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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!

Sam Miller

Counselor (9th Year)

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Hey everyone, my name is Sam Miller, though you might more often hear me referred to as "Smiller". I'm from the northside of Chicago in the Wrigleyville/Lakeview area and just finished up my freshman year at the University of Arizona. This summer will be my 3rd on staff and my 9th at Menominee overall, and I absolutely cannot wait to be back in the friendly confines! On a typical camp day you can find me down at the beautiful Sand Lake life-guarding, driving boats, and helping Jeremy and the rest of the waterfront staff out wherever possible, as well as helping out at various sports around camp. Camp has been the source of some of my best friends, memories, and learning experiences and for me, one of the coolest parts of being on staff is being able to extend all that camp has to offer to the current generation of campers. Looking forward to an amazing CM20!

Hi my name is Jake Goodman, I’m from Deerfield, IL, and this will be my 11th summer at camp. During the off-season, I am a freshman at Miami University in Oxford, OH. This year I will be writing/editing The Megaphone and helping out at archery and riflery. I’m really excited to be back this summer and I can’t wait to meet everybody!

Jake Goodman

Counselor (11th Summer)

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Jake Jones

Counselor (6th Year)

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Hi everybody! My name is Jake Jones and this will be my 6th summer at Menominee. I live in Hinsdale, IL and I am 19 years oId. I have been both a camper and a counselor and every summer is better than the last. You can find me hitting grounders on the baseball field, shooting 3's on the basketball courts, and going for bullseyes at archery/riflery. My favorite thing about camp is the outdoor life and camaraderie between new friends and old. I can’t wait for camp to start, see you soon!

Hey everybody I’m Logan Rosengard, I’m from Northbrook, Illinois, this fall I’ll be a freshman at the University of Kansas, and I’m excited for my ninth summer up at camp! You’ll often find me near the climbing wall or the roller hockey rink, as those are some of my favorite activities at camp. Outside of camp, I’m a huge NHL hockey fan and a bit of a movie buff as well. I hope you guys are as excited for this summer as I am, and I can’t wait to see you all up there!

Logan Rosengard

Counselor (9th Year)

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Harris Greenbaum

Counselor (6th Year)

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Hey all! I'm Harris Greenbaum, and 2020 will be my sixth year at The Friendly Confines. I will be attending The University of Georgia as a freshman this fall! I currently live in Atlanta, GA with my parents and two dogs. My favorite sports are softball, baseball, and tennis. Also, I love music and acting! I feel the "arts" at camp are a bit underrated but can be a great experience for campers interested in instruments, theatre, etc. My goal this summer is to become a friendly and recognizable face around camp, and for any age campers to come up to me and start a conversation without fear of judgement/awkwardness. As a counselor, I will do my best to express the positive attributes a Menominee man ought to display. Go Green!

Hi everybody! My name is Brett Weiss and I am returning for my 12th summer - 3rd on staff! I was born and raised in Arizona and I study business at the University of Arizona. At camp you can mainly find me on the softball fields and basketball courts! I can’t wait to get back to the Friendly Confines!

Brett Weiss

Counselor (12th Year)

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Jake Hoodack

Counselor (9th Year)

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Hey everybody! My name is Jake Hoodack and this will be my 9th summer at CM! I live in Deerfield Illinois and I’m committed to The Ohio State University in the fall! At camp one can find me at the BBSD hitting some softballs or at the hockey rink hosting some scrimmages. Couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming summer and just counting down the days till I get to make the trip to the Friendly Confines!

Hi everyone! My name is James Roberts and this will be my 2nd summer at the friendly confines. This summer I'll be working on tennis again and can't wait to see how everyone progresses through the summer. Also, I'll be working out at the climbing wall, riflery & archery, and everywhere I can help out! Can't wait to see everyone again and to make this the best summer yet.

James Roberts

Counselor (2nd Year)

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Gavin Bramwit

Counselor (11th Year)

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Hi everyone! I'm Gavin Bramwit and I'm from New Canaan, Connecticut. This will be my 11th summer at camp and I'm ecstatic to be back. This summer I'm looking forward to coach our boys in basketball, volleyball, and football. Whether it be BIG 10, leagues, or inter-camp games, I'm excited to prepare our boys for all levels of competition. At home I play basketball and volleyball, but I also love water-skiing and wake-boarding. At camp you can find me at the Mike Dunleavy Basketball Courts, BBSD, or the sand volleyball courts, and on really hot days I'll be down at the waterfront. I've loved camp as a camper I'm really looking forward to being a junior counselor this summer!

