to be proud of who I am and what I’ve done

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: New York 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Love it forever and become BFF’s

What is your favorite activity at River Riders:
White Water Rafting




Name: Daniel Ford
Age: 20 
Hometown: Morgantown, WV 
OAC Counselor year # 2

What do you want to be when you grow up:
Search and Rescue Kayaker with a puppy/kitten or a wife. 

What made you want to be a camp counselor: I want the kids who come here to get a break from the “real world” and actually play in the environment they live in. 

What is your favorite summer camp experience:
ALL OF THEM 

What inspires you: SARAH CARTRON 

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: North Carolina, first trip I took with just friends and it was beautiful. 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? I wish I could ask it what it wants and help it, I would not want to mistreat it. 

What is your favorite activity at River Riders:
SAFETY BOATING.



Name: Kelsi Stopyra 
Age: 20 
Hometown: Frederick, MD 
OAC Counselor year # 2

What do you want to be when you grow up: Intelligence Analyst

What made you want to be a camp counselor: I love hanging out with kids

What is your favorite summer camp experience: Building Friendships and making memories

What inspires you: Friends and Family

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Antigua Guatemala

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
I would keep it and move somewhere I could raise it

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water Rafting




Name: Mark Ulbrich
Age: 19 
Hometown: Berryville, VA 
OAC Counselor year # 1

What do you want to be when you grow up: If I ever grow up, a rock climber

What made you want to be a camp counselor: Having each day be different and helping kids learn about how awesome it is to be outside. 

What is your favorite summer camp experience: When I was in boyscouts, I went rockclimbing for the first time and it became my passion

What inspires you: Rocks

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Red Rocks, Nevada because I loved the place and the rocks/mountains out there. 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Ride it and become the Elephant King!

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water Rafting


Name: Tae Woldorf
Age: 23
Hometown: Bluemont Virginia
OAC Counselor year # 2 

What do you want to be when you grow up:I’m an escapee from Neverland and will never grow up!

What made you want to be a camp counselor: I know the importance of camp counselors can have on campers when being positive and creative! I do my best to fill that role.

What is your favorite summer camp experience: When campers over come their fears!

What inspires you: Seeing others succeed through something that was challenging before.

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Traveling to different rivers and 
getting to also camp by them.

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Bring it to camp and have campers paint it how they like, then put it in the camp house.

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water rafting



Name: Brett Heise 
Age: 24
Hometown: Alpena MI
OAC Counselor year # 4
What do you want to be when you grow up: Psychologist/Shaman

What made you want to be a camp counselor: Enjoy being able to be a big kid 

What is your favorite summer camp experience: Too many to count

What inspires you: My Fiance, my kids and environmentally conscious kids 

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: El Morro, NM

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? By a giant property to give it proper land and get more elephants because they are social. 

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water Tube Rafting.




Name: Dennis Zidarov 
Age: 19 
Hometown: Harpers Ferry WV 
OAC Counselor year # 1
What do you want to be when you grow up: Chemical Engineer

What made you want to be a camp counselor: a fun experience!

What is your favorite summer camp experience: This is my first time ever dealing with a summer camp program!

What inspires you: Being Financially Stable

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: Messiah Italy, the great foor and nice quiet atmosphere. 

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Ride it around 

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water Rafting.



Name: Kaitlyn Andrews
Age:25
Hometown: Harpers Ferry, WV
OAC Counselor year # 5
What do you want to be when you grow up: I never want to grow up!

What made you want to be a camp counselor: When being around kids, there is a learning and growing opportunity for the kids and myself.

What is your favorite summer camp experience: White Water Rafting and games with the kids.

What inspires you: Helping others and constantly learning how laugh and enjoy life!

Coolest place you’ve traveled to and why: I’ve been able to travel cross country.

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? I’d volunteer at an elephant sanctuary.

What is your favorite activity at River Riders: White Water Rafting