Dottie Myers-Hill, Camp Director

Dottie Myers-Hill, Camp Director — Woohoo, I am super excited for 2024's camp season. This will be my 24th year on staff (with a 20 year break) and I am still learning new things every day. I love being the Camp Director although I also miss being the morning cook and the crafts instructor and buddy board supervisor. I also truly enjoy meeting each new batch of camp staff every summer - and especially exploring the foods and traditions from other countries.

Hannah Powless, Assistant Director

Hannah Powless, Assistant Director — Hello friends! My name is Hannah and I am so excited to be returning to VBYC this summer. Camp is seriously the highlight of my year! When I'm not at camp, I work at Western Michigan University and spend my free time reading and writing children's literature. I am eager to dive back into nature and make memories with you all this summer. See you soon!

Wendy, Office Manager

Wendy, Office Manager — Hi! My name is Wendy and this is my 12th summer as your Office Manager at Van Buren Youth Camp. I love all the campers, the singing, the games and fun that we have out here. I also love the other staff and their commitment to your campers happiness! This has been my favorite place since I was 8 and it has barely changed at all. I LOVE IT HERE! My favorite things to do include taking photos, watching my girls play at the beach, attending (or being in!) musicals and traveling.

Madelin, Yonder Way Director

Madelin, Yonder Way Director — Hello, I’m Madelin! (she/her) This will be my sixth summer working at VBYC. I am excited to use my skills to create a wonderful program at Yonder Way that gives campers opportunities they may not be able to experience in a typical week. When I am not at camp I enjoy photography, playing games, and spending time with my family. I cannot wait to meet you this summer and grow this program with you into something magical!

Jordan, Yonder Way Assistant Director

Jordan, Yonder Way Assistant Director — Hello again everyone! I’m Jordan (They/Them He/His), this will be my second year at VBYC and I’m beyond excited to be a part of the new Yonder Way program! While it’s certainly a daunting challenge, I’m genuinely looking forward to helping create new and fun experiences for campers in a setting that allows for us to facilitate activities that aren’t as feasible at main camp. Outside of camp I enjoy spending time with friends, playing dnd, video games and biking. I’m excited to see you all this summer at yonder way!

Antonio, Initiatives Instructor / Head Counselor

Antonio, Initiatives Instructor / Head Counselor — Hey everyone, I'm Antonio! I'm so excited to come back for my fourth year as a staff member after being a camper/counselor at VBYC since 2012 along with my brother, and recently, my sister as well. Even though I'm from Detroit, I happily make the drive to camp anytime I can! During the rest of the year, I attend school at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where I major in music education, with a concentration in choral (yes, I can spend all day reading and will sing any song that comes onto the radio). I'm so excited to get to know every face that comes through camp this summer!

Kiernan, Waterfront Director

Kiernan, Waterfront Director — Hello all! I'm Kiernan and I will once again be the waterfront director this summer. This will be my 7th summer on staff, and 6th as waterfront director. I grew up in Kalamazoo Michigan and attended Kalamazoo College for my bachelor's degree. I have previously lived in Germany and can speak the german language at a fairly high level. I am excited to be back this summer and can't wait to see what makes this summer unique!

Eric, Lifeguard / Waterfront

Eric, Lifeguard / Waterfront — Hello party people! I'm Eric and I'm super excited to be back on the waterfront for my second summer as a staff member. I've been coming to VBYC since I was 9 and feel so lucky to get to work here now as an adult. I get to help make the "camp magic" I experienced as a kid! In my non-camp life, I'm an Environmental Studies student at Oberlin College. You can find me working at my co-op and playing the NYT Spelling Bee. See you soon!

Piotr, Lifeguard / Waterfront

Piotr, Lifeguard / Waterfront — Hello, I'm Piotr and love doing new and exciting things. I come from Poland but I lived in Austria and Turkey. I like cycling, swimming and hiking.

Q, Lifeguard / Waterfront

Q, Lifeguard / Waterfront — Hey campers! I'm Q, all the way from the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand. I'm currently wrapping up my studies about hospitality and tourism and will graduate this November. While I'm usually found working on the waterfront team, did you know I have some hidden talents up my sleeve? I love to bust a move on the dance floor and tickle the ivories with some sweet piano tunes. Get ready for an unforgettable summer filled with fun, laughter, and maybe even a few surprise dance parties! Can't wait to meet you all at camp! 🏊‍♂️💃🎹🏕️

Dallas, Lifeguard / Waterfront

Dallas, Lifeguard / Waterfront — Hi my name is Dallas I’m from Melbourne Australia. This is going to be my first year working at a summer camp. Some of my hobbies include basketball, Australian football, among other sports, camping and hanging out with friends and family. Super excited to make lots of great memories with new friends. I’m Looking forward for the summer to come!

