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Meet The Counselors

To become a Menominee counselor you must have a true passion for helping others and embrace the 24/7 commitment required to coach, care for, and challenge our campers the Menominee way. Get to know our team of campers-turned-counselors, activity specialists and international staff who will make this summer amazing!

Benjie Soren

Co-Program Director (12th Year)

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Hey everybody, I'm Benjie Soren and I'm 21 and will be a senior at Ohio State next year! This will be my 12th summer back at the friendly confines after being a camper, CIT, and counselor. This year I will be working hard with Zeke to help program the summer for the campers. I've seen and done most things at camp, and I'm excited to help out the campers as well as my fellow staff members to make this summer the best that it can be. Besides my programming duties, you can find me out on the Dunleavy courts playing basketball, at BBSD pitching softball as well as playing some volleyball and footy (soccer). I truly thought that last year was my final summer at camp and I couldn't be more excited to return with some of my fellow Doi Bois. I Can't wait to get back up to the North Woods and start working!

What's up everyone! My name is Charlie Ratterman and I am from Scottsdale, Arizona. This is going to be my 7th summer at camp after a brief hiatus. I am super excited to be working with the waterfront staff this summer because that is where I spent all my time at Menominee growing up. I hope to be driving the boats teaching how to waterski! I hope to meet new campers and staff and am very excited for this summer!

Charlie Ratterman

Counselor (7th Yearr)

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Ryan Firmin

Counselor (9th Year)

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Hi, I'm Ryan Firmin! I'm from just outside of Chicago, Illinois. This is going to be my 9th summer at the friendly confides and I couldn't be more excited to be returning. This summer I'll be the head of the media team, so you'll see me all around shooting video for camp or in a room editing it. I'll also be one of the people running our color war "Green and White" this year. I'm stoked to be able to have new faces on staff this year and I'll do my best to be available to everyone in whichever way I can.

Hello! My name is Kaden Liska and it’s my 6th year at CM. I’m 18 years old and from Northbrook, Illinois. This summer I will be an in cabin counselor and I plan to run some activities like softball, volleyball and football. I also have plans to run a weightlifting program for the older campers. Overall, I just want everyone to have their best summer yet and hopefully want to come back the following year. I can’t wait to get back to the friendly confines and meet all of you this summer!

Kaden Liska

Counselor (6th Year)

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Tyler Longnecker

Counselor (6th Year)

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Hey everyone my name is Tyler Longnecker! I’m 19 years old and all my life I’ve lived in Arizona where I currently attend the UofA. This will be my 6th summer back at CM and I can’t wait to be back to a place I love and see all of camp back this year! I’ve played lacrosse and football growing up and will be helping out around camp at a bunch of different activities ranging from softball and basketball to archery and riflery. After an eventful offseason I’m so excited to see all of our new and returning campers back at the friendly confines this summer!

Hey everyone! I'm Gavin Bramwit and I'm from New Canaan, Connecticut. This is going to be my 11th summer at camp and I couldn't be more excited. Around the friendly confines you can find me playing lots of basketball, volleyball and softball. This summer I'm planning to be more involved in our waterfront activities and especially waterskiing. I'm also super excited to be one of the guys running our color war "Green and White" this summer! I can't wait for this summer to get started and to see a bunch of new faces around!

Gavin Bramwit

Counselor (11th Year)

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Will Giles

Counselor(1st Year)

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Hello Guys! I’m Will and I am 22 years old from Oxfordshire, England.
This will be my first year at camp and I’m very excited! I really look forward to getting to know everyone and hopefully see people improve at some of their favourite sports/activities.
My personal favourite sport is football, or as you guys would call it ‘soccer’. I’ll be helping with this sport as well as Swimming and Rock climbing.
I hope you guys are as excited as I am, see you on the Pitch, Lake or the Wall!

Hi Everybody!! I am Max Koenig and I am 20 years old from Baraboo, Wisconsin. This will be my first summer at Menominee and I’m so stoked to get started! This summer I’m looking forward to coaching some basketball and teaching the intricacies of fishing and camping. I am also a hugeeee sports fan and am always down to talk and play any sport.

Max Koenig

Counselor (1st Year)

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Santiago Nunez Favela

Counselor (2nd Year)

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Hello im Santiago Nuñez Favela im 17 years old and I come from Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. This will be my 2 year at camp and im really looking forward to it. My favorite activities that I'm looking forward to are soccer, climbing, volleyball, softball and green and white. Im going to be a Junior Counselor and im really exited about it. Looking forward to meeting new kids and always ready to help them out or teach them something.

Hello everyone! My Name is Nathan, and I’m from Warrington, England. I’m 30 years old and this will be my first Year at Camp Menominee! I’m really excited to meet everyone, campers and staff alike.
This Summer I will mainly be based on the waterfront as a Lifeguard and Boat driver and I cannot wait!
See you all there!...