Hello all, my name is Zach Akin and next year I’m going to be a senior at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Arizona. I first got introduced to camp by two of the Weiss brothers and making the leap to come was a decision I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. This is my third summer at Menominee and I can’t wait to be back on the friendly confines! I’m exited this year to teach all the wonders of soccer to kids like me. I have been playing soccer for almost 10 years and it’s a privilege to pass on the knowledge I have learned to kids that are curious. Can’t wait to see you out there!

Zak Akin

Counselor (3rd year)

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Kase Ratzlaff

Counselor (7th Year)

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My name is Kase Ratzlaff and I’m a junior at Lake Travis high school in Austin, TX. This upcoming summer will be my 7th and the friendly confines, and i’m ecstatic to be back! As this will be my first summer on staff, I look forward to starting a new chapter in my camping career as a junior consular. I’m excited to rekindle friendships with the returning campers and meet all of the first year campers and consulars. At camp you’ll be able to find me at the Bob Bender Senior Diamond for some softball, shooting hoops at the Dunleavy basketball court, or playing soccer at Ingram’s pitch. I look forward to making this summer the best one yet!

Hey guys! My name is Benji Gau, I'm from Northbrook, Illinois. This will be my 8th summer at camp, 2nd on staff. I'm really excited to be back and can't wait to get down to the waterfront and out to golf. I really enjoy driving anything that goes fast, may that be boats or cars. I can't wait for the summer

Benji Gau

Counselor (8th Year)

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Alec Gau

Counselor (5th Year)

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Hey everybody! My name is Alec Gau. I am 17 years old and am a rising senior at my high school, Whitfield School. I live in St. Louis, and am very proud of it. Let’s go Blues! I am excited to be helping out around camp this summer, and I will definitely be out at the archery range. At home I play baseball, and some of my favorite activities are playing video games, sports, reading comics, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends. I am looking forward to getting to know you this summer as well as making lots of memories with everybody at the place that I love!

Hey CM!!!! My name is Sam Myerthall and I am from Phoenix, AZ. This is going to be my sixth summer at camp and my first on staff as a 17 year old. I am super excited to re-unite with everyone at camp and set an example for campers of all ages. You can find me at the tennis courts or challenging anyone at the paddleball courts during general. Some of my goals as a camp counselor are are to make camp feel like a second home for every camper. I understand how difficult it can be to move away from home for 2-8 weeks; I have been in that same position myself. My goal is to make that transition as smooth as possible and ensure that every camper feels like CM is a second home for them. I am thrilled to begin a new chapter in my camp career and experience camp from a new perspective. I look forward to seeing everyone very soon!!!!

Sam Myerthall

Counselor (6th Year)

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Jack Behar

Counselor (8th Year)

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Hey, I'm Jack Behar. I'm 17 and I'm from Los Angeles, California. This will be my 8th summer at the Friendly Confines and my first year on staff. At home I play on my school's volleyball team, but at camp you will also see me playing basketball on the Dunleavy Courts, Football on Woody's pitch, and Softball on Bender, and I will always be down to get a game going. I'm super excited to meet a new group of guys and start working in the cabins as a JC. Camp has been a second home for me and I hope that I can give you all the same great experience I got as a camper.

Hi! My name is Josh Goodman, but most people know me as Juice. I am from Deerfield, IL but I am currently a freshman studying Business at the University of Illinois. This will be my 11th summer up at the friendly confines and there is nothing I want more than to be back! In the past, I have done everything from softball at Bob Bender Senior Diamond to instructing tennis at the Jim Buzz Wyeth tennis courts. I also do work at the canteen, making sure everyone gets a cold one or a sweet one. So pumped to see everyone this summer!

Josh "Juice" Goodman

Counselor (11th Summer)

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Ryan Hume

Counselor (1st Year)

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Hey there everybody, my name is Ryan Hume, I am 19 years old and I am from Edinburgh the capital of Scotland. This will be my first year at camp and I’m really looking forward to being one of the instructors that get to show the boys the climbing wall at camp. My hobbies include rock climbing, hill walking, golf, gaming and spending time with friends and family. I can’t wait to teach the boys how to climb and also to use my knowledge and experience to coach them on how to improve and become an expert in climbing and in life by the end of camp!

