Meet Our 2022 Valley Village
Leadership Team (TLC)

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Poppy
Site Director

"I didn't grow up going to camp so wildfolk is a place to connect with my inner child. Being silly, sharing struggles and just bonding with someone by being your true self is what camp is all about and to me summer is a season of growth and opportunities. It's a space where I can learn from others and watch ideas come to life."

Poppy is a cheerful, loving camp all star. She received her bachelors in Early childhood education in Boston and after college was a lead preschool teacher in Florida for a few years. In 2017 she spent her summer working at camp wildfolk as Jitterbug Guide. She loved everything about camp and CA that she officially moved at the beginning of 2018. Worked with City year and has worked at Wildfolk for 6 summers straight. Every year she has grown from guided to leadership and truly embodies wildfolk spirit so much that she has recently joined our year round Wildfolk HQ team. On days she isn't working with wildfolk she nannies for wildfolk families.

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Ziggy
HQ Coordinator

"I used to go to a camp every single summer, and it was typically the highlight of my summer. I loved all the activities, being aroung my friends but also meeting new people. I loved the freedom it seemed to give all of us. I loved being inspired by all the different counselors. And obviously, I loved the memories (and ridiculous pictures) camp always gave me to look back on."

Ziggy attended the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) where they received their BA in Theatre Performance, with a minor in psychology. They hope to turn their Psych minor into a BA, as well, in the near future. Ziggy lived in Los Angeles for a stint after to college to get a taste of life in LA. Finally, after a few years of saving, planning, and trying to survive a pandemic, they finally made the big move. Ziggy and their partner currently reside in Burbank while the two of them try their hands at the acting business. When Ziggy isn't acting, they work as a high school tutor, writing coach, and freelance editor. Ziggy moonlights as a screenwriter, playwright, and podcast creator. They co-host a show called "Nelsons & Nonsense" with their sister. In their free time, Ziggy loves: going to the movies, listening to True Crime stories, seeing live music, roller skating, singing, and talking with their family. Having only been in LA for a year now, Ziggy is elated to work at a place like Camp Wildfolk and to make new connections with some fellow kind humans. Let's go!

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Rocky Raccoon
Staff Coordinator

"Camp is where I met some of my best friends and made some of my best memories. Each summer gave me more and more confidence in myself. It's a joy to see other people have the time of their lives at camp."

Rocky Raccoon is a fun-loving goofball from Pittsburgh, PA. He moved to Chicago to study comedy writing and performance. He then hauled his life to Los Angeles, where he worked as an actor and performed sketch and improv comedy around town.

Having spent most of his summers at an overnight camp in Pittsburgh, Rocky developed an interest in child care as well as a passion for making others feel welcome and valued. He's ever so excited to be a part of the Camp Wildfolk team this summer!

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Seashell
Staff Coordinator

"I was a child of two full time working parents. Therefore, camp was a necessary form of childcare come every summer, winter, and spring break. Camp was a place where I was always free to be myself and pursue my passions. The friendships I made at camp are still some of the most influential relationships I've had in my life. Now that I'm an adult, working at a camp brings me back to a place of childhood wonder and joy."

Seashell was born and raised in West LA. She grew up performing in many dance and theater productions across California. Ten years ago she began teaching kids dance and musical theater, and from that moment on decided to pursue a career in education! She is currently a student teacher for LAUSD and is in the process of obtaining her Elementary multi-subject teaching credential from California State University Northridge. She is incredibly passionate about the power of student-led,exploratory learning and is so excited to join the Camp Wildfox team this summer! In her free time, Seashell enjoys playing board games, eating excessive amounts of chocolate, and reading at the beach.

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Cricket
Assistant Campus Coordinator

I grew up going to summer and winter camp every year! I attribute my time spent at camp to my love for the outdoors and my passion for working with kids. I think camp is a special place to learn about yourself and the people you care about. I love tha camp pushes you to try new things and push out of your comfort zone!

Cricket is from the Bay Area, she gradated from San Jose State University with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She then moved to Orange County for a year, got married, and then moved to Portland, OR. She lived in Portland for 3 years before realizing that being in the sun everyday was vital for her overall well-being, and she applied and got accepted to UCLA's Master's of Social Work program - starting this fall. Through all of the changes she has remained passionate about working with kids and is so excited to be working at summer camp!