Nathan Priestner

Counselor (1st Year)

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Aaron Lewis Smith

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hi everyone. I’m Aaron Lewis Smith from Nottingham, England. I study sports coaching at Liverpool John Moores University and this is my first summer at Camp Menominee. I will be working as a general counsellor as well as an activity leader. My favourite sport is football (soccer as Americans call it). I love being outdoors and active. I’m looking forward to meeting all the kids and staff, getting involved with all the activities and having an unforgettable summer.

Hey Everyone! I’m Ed Robson from Burton on Trent in England. I’m 21 and this will be my first year at camp. I cannot wait to get stuck in and to meet all of you. I’m going to be a Camp Counsellor and I’m looking forward to help lead you guys to a summer of fun. I’m an avid rugby player back home in England but also love coaching and playing soccer. However, I could be teaching anything at camp! See you all soon!

Ed Robson

Counselor (1st Year)

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Sam Goodman

Counselor (10th Year)

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Hello! My name is Sam Goodman. I live in Deerfield, Illinois and I’m excited to be spending my 10th summer at the friendly confines. At camp, you can often find me helping out at the tennis courts or teaching campers archery and riflery. I’m looking forward to meeting many new campers and staff alike. I can’t wait to go back to my home away from home and show everyone how truly special of a place it is!

Hi everybody! My name is Emilio Quintanal, I am 17 years old and from Mexico City. This is going to be my 4th year at Menominee. I am very excited to be back at the friendly confines and beyond excited to do so as a counselor. I will be running activities such as football and soccer, and I look forward to umpiring some games for Twilight League! You will also see me down at the waterfront doing different activities. I am looking to help wherever I’m needed and for everyone to have as much fun as they can, and I hope for this summer to be another great one for all campers at Menominee!

Emilio Quintanal

Counselor (4th Year)

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Carlos Gabriel Rodriguez Ramirez

Kitchen/Support (1st Year)

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Hello
My name is Carlos, I am 20 years old, I am from Mexico. This summer I will be working with the boys, supporting any activity, you can find me there.
It's my first summer at camp and I'm ready to be at Menominee :)

Hello everyone, I am Ana Laura Leon Vázquez, I am from Puebla, Mexico. And this is my first time in America and at a camp, so I'm really excited. The activities that I like to do are skill games and she likes dancing a lot, especially salsa. My hobbies are salsa dancing, makeup, cooking, I really like fashion, I really like work, I am a person who has a lot of experience in the kitchen, because I have a Mexican food restaurant. I am available to anyone who needs my help in the kitchen or anywhere, as well as from all the staff, and I am open to all kinds of advice, criticism to help me improve and give my best performance in the camp.

Ana Vázquez

Kitchen/Support (1st Year)

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Benji Gau

Counselor (9th Year)

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Hey guys, I'm Benji Gau. I'm going into my junior year at SIU Carbondale, where I study automotive technology. I'm really excited to be back for my 9th summer, and 3d on staff down at the waterfront as a boat driver and lifeguard.

Hello!
I’m Annan Parmar and I’m 19 years old. I’m from south Gloucestershire in the UK. This will be my first summer at Menominee and my role is that of a general councillor.
I’ll be overseeing the rifle ranges and outdoor activities.
I’m very excited to begin my first summer on camp shortly!

Annan Parmar

Counselor (1st Year)

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Jeremy Bach

Counselor (5th Year)

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Hi everyone! My name is Jeremy Bach I am from Highland Park Illinois. This will be my 5th year at camp and my 1st year on staff. During the school year, I play ice hockey for my high school team and spend my Saturday mornings watching premier league. This summer you can find me all around the camp, at the hockey rink, and coaching soccer on Woody's Pitch. Just like you, I am counting down the days till CM 22' and I can't wait to see you in the friendly confines!

Hey everybody! I'm Peter Gau, and I'm 18 years old. You may have heard of my brothers Benji and Ian or my cousin Alec, all of whom are campers or counselors as well! I've been at camp for 4 years and hope that this 5th summer will be even better than the ones that have come before. I'm looking forward to be back at the friendly confines, where you'll likely find me around arts and crafts helping people out with projects, or on a bench with my nose in a book. Camp has always been very special to me and I make it a goal to share that with anyone I can. I hope to see you later this summer!

Peter Gau

Counselor (5th Year)

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Carlos Rodríguez López

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hi!! My name is Carlos Rodríguez López. I am 20 years old and I come from a town called Loja (Granada), Andalusia, in the south of Spain. I consider myself as a dreamer so, what is better than making the dreams come true? Since I was a child I have always wanted to visit the rest of the world and I am sure this is my best chance. Then, this will be my 1st summer at Camp Menominee, I can't stop thinking about working in a place like that. As a camp counselor, I will be working at the climbing wall, I am really excited about that because this is an activity made for everyone where all the children will enjoy. Appart from that, I am delighted to discover all the CM participants, I love to play with children, therefore, I will get on really good with all of them. Finally, I always try to help in all the tasks that I will be always ready and energetic to give my best to everyone.

Hey everybody, I’m Drew Benjamin and this is my 7th summer at Camp Menominee and my first year on staff. This summer I’m looking forward to helping wherever I can, especially with softball, football and basketball. I’m looking forward to a great summer and teaching the young men how great Menominee is.

