Camp Leadership

Sam Bloom, Camp Director

 

Sam brings a wealth of experience to us at Camp Hidden Meadows, with 34 years in both resident & day camping. This includes 26 years at Emma Kaufmann Camp in Morgantown, West Virginia, three summers as Director at Herzl Camp in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and four summers as Director of BT Day Camps in the Baltimore area. Some of Sam’s career highlights include the creation of a 2-week summer camp experience, which helped institute a succession plan for campers, and passing the American Camp Association Accreditation process ten times from 2000 to 2023. Additionally, Sam has experience in travel day camps, sports and recreation, and more.

Sam has spoken to over 3000 participants over the past 14 years at the Tri-State Camping Conference and American Camp Association conferences, where he has covered topics of Leadership Styles, Staff Training and Development, Recruitment, Sales, and Customer Service, Crisis Management, Training for Teams, Winning with Millennials and GenZ’s, Creating Inspiration, and Creating Teams. 

Sam is the proud father of two girls, Jordyn (21) and Casey (18), and they share his love for camp! He is a high school basketball official and a high school softball umpire. He loves golf and cannot wait to learn more about fly-fishing!

Meet the Team

Kat Harlan Head of Community

Kat has been a summer camp professional for a decade. She helps our campers and camp families to have a smooth transition into the first-year camper experience and continues to support campers to have a thriving camper journey summer after summer.
Elle Lemieux

Elle Lemieux Head of Programming

Elle is a lifelong camp person. She grew up as a camper and counselor at sleepaway camp and worked as a teacher at a boarding school before moving to full-time camping. Elle has the pleasure of hiring our amazing team of dynamic staff. She’s also the go-to person for program development, making sure every day at camp is filled with a new adventure for campers.

Colleen Bryant Office Administrator

Colleen has been on the Hidden Meadows team for many years and plays a vital role in supporting our families and staff. Colleen has a wealth of knowledge about all things at Camp Hidden Meadows and the local West Virginia community.

Jeremy

Jeremy Edwards Head of Facilities

Jeremy is a long-time facilities professional. He makes sure our 250-acre campus is safe, beautiful and well-maintained all year round.

Introducing our
Summer Leadership Team!

Hi all, I’m Rozie! I’m the Camper Experience Coordinator here at CHM, and I absolutely love my job and Wild n’ Wonderful West Virginia! This will be my 6th summer at camp. In past years I have been a Head Counselor, Village Leader, Cabin Counselor, and a Camper. I am a 2024 graduate from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Creative Writing. I am also the Program Area Leader for our Media and Performing Arts workshops. You can mainly find me around camp serving our campers and counseling staff, but I’ve been known to sing extra loud at campfires and I love going all out for spirit nights! I am counting down the days ’till I get to see everyone this summer!

Hi everyone my name is Bryton and I’m the Assistant Program Director here at CHM! This is my third summer at CHM and my 9th summer in camping. I’m from Gainesville, Florida but my love for the mountains has brought me here! I have Bachelors in Science from the University of Georgia Southern in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. When I’m not working you can find me relaxing by the pool, or on a boat water skiing. I’m looking forward to a Wild and Wonderful summer here at Camp Hidden Meadows.

Hi Guys, my name is Harvey and I am the Village Leader for Hillside our younger boys’ side of camp, this is my second year in this position and my third consecutive summer spent at CHM! Home to me is the United Kingdom, right on the south coast of England. My biggest passions in life are travel, cooking and sports. I follow Arsenal, the Seattle Seahawks and the Toronto Raptors, I can’t wait for another incredible summer in wild and wonderful West Virginia.

Hello! My name is Tioma, and this is my ninth summer at Camp Hidden Meadows. As a Northern Virginia native, West Virginia has always been my home away from home. I studied Computer Science, but I also love the outdoors, working on cars, and traveling. Looking forward to camp this summer!

Hi! My name is Angie, I’m from the beautiful country of Mexico. This is my 4th year working at Camp Hidden Meadows and my 2nd as a Village Leader, which I consider my home far from home. I love hiking, traveling, learning languages, photography, nature and learning new things. Back at home I teach English, I have 4 years of experience teaching children, and right now I’m  studying Italian. I absolutely love camp and I love having the chance to be back! I can’t wait for summer to start!

Hi everyone!! My name is Camden and I am so excited to be the village leader for meadow side this summer at camp! This will be my third summer at CHM, but my overall 12th summer I’ve spent at camp. I’m from Gainesville, FL and and currently studying Environmental Science at UNF. I’m a true Florida girl at heart which means I love being outside, especially at the beach! I cannot wait to spend the summer at my favorite place and with all my favorite people!

Hey y’all! I’m Anne, but at camp, everyone calls me Country! This summer, I’m so excited to be the female Counselor in Training Leader, and this is my 2nd summer at CHM. I’m no stranger to West Virginia though; I was born and raised here, growing up and running around all over these Appalachian mountains. When I’m not writing a song or performing at a local venue, you can find me on a trail, on the river with a rod and reel in hand, or in the car on my way to my next adventure. I can’t wait to see new and familiar faces and work with the next generation of future CHM counselors. Let’s go!