Jon, Night Cook

Jon, Night Cook — I am so excited to be returning to camp for my 13th Summer, 3rd on Staff and 2nd as Night Cook. Camp has always been home to me and I am so grateful for another summer making memories with each of you. Every summer at VBYC is unique and I am so excited for what’s in store for us this summer! Much Love, Great Strength!

Kora, Kitchen Lead

Kora, Kitchen Lead — Hi friends! My name is Kornelia! This will be my second summer on staff. I love the atmosphere and feeling at home. I am also excited to be with the staff and campers for another year. I can't wait for summer! See you all soon!

Niki, Kitchen Lead

Niki, Kitchen Lead — Hello!! I'm Nicole or Niki and this will be my first time working at VBYC and first time coming to America! I am from Australia and am so excited to meet everyone, I love reading, music and being outdoors and I cant wait to spend my summer with you all!

Oliver, Kitchen Lead

Oliver, Kitchen Lead — Hi! my name is Oliver and I'm Mexican :). It is my first time outside my country, and I'm very excited to meet you. I consider myself a person with initiative, and at this moment I am practicing my English more. I want to live this experience and of course, learn from it. I'm studying business administration at university and I think getting out of my comfort zone will be quite an adventure. I will work on the kitchen team, I will meet great teachers and, of course, great colleagues. My favorite kind of music are Hip Hop and rock <3 "

Klara, Nature Instructor

Klara, Nature Instructor — Hi friends! My name is Klara and this will be my second year at the camp. I'm from the Czech Republic and I already know how it goes at the camp:) I would like to offer help to all international friends in this way, because I know what it's like ❤️ My hobbies include fitness running, playing the ukulele and also reading self-development books. I'm really looking forward to everyone! I hope this summer will be as unforgettable as the last one🫶

Jake, Riflery Instructor

Jake, Riflery Instructor — Hello, my name is Jake Clifton (He/They) and this will be my third summer here at VBYC. I am originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, but now I am currently living in the Marquette, MI in the UP. I am currently studying social work at Northern Michigan University when I am not working at camp over the summer. Some activities that I enjoy are video games, ice skating, watching movies/tv shows, hiking, listening to music, and thrifting. I am super excited for this summer and can't wait to create some great memories.

Mar, Archery Instructor

Mar, Archery Instructor — Hi I’m Mar! I will be a 2nd year staff member on staff this summer. I am from Paw Paw Michigan and I am attending Grand Valley State University for a Major in Social Work. I have grown up through camp from camper to counselor to now staff i’m excited for a fantastic summer.

Alejandro, Sports Instructor

Alejandro, Sports Instructor — Howdy! 🤠 I am Alejandro. I am community manager and software engineer who loves do workout and calisthenics. This is my first time at VBYC and I am so excited to meet you all and have a great time together. I love watching anime, listening to every kind of music, hanging out with friends and doing exercise. I hope you see you soon ❤️‍🔥

Maddie, Music Instructor

Maddie, Music Instructor — Hi! My name is Maddie. I am currently pursuing a degree in music education. I love to paint, sing, and play my flute and ukulele. I’ve grown up in southwest Michigan my whole life and I am so excited to be on the VBYC team this summer!

Camilo, Dance Instructor

Camilo, Dance Instructor — Hello, my name is Camilo, I am from Colombia. I am currently a dancer, personal trainer and digital entertainer. I am a person passionate about sports and the arts. I am very excited to meet new people and cultures. This will be my second summer at VBYC and I am very excited to create great memories together. I love teaching, but more than teaching I love learning...because I believe that each person can leave us something beautiful in our hearts. In my free time I like to go out with friends and share knowledge, create choreography and eat hahaha. I am very excited to see you all.

El, Crafts Instructor

El, Crafts Instructor — Hey, I'm El, I'm from the UK and this will be my 2nd year at VBYC. I'm currently studying Graphic design at University and I'm super hyped to come back to camp this summer. I also love musicals :)