R.A.D. Guides come from diverse backgrounds and have a ton of wisdom and passion about the outdoors to share with R.A.D. Campers. All R.A.D. Camps guides must complete a background check and attend "Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting" training. Each trip is led by a Wilderness First Responder (or higher) and professional lifeguard, and is accompanied by both male and female guides. As naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts, our guides teach experientially through free play and exploration and are well versed in "Leave No Trace" principles. You can rest assured knowing your child(ren) will be well cared for while they are having a blast in the wilderness with us! Learn more about each guide in their short biography below.
Adam - Better known as Radam, started R.A.D. Camps in 2008. He has an Associate of Arts Degree from Central Oregon Community College in Outdoor Leadership and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and professional Lifeguard. He loves to play in the woods, fish, hunt, ski, snowboard, and enjoys showing people how to have fun in these outdoor settings.
Adam is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys living out of his backpack and sleeping in his tent. He has traveled to remote locations in the Nepal Himalaya, the Sierra Nevada Range, the Rocky Mountains, Costa Rica and Panama, Molokai, the Oregon backcountry, and much of the Pacific Northwest.
"I am dedicated to the mission of R.A.D. Camps and do my best daily to promote an outdoor active lifestyle. I truly enjoy facilitating such an amazing program and will continue offering high quality outdoor service, whether at R.A.D. Camps, coaching skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, or enjoying free time in the backcountry. Thank you to all of my friends, family, and the Central Oregon community for such amazing support."
Eric - Eric started R.A.D. Camps in 2008 along with Adam. As well as running R.A.D. Camps, Eric also works as a Registered Nurse here in Bend. He spends as much time as possible exploring all of the Oregon mountains, seeking out the best possible camping spots (winter too!) and the best swimming lakes. Whether it’s summertime backpacking or wintertime snowboarding, he is always out exploring the Central Cascades, as well as numerous other mountain ranges throughout the country and the world.
Being far more comfortable running around in the mountains than running around town, Eric truly believes in an “outdoor healthy lifestyle” and believes this starts at a young age. Hence his belief and passion for R.A.D. Camps. Being able to introduce the freedom of the mountains and playing in the woods to others he feels, is the most rewarding experience one can have, and one he will continue to do.
A huge thanks to all the friends, families, and to the community for all the support over the years in helping keep Central Oregon R.A.D.!!!
Tin - Q) What kind of flower lives on your face? (answer at the bottom)
Kristin (Tin) is an environmentalist and yogini. She holds a dual Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Sustainability Studies Degree, as well as an Associate of Science Degree in Outdoor Leadership. Tin first fell in love with R.A.D. Camps in 2013 when she did her internship with us.
Tin teaches AcroYoga, kids yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and is a certified Thai massage therapist. She is a seasoned traveler and spent much of the last 3 years studying abroad and traveling in Uganda, Australia, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Canada,
Knowing that our children are our future, she aims to arm kids with the skills they need to do more with less resources and to make the world and themselves happy and healthy. Tin loves corny jokes, plants, animals, AcroYoga, cooking, making jewelry, biking, reading, slack-lining, and going on hikes with her dog..
A) Tulips (two-lips)
Carson - Carson is a native Oregonian and has lived in Bend since 2003, working in numerous fields around Central Oregon. He has done everything from watershed restoration to aviation line technology, but it’s no secret he has found his passion in child development and the great outdoors.
In the winter months, Carson can be found up at Mt. Bachelor, working as a certified snowboard instructor or enjoying the snow himself when he’s not teaching. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguard. When Carson isn’t guiding he’s probably out leading one of his many outdoor passions - whether it's climbing, disc golf, photography, traveling, or his recently-found love of fly fishing.
Carson’s child development work stems not only from being a snow-sports instructor but from his many years working with "Young Musicians and Artists", an arts and music program in Salem, Oregon. There, he taught and lead kids and teens in Visual Arts classes.
Carson is a R.A.D. Camps alumnus and attended many trips when he was younger. If anyone knows Oregon’s secret spots and how to play in the outdoors like a kid, it’s him.
Alicia - Alicia was raised in the Sierra Foothills of California. She fell in love with nature, music, and fine art while attending Sierra Waldorf School from K-8th. Surrounded by farm animals, meadows, creeks, and mountains, Alicia loved playing imaginative games with her friends in nature and as she grew so did her passion for exploring the outdoors.
After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Art from UC Santa Cruz, Alicia spent a month backpacking through the high Sierras studying nature philosophy and ecopsychology with the Sierra Institute’s California Wilderness program. This experience confirmed for her the importance of human connection to wild nature as essential to human and planetary health.
Alicia has over 10 years experience working with children of all ages. She has worked as a lifeguard, children’s snowboard instructor, summer camp counselor, and family nanny. Alicia is CPR, First Aid, and Swiftwater Rescue certified and has led an all women’s white water trip down the Colorado river.
In her free time, Alicia sings and plays guitar, practices yoga, climbs, camps, and pursues creative projects. Alicia is so excited to have recently moved to Bend and looks forward to exploring and connecting to new places with R.A.D. Camps!
Sarah - Sarah was born and raised right here in Bend, a mecca for everything pertaining to the outdoors! From hiking versatile trails, to snowboarding and going on extended camping trips, both beachside and mountain side, she has grown up experiencing everything Oregon has to offer. Having a childhood that fostered love and curiosity for nature encouraged her to pursue a career in the outdoors.
Along with being a certified Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguard, Sarah just finished the Outdoor Leadership program at COCC. This program took her through several multi-day expeditions in backcountry settings here in Oregon. Aside from her educational experience, Sarah has spent several years as a youth swim instructor and has co-led a 10-day expedition on the San Juan Islands with a group of 8th graders. Her experience in the outdoor world doesn’t end there. In her free time, she loves to rock-climb, split board, and slackline/highline!
Sarah believes that allowing youth to experience themselves in nature is extremely valuable. She is super excited to spend the summer with R.A.D. Camps showing kids all the special places where she has grown up!
Jordan - Jordan is a progressive humanitarian, who spends her time working to benefit the community whilst promoting self awareness. She grew up in Central Oregon, and attended COCC/OSU Cascades, where she completed a certificate program in Tourism and Outdoor leadership as well as studied forestry. While in college, Jordan discovered an indescribable innate passion for the outdoors, thus propelling her into the workforce of guiding and working with plants.
Her experiences of traveling overseas, organic farming and working in Wilderness Therapy helped Jordan to create an ultimate mission in life: empower future generations by means of nature. Her belief is that by being in nature, whether you are growing plants, cultivating the earth, or simply playing in the wilderness, humans can truly find themselves. By starting at the root, we can influence conscious growth.
Jordan is CPR & First Aid certified, has guided youth through the high desert on journeys of self discovery as well as helped guide both river rafting and rock climbing excursions.
“I very much enjoy the many facets of life. I activate in order to influence. Teaching to learn, is my natural drive. Empath, intuitive, earth child, witchy woman. Frequent nature dips are a necessity, creating is my medicine, fascinated by ingenuity. I am a watcher whom waits for the world to see.”
Myers Briggs: ENFJ
Zodiac: Aquarius sun, Aires moon, Capricorn rising
Native Zodiac: Otter
Galactic signature: Yellow Electric Human