Scott has degrees in Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Adventure from Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts. He currently teaches in the Movement Science Department at Westfield State College as a professor in the Outdoor recreational leadership program. Scott has his master degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and recently received his doctorate in Leadership Development in Adventure Education. He also has finished his book Outdoor Leadership ~ “The Noble Gift”!
Scott is a NAUI SCUBA Course Director, ACA canoe and kayak instructor. He currently holds certificates in and is an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, CPR, Wilderness First Aid and AED training. He brings more than 30 years experience with him, teaching all ages, levels and abilities. His passion is teaching and the sharing of his knowledge of the Outdoors. Scott has worked in the Special Education field for more than 25 years.
Laura has degrees in Animal Science and Nursing from Holyoke Community College. She continued her nursing education at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a surgical nurse for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield since 1985. Her specialty is pediatric orthopedics. She works per diem at Noble Hospital In Westfield, MA.
Laura is a NAUI divemaster and is a certified Water Aerobics instructor. She currently holds certificates in Kick boxing, Hatha Yoga, Aquatic kick boxing, Life guarding, Water Safety instructor, Sports Nutrition, and Holistic Health Consultation. She is a Red Cross instructor in CPR, AED and First Aid.
Matt graduated from Westfield State College with a BS concentrated in Wilderness Leadership. He works mostly with children at risk in the surrounding area school systems. He takes them out of the classroom and teaches them different ways to handle decision-making through various outdoor activities. Matt teaches activities such as: kayaking, rock climbing, caving, and swimming.
He holds certifications in CPR, First Aid, AED and Wilderness First Aid. He is a NAUI advanced scuba and PADI Dive Master. Matt is also an ACA certified whitewater kayak instructor, ARC Lifeguard and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor as well.
His hobbies include: touring and whitewater kayaking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, swimming, caving, scuba diving and anything that involves the outdoors.
Matt’s favorite quotes: “Life is short Paddle hard”
“Smile all the time and people will either think you are always happy or psychotic. Either way they will leave you alone.”
Aubrey grew up living, playing and leading in the great outdoors. She is the assistant camp director of wilderness experiences, swim lesson instructor and the advisor of the outdoor wilderness leader youth group. Aubrey is currently training and racing in triathlon circuits around the country in pursuit of her professional racing license.
“She realized at a young age that she cared deeply for those close to her, but she had to live for herself…and she did amazing things”
“Get after it”
Favorite place to dive: Darwin and Wolf island in the Galapagos
Dogs Name: “Deely” - yellow lab
Brian has a degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as his B.S. degree in Physical Education from Westfield State University.
He holds certification in CPR, First Aid, AED, and is currently licensed in Massachusetts and Connecticut as a Physical Educator.
His hobbies include: Hiking, Canoeing, Fishing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Golf, and Basketball. For the past eight years Brian has been a head basketball, baseball, and fastpitch softball coach in Simsbury, Connecticut.
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”
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Merrill graduated from Westfield State University with a B.S. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Geography and Regional Planning, Environmental Science, and Wilderness Leadership. She holds certifications in Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Lifeguarding.
Her hobbies include, rugby, hockey, kayaking, curling, and anything else outdoors. Merrill is also in the Army National Guard.
Quote: “Give blood, play rugby.”
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” ~Andre Guide
Dylan is a Junior at Southwick High School and he is on the Junior Varsity baseball team. He has been coming to Wilderness Experiences for 11 years, participating in everything from swim lessons, summer camp, OWLS, camp staff, and now store staff. He is planning on going to college to study Civil Engineering. Dylan is certified in Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid.
Quote: “The mind can never go back to its previous dimensions when it has been stretched by new experiences.”
Chris is a Junior at Westfield High School. He is a well rounded athlete and student, and has been coming to Wilderness Experiences for 5 years, and has been part of the summer camp staff for 2. Chris is also an active participant in the Outdoor Wilderness Leaders group that runs through WEU. He plans on attending college to study Bio-Medical Engineering. Chris currently holds certifications in Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid.
Quote: “Your mind is like a parachute; it won’t work unless its open.”