Our Camp Directors
Shelly Blodgett, Co-Director
Shelly grew up in the era when kids played outside all day long during the summer, stopping only to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. It was playing in nearby fields and woods with neighborhood friends that she discovered her profound love of nature. Today, Shelly has taught yoga and mindfulness to children and meditation to all ages, holds a certification in Radiant Child Yoga and a certificate in Reiki, and is a graduate of The Four Winds Healing the Light Body School. With a Bachelor’s in Human Services, she has worked with many populations including children, women in prison and domestic violence safe shelters, and in the field of addiction. Shelly makes it her daily mission to strive for harmony with self, others and the natural world.
Boo Blodgett, Co-Director
Since the mid-1960s, Putnam (Boo) Blodgett has been involved in the camping world. His parents ran overnight summer camps, giving Boo the opportunity to be involved first as a camper, in later years as a caretaker, and now as Camp Director. Boo spends every day in the outdoors and can’t imagine any other way of living his life. He has served as a Hunter Education Instructor, a Boy Scout Assistant Leader, a Wildland Firefighter and is Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certified. As a Level 3 member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), Boo has taught skiing to kids and adults for the past 30 years. Boo is a highly qualified children’s instructor, holding a Child Specialist I and II, and a Backcountry accreditation through PSIA. As a VT Woodland member, Boo understands that when we take care of the natural world, it takes care of us.
Jack Palmer, Program Director
Jack Palmer lives in Vermont with his family on their small sustainable farm, the Black Spur. Jack is an expert in leading wilderness outdoor adventure activities and trips and has extensive experience working with children. After graduating from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, WY, in 1996, he began his journey of outdoor experiential education, working with a diverse population, from adjudicated youth to college students and every age in between. Before moving to VT, Jack spent 17+ years guiding backcountry adventure trips and teaching outdoor skills in the small mountain town of Telluride, CO, while working at the Telluride Academy. In this role, he trained and oversaw staff development, designed and led adventure-based trips including white water kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing, survival skills, canyoneering, leadership development and “leave no trace” ethics.