We are proud of the great staff of caring individuals who make Camp Waldo special. Check back often as we add more information about the experts and camp counselors looking forward to working with our campers this summer.
Camp Director – Jonathan Walker-VanKuren
Jonathan has been in the camping industry since 2012 working in residential camps. He started as a bunk counselor instructing drama while obtaining his undergraduate degree. Jonathan then went on to obtain his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University (Go Green!) in Opera Performance. After graduating from MSU Jonathan worked professionally as an opera singer traveling all around the world singing all while still spending his summers at camp.
He has served in the roles of Bunk Counselor, Area Director, Division Leader, Camp Supervisor and now Camp Director. During the off season, Jonathan still performs throughout the United States and teaches Voice at Southwestern Baptist in Fort Worth, TX all while planning for the upcoming camp season. Jonathan is so excited to join the Camp Waldo family and share his love of camp with our campers, parents, and staff!
Assistant Camp Director – Kevin Johnson
Kevin is an avid outdoor educator drawing from broad experience with youth: from afterschool programs, to yearlong service-learning programming, to multi-day outdoor excursions from the Texas plains to the mountains of our home state. Kevin holds degrees in environmental engineering and history from Rice University and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala ’03 – ’05). He is also an educator and beekeeper with the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. Kevin believes exploration, fun and personal growth are all part of what makes the Camp Waldo experience special.
Outdoor Program Director and Boy’s Head Counselor – Aaron Scarr
Aaron’s appreciation and love for the outdoors stem from his own summer camp experiences and his time as a Scout. Prior to working at Camp Waldo, Aaron worked as a Manager and Lifeguard at the Guyan Golf and Country Club. He is from the Huntington area and recently completed his undergraduate degree in Political and Computer Science at Miami University in Oxford Ohio.
Girl’s Head Counselor – Kendal Pittman
Kendal grew up playing outdoors in her home state of Massachusetts and her passion for being outside inspired her to work in environmental education. She is currently studying Education Studies and American Studies at Middlebury College and intends to spend her career after graduation educating students outside. She has worked with students on a variety of farms in the US and internationally, as well as with the wilderness school Kroka Expeditions.
Head Chef – Al Pettijohn
Al has lived in the Greenbrier Valley for more than twenty years, working at restaurants like the French Goat, The Spring, and Thunderbird Tacos. Before moving to West Virginia, Al worked for summer camps in upstate New York for nearly two decades.