Adam Kaplan and Stephanie Hanson
Adam Kaplan and Stephanie Hanson are Camp Nebagamon’s fourth set of directors since camp’s founding in 1929. Adam brings a wealth of experience to this position, having spent eighteen summers at Nebagamon as a camper, counselor and village administrator. Moreover, he served for three years as the director of Four Winds*Westward Ho, a traditional co-ed summer camp in Washington state’s beautiful San Juan Islands. Prior to his career as a camp director, Adam was a teacher and school administrator in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Boise, Idaho. Adam is a graduate of Grinnell College and he received his teaching certification from DePaul University.
Stephanie is also a graduate of Grinnell College where she majored in sociology. After working for a few years in the non-profit sector, she earned her masters of business administration at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and then worked in future product marketing at Hewlett-Packard. Stephanie and Adam have three children, Josh, Ben, and Josie. “Being a parent, I understand what a huge leap of faith it is for parents to send their children to camp. Our parents trust to us the most precious things in their lives. It is an awesome responsibility.”
After working at Nebagamon for three summers as the climbing director, I joined the year-round staff as Associate Director in the spring of 2015. Originally from Atlanta, I studied business management at North Georgia College & State University. I have a variety of camp experience having worked in administration at YMCA and 4-H camps in Georgia, California and Michigan. When not in the camp office, I enjoy camping, traveling and cooking in the outdoors.
I was born in the1960s. It was a good decade for me; I learned to walk and got a solid start on my educational career at Hilltop Elementary. I continued my educational pursuits through the 1970s, going on to graduate from Simley High School in 1980 and learned to fish, paddle, swim and love trees when I spent summers at our cabin on Devils Lake, WI. I continued my studies through the 1980s, starting at The U of MN and ending at the U of WI in 1990. My collegiate tenure was devoted to studying philosophy, fine art, and childhood education. After sampling a few careers, I came to Camp Nebagamon in 1995. Camp has been a great fit for my many years of education. I write a monthly column, “At Camp,” for “The Arrowhead,” have taught digital photography for several seasons, have delivered a number of Sunday Services, and faced the challenges of a camp caretaker. Away from camp I like to cross country ski, spend time on the lake, and hang out with my wife Wanda and our five pets.
I grew up in Southern Wisconsin and my earliest childhood memories all involve the great outdoors. Whether it was paddling the Brule River in high water or a weekend at a Wisconsin State Park, my family often spent the night in a tent. My outdoor experiences as a youngster led me to the University of Minnesota-Duluth where I received my B.A.S. in Recreation with an emphasis in Adventure Education. I have worked all over the country teaching outdoor education, working as a carpenter, fighting forest fires, and now I work as the associate director/wilderness trip director of Camp Nebagamon. I love working with the incredible staff and diversified programming of camp. My number one passion…fishing.
I have been recycled a bit since I joined the Camp Nebagamon staff in 1991 as an Arts specialist. I have also led wilderness trips for camp and am presently head caretaker, a job which I’ve held since 1994. Although my wife, Amy, and I and our two children enjoy all of the seasons that Camp Nebagamon encounters, we are waiting with excitement for everyone else to arrive each May.