Tree Sloth Camps began eight years ago when two Moms could not find anything fun, healthy, trustworthy, and affordable for their son to do during his summer vacation. We are committed to offering:
Unplugged and screen-free fun, without preaching to kids about it
Plenty of good food with lots of choices for different diets and philosophies
Emotional and physical safety
Environmental sustainability by example, and by connecting kids to nature
Opportunities for independence within a family environment
Equity, opportunity, and inclusion all campers and staff
Tina grew up skiing and mountaineering in Breckenridge, Colorado. She is a long-time youth sports coach, having coached para olympic teams as well as youth soccer, softball, hockey, and volleyball. Tina was a ski instructor for Vail Resorts. She is a certified Referee and currently coaches the boys' varsity volleyball team at Watsonville High School. Tina started her career as a nurse then went into the technology field.
Tina has adventured all over the world, including helicopter skiing in Alaska, canyoneering in Moab, and backpacking through Panama, Columbia, Costa Rica, and the French and Italian Alps. She is an avid backpacker and skier.
Tina attends all the camps and is CPR, AED and First aid certified.
Lisa is a lifelong educator, having been a teacher, researcher, trip leader, and administrator. She currently teaches math, science, and coding at a local private school and consults for the Center for Research on Creativity. She was a guest lecturer-expert on Neuroscience and Learning for teachers and administrators in Beijing, China. She completed her graduate research in education on building equity in STEM subjects for girls and women by adding open-ended creativity to each lesson. She found her passion designing field and marine science overnight school trips for middle and high school students.
She felt called to work with Tree Sloth Camps by the lack of summer camps that encourage kids to get creative, play outside, and remove themselves from America's achievement culture rat race during their vacations.
Lisa's hobbies are science, scuba diving, skiing, coding and making electronics, and hiking. She has lead students to Nigeria and Catalina Island, and chaperoned trips to India, South Africa, and the American River.
Stevan joined TreeSloth Camps in 2017. He is a retired law enforcement officer, PE teacher and Middle School Athletic Director. Stevan is looking forward to sharing an adventurous summer with the campers.
Kevin was born and raised in Watsonville. He enjoys spending time indoors playing video games, but would much rather be outside hiking or playing sports. Especially volleyball because you can play indoor and outdoor.
All in all he'sa young relaxed dude who's eager to learn and not afraid to try something new and exciting.
I am Sam. Sam I am. I am a veeg-an.... And a lifelong Math teacher in San Jose, parent of a six-year veteran TreeSloth camper. This is Sam's third season chaperoning with Tree Sloth Camps; one year he became famous for leading the running plunge into Mirror Lake glacial runoff below Half Dome in Yosemite.
The kids call him "Turtle", you can call him AWESOME!
Her name is Alexa, but Tina loves to refer to her as Lex. She is currently employed at the Watsonville Public Library and is attending SJSU to receive her master’s as a librarian. She graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor’s in Language, Culture and Society and when she is not doing library related things, she is a coach for Watsonville High’s JV boys’ and frosh girls’ volleyball teams. She is the assistant for girls’ varsity with Tina and was previously her assistant for club. She loves reading, but enjoys stepping outdoors with a book or to enjoy the sun while doing awesome activities.
All Directors and chaperones have at least 2-30 years of experience working with children and young adults.
Directors and Chaperones either teach or coach at public and private schools and have current background checks.
Stephanie is a mom of two, avid traveler (pre-covid) and consummate equipment manager for all her crew’s adventures. Known as Jimmy’s mom to the Tree Sloth campers, this is her first year as a chaperone. Steph now runs a research center at UCSC, but she used work to make the world free of nuclear weapons. She is looking forward to getting really wet and having great time rafting with the campers.