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Mark Woodall
Affiliated with Cheerio Adventures: Since 1989
Years in Camping: 29 Years
Starting in 1989 Mark has brought a solid belief in philosophy, morals, values and enthusiasm as well as experience in many skills such as backpacking, climbing, spelunking, canoeing, kayaking and cycling. He holds a BS degree in Outdoor Recreation from Montreat College. He believes in helping to increase a youth's self-esteem, ability to work with others and self-reliance.

Mark "Cluck" Woodall

Assistant Director
Sarah Schliesmann
Sarah Schliesmann is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a degree in Natural Resources and minored in Youth Programing/Camp Management as well as other subjects. She continued her education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and received her Master's in Experiential Education.

Sarah is now the Assistant Director at Cheerio Adventures. She's worked seasonally at Adventures for multiple years and decided she never wanted to leave camp! She loves being able to watch campers discover their strengths and self-confidence while sharing her passion for the outdoors. Sarah's favorite part of working at Cheerio Adventures is never having the same day twice; there is always new campers to meet, new challenges to conquer, and new adventures to find!

Sarah Schliesmann

Program Director
Bill Young

Bill Young is from Waynesburg, Pa. He attended Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia for two years then transferred to Colorado Mtn College in Leadville, CO, and received a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.

He is now one of the Program Directors at Cheerio Adventures. He works at Adventures because it is one of the best jobs he's ever had. He works with children and young adults, because he loves to share his passion for the outdoors with them. Whether it is the expression on their face when they rappel 90 ft or when the group comes together as a team to raft down a class 5 rapid.

Bill Young

Program Director
Mel Babirad
Mel Babirad is from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Recreation Administration, as well as a minor in Geography. Throughout college, Mel received experience in high-ropes and low-ropes courses, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and mountain biking. She also gained camping experience while completing her internship at the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp in San Marcos, TX.

Mel is currently the On-Site Program Director, and has been with Cheerio Adventures as full time staff for a year! She worked as an Adventure Education Instructor in the fall of 2015 with Cheerio Adventures as well. Mel loves to work at Adventures because her two passions in life are to be outdoors, and to work with kids. It's amazing to be a part of their lives, even if just for a week during their summer, and see them experience these outdoor activities sometimes for the first time in their life! Seeing a camper grow in self-confidence and overcome fears and obstacles in their lives is her favorite part about working at Cheerio Adventures!

Mel Babirad

Program Director
Matt Laurens
Matt Laurens is from Salisbury North Carolina. He attended Catawba College in Salisbury for two years before transferring to North Greenville University, in Tigerville, South Carolina. While at North Greenville University he completed a BS degree in Outdoor Leadership.

Matt is one of the Program Directors at Cheerio Adventures. The outdoors provide the perfect setting to help people of all ages challenge themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually while also having a fun and beautiful experience. Matt loves working at Cheerio Adventures because it gives him the opportunity to help facilitate those experiences almost everyday! He also just enjoys the fact that his job requires him to play outside from time to time.



The caliber of staff is an important aspect of a quality camping program. Cheerio Adventures staff are chosen with care and are trained and experienced in the activities they teach and lead. They possess a genuine interest in young people and an ability to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and understanding with them. All of our staff are certified in American Red Cross CPR and Wilderness First Aid. In addition, most of the staff are certified as Instructor by the American Canoe Association. Each Cheerio Adventures session is guided by a coed staff team.

Our staff come from many walks of life, but have the commonality of love of youth, the outdoors and teaching outdoor skills. The staff all have a background in wilderness activities. Many of our staff have been participants with the program in their youth. Some come from States as far away as California, Maine, Florida and countries such as Canada, Sweden, and South Africa to name a few. Regardless of where they come from they are of the highest caliber, moral stature and possess a giving nature.

Cheerio Adventures counselors from summer of 2009
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