Those that can...teach.
The East Campus program staff is educated and experienced not only in the skills of the program they are offering, but also in group dynamics and activity instruction.
Our facilitators participate in hands-on training for up to four months, as well as a subsequent apprenticeship. They include seasoned professionals as well as both graduate and undergraduate students honing their skills as developing professionals.
Our Director of East Campus & Outdoor Programs
Ben Taylor assumed the role of Director in June of 2007, prior to that he served as the Assistant Director of East Campus & Outdoor Programs since September of 2005. He began his East Campus career on the maintenance crew during his sophomore year at Springfield College. He completed the training to become a challenge course facilitator in the spring of 1996 and began working as a facilitator his junior year. Ben has worked on the challenge course with groups ranging from elementary schools up to corporate groups. During the summers of 1997 and 1998 he worked at Camp Massasoit as a counselor his first year and as the challenge course director his second year. In the spring semester of 1998 he attended a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) semester-long course. After graduation Ben moved out west and worked as a back-country guide for six years leading groups in the remote mountains of Montana and Wyoming for 2 to 3 week durations. He served as the Assistant Camp Director of Camp Massasoit for one year and is currently the Outing Club advisor. Ben enjoys the interaction with college students facilitating the development of their skills in preparation to enter the professional world.
Our Assistant Director of East Campus & Outdoor Programs
Angela Veatch started her professional career at East Campus Outdoor Learning Center as the Assistant Director in June 2007. She has been part of the East Campus staff since August of 2004 when she moved from Indiana to begin graduate school at Springfield College. Her passion for facilitation began while working for Indiana University’s Outdoor Center, Bradford Woods. While working at the Woods she became trained as a challenge course facilitator and trainer. To continue to grow as a professional in the field she began working as a challenge course facilitator and trainer for East Campus. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director Angela had been part of the Camp Massasoit summer staff serving as the office supervisor and during the school year acting as an East Campus graduate fellow and AmeriCorps member. Angela's passion for educating the college population and love for the outdoors has led her to now call East Campus and Massachusetts her new home!
Our Graduate Teaching Fellow
Rachel Keyworth graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies in December of 2011. Rachel has been part of the East Campus Team for the past four years serving a variety of roles. She is a challenge course facilitator throughout the academic year and during the summer serves as the challenge course director for Camp Massasoit. Through her experiences at East Campus, Rachel has established a profound interest in outdoor education and adventure therapy and hopes to develop those interests while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She looks forward to the variety opportunities that East Campus has to offer and is excited to grow professionally in such a unique environment.
East Campus Resources
What We Have:
- 82 acres of forest ecosystem
- A mile of lake shoreline
- Outdoor firepit, with seating for 200
- Picnic grove
- Camping facilities
- Waterfront with boathouse, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats
- Authentic southwestern Pueblo