Hi I’m Nick and I’m lucky enough to say I am one of two CIT leaders at Camp Hidden Meadows. For me, that means helping campers enjoy camp to the fullest but also exploring what being a counselor means. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes magic that goes into making camp run smoothly, and being a CIT Leader means we get to share what that looks like with older campers. The CIT program is a special opportunity to make memories you won’t want to forget.

Hello friends, I am Kelly Wasson, your friendly Art Director at Camp Hidden Meadows since 2016. When I’m not bringing creativity to camp, you can find me teaching art in Virginia and chilling with my awesome crew – hubby, step-daughter, and our two furry doggies. Originally a New Yorker, I earned my masters in Art Education from City College of NY in the Big Apple. I’m also a proud member of the Virginia Art Education Association board, rocking the role of Youth Art Month Chair. Can’t wait for another epic summer in the wild and wonderful West Virginia!

Hey! I’m Nat, one of the counselors leading Earth Expeditions. This will be my second year exploring the outdoors with Camp Hidden Meadows. Currently I’m living in Australia, working on a scuba diving boat. Although, I’m originally from Maryland and have strong ties to West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I love being able to share all that the great outdoors have to offer with anyone who is willing to give “roughing it” a try. Looking forward to a great summer with everyone!

Hey everyone, my name is Snaps and I am one of the Earth Expedition counselors! I’m back for my fourth summer at Camp Hidden Meadows and my second summer as an Earth Expeditions counselor. I grew up in Indianapolis, IN before going to Central Michigan University to get my Bachelors of Science in Biology (with a focus on ecology and conservation) and a minor in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Being at camp has helped kindle my love for rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking and when I’m not outside at camp you can find me slacklining, reading, or playing my ukulele. I’m excited for a wild and wonderful summer!

Hey there, my name is Nadya and I’m Camp Hidden Meadows Equestrian Team Leader. It’s my second year at CHM and I have over 10 years of working with horses and over 6 years of working with children behind my shoulders. Therefore, I can assure you that my team and I would provide the safest and most entertaining equestrian experience we can! I was born in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg in Russia and have been living in New York for the last 7 years. I love travel, photography, art, music, positive thinking and expanding my horizons. And most of all, I absolutely adore what I do – working with horses and children, so I can’t wait to see all of you this year!

During my 6 years, I have won the clean cabin award more than 20 times!! In these 6 years at CHM I have done networking, technology, mountain biking, mountain boarding, soccer, volleyball, climbing, high ropes and as a DJ the Block Parties on Friday nights. I currently work for an international company that provides telecommunications equipment to all of Bolivia and some Latin American countries. In my free time, I hang out with my friends, watch movies or series and play soccer, which is one of the things I love to do the most. Fav place at camp: Alpine tower and soccer field.  Fav camp meal: taco and pizza nights. Fun fact: I played for the Bolivian Under-16 national team.

Hi I’m Jenny, the Farming PAL here at Camp Hidden Meadows. I’m a veterinary nurse from Ireland. This is my first summer working in an American summer camp. I can’t wait to share my love and knowledge of animals with all of the campers this year. At home I have 2 dogs, cats, horses, chickens and geese. I will miss them while I’m away but I can’t wait to spend my first summer in America!

Hi my name is Arran Moran, and I am the Rolling Adventures PAL at Camp Hidden Meadows. You can find me at the bike shack, riding around camp, or “fixing bikes”. This is my 10th year at CHM and my 3rd year on staff.  When I’m not running Rolling Adventures you can find me rolling on an adventure. I am originally from Canada but living in Maryland. Can’t wait to get Rolling on these Adventures this summer.

Hi everyone my name is Bekah! I am the Office and Communications Coordinator at CHM. This is my second summer at CHM and my 8th summer in camping. I’m from Gainesville, Florida but my love for West Virginia is unmatched! I have Bachelors in Science from the University of Florida in Natural Resources and Conservation, with a focus in recreation. When I’m not working you can find me reading a good book, spending time with my friends or by the river! I am so excited for this summer at CHM and cannot wait to see you all!

Hi everyone, my name is Andrea and I am the Culinary Arts Program Area Leader at Camp Hidden Meadows. This is my first summer at camp and I am very excited. I am from Mexico, and I am very happy to be going to West Virginia. When I’m not working, I like to enjoy good music, dancing or reading about something interesting. I am very happy, this summer is going to be amazing at CHM!

Hi, I’m GoGo and this is my second year at CHM! I’ll be doing a whole lot of backpacking this summer – working on planning and leading trips while also helping out in climbing, zip, and mountain biking workshops! When I’m not at camp, I work at my school’s Outdoor Adventure Program as a backpacking guide and at our climbing wall! I am  sophomore at VCU where I’m studying Political Science with a minor in Environmental studies and an Outdoor Leadership Certificate. I can’t wait to be back and see everyone!

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