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Ocean
Assistant Campus Coordinator

"I love camp because it is a great opportunity to take a break from school/work and to have fun! Camp is a great place to develop new relationships, discover new things about yourself, and enjoying the great weather

Ocean was born and rasied in Maryland. He attended University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he studied biology and psychology. Ocean was pursuing a carrer in the medical field until he moved to Los Angeles about 4 years ago. During his time in Los Angeles, Ocean found a new passion in social work. Ocean is currently pursuing his Masters in Social Work at USC. Over the years, Ocean has enjoyed working with youth in multiple settings. Ocean is passionate about achieving social justice for all youth and hopes to make an impact.

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Jay
Teen Program Leader/Assistant Campus Coordinator

"I love camp because it is a place for collaborating, meeting new friends, solving, problems and finding your voice. This enables creativity, perseverance, and encourages all ages to find their passion."

Jay grew up in Virginia and moved to California in 2016. Jay is a 4th grade teacher that works in Windsor Hills. Jay received his bachelors at Ferrum College in Rocky Mountain, Virginia. I received my Masters in Elemenary Education at Loyola Marymount Universtiy.

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Kelp
Art Program Coordinator/Wildbunch PM Coordinator 

"When I was younger I used to spend all year looking forward to summer so I could go to camp. I had a really hard time making friends and getting bullied at school but camp was always so welcoming and fun! I was able to explore creatively and make friends in a safe space without any of the pressures of school."

Kelp grew up in San Diego but moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to begin college. They are a rising senior at Otis college of art and design majoring in fine art with a minor in teaching. She loves to go hiking and garden in her spare time and loves to share that plant knowledge with kids. Kelp also loves all things art especially fiber arts and can’t wait to begin projects with the kids.

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Goldie Fox
Camp Owner

"Camp is an intentional space where the joy, freedom, and whimsy of childhood is celebrated. It's a place to take healthy risks and expand beyond your perceived limits. I've seen friendships blossom at camp with campers and staff alike that span years. It's a connected community of wild spirits & my personal happy place. Let's Get Wild!"

Goldie Fox is an LA native, in love with all things camp since 4 years old. She’s worked with youth for over 18 years- from C.I.T. to Social Worker, and loved no role as much as Camp Owner! Creating the magical world of Camp Wildfolk- with all our Wild campers, staff, & families is pure JOY! Goldie has an MSW, specializing in Children & Families, from UCLA (& did undergrad at UCSB). She’s also an American Camp Association Certified Camp Director. Woot! In her free time- when it exists- Goldie can be found having game nights, bakin’ up a storm, catching live music and comedy shows, crafting, and boogying down, whenever possible!

Meet Our 2022 Valley Village
Guides & Jr. Guides

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Starlight
Guide
Jitterbugs

Starlight was born and raised in Northern Virginia and moved to Los Angeles eight years ago to experience something new and different. She graduated from Butte Community College in spring 2021 with degrees in child and adolescent’s development, psychology, social and behavior science, and child development. Starlight transferred to CSUN in Fall of 2021 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent’s development and will be graduating this December. She has worked with children of all ages for 10+ years, but for the last few years she has been going to school full time and is eager to be working with children again. Starlight enjoys watching movies, playing with her pup, hiking, coloring, and going on adventures.

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Shelly Lakes
Guide
Jitterbugs

Shelly Lakes was born and raised in California. Shelly Lakes graduated from North Hollywood High Shool and didn't know what to do with her life, so she took a year off. She started working at a daycare and there she found that surprise she loved it! From there, in five months, she was hired in LAUSD and started working with pre-k. She fell even more in love with it. How amazing kids can be and Shelly was even more grateful for working alongside with the teacher and the aide she worked with. But Shelly wanted to do more and now she is currently working with Special Education and has a one on one.

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Bubbles
Guide
Jitterbugs

Bubbles was born, raised, and still a resident of the San Fernando Valley. A valley girl just trying to find her way in life is currently a student at LAVC and Pierce College; studying film and ASL interpreting. Bubbles is similar to her name, she is not just a person with one hobby but, with many that can be grouped. Bubbles has always loved performing arts and the beauty it offers. Dance, music, and theatre to name a few but outside of this group she finds interest in history, writing, and baking. Excited to join the Wildfolk staff she is dusting off her socializing skills. Since the pandemic meeting new people has not been a thing for Bubbles but she is so totally ready for the friendships, experiences, and fun times to come. As always, in the true Bubbles’ spirit, Have a wonderful day!