Drew Benjamin

Counselor (1st Year)

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Dora Mezo

Media (1st Year)

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Hello! I am Dora Mezo. I am 22 years old from Budapest, Hungary. This will be my first Summer at Menominee so I am super excited to be part of this experience! I will be part of the Media Team. I will make sure that everyone has pictures and videos of all their best moments. Can't wait to meet everyone!!

Hello everyone! My name is Andrea Vargas but everybody calls me Andy, I'm 27 years old and I'm from Oaxaca, México. This will be my fifth year at Menominee, I'm so happy for going back and have one more summer full of adventures, bonfires and sunny days by the lake, I can't wait to see you all in June!

Andi Vargas

Kitchen/Support (5th Year)

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Zak Loft

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hi everyone! My name is Zak, I’m 20 years old from a small place outside of London England. This is my first year at team Menominee and I’m thrilled to be there! I will be a camp counseller during my time at camp leading the juniors through their days while assuring they develop life long skills. I enjoy lots of activities and always up for any challenge given my way!

Hi! my name is Carlos Andrés, I'm from Puebla, Mexico, this is my first year in the camp and I'm so excited. I'm going to be in the kitchen, but if I can teach something (like first aid or basic guitar lessons) I'm ready! My favorite hobbies are music and cycling and I'd love to share it. I will do my best at camp this summer!

Carlos Andrés Ortíz Ramírez

Kitchen/Support (1st Year)

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Gavin Pritchard

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hi everyone! I'm Gavin Pritchard, I'm 25 years old and from Glasgow, Scotland. Super excited for my first summer at camp (three years in the making!). I'll be a counsellor at camp this year assisting with Riflery and the climbing wall. I can't wait to meet everybody this year and have the best summer possible!

Hello there. My name is Alec, and this will be my 6th year at the Friendly Confines, as well as my second year on staff. I am from St. Louis, MO, and proud of it. This summer, you can find me out at the climbing wall or archery range, or playing one of the sports I love. I always love being outside and staying active, and can't wait to share my love with the boys. We're all looking forward to another great summer at CM; it can't come soon enough!

Alec Gau

Counselor (6th Year)

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Lukas Emmel

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hi everyone! My name is Lukas and I’m 26 years from Ulm, Germany. This is my first year at camp and I am very exited to work with you kids. I play a lot of handball and soccer back in Germany. I also like to surf, swim, hike, play squash or try every new sport possible. Currently I am traveling surfing Central America for three months.
I’m really looking forward to get to know a lot of new people, teaching some new skills to the kids and having a great time at camp.

Hi I am from Sheffield which is located right in the middle of England, I look forward to teaching football/soccer at the camp as it’s always been my dream job, to be able to do this in an amazing place abroad really excites me. I aim to provide fun and educational sessions for the boys this summer, showing them loads of new skills and building relationships between the boys

Macks Durant

Counselor (1st Year)

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Ryan Hume

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hey people, I’m Ryan Hume from Edinburgh in Scotland. I’m currently at university studying a course called adventure performance and coaching which is all to do with adventure sports such as climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and canoeing. I do all of these sports on a weekly basis as part of my course and as my hobbies. I’ve also done a 10 day expedition in Greenland camping on glaciers under the northern lights living side by side with polar bears. I can’t wait to meet everyone at camp and get settled in as a camp counsellor and rock climbing instructor.

Hi everyone! My name is Eric Coestad and I'm from San Francisco, California. I'm currently a freshman at UCLA studying political science and this will be my first summer at Camp Menominee. I'm excited to coach baseball (and softball), and help out around camp as needed. More importantly, I hope to have a lasting positive impact on my campers. See you all soon!

Eric Coestad

Counselor (1st Year)

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Alain Bello

Kitchen (1st Year)

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Hi there! I’m Alain Bello, 26 yo, from Guerrero/Puebla, Mexico. I’ll do my best being part of the kitchen squad this summer at Camp Menominee. Currently I’m on 8th semester in medical school at BUAP, MX. I’m a person with a strong sense of responsibility and the 3 main pillars in my ethics are: honesty, respect and justice. I’m also extrovert and I love sharing ideas and experiences with others. My granny’s house is 20 minutes from the beach so I adore swimming, another of my hobbies are riding bicycle, video games, painting / drawing and languages (focused on german right now). I’m excited to meet new people from all over the world and I consider Camp Menominee it’s a wonderful chance to do it. You can count on me as a friend in advance.

Hi All, my name is Isaac Miller. Im 19 years old and from Chicago, Illinois. This will be my 8th summer at the friendly confines, 9th if you count the 2020 camp "resort". Normally, I'll be helping out with activities such as softball, soccer, football, and fitness. Camp is my favorite place in the world and I hope I can help others feel the same way. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone back at camp and connecting with all the new campers and staff. Can't wait to be back and I'll see you all this summer!

Isaac Miller

Counselor (8th Year)

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