what families are saying

Project Ember may be the new kid on the block, but we're not new to working with kids or the world of summer camp.  Here's some feedback and recommendations from our past endeavors to give you a sense of the impact we've left on families in the past.  Many families have volunteered to personally field questions from other parents, so please reach out if you'd like us to put you in touch. 

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"Josh makes those around him shine.  While he thinks deeply about every aspect of his camp and makes sure all activities and interactions have meaning, he does not control the process.  He trusts it.  He gives participants the tools to be successful and then allows the process to unfold.  At first glance, you might have no idea how much thought has gone into every game or story or project but once you get to know Josh, you realize he acts with meaning, he analyzes, he adjusts and in so doing, magic happens.

Jaya, my nine year old daughter, walked away from her interactions with Josh empowered and inspired.  Jaya was empowered to use all kinds of machinery, was handed her own knife (after a lesson in proper use), and was given the space to think big.  To try.  To fail.  To keep going.  And in the end to see the power she has inside herself when someone gives her the tools to shine." 

- Sarah B, parent of Jaya

"My son Ben had a fabulous day at Project Ember! Project Ember is a mix of Adventure Playground, Maker heaven with big tools and big imagination.  It is a structured, focused environment where kids have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a very large, fun, and creative project under supervision of excellent counselors who understand kids and the importance of exploration. I highly recommend their camps!

-Keren, parent of Ben

"Not only are Josh and Katie caring and honest people, they do not hesitate to challenge you to grow educationally and as an individual. They treat you as an equal, but also expect you to have the same open-mindedness when interacting with others. I know that my time at camp will always be fulfilling and memorable."

-Anna, camper 

"Katie and Josh are some of the best human beings I have ever met. They are genuine, hardworking leaders who encourage discovery, teamwork, and problem solving. I had an amazing time last summer and am pumped to take part in Project Ember this year." 

-Alex, camper

"Josh and Katie's leadership is exceptional.  We entrusted our east coast kids to their west coast offering last year and it exceeded all expectations and was worth every resource it required (tuition, travel, time).  Josh and Katie lead from a place of clear understanding of the nature of soul-centered, healthy, human development and have a deep reverence for the agency and creative capacity of kids and youth.  The expectations for the week were both technically & personally challenging.  Katie and Josh helped orchestrate the most amazing dynamic of healthy whole human community during that week of camp.  It is a beautiful confluence of adult artisans mentoring the fiery, playful & visionary energy of teen aged youth with full circle learning and respect.  And all of this wonder plays out on the stage of nature with trees, herons, gophers and the ocean often nudging the humans out of the starring roles!

Yep.  Our kids are returning this summer to participate in the maiden voyage of Project Ember.  They are working, saving, and planning for it and have our full support!"

-Kim & Phil, parents of Alex & Anna

"Katie is a tremendous mentor for young women, an enthusiastic and engaging colleague, and a passionate, aspiring outdoor recreation professional.  She has impressive interpersonal skills and is a talented educator.   As a leader, Katie possesses a particularly complementary set of strengths.  She conveys confidence in her voice, authority, and decisions while projecting personal warmth and openness. She intuitively adapts her communication style to her audiences, and is adept at shifting between peer-to-peer interaction and a directive leadership role.

            Katie thinks on her feet, and she is able to foresee potential obstacles quickly. She is excellent at identifying group and individual needs through both verbal and non-verbal cues.  She actively seeks feedback and incorporates it quickly.  She is aware of her own needs and able to directly and thoughtfully communicate them where relevant."

-Susie, former Program Manager of Girl Ventures

"Katie has the type of presence that draws people in and makes them want to know her more. She exudes a sense of openness, depth and intuitiveness that I find hard to come by and of vital importance whether while guiding in the mountains or spending the day with the developing minds of kids. After 5 seasons as a mountain guide, I can tell you there are many things you can teach an aspiring guide, leader and educator, but there are many more things you cannot. Intuitiveness and the ability to completely go with the flow and change your plans as challenges arise are two of those things that are almost impossible to teach and Katie has them innately. Her inquisitiveness of people and her ability to always see the big picture, makes her an extremely valuable member of any leadership team. Not only does Katie have exceptional interpersonal skills, but her immense curiosity in all things about life has given her a diverse skill set from face paining to rock climbing. It is of utmost value to have a educator with such a unique and diverse skill set and passion to always learn more from those around her."

-Lacy, former NOLS instructor