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Trooper
Guide
Tangos

Adri is a student at Cal State LA, majoring in Urban Learning. One day she will become an elementary school teacher.

She has been working with kids for almost 5 years in an after school program and is also a part- time T.A. for headstart programs. She is excited for what this summer has in store and is looking forward to having fun with the kiddos and learning new things from the camp!

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Frenchie
Guide
Tangos

Frenchie was born in LA, CA and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She then moved to Las Vegas, NV for college where she majored in elementary education. She was a competitive swimmer for 16 years and swam in college. She's never attended or worked at a summer camp. She is excited to join a great group of people and have fun this summer! She has two crazy french bulldogs (hence camp name) named Olive and Wednesday.

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Sequoia
Guide
Boogaloos

Sequoia is originally from Iowa, but moved to Burbank when she was starting elementary school and has grown up out here. Sequoia has her degree in Elementary Education and has been working as a special education teacher for the past 4 years. She is in the process of earning her Environmental Studies certificate through the UCLA extension program. She loves animals, National Parks, gardening, and babies. Sequoia has two senior cats at home that she loves more than anything, everyone will get to know her as Wildfolk's resident cat lady...guaranteed.

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Butterfly
Guide
Boogaloos

Butterfly grew up in Baldwin Park CA, which is in the San Gabriel Valley. Butterfly is new to the San Fernando Valley and works as a substitute teacher. She is currently in a masters program to be a school counselor. Butterfly enjoys cooking, binge watching shows, and traveling. Excited to meet all of you and experience being a camp guide for the first time.

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Goat
Guide
Twisters

Adri is a student at Cal State LA, majoring in Urban Learning. One day she will become an elementary school teacher.

She has been working with kids for almost 5 years in an after school program and is also a part- time T.A. for headstart programs. She is excited for what this summer has in store and is looking forward to having fun with the kiddos and learning new things from the camp!

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Dory
Guide
Twisters

Dory was born in Los Angeles but has moved throughout California since she was a young girl. Now Dory is getting her Master's Degree in Educational Therapy and is working as a Teacher Assistant. Dory loves to cook and has recently grown to love plants. She barely has three plants right now because she is still learning how to take care of them. The pandemic has taught Dory to slow down and take it day by day, which has been difficult because Dory is always on the GO. In Dory's freetime, she likes trying new food and loves to dance.

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Rain
Guide
Discos

Rain was born in Canada but raised in sunny LA. She attended school at William Woods univerisity in Fulton, Missouri where she graduated with her B.A. in American Sign Language-English Interpreting for the deaf and American sign language studies with minors in social work and theater. She is a fun, outgoing spirit who always finds the positive in every situation. Her favorite things include playing softball, watching Disney movies, hiking, art, science, listening to music and trying new things.

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Phoenix
Guide
Discos

Phoenix is an L.A. native who grew up camping at the beach, traveling around North America, and performing since two years old. Phoenix spent many summers on the East Coast with her Dad's family, and in the South with her Mom's family. Her lifelong goal is to travel to every part of the Earth and live "when in Rome." Staying upbeat, positive, and embracing, Phoenix loves to throw theme parties and celebrate special occasions.

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Sharkboy
Guide
Hulas

Sharkboy is a true theatre kid from a small town in Georgia. He followed his dream to become a professional actor all the way though college, where they attended AMDA College of the Performing Arts in both NYC and LA. He now holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. When he moved to LA, he fell in love with the vibes and the people. In his spare time, he plays guitar, ukulele, bass, cajon, and many other instruments. He also enjoys playing like he never grew up because in thier heart, they didn't. Sharkboy also LOVES animals!

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HummingbirdGuide
Hulas

Bio

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Spider
Guide
Shimmies

Spider is an LA native, excited to work her second year at Camp Wildfolk. Spider is currently an undergraduate attending California Lutheran University (Go Regals!), majoring in film and sociology and minoring in theatre. Spider is a jack of all trades and can usually be found working part time jobs at her campus' educational garden and costume shop or working as a councilor at Camp Wild Folk or with the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Company.

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Venti
Guide
Shimmies

Venti was born and raised in Los Angeles until he left for Central Valley here in California to get his BA in psychology. Soon after getting his degree, Venti started working with kids with Autism and continues to do so. Venti's next goal is to go back to school and continue studying psychology. When Venti is not working or studying, he likes to watch all kinds of movies and TV shows. He especially loves to watch Marvel or DC movies. He also has a one-year-old husky and often takes him to parks and hikes. When he's doing none of that, he likes to explore LA and find unique activities that he can do with his friends.

