We are Red Oak camp
For many of our staff, Red Oak Camps is more than a camp -it is a way of life. Some of our most prominent staff members have been affiliated with the camp for decades, and many of them began as campers!
This dedication is what makes our camp programs special, and is the key to our success. Rarely will you find a camp staff as capable, experienced and passionate as ours.
Safety being our first priority, Red Oak Camp's staff is also highly trained. New hires are vetted thoroughly, and all staff members undergo thorough training and certification processes before participating in camp activities. All staff are required to complete the following:
- Background Checks: All staff members must pass thorough criminal background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks.
- CPR and First Aid Certification: Every single staff member is CPR and First Aid certified, not just directors and instructors.
- Risk Management Training: All staff members attend in-person risk management training, as well as workshops and informational lectures on camp safety protocols and policies.
In addition, our more specialized staff hold certifications in the following areas:
- Ropes Course/Climbing
Meet our Directors!
David Faulstich, Executive Director
David joined the Red Oak family in the summer of 1994, and has been a camper, counselor and program director at the camps. Following his marriage to his wife Courtney, a lifelong Chincapin camper, they moved to Hawaii where David spent three years as the General Manager for Kohala Zipline. David has a true passion and commitment to Red Oak Camp and to delivering on the camp's mission to develop camper’s inner strengths through outdoor adventure. Dave and Courtney live on the Red Oak Camp property in Kirtland, so camp is a way of life for the Faulstich family!
Sarah dwyer, Director of Equestrian Programs
Sarah is new to the Red Oak Family, joining us in 2017. She started riding hunter jumpers at the age of 4, and has been riding and showing hunter, jumper, and equitation horses ever since. Sarah grew up helping out with ponies and teaching lessons at a pony camp in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. She is attending Lake Erie College studying Business Administration, Equine Entrepreneurship, and Therapeutic Horsemanship. Sarah is also a trained therapeutic riding instructor certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International (PATH Intl.). Sarah has a passion for teaching horsemanship to new riders; while the health and safety of both the riders and the horses is her number one priority.
Lindsey Robison, Director of Chincapin Camp
Lindsey has been a part of the Red Oak Family for 29 years. She started tagging along to Red Barn with her father when she was 4 years old and has been a part of the Red Oak family ever since. She started off as a camper and counselor at Chincapin, and is now proud to serve as its director. Lindsey has a BA in Elementary and Christian Education from Thiel College. When not working at camp, Lindsey is the Minister for Youth and Family Life at Old South Church in Kirtland. Lindsey loves the special traditions at camp and holds many fond memories of her early years there. As a mom, Lindsey now gets to be the parent of a Chincapin camper! Her 7 year old daughter will join her in all the fun this summer!
Lesley Baker, Director of Red Barn Camp
Lesley Baker is in her 6th year with Red Oak Camp. She has headed the Junior Counselor Leadership Program and acted as Red Oak Director, along with a variety of other leadership roles. When not at camp, she teaches science at Archbishop Lyke Middle School in Cleveland and serves as the school’s Athletic Director and a coach, a place she has called home for 16 years! Lesley has also directed and counseled at numerous outdoor adventure camps, sports camps, and YMCA summer programs. Needless to say, she is passionate about summer camp!