Hey there everyone! I'm Fiontan Levinthal, am 19 years old and I am from Edinburgh in Scotland. I am super excited to be here as a general counsellor for my first time at Menominee and my first counsellor position ever. This summer as a General Counsellor I will be working with boys of all ages and can't wait to share my enthusiasm for the outdoors and related activities with them. My abilities as a strong swimmer won't just aid me in my additional role as a lifeguard but also means that I am really looking forward to engaging with the kids under my care in water sports and sharing my passion for swimming with them. I am really excited to engage with other Counsellors and members of Menominee staff and form part of a strong community.

Fiontan Levinthal

Counselor (1st Year)

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Aiden Bramwit

Counselor (10th Year)

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Hey everyone! I'm Aiden Bramwit. I am 19 years old from New Canaan, Connecticut and this will be my 10th summer at Menominee! This past year I started my studies as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Go Badgers! I can't wait to be back at camp to see all of the returning campers and staff, as well as everyone joining for their first year. I am an avid basketball player and am excited to coach out on the Dunleavy Courts. When I'm not playing basketball you can catch me indulging in everything camp has to offer from the great sand lake to Woody's pitch. I hope everyone stays safe during these times, and I can't wait to make this the best summer yet!

Hey everyone! I'm Joey Matgous and I am 19 years old from, from Vernon Hills, IL. I currently attend Southern Illinois university in Carbondale, IL. This will be my 6th year at camp and I'm so happy to be back. I am looking forward to be helping out with wrestling and many other sports. My favorite activities includes Green and White and British and America. Another favorite time at camp is when we beat Kawaga and laked it. A favorite memory I have is when we all are together sitting around a camp fire at night under the stars. Because it's a time for all of us to be together. In addition, you can usually find me out playing softball at Al Lewis.

Joey Matgous

Counselor (6th Year)

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Louie Kanter

Counselor (8th Year)

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Hello I’m Louie Kanter and I’m a junior at Deerfield high school in Deerfield Illinois. This will be my 8th summer back at camp and I am very excited to become a part of the staff this year. I am looking forward to being able to help out a lot at the basketball courts along with many other sports such as volleyball, football, or softball. I’m very exited to see everyone back at camp this year, and to meet all the new people joining us.

Hi Everyone! I’m Tyler Longnecker and I am 17 years old from Phoenix, Arizona. This will be my 5th year at the friendly confines and I can’t wait to come back to the North Woods! This will be my first year as a counselor after coming to camp since I was 13! Some of my Menominee favorites are color wars like Green vs White and playing softball on Bob Bender! I fell in love with camp and I hope I can help others do the same! I can’t wait to come back and see my old friends alongside the new ones I’ll meet this year! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Tyler Longnecker

Counselor (5th Year)

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Henning Van Der Merwe

Group Leader (1st Year)

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Hi Everyone!! I'm Henning Van Der Merwe and I am 34 years old from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This is my 1st Summer at Camp Menominee and I'm excited to be part of such an amazing program. My responsibilities this Summer will be that of a Group Leader, overseeing camper and cabin development within the Age Group. I have got interests in playing golf and kicking a ball around, so you will find me either at Woody's Pitch or at the Driving range. I'm available for any assistance to ensure that we all have an amazing summer.

Hey! I'm Gavin Pritchard, from Glasgow, Scotland. I'm very excited to spend my first summer at Menominee with the Menominee family. I will be a counsellor at camp and have many skills to help campers with their activities from sports such as lacrosse and volleyball, to other skills such as riflery and media. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in June and will work hard to make sure it's a summer to remember!

Gavin Pritchard

Counselor (1st Year)

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Kristen Janes

Photography/Media (1st Year)

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Hi friends, I’m Kristen Janes! This is my first year at camp, but I’m excited to join the media team as this summer’s photographer! I’m originally from Massachusets, but I’ve slowly moved my way down the east coast. This fall will be the start of my senior year at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, so I’m excited to get a summer up north again before I head back into the heat. Sports photography is my passion, it gives me the chance to share precious summer memories with your family, and maybe teach the boys a few fancy photography skills along the way. If you can’t find me behind the camera I’ll definitely be down by the water or catching a soccer game at Woody’s Pitch.

Hiya! My name is Danis and I’m from Glasgow, Scotland. This is my third summer in Wisconsin and first one at this camp. I’m gonna be a lifeguard and looking forward to any waterfront activities! I like to swim and basically anything about outdoor activities on lakes, so I’m sure it will be unforgettable summer and both me and campers will have a years of memories after that! See ya all in June!

Danis Kamaleev

Counselor (1st Year)

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