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Robin
Guide
Funky Chickens

Adri is a student at Cal State LA, majoring in Urban Learning. One day she will become an elementary school teacher.

She has been working with kids for almost 5 years in an after school program and is also a part- time T.A. for headstart programs. She is excited for what this summer has in store and is looking forward to having fun with the kiddos and learning new things from the camp!

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Guide
Funky Chickens

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Tarzan
Guide
Moonwalkers

Tarzan was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL. Tarzan attended the University of Michgan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance where he recieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance - (Acting). He performed in many university stage productions, as well as film projects. During his summers he would be the director at Improv Playhouse Summer Camp, as well as act/work at his professor's theatre company, UV Theater Project. Following graduation, Tarzan drove out to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He also loves listening/making music, playing video games, playing sports, and doing outdoor activities -- especially at the beach! Tarzan is pumped to bring his creativity, enthusiasm, and kindness to Camp Wildfolk this summer!

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Ducky
Guide
Moonwalkers

Ducky was born and raised in the city of Los Angeles. She is currently studying to be an Elementary school teacher at California State University Northridge. She currently works as a student teacher with LAUSD. She loves all things science, especially animal science. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, or watching action movies. She is super excited to get to know her campers and be a part of Camp Wildfolk this summer!

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Shake
Guide
Robots

Shake is a Georgia boy moving to LA and is excited to be at Camp Wildfolk! He has a B.A. in Theatre from Georgia Southern University. He worked Summer camp at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and worked as an intern at Project Y.E.S!, where he traveled the county helping military youth deal with deployment, and did substitute teaching, where he did more breaking up fights than teaching. To be fair "Substitute Fight Breaker-Upper" is not an exciting job title. Anyways, he enjoys comedy, writing, cooking, sports, honestly, it's a shorter list if he tells you what he doesn't like.

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Orca
Guide
Robots

Orca was born right here in La La Land. She went to UC Berkeley for Theater. She has and produced 2 original musicals and is a singer-songwriter pursuing a music career in LA. In her spare time, you might find her baking one of her favorite desserts, Pavlova, playing piano/guitar, or basking in the sun.

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Red Panda
Guide

 

Red Panda was born in Boston and raised in Reading, MA. They're an artist and writer foremost, as well as a filmmaker and director. RP got their Associate's Degree from Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA and is working towards getting their Bachelor's Degree! RP is so excited to meet you and your child(ren), and they can't wait to make this summer the best year of their life!!

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Big Red
Junior Guide

 

Big Red was born and raised in County all 18 years of his life. He just graduated High school and is going to college in the fall. He is active in his local community through his local parish and Boy Scouts. He loves expanding his knowledge and experience base. He also loves to experience new things as to better himself.

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Ratticus
Junior Guide

 

Ratticus, born in Manhattan, spent their toddler years in Brooklyn and their childhood in Connecticut. They moved to LA in 2015, where they attended Westridge School, graduating in 2022. Ratticus just completed their first year at Reed College in Oregon, where they plan to major in art. Ratticus has worked as a camp counselor at the LA Arboretum and as a teaching assistant at the Amory Center for the Arts. They love to act, attend theater, sing, write stories and poems, and make visual art. After college, Ratticus hopes for a career in making visual narratives, ranging from comics to animation. In the meantime, they’re really looking forward to joining creative forces with Camp Wildfolk’s team this summer!

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Beans
Junior Guide

 

Beans is from Burbank, CA but right now she goes to the University of Oregon and is a psychology and art major. She plans to move her art major to an art and tecnology major and pursue a career in Digital Design. Beans has always been interested in art and design and she plans to get interships at different studios in California. Beans loves to paint and design tote bags, she also loves to bake in her free time.

Sunny
Junior Guide

 

Sunny was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is currently a senior at San Fernando High School and will be graduating in June. In the fall she will be attending Cal State University of Northridge majoring in Early Childhood Development and hopes to get her Masters in Social Work or Physcology in the future. Currently in her school she helps lead the Associated Student Body(ASB) in creating events for the school population to enjoy. This summer, Sunny is looking forward to meeting new people and learn more about the